8th Annual Pear Fair – On College Hill in Cedar Falls, Iowa
The Pear Fair is a curated showcase of the very best in local and regional handmade craft and design. Founded by Mohair Pear in the spring of 2010, we wanted to introduce our customers to the artists who make the handmade gifts we carry along with new and unique crafters and artists from Iowa and the Midwest each year.
The eight annual Pear Fair open air indie craft fair will be held Saturday, September 15th, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, on the corner of 22nd and College Streets, in “Cedar Falls Municipal Lot G,” right next door to Octopus.
For more information check out The Pear Fair Website.
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Sewn baby items like shoes, bibs, burp cloths, blankets, and handcrafted jewelry and home decor. 2 year vendor, Dubuque, Iowa.
HARLAN’S EMPORIUM OF THE CURIOUS & BIZARRE
Jenna and Cori, the creators of Harlan’s Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre, have been making jewelry for 9 years. They travel throughout the Midwest sharing our aesthetic. The approach to their work is informed by a deep love for and appreciation of the Victorian era, a fascination with steampunk, and a devotion to whimsy and curiosity. They love to experiment with new designs. Everything they create is a one of a kind unique piece.
SMALL FOX STUDIOS
Small Fox’s functional pottery incorporates whimsical imagery, pattern, and color to amuse and delight the user. They incorporate flowing lines, candy colors, and texture elements into my ceramic service ware, encouraging exploration through use. The characters that star in the work dwell within fanciful floral landscapes, which activate the form and provide a sense of movement and place.
Is a Cedar Falls company, run by John Potter who makes handcrafted old school style skateboards, longboards, wall art, and misc. woodworking crafts. Most are built from recycled lumber or locally grown lumber.
Location: Cedar Falls, IA
Materials: New Materials, Natural or Found Materials, Upcycled, Recycled, or Repurposed
Trademark Letterpress Co. is a new brand design studio and letterpress company in Waterloo, Iowa. They design and print letterpress greeting cards, stationery, and paper merchandise which are printed on 100% cotton paper with the use of a vintage 1963 Heidelberg or 1887 Golding Pearl platen letterpress printing press.
At Whoa Nelli they create home cleaners and skincare products that perform beautifully for people who want goods they can feel good about.
Everlee Creative creates beautiful handwoven wall hangings, woven home decor, fiber art jewelry.
THREE WITCHES & MAGPIE ALCHEMY AND ARTS
Psychic readings using Lenormand cards and pendulums. Intuitive readings, totem animals, and handmade gemstone jewelry. First year vendor, Cedar Falls, Iowa.
THE VELVET THUNDER SHOP
The Velvet Thunder shop is a jewelry, crystal, and art shop run mostly online from Evansdale, IA by Christy. Starting in 2016 The Velvet Thunder Shop has made crystal jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, keychains, and more. Christy also sells other arts and crafts such as hair pieces, makeup/pencil bags, clothing, paintings, drawings, and photography prints. We also sell crystals for display, new and old collectors, and altars.
BOHO GYPSY GAL JEWELRY
Handcrafted necklaces, bracelets, earrings with a boho flair.
PRAIRIE CLOTH COMPANY
Prairie Cloth Company specializes in hand made, eco-friendly items for your home! It all started with a decision to cloth diaper our daughter. From there they started making us all sorts of reusable items: wool dryer balls, cloth napkins & unpaper towels.
Zhanna’s Jewels has been creating, upcycling, repurposing and reimagining jewelry and curiosties since around 2013. Come see the latest creations…crowns, wands, treasure boxes and who knows what else.
As a native CedarFallopian and veteran Pear Fairer, Kimberly makes fun stuff! She creates sock & yarn creatures. She also handbuilds and throws a variety of ceramic creations that are whimsical & functional. This year she is adding wearables!
JUST BUZZIN ART
Original mixed media paintings and screen printing by Jared Breyfogle’ from Parkersburg IA.
Ultraterrestrial is a small shop run by Becca Kacanda out of Milwaukee, WI specializing in colorful and unique decorative vinyl stickers, pinback buttons, greeting cards, and patches. She is inspired by the 80s, mysticism, music videos, cartoons, textile design, and folk art from around the world.
Location: Dubuque, IA
NO COAST PAPER CO.
No Coast Paper Co., Madison WI., offers a variety of greeting cards for every occasion but has a prominent focus on humor, minimalism, feminism and the lgbtq community.
Location: Madison, WI
NICOLE & DIME DESIGNS
From Des Moines, IA Nicole & Dime Designs specializes in creating hand-made, one of a kind, statement jewelry.
VanezzaWithTwoZZs brings a fantastic mix of vintage + modern to freshen up your jewelry collection. Her handmade creations are derived with vintage pieces & new metals. Styles both old & new come together in every piece to provide a unique look for years of enjoyment.
Materials: New, Thrifted, and Vintage
Location: Des Moines, IA
Years as a Pear Fair Vendor: 1
Everyday jewelry handmade in Ames, Iowa. Pieces are made with sterling silver and electroformed copper.
Quicksilver Designs offers affordable handmade jewelry for any occasion. From sleek sterling silver pieces to copper and raw stone jewelry, find your next go-to accessory!
Materials: New, Natural, Found
Location: Ames, IA
Rose Montalvo is a Milwaukee based creative whose thoughtfully-designed Paloma bags and wallets are hand crafted from upcycled leather and vintage textiles. Paloma is inspired in large part by nature, her Iowan roots and Mexican heritage.
ECHO JEWELRY & GIFTS
Hand-painted glass pendants, graphic design bubble necklaces, upcycled jewelry and gifts using game pieces, dice, comic books, metal gears, pressed flowers and more.
OH MY HEAVENS
Oh My Heavens is out of this world. They are bringing astrophotography framed, matted, and metal to Pear Fair.
Toastless specializes in unique handmade gifts. Started in 2014 by Cecelia Hotzler, Toastless is your place to find something a little different. From paintings to tooth ornaments, there’s something for everyone and every occasion.
Etsy Shop: www.toastless.etsy.com
Midcoast Design brings women’s accessories: turbans, wire headbands, and scarves.
MOM & DOTS
Mom and Dots designs hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind children’s apparel, toys and quilts from Cedar Rapids.
PIPPA MOON STUDIO
Pippa Moon Studio creates alternative process photography, mixed media, painted photos, from Cedar Falls.
ARMFUL OF WOOL
Naturally hand dyed yarn for busy hands and full hearts. Natural dyes on 100% American grown and milled fibers including Alpaca, Merino and Domestic wool. Establishing a dye garden on a corner of our organic farm in Waverly.
MARY LOUISE TEXTILES
Mary Louise Textiles started as an avenue in her studio practice to make wall hangings, rugs, embroideries and clothing. She believes that there should not be such a strict delineation between fine art and craft, as they are one in the same. Art should be accessible to everybody, and the creation of textiles goes back to our essential human nature.
Flourish means to grow in a healthy way, especially in the result of a particularly favorable environment. This is exactly what Esther & Dee want their works to encourage you to do. They will have some beautiful handmade plant holders, frames and so on created by Dee and also some watercolor prints, stickers, and signs created by Esther.
Wildsky Studio is currently making collage and mixed media works, that incorporate painting into the pieces. They use materials found from nature as embellishments, and all collage items are found as well. Wildsky Studio is out of Cedar Falls.
Handmakes wood Figures & paintings.
ARCTIC SUMMER HANDMADE
A past Pear Fair vendor, Arctic Summer’s handmade work includes Hemp bracelets, anklets, and necklaces; knit baby, kids and adult hats; knit scarves, headbands and reusable grocery totes.
Elaments offers an assortment of semiprecious pendants, keychains, necklace chains, and more. You can choose from an inventory of pre-made items, or she can give you a card reading and choose special items just for you based on the reading. Simple, beautiful items, handcrafted with love and a touch of magic.
Sells nature-inspired jewellery and dreamcatchers. Hand carved mushrooms, feathers, samaras, acorns, and more.
Creates stickers, art prints/posters, buttons, original painting, Techno Lumina Starter Kits.
LA CALLE LATIN AMERICAN FOOD TRUCK
Make sure you stick around the Hill until 6:30pm-9pm for the College Hill Partnership’s Oktoberfest. Several SingleSpeed Brews will be on tap, Chad’s Pizza is sponsoring a beard contest, La Calle will have an Oktoberfest Special, and there will be yard games and music. #HeadtotheHill for OKTOBERFEST 2018.