New for the Holidays

Holiday shopping is in full swing, and Conspire is full to bursting with creative new fine art and gifts. Weve also added some new artists we think you’ll love. Here’s what’s new.

Teresa McGuire Fine Art– You may have caught Teresa painting, sculpting, or crafting in the studio space at the back of the shop. In addition to her paintings, we now carry gorgeous hand-painted full length skirts that swirl with galaxies and spreading trees. DePauw University alumni and students will love her framed charcoal sketches of college landmarks, and her original oil paintings are vibrant additions to any setting. Teresa is local to Greencastle and an important part of Conspire.

Rebecca’s Treasures Studio – This Spencer native has been making adorable toys from recycled fabrics for over 30 years. You’ll love her whimsical hand-sewn Christmas ornaments, dolls, and tiny cats.

Calendars are coming in, and they are awesome. Lisa Kessler Studio offers two old-fashioned tearaway calendars in her signature modern folk art style. Kate Funk has created a 2018 Cat Calendar that is a hilarious mashup of cultural icons and her long-suffering cat, AC.  The Our Bodies, Our Selves Calendar is a new project portraying beautifully tattooed women, and all proceeds benefit women’s reproductive services.

Holiday decorations for Christmas, Hannukah, and Solstice are coming in. You’ll love the dainty Christmas tree candy boxes and whimsical fox, raccoon, and owl ornaments by Whimsy Fine Art.  Our artists have made the most unique ornaments we’ve ever seen, from tiny original paintings by Ginger Danz to gourd doves from Sue Westhues.

Big Picture Farm– If you haven’t tried the handmade goat milk caramels from this Vermont homestead yet, you’re in for a treat. With flavors like Raspberry Rhubarb and Brown Butter Bourbon, these are the best caramels on earth. Our giftable watercolor boxes make this a perfect stocking stuffer or teacher gift.

Come on in, have a cup of hot tea, and see what’s new at Conspire!

December Featured Artist: Starsprinkle Supercollider

Our featured artist for December is the extra-sparkly, rainbow-colored husband and wife team of Starsprinkle Supercollider. We’ve known these gentle, free-spirited artists for several years through the tightly knit handmade community of Bloomington, Indiana, and we know you’ve love their style as much as we do.

Joshua is the force behind the whimsical, often storybook-inspired prints you’ve noticed in the shop. He applies his signature style to a series of faeries, monsters, and stories from Peter Pan to The Raven.

Cecily is a metalsmith and jewelry designer who creates the faceted, sparkling gemstone necklaces you may have noticed in the shop this month. She is inspired by the bunnies she loves and cares for, and often depicts creatures of the forest in her delicately crafted earrings and necklaces. Her depictions of unicorns, bunnies, and foxes in tiny wearable terrariums are some of our favorites.

Learn more about Starsprinkle Supercollider  and their love of  nature, fantasy, and a love of storytelling by visiting their website at Starsprinkle Supercollider.

Holiday Open Houses December 1 and 23

The holidays are upon us, and Conspire is looking pretty festive! We’re making it easier to shop local by staying open late- until 9 pm-  on First Friday, December 1, and on the Saturday before Christmas Eve, December 23.  We will have cookies, hot tea, samples of our Teehaus soaps made in house and our organic teas, and lots of perfect gifts for everyone on your list. Look for updates on Facebook and Instagram!

Small Business Saturday November 25

We hope you’ll all come out to Shop Small and support independent retailers and artists on Saturday, November 25. We’ll be open until 9 PM with tea and snacks available while you shop our selection of hand-picked gifts from local and regional artists and artisans. Conspire is full to bursting with unique items for everyone on your list this year, or you can pick up a gift card and let your friends shop for themselves. Our handmade Christmas, Hannukah and Solstice items are here!

As a special promotion of Putnam County businesses, bring in a receipt from another independent local business in Putnam County (not a chain) and receive 10% off any purchase at Conspire. Let’s keep our dollars local and grow our local community!

New Artists for October

We have some lovely new jewelry, local foods and fine art in the shop for October! Here are some highlights of our newest artists and artisans.

Salame Jewelry Design Brings the raw magic of crystals and geodes to life in a collection of elegant necklaces, bracelets and hairpins. This jewelry has sparkle, magic and power.

Ginger Danz Fine Art features a selection of colorful, quirky acrylic paintings and prints of everything from goats and chickens to guitars and fiddles. We love her mini paintings!

Ugo Bars Are vegan, high protein, healthy snack bars that taste awesome. We now carry Cool, Sage, ANutter, Wanderlust, and Ultra bars.

Harmony Bracelets are locally made leather bracelets with magnet closures and cute charms. Our customers love them and they’re selling out fast!

Threads of Life is our favorite new business. Bloomington artist Amy creates bohemian dreamcatchers and funky mounted animal heads that defy description. From a dignified racoon in reading glasses to a fluffy bunny nestled in a large wooden shoe, these creations will spark your imagination.

We also have cool new prints, posters, shirts, hats and enamel pins from Miss Happy Pink, and cute vintage-inspired Halloween decorations from Lindsay Hine Schroeder Fine Art.

If you haven’t been by the shop for a while, stop in and see what’s new! We have a cup of tea for you.

 

Featured Artist for October: Ginger Danz

We are so excited to welcome Greencastle native Ginger Danz to our collection of artists. Ginger’s colorful, quirky style and eye-catching images make us happy.  Ginger is now a resident of West Virginia, where she creates images of everything from goats and chickens to Italian landscapes. Visit her website at https://gingerdanz.com for more information. Here’s a glimpse inside Ginger’s studio and creative process:

August Featured Artist: Amy’s Funky Fibers

We’ve met some great new artists this summer! It was a pleasure to have Indianapolis fiber artist Amy Gunderson visit our town, and we’re so happy to introduce her wearable art to Greencastle.

Amy creates her unique scarves by hand painting, hand dyeing, nuno felting, shibori dyeing, and eco dyeing fibers. Her silk infinity scarves are super soft, and her funky fringed scarves are long and comfortable for layering. Our favorites are her painted silk scarves with silhouettes of leaves from Indiana woods and gardens, etched into the fibers through a technique Amy has perfected.

Come in and try one on, and peruse Amy’s Etsy shop for more styles: https://www.etsy.com/shop/amysfunkyfibers#items.

New Artists for August

It has been a busy summer at Conspire! You may have noticed work by a number of new artists in the shop. Here are our new additions for August- stop by and see what’s new.

dRock Press is a Lexington, Kentucky based letterpress with a penchant for wild, fantastical animal mashups, monster cats, and more. Check out our collection of prints, original art, stickers, shirts and faux tattoos in Derrick’s unique style.

Bees Knees Industries makes some of the cutest and coolest cat stuff around. You will fall in love with this Oregon artist’s purrmaids, catterflies,  caticorns and more. We now carry stickers, enamel pins, prints and cards made by Cate.

Cup & Kettle Tea Co. is a new Bloomington-based tea shop. Owners Kayla and Jessica hand blend their organic and fair trade teas into yummy and exotic new flavors with gorgeous, gift-able packaging. Come have a sample at the shop!

We also have lots of new t-shirts, stickers, and prints from our artists in stock just in time for school to start and Depauw classes to resume!

 

Magical Mystical Massage Tour May 22

Conspire: Contemporary Craft will host Colorado area massage therapist Julia Cameron Damon on Monday, May 22. Julia is on tour offering her unique massage and bodypainting skills around the country. She will have 8 massage slots open throughout the day on a first come, first served basis. Please schedule in advance.

You may schedule a massage ranging in time from 1-2 hours.
Rates are 1.10 a minute.
Julia is deaf. To schedule your appointment:
Text Julia at (303) 243-2240 or
Email: juliacamerondamon@gmail.com

From Julia:
My massage education began at the internationally acclaimed Boulder College of Massage Therapy. It was a wonderful foundation fusing the art and science of massage. I went on to Kauai to learn Lomi Lomi Hawaiian Massage and then in Denver I studied Ashiatsu Bar Therapy which is actually using your feet on the back and limbs of client. I have also done continuing education in Lower Back Pain Management, Core Sync, Thai Yoga Massage, Prenatal, Migraine Management, and Sports Ortho. My goal with each massage is to draw on all of these traditions and create a massage unique to each person’s needs. I look forward to creating with and nurturing each of you!

For more information, visit:
http://juliacamerondamon.wixsite.com/cams-massage