Beautiful Sunday! Today we feature Melissa Bankhead of Hippie Hamper and Bevin Holmberg of Mermaid Meadow. These two ladies are three-time Big Thaw veterans, and we just adore their work. Hippie Hamper brings bright, patterned fabrics, colorful embroidery and all things you didn’t know were essential to your home until you saw them (re: ruffly aprons and bird-shaped pin cushions!) And Mermaid Meadow presents a playful world of anthropomorphic animals, seaside motifs and rustic accents for your home.
The Big Thaw: How has your own mother (or mother figure) influenced your art, craft or endeavor?
Hippie Hamper: My mother has been a huge influence to me. Not only was she the one who taught me how to sew, hand embroider and stitch, but she has also been supportive to my goals as a crafter. She’s my “go to” gal when I have any creative doubt, always lifting me back up!
Mermaid Meadow: In more ways than I could EVER express. She and my dad were both extremely talented artists. She has always encouraged and inspired me in ways no one else ever could. My mother taught me that there are no accidents in art… just opportunities for change.
The Big Thaw: And what new products will you have available for shoppers at The Big Thaw this coming weekend?
Hippie Hamper: Hand embroidered tea towels with a vintage feel, bird pin cushions filled with walnut shells for sharpening needles, half aprons that would make any mom smile, and felt flower pins to dress up your outfit!
Mermaid Meadow: I painted a variety of small square tiles for The Big Chill that made good holidays gifts… for the Big Thaw I plan to make more with a lighter, spring-like theme!
We can’t wait, you two!! The Big Thaw is happening on Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo Street. We will see you there!