Thursday, December 10, 2015

Tis the Season! Gifts of Every Genre!

Meet Jodi Culver from Sweet-n-Tipsy...
I'm Jodi, the founder of Sweet-n-Tipsy. I have two lovely girls and a very supportive husband. I'm a very adventurous person and I suppose that's why when I was given the challenge to take my love of making out of the ordinary treats for friends and family out to the public, I accepted it.

It's only been a short six months that Sweet-n-Tipsy has been a company. We've only been in one of the Avant-Garde shows, but were very impressed with organization and friendliness of everyone there and have signed up for future show.
It was completely by happenstance that I stumbled into my talent of caramel making. I have a personal love for caramel, I guess you could say it's my Achilles heal when it comes to sweets. In reading over the instructions on how to make caramel  everyone made it sound like I was going to be making a bomb that could blow at any moment, which, I confess, made me want to make it even more. That's when I found I have a proclivity for caramel making.

I would love to have a shop someday where I can cook and create all kinds of crazy confections all day.

Meet Renee Taylor from RENwear Creations...
I have been a graphic designer and artist for over 12 years. My background in theater and prop making add inspiration to each piece of handmade jewelry art. I have always had an interest in vintage, Art Nouveau and filigree styled art and fashion accessories.

As owner/artist for RENwear Creations I have been creating and selling jewelry for over a year, both on Etsy and at craft shows. One of my main influences is Steampunk, which is a wonderful whimsical world of Victorian Science Fiction – full of steam-powered machines, flying airships and gas-lit romance.
RENwear signature pieces have a vintage feel, but also include a modern twist on Victorian flare. Most of my unique jewelry pieces and fashion accessories are handmade using upcycled parts from both vintage costume jewelry and other finds such as antique buttons. My ultimate goal with my business is to no longer need a 40 hour a week "day job." I currently work as a contract graphic designer for JoAnn Stores headquarters in Hudson, but as of right now it is only a temporary position.
RENwear Creations, based in Cleveland, Ohio, was founded as a trademark brand of Renee Taylor (Lady Ren). Learn more at and follower her on social media as renwearcreations or ladyren02.

Meet Brian Bakos from Brian Bakos Fine Art...
I am 37 and have been happily married for 5 years.  My wife Ginger and I have two boys ages 10 and 4.  All four of us paint and create as a hobby.

I have been painting landscapes and creating functional art since my early twenties.  I discovered my love for stained glass living in Texas and have been working with ever since.
My inspiration comes from emotions and energies.  Being able to use nature as a medium to express emotions is where I get most of my inspiration.

An artist friend working with light boxes was my inspiration to get into the craft hobby and functional art world.

I discovered my talent in 1st grade when a drawing I completed was shown off to the class. My family has supported my love for the arts since a young age.
My creative process evolves from emotions and feelings. I imagine how to capture a feeling I am thinking of on canvas and use nature, bright colors, and celestial beings to create.

In five years I see myself being in a full time art studio creating and inspiring every day. My message from my work would be “snapshots of emotions!”

Meet Cheryl Gross from
I have always been a maker, and took an avid interest in preserving sewing, quilting and other needle arts after graduating college with my degree in computer technology. Throughout the 90’s, I was mentored by a textile designer in Lancaster PA, and was able to learn Amish and Mennonite quilting methods firsthand, as well as fabric dyeing techniques.
Recently, I began experimenting with a different technique when I dye fabric. The results have been amazing, and each piece has patterning that is hauntingly beautiful and unique.

I love to showcase these stunning fabrics by creating beautiful quilts, table and furniture runners and other home décor.

Meet Cheryl Johnson from LeSabre Design Jewelry...
I am a native Clevelander, and a Shaker Hts. resident for over 25 years. I’ve
been making jewelry for about five years now. For me, creativity has always 
been in me and it comes naturally.

How I got into my craft.. After working in academia and business sectors for 
years, I now have time to focus on my passion in art. I have always been in art 
since elementary school, when I discovered my artistic creativity.

My creative process.. I have a vision that leads me to design each product.
My five year goal... I feel that this is just the beginning and I intend to unfold more of my creative talent.  Art is a journey of exploring, developing and releasing.  It’s never ending. 

The message behind my work is that each piece is personally designed to be unique to other fashion jewelry. For more of my work, please visit my shop on

2015 Chagrin Falls Fall Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show
Saturday & Sunday, December 12th and 13th, 2015
Saturday - 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday- 11:00am-5:00pm
Federated Church Family Life Center
16349 Chillicothe Rd.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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