"We are born Makers. We move what we're learning from our heads through our hearts to our hands"—Brené Brown
A typical holiday season brings lots of festive local markets and craft shows to the Lehigh Valley—and along with them, a chance to support our independent local vendors who operate outside the “brick and mortar” model. But this is no typical holiday season, with many in-person markets cancelled. What to do? Never fear! Fig Bethlehem has put together a selection of some of Lehigh Valley’s best local makers, artists, and creators for you. We know that “paging through” is not the same as “strolling through”… but we think you’ll love browsing these pages and supporting these independent, local makers. Pick up a unique piece of jewelry, a hand-poured candle, a piece of art for that blank wall. And feel great about the fact that you supported local, too.
Below are a few highlights from The Guide to Lehigh Valley Makers in Fig Bethlehem.
Jill Italiano of House of Metalworks484.393.2035 • @house_of_metalworks
Offering handmade, affordable jewelry, House of Metalworks is the place to find that perfect gift, or something special for yourself. House of Metalworks creates woman-made, eco-friendly jewelry for everyday wear—and is made to last a lifetime! Explore their wide selection of handmade jewelry by shopping their website. Contactless pickup is offered!
- Stackable Rings
- Friendship Bracelets
- Time Delivered Gift Certificates
- Virtual Classes
Sarah Nemitz of Gingersnaps Bowshello@gingersnapsbows.com • @gingersnapsbows
Made by hand at Owner Sarah Nemitz’s home in Pennsylvania, Gingersnaps Bows offers colorful, custom hairbows and accessories. Sarah takes inspiration from pop culture while maintaining a clean, classic style. The result is a clean, crisp look with a touch of whimsy, adding a special touch to holiday and everyday outfits.SHOP >
Alexis Hankerson of Cherry Lane Candle Company
A small, female-owned candle business based in Easton, PA, Cherry Lane uses only the highest quality ingredients. Each candle is hand made in small batches, and always with the customer in mind. Produced with eco-friendly soy wax that produces a clean, slow burn, each and every candle is hand-wicked and encased in a 100% reusable glass vessel. Cherry Lane candles are proudly free from dyes, paraffins, and phthalates, and are blended with premium non-toxic fragranced oils.
Anthony Smith, Mixed-media artist610.533.3110 • anthonysmithjr.com • @asmithjrnyc
Beginning with simple sketches that over time become stylized, calligraphic forms contributing to an intricate layering of line work, paint, and collage, mixed-media artist Anthony Smith aims in his work to create an orderly-but-exotic universe that invites the viewer to play. In his words, “I hope my works lead the viewers on a journey of discovery.”
Janet Schroeder of Ann Carol Jewelry Designs610.625.3010 • @anncaroldesigns
With over 20 years of experience designing handmade contemporary sterling silver and epoxy resin jewelry, owner and creator Janet Schroeder takes meticulous care to ensure that every detail of her Ann Carol jewelry is special and something to be treasured. And it takes patience, too: some pieces take several drying cycles to fuse the colors into an intricately beautiful piece of wearable art!
Michelle Wagner of Allegro Art Studioallegroartstudio.org • @allegroartstudio
Allegro Art Studio is a collective of mixed media art inspired by science and nature. Using everything from acrylics and resin to watercolor and alcohol ink, local artist and owner Michelle Wagner applies her stunning designs not just to wall art, but to a range of everyday products including pillows, mugs, bath mats, notebooks, coasters, and more.
Explore Fig's entire Holiday Issue.