Monday, September 29, 2014

World Maker Faire : The Bust Craftacular

Last weekend, Colin and I hopped the train to New York City to spend the day at World Maker Faire.  Included in the show was the Bust Craftacular.
The Bust Craftacular is a small indie craft fair featuring an eclectic array of handmade and vintage wares.  This year it was located right inside the main gates so I wandered over to it immediately in search of fun and funky jewelry.
The first vendor to catch my eye was HAWKHOUSE by Jessica Kramer.  Jessica creates electroformed jewelry incorporating raw crystals, gems and fossils.  I loved her work so much that at the end of the day I returned to purchase a chunky Herkimer diamond ring.
Circuit Breaker Labs
Circuit Breaker Labs was my next stop.  Artist Amanda Preske, creates wearable pieces out of e-waste.  She uses discarded circuit boards, recycled solar cells and resin to make necklaces, bracelets, keychains etc...  She happened to have a small selection of expandable badge holders/lanyards for sale.  Colin thought they were perfect for his badge at work so he happily made a crafty purchase.
Zoa Chimerum
One of the most unusual finds at the show was Zoa Chimerum.  These funky pieces are created by Ian Henderson who uses materials repurposed from the electronics industry.  They are rubber over aluminum cores and you just want to reach out and touch them.  I did....a lot.
With Roots
The most whimsical find at the show was With Roots.  With Roots jewelry features tiny terrariums with real plants living inside.  These things were adorable!  With Roots is a Brooklyn-based business run by artist Sharon Goldberg. I am definitely putting one of these on my Christmas wish list!
Eisentraut Jewelry

Another Brooklyn-based business, Eisentraut Jewelry features an insignia line of pendants and rings. Included in your purchase are two sticks of sealing wax perfect for those that enjoy sending handwritten letters.  Eisentraut also has two other jewelry lines based on nature and pigeons.

Overall, it was a fun day out filled with crafty goodness and geeky fun!  Maker Faire hosts shows all over the world.  Check their website to see if there is one in your area.  You never know what kind of inspiration you will come home with!

Diana P.
Suburban Girl Studio LLC


  1. I love the shark's tooth and everything by With Roots! Thanks for sharing these inspirational pieces!

  2. You've got some amazing pieces! I like the ones with the plants in them. How do you keep them so green over time? I can only imagine how much work goes into those. You've got some really creative jewelry! Keep up the good work.

    Gerald Vonberger |

  3. Looks like you had loads of fun!! I really like the Circuit Board jewelry and everything else too!!

  4. Those are all really cool designs! 😍


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