Market Day Showcases Local Talent

Clear your schedule for the last Saturday of the month for the next three months, because you’ll be busy shopping at Market Day in downtown Des Moines – that is, if you know what’s good for you.

Now on it’s second season, Market Day makes it easy to buy local and to buy creative. This monthly market is the home to all things original, homemade, artsy and vintage. There is no admission fee to attend Market Day, which is held in an old warehouse on SW 5th street, and it’s packed with local artists all with stories that are as unique as their goods.

Here’s a little bit about a few of the local artists that I spoke with when I made my first trip down to Market Day:

Dank Artistry – Dan Kemp

After getting so fed up with his day job that he threw his work boots in the river, Dan decided that he had a greater calling and his endeavor came in the form of Dank Artistry.

Dan specializes in creating jewelry, such as rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets, out of old silverware. Dan enjoys looking for the perfect spoons for his pieces and he find a lot of them by bidding on them online. Each piece is unique and Dan is willing to custom order. View and purchase his collection online at:

Pink Slip Studio – Sandy Spilker

After losing her job, Sandy decided that she wanted to showcase her creative side by “telling visual stories for a living,” so she created Pink Slip Studio. Her artwork is original, brightly colored and inspirational and her message is as unique as her collection.

“The work is supposed to build people up and give people inspiration and hope,” said Sandy. “It’s all about moving on in your life.” Sandy has smaller pieces (for those of us who are in offices and cubicles), as well as a few larger pieces. Make sure you search, “Pink Slip Studio” on Facebook or follow @PinkSlipStudio.

Big Button Archive – Jess McCauley

Jess started her crafty endeavor back in April when a few of her friends told her that she should start selling her button creations. Jess specializes in creating button rings out of old buttons that she finds.

Jess filled me in on a little secret, “Once you start collecting something, people start bringing you tons of things; in my case it’s buttons.”

Whether she finds the buttons at a local garage sale or she’s given them by a friend, she sells these funky rings for $10 each or 2 for $15!

Chricket Designs – Christine Boeckhot

After her job became a bit boring, Christine Boeckhot, a law school student and artist, decided that she wanted to come up with something new and exciting.

“I get bored really easily,” said Christine. “I wanted tofind something fun to do.” Christine began creating a collection of zipper and tape measure headbands that turned normal sewing supplies into stylish hair accessories.

Christine’s vintage hair accessories sell for under $15 and were something that immediately caught my eye. Search “Chricket Designs” on Facebook to  keep informed about the lastely and greatest from Christine. You can also stop by Ephemera in the East Village to purchase her creations.

b * designed – Britney Short

Britney is a energetic, young artist who creates everything from unique graphic t-shirts, to wall art. If you check our her site, you’ll soon realize that she does a little bit of everything and she welcomes custom orders on any of her pieces.

A few of my favorites include: a baby onesie with a screen-printed mustache and framed paint chip art. You can also find her on Facebook by searching b*designed or by visiting her site:

And finally, here’s an awesome art-related quote: “Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.”  -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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