Meet Our Members

Our Staff

WILD HENDRIX DESIGNS

AUTUMN MATTSON SHE/HER

Autumn is the Director.

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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ERIKA LAMOTHE ART/

ERIKA LAMOTHE PHOTOGRAPHY

ERIKA LAMOTHE

SHE/THEY

Erika is the Website Manager.

 

Erika is an artist of many different areas including photography, modeling, and mixed media. They have been an artist all their life, but the fascination with a camera finally came to fruition in high school and blossomed into what is seen in their portfolio today: street photography and story-telling through portraiture. Their 8 years of experience demonstrate not only skill with direction and creativity, but true dedication to the individuals' story and desire to express the self in ways they never thought possible in a photoshoot. You will find them in our markets with both physical artworks and a pop-up photo booth! 

Portrait was taken by Michael J. Eckert from Seattle, WA

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Akadaisydesigns

SARAH VAN HOUTEN
SHE/HER

Sarah is the Event Coordinator 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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Our Artists

Artesanías El Alebrije

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

SAM EDWARDS

SHE/HER

"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

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

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. 

BRIGHT AND SUNNY GINGER BEER

MIRANDA LEONJONES

SHE/HER

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 

JESSIKA & NOELLE

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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GG Clay co

Gina Garding

She/Her

"I make polymer clay jewelry, and dabble in other accessories and decorative art. I love the therapeutic process of working with clay, and it’s versatility as an artistic medium. My earrings often reflect the shapes, colors and patterns that inspire me. If you enjoy seeing some of the behind the scenes steps of my creative process you can follow me on Instagram!" 

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WAFFLES IN PARADISE 

Inga Elvrom 

Melvin Martinez Campos

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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SAFFRON AND SASS

SARA SLONE

SHE/HER

 Illuminate your senses with aromatherapy inspired by the natural pacific northwest. Our candles and bath soaking salts are handcrafted in small batches with sustainably harvested  pressed botanicals in each jar, all natural scent oils and the most eco-friendly components available. Designed and crafted locally in Bellingham, Wa. 

Donald Washington

Donald Washington

He/Him

Hello all, my name is Donald Washington. I have lived in Bellingham for almost 4 yrs but I feel like I have been here my whole life. I became an artist by god and chance when i first moved here. I was in the hospital with heart failure but the doctors saved my life, I wasn't going to waste it so I lost 130 lbs and was working on my health when a banker pulled be to the side one day and ask me to walk and talk with him. As we walked he told me I was an artist and we stopped in front of allied arts, he called me over and introduced me to the owners and said "I just bought you a year membership here." My feet went numb my voice got shaky because I knew this man was sent from god to show me the way. After that i started feeding homeless out of my apartment. One day i decided to give this art a try and here we are. If u want to hear how crazy it got, come too our market place, tell me u read this and get 50% off when u say "you go boy"

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Mx. Emily Carey

Emily Carey

They/Them

 

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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Bella Blue Designs

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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