We can’t wait for you to meet the ten individual youth makers selling at the Holiday Market!
Handmade Arcade is dedicated to extending the learning and making opportunities of our popular market to youth makers. The youth maker accelerator program provides a free vendor space, money for materials and event day expenses, three educational workshops, professional maker mentors, and more!
AND WITHOUT FURTHER ADO INTRODUCING . . .
Noah, age 19, Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School
Follow Noa @thedeseesed
Noa is a budding fashion designer and illustrator. Using his photos and drawings, he combines his art, text, graphics, and pictures to create designs he transfers to t-shirts, prints, enamel pins, and stickers. Once complete, he loves modeling his creations along with his friends. Don’t miss his table!
styx, age 16, City of Bridges High School
Follow styx @mothball.apparel
styx creates handpainted clothes, bizarre jewelry, and original artwork. Starting with sketches inspired by anime, punk culture, nature, and historical art, styx transfers the art to clothing using chalk, paint, bleach safety pins, and chains. They use small found objects for their jewelry creation as charms for funky and fun earrings and necklaces that are sure to be conversation starters.
Spool & Co.
Veronica, age 13, The Environmental Charter School
Follow Veronica @spool_and_co
When inspiration strikes, Veronica creates expressive art, adding and layering paints, charcoal work, paper, and ephemera, to her collages. She then adds funky yarn, fabrics, and sewn elements. Veronica’s pieces are one-of-a-kind, eccentric, and surreal creations.
Rylee, Age 18, Kent State University
Follow Rylee @shades.of.evergreen
Rylee keeps her hands busy creating beautiful macrame keychains, lanyards, wall decor, and other small accessories. She creates unique designs by experimenting with different types and sizes of cords and adding wooden beads and charms. Rylee’s items make great holiday ornaments and gifts.
Taylor, Age 18, Imani Christian Academy
Follow Taylor @Bossgirlcollection_
This teenage entrepreneur is a true boss girl! She creates unique custom shirts, jean jackets, and hats along with her makeup line of lipglosses, lip-scrubs, and lashes. If you stop by her table, you will walk away feeling fabulous!
Dakota, Age 14, Moon Area High School
Follow Dakota @inspire.great.things
Dakota makes handmade greeting cards, bookmarks, and prints using various methods, including hand drawing, prints, cuts from her Cricuts, watercolors, markers, pens, pressed flowers, and paper collages. Dakota loves being outside, and you can see nature’s inspiration in all her pieces.
The Crows Nest
Tyerin, age 18, Allderdice High School
Follow Tyerin @crowsnest_crochet
Tyerin crochets beautiful, colorful, and fun cardigans and hats. His hats come in different styles ranging from animal-themed bucket hats to simple beanies. He also creates household items like coasters, small wall scrolls, pillowcases, small decorative pumpkins, and Christmas trees. Perfect for holiday gifts for anyone on your holiday gift list!
Anna, Age 16, City of Bridges High School
Follow Anna @carefreecritters
Anna loves to build puppets, write, paint, and play music. Her 13-year-old sister, Gia, who is deaf and cognitively delayed, enjoys creating unique, imaginative drawings using sharpies. Together they started a small business that transforms Gia’s artwork into adorable creatures such as plushies, pins, stickers, keychains, and small puppets. These amazing sisters love having fun and creating together!
Deedee Customs + Screen printing and Art by JoJo
Deonna and JoJo are excited to share a table at the Holiday Market! Both are students of Westinghouse High School and members of Meshwork Prints Youth Maker programming. These illustrators transfer their fun and unique designs onto shirts and totes using screen printing and other transfer methods.
Lucy, Age 14, Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) High School
During the pandemic, Lucy began to explore the art of jewelry making. With the help of her family and a laser cutter, Lucy has taken this passion to the next level – creating custom jewelry in bold colors using wood, acrylic, metal, and paint. She has recently begun experimenting with epoxy resin too! Her playful designs bring out the kid in everyone.