By day, Tonawanda resident Katie Cipollone runs a Head Start preschool program on the West Side of Buffalo…at night she’s crafter extraordinaire! Her pieces mostly focus on Buffalo-themed gifts and décor, including wine glasses, coasters and pallet signs, and she receives orders from Buffalovers all over the country. See more at Etsy.com/shop/CipShopBflo.
Native Buffalonian Beth Adams, creative force behind Dolly Valentine, has been running her design and sewing business for nearly 15 years. Her original focus was handbags and accessories, but after giving birth to her daughter, began creating vintage-inspired baby clothes and accessories. Next, Adams plans to add 1950s-inspired special-occasion party dresses for little girls and their moms. Find more at Etsy.com/shop/dollyvalentine.
Born and raised in Buffalo, Rachel Sweeney, the imaginative force behind Indie Twenty, designs striking jewelry made for the Boho babe in all of us. Sweeney’s pieces feature a sophisticated West Coast vibe. Currently expanding into apparel and tapestries, Sweeney also offers a local, personalized monthly subscription box that sells for $29.99. Each “Babe Box” contains lifestyle and jewelry items valuing over $80. See her pieces at IndieTwentyJewelry.com.
Linda V Busch Designs
A WNY native, textile artist Linda Busch loves the colors of nature and organic and geometric shapes. Her painted wooden eggs were inspired by her Hungarian grandmother who created pysanky eggs every year at Easter. Many of Busch’s sophisticated designs are painted freehand. Her dazzling miniature creations range from her recent blue starry sky universe/cosmic eggs to mini Buffalos. See more at Etsy.com/shop/LindaVBuschDesigns.
Searching for meaningful work, lifelong Buffalonian Erin Meissner began creating original hand-painted works of ceramic art that celebrate life’s exceptional moments. Her simple yet beautiful pieces are designed to speak to the heart. Meissner’s personalized creations commemorate happy occasions, celebrate gratitude and offer daily encouragement. Meissner hand-etches designs into clay, and then imprints images and text, letter by letter. Each piece is then hand painted, which allows custom color options, before being finished with a protective high gloss. Visit Etsy.com/shop/elmstudiosonline.
Yankee Rose Creations
Born in the OLV Infant Home on Long Island and adopted at two months old, Trisha Ryan moved to Buffalo at age 20 after finding her biological family. Currently a Southern Tier resident, Ryan now runs Yankee Rose Creations, a fiber arts business creating photo props, hats and accessories. Her handcrafted line of fun and funky accessories are perfect for showing your nerdy side or geeky pride; her pieces are frequently seen in the stands of New Era Field and the KeyBank Center, or being sported by Buffalo Turkey Trot runners. For more, go to Etsy.com/shop/yankeerose or catch Ryan at one of many local shows including Nickel City Con.