design hive: buy local

Posted by susan on December 21st, 2008. Filed under: everyday adventures, go green, stylish travel.

Design Hive is the brainchild of Valerie Fox, who felt that the designer markets you can find in New York City ought to be an experience for Bostonians as well. Featuring local designers and artists, Design Hive is also a place where you can actually find affordable stuff (www.designhivemarket.com).

Last Saturday was the last day of this event, which ran every Saturday since November. I loved it so much that I made the trek two weekends in a row – and yesterday it was in a storm.

Here are some of my favorites…

  • Jute and Jackfruit is devoted to conserving natural resources, investing in communities, and creating stunning products – and stunning they are. You can find more info on their site (www.juteandjackfruit.com) and also on founder Shana Yansen’s blogs Jute & Jackfruit blog & Green Cotton. The Candy Wrapper Bags were my absolute favorite –  they are handmade using Mayan weaving techniques by indigenous men and women in Mexico. Each bag is a one-of-a-kind and made of 100% recycled candy wrappers.

[Courtesy of Jute and Jackfruit blog]

  • These pictures by Monkey Chow are funny and cute. They come framed as shown below and also as stickers, magnets, cards, etc. You can check out more at Etsy or by going here: www.monkeychow.com.

[Courtesy of Monkey Chow]

  • MASS.production puts out some really amazing pieces of art that’s created by local artists. You can find more information on their site (www.massprodart.com) and blog.

Hopefully Design Hive will be making a return in the Spring. If you are interested, you can follow them on Facebook.


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