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Wild Hendrix Designs

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AUTUMN MATTSON
SHE/HER

Autumn is the founder of Rebel Artists of Whatcom

Autumn is autistic and with the social challenges she faces daily, took those struggles to try to create a space where everyone is welcome and differences are celebrated. She also ties hundreds of knots to create beautiful works of art and fun ways to hang your plants! "I have always been a person that enjoys making and creating. I love macrame because no matter how many macrame/fibre artists there are, no two are the same. I really love creating commissioned pieces too. It's really fun to see your vision come to life! Please email me for commissions! I can't wait to hear what you have in mind!"

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AKA Daisy Designs

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SARAH VAN HOUTEN 
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Sarah is the Event Coordinator, Director,  and Social Media Manager.

Sarah is a 33 year old local that has two tiny humans. She is part of the “spoonie club”, which means that she deals with a chronic illness called Neurocardiogenic Syncope. You know those fainting goats? It’s kind of like that. She has had many jobs over the years (body piercer, barista, clothing slinger, photographer etc.) but has recently found joy in making jewelry. Mostly using polymer clay, she creates fun and unique pieces to decorate the human form. She pulls inspiration from nature, rave culture, and vintage lifestyle. 

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Meet Our Members

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Artesanías El Alebrije
 

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ALEX MARTINEZ
HE/HIM

My name is Alex Martinez and I am from the state of Oaxaca, Mexico. I am the owner of Artesanías El Alebrije, a small business I initiated during the pandemic. The purpose for this business is to sell artisan products from Mexico and my home state Oaxaca, such as embroidered dresses, handmade crafts, guayaberas, alebrijes, etc. While growing up in Washington, I noticed how hard it can be to find such items in Whatcom County. Hopefully, this local business can help people access some of Mexico’s artesanías. I am working directly with Mexican artesanos (artisans) most whom which are indigenous.

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moonflower botanicals

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SAM EDWARDS
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"After working with herbs and flowers in my garden to make oils, body butters, lip
balms, etc. It just felt natural for soap to be the next step. My expertise is in cold process soap featuring oils, butters, and additives that really make your skin feel soft. Handmade soap is unlike any soap at the grocery store. Along with my soaps, I make other fun bath and body
products like lotion, massage oil, lotion bars, bath salts, dish soap, and shaving soap."

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Lively signs

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BEN AND CHEYENNE LIVELY
HE/HIM & SHE/HER

Cheyenne and Ben met at work in 2015 and quickly fell in love and they married. With their deep love for the community and a desire to help local small businesses succeed, in June of 2019 they decided to start a sign & art company!

Good Gothic art

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ISAAC GREY
HE/THEY

Isaac is a non-binary, neurodivergent artist and performer living in Whatcom County. His work values inclusivity, gender expression, and repurposing recycled materials. Isaac draws much of his inspiration from fantasy and magical realism motifs, as well as appreciating the natural world. 

waffles in paradise

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INGA ELVROM & MELVIN MARTINEZ COMPOS

SHE/HER | HE/HIM

Waffles in Paradise was dreamed up on a gorgeous October day after a walk around Lake Padden, by adventure partners Inga and Melvin. "Making heart-shaped waffles on Sunday mornings is a special tradition in our family, a culinary expression of my Nordic ancestry, and we are VERY excited to share with our community!" Western Washington is our Paradise, which is why we chose Bellingham, the City of Renewed Excitement, to set up shop. We love the diversity of deliciousness found right here; we source from Cairnspring Mills, Twin Brooks Creamery, Marie's Bees, and the Spice Hut.

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mx. emily carey

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EMILY CAREY

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Art educator, creator and curator.

 

"I was born and raised in northwest Whatcom County, and I have finally found my path as an artist. I've been creating my whole life, but my career focus has been on art education. While that is still a large role I play, I am excited to start exploring the more professional world of being a creator."

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bright and sunny ginger beer

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MIRANDA LEONJONES
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Miranda brews wild fermented ginger beer in Bellingham. It's a craft soda with bite! Live, wild yeast culture is the catalyst for the probiotic that creates the tiny bubbles. No added C02 or yeast. Brewed in small batches with minimal sugar to keep the alcohol content under 1%. Fabulous as a mixer for cocktails and mocktails and super refreshing enjoyed straight-up.

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take root remedies

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JESSIKA & NOELLE
SHE/HER | SHE/HER

Organic & natural herbal remedies for your body inside & out.

"We are two passionate mamas who want to share our love for organic & natural products. We use the purest ingredients and infuse love and positive intention into every handcrafted item. After studying herbalism independently and together for nearly a decade, we decided to start a small business to share our love for organic handmade herbal creations with our close community and beyond. We trust and honor ancient wisdom and healing properties of plants and all of nature’s gifts. Building on this trust we invite you to take part in our journey to Be Well & Take Root."

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skirt sisters

Jen Parker

She/Her

Skirt Sisters makes cute and comfortable Skirts from upcycled and repurposed clothing. Each gets a nice stretchy waistband and is pre-shrunk! No special care is needed,  simply wash on cold or warm,  and tumble dry low or medium.  We take custom orders also! Turn your favorite t-shirt into a "t skirt"! Our Skirt sizes go from extra small-ish to XX large-ish and are flattering on any body. They are $49 each, but purchase any 3 at a time and receive 10% off! You may contact us through Facebook or Instagram if you'd like to purchase,  or have any questions. No contact payment and pickup in the Columbia neighborhood Bellingham. Shipping is also available at cost.  ($5-$8 in the continental US)

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evergreen essential

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ALLYSSA HAY

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I grew up in Bellingham, spending a lot of time outdoors. That’s actually where the inspiration for my business came from. (Well, half my inspiration) I want to get back to the natural way of living as much as I can and I wanted to put an end to my family using products with chemicals, so among other things, I started making my own soap and loved it. The second half of my inspiration was my little sister actually. She has very sensitive skin and growing up all the soap that was bought for her gave her itchy red and burning rashes, but no one ever knew about natural soap and didn’t make a change for her! The first product I ever made was actually a salve for her and my husband who had cracks in his skin from psoriasis so deep that they bled. Both of them were soothed and healed up! Sharing with friends they loved it too and I became passionate about trying to help people break free from poisonous mainstream products, plus each bar is a little work of pnw art. I aim to show people that natural does not have to mean ugly or boring or stinky!

bella blue designs

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Nooksack River Eagles - 12x18 Art Print

JOCELYN SUZANNE HOEY

SHE/HER 

I draw to celebrate Earth. I’m enthralled with shapes, colors and patterns of the natural world. I’m inspired and motivated to document the wonderland surrounding me through art. Even as we witness devastating losses to this incredible ecosystem my art stays focused on beauty. It is intended to be an optimistic reminder to cherish Earth and recognize our responsibility for it’s care. My husband and I landed fairly softly with a lightened load in the lush forests of Whatcom County a few years ago after a wildfire in Nor-Cal. We are grateful to re-create here in Maple Falls where the inspiration flows.

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garden of maya

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MAYA BOEHMKE 

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Nature infused art & botanical handmade goods, inspired by the beauty and magic of nature. Maya's creations include Intention Candles, Botanical Resin Jewelry, Botanical Moon Phase Decor & much more. All of her creations are centered around nature, crafted by hand, and ethically sourced. The botanicals used in her art are grown, foraged, and pressed with her own two hands. With a background in Herbalism, Maya infuses the magical and medicinal properties of plants into her creations. Crafted locally in Bellingham, WA. 

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Funky's hot sauce factory

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MATTHEW & RACHEL MINI

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I moved here with my wife and 3 kids in 2015 from Santa Rosa, California where we set the foundation of what has grown into Funky’s Hot Sauce Factory. We absolutely love the Pacific Northwest and moving here is one of the best decisions we've ever made!  Funky's launched in the summer of 2019, about a year after I was laid off from a stressful project management job in the construction industry.  After working for many years in the architecture and construction world, this was the final straw and I began selling sauces commercially that summer along with picking up some freelance handyman work to pay the bills.  I started growing peppers and making hot sauce back in the early 2000's.  I've always loved to experiment with flavors and fermentation utilizing home grown and locally sourced non-gmo & organic peppers and other ingredients.  This has been a dream in the making for quite sometime and one day I hope to quit doing handyman work to focus solely on HOT SAUCE!  Oh yeah, my nickname is "Funky" and that nickname was given to me by my former bandmates, for the way I play the guitar. I also like the name because it somewhat defines some of my hot sauce concoctions and it references fermentation, which is very important to me.