Can you believe it has been 3 years since Conspire: Contemporary Craft opened its doors? Celebrate with us by taking 10% off anything in the store on Saturday, March 3 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Snacks and free samples of our soaps and teas will be available while they last!
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!
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!
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.
Our new gallery show is extra fun. “Toy Stories” juxtaposes barbies, legos, baby dolls, yodas and dinosaurs in modern, unexpected ways. Indianapolis artist Aaron Swartz will change your perspective on toys with this whimsical and tongue-in-cheek collection of his photography. Showing through January 1 at Conspire.
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
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:
Have you noticed our growing selection of books and cds by Greencastle writers and musicians? We now offer a carefully curated collection of the very best of our local arts scene.
So far our artists and musicians include:
Supporting the work of these local artists is a great way to help our music and literary scene in Greencastle grow.
It’s a pretty diverse and colorful bunch of people who come through the doors of Conspire. Together, we’ve been brainstorming ways to use our presence in Greencastle to support marginalized groups in Indiana and encourage the kind of diversity and acceptance we want to see in our town. Conspire now carries some products that make a statement about diversity, and we will be donating the proceeds to groups that we have identified as making a difference where it’s needed. You will find the first of these products in the shop:
- Black Lives Matter bumper stickers. Proceeds from the sales of these stickers will be donated to the Gary, Indiana chapter of Black Lives Matter.
- Full sized rainbow flags. Proceeds go to Freedom Indiana, fighting for equality for LGBTQ people.
- Pick up a copy of the book club selections for the new Greencastle LGBT Book Club, meeting monthly at the Putnam County Public Library. We will carry copies of the current book club pick and can provide information about meetings.
Have ideas about ways Conspire can be a supportive presence for underserved groups? Let us know!