fun with hot glass

We had an amazing time with Kim Fraczek last Saturday. She brought her whole glassblowing setup and made custom pieces for folks who stopped by.

glassblower Kim Fraczek

glassblower Kim Fraczek

The first was a pair of glass bulb pendants with tiny stone fossils trapped inside.

fossils - before

fossils - before

finished fossil necklaces

finished fossil necklaces

Another was a piece for this little girl, a small Swiss coin trapped in a glass bubble. Perhaps the coin was a gift from the Tooth Fairy! Here’s a video of Kim working on it.

A little girl shows off her new trapped coin necklace

A little girl shows off her new trapped coin necklace

She also made a ring for Phil in purple and green to match his bowling ball.

Phil and his new ring

Phil and his new ring

glass ring by Kim Fraczek

glass ring by Kim Fraczek

The weather was not great at first but it cleared up, becoming a lovely day for a craft show.

Kelly Werkheiser and her jewelry

Kelly Werkheiser and her jewelry

Salihah Moore and her Lion of the Sea booth

Salihah Moore and her Lion of the Sea booth

And Jonathan’s jazz guitar set was low-key and lovely.

Jonathan York

Jonathan York

Our next Second Saturday event will be November 14. It will be hard to top this one, but it will be our Second AnniVIXary party that day. The craft show will be on too, moving indoors to Danger Danger Gallery, 5013 Baltimore. (Email satellite2ndsaturday@gmail.com if you are interested in vending.) Hope to see you there!

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the very first second

It’s the first of our Second Saturday events, get it?

a show of work by digital collage artist Jen McCleary

a show of work by digital collage artist Jen McCleary,plus special guest Shakey Lyman!

As part of the Satellite Second Saturday: Arts Galore on Baltimore series, we will be hosting a show by local artist Jen McCleary, whose work includes paintings, photography, digital collage and mixed media jewelry. We have represented her artwork for some time, like her amazing vintage optician’s lens pendants, but she will be bringing many new pieces that will be available only at the show, so be sure to check it out. We’ll also have refreshments, and as a special treat: live blues by the legendary Shakey Lyman!

The craft show on the triangle outside starts at 11 and will include over 20 local artisans. Jen’s show starts at 12, and Shakey will probably get going at about 1. We hear there’s even going to be a flea market at the church, so it sounds like a perfect day to head over to 50th & Baltimore! Hope the weather’s nice! Saturday, August 8.

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happy “I”!

birthday cakeVIX is now 1 year old! We had a great party on Saturday too, thanks so much to everyone who came out! It was great to see everyone, friends and neighbors who came out to wish us well. Dozens of folks showed up — we lost count after a while!

Shakey and Sean rocked out

Shakey and Sean rocked out

friends Julie and Mark (Mark won a door prize!)

friends Julie and Mark

Shoppers explored all our handcrafted goodies, like jewelry made of bicycle parts by Spokespeople. Mark won one of our door prizes!

the radiant Taryn Hipp, aka mymy (wearing glasses)

the radiant Taryn Hipp, aka mymy (wearing glasses)

Taryn, who makes our awesome and sassy 1″ buttons, came out from Willow Grove for the occasion. She won a door prize too!

the slightly blurry Emily, 7 months pregnant

the slightly blurry Emily, 7 months pregnant

What a great kickoff to the holiday season. We have a lot to be thankful for this year. Happy Thanksgiving!

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happy october!

The leaves are starting to turn, our thoughts are turning to Halloween costume ideas, and a chill is in the air… Time to put on something warm! VIX has some new handmade cool-weather wear, like ponchos and wraps by Lisa Bowe, and these fingerless gloves by Johanna Marshall. Note to all knitters, crocheters, felters and fiber workers of all kinds: there’s room for plenty more!

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images under glass

Please join us for our next in-store event, featuring new work by a longtime West Philly resident, Mike Scott-Straight. His jewelry, bits of stained glass and broken pottery set in metal, has been a perennial favorite here at VIX. He is now incorporating found vintage images into some of his work, jewelry as well as some larger pieces, like this Art Deco inspired mirror. Trey will set the mood with his nineteenth century fiddlin’, and refreshments will be served. Join us, won’t you?

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tell me something good…

Oh yes, it was good. The N2N festival was an awesome way to spend Labor Day.

The weather was gorgeous. What huge crowds there were on our little corner! There were tons of vendors, food and of course, great music. The headliner was, of course, the one and only Chaka Khan.

crowds at 50th & Baltimore (you can see VIX in the background)

ms. khan herself

ms. khan herself

She didn’t stop by the store, but plenty of new faces did. It was great to meet so many new people and spread the word about VIX.

Hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!

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chaka khan… chaka khan…

let her rock you

let her rock you

This Monday, Sept. 1st, Labor Day, is the annual Neighborhood to Neighborhood festival at 50th and Baltimore. Right outside our door, in other words. It’s a huge spectacle, with a parade, carnival rides and live music.

The headliner this year is none other than Ms. Khan herself. Right outside out door. Last year it was Mos Def. VIX will be open, needless to say. We’re usually closed Mondays, but I guess we’ll make an exception just this once…

Stop by, if you can make it through the crowds. (Don’t drive. The 34 trolleys will be diverted too, but you can get close on the 13.)

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shopvixemporium.com!

Introducing a new place to see our handmade goodies: our new online shop. We have some of our own creations there, like the gocco cards and the ever-popular “West Philly” apparel, as well as a selection of fine goods from our local consignors. It’s quite a variety of items that will be changed and updated from time to time. Check out shopvixemporium.com and let us know what you think! 🙂

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photos of “handwrought”

Thanks to everyone who came out to our event on Saturday. We had a great time. Keith sold several of his amazing pieces, including my favorite, a fabulous brass pair of earrings.We see him here proudly showing his newest work, including the hat he’s wearing, made of fabric from a salvaged pair of pants. (I don’t think he’s in the hat business just yet, though.)

People of all ages (and a cat) lingered to listen to Birdie Busch’s lovely music until long into the evening.

This curious little fellow sneaked in to listen to the music, I guess. He’s very cute. I hope he found his way home safely.

It’s been too long since we had an event here at VIX. I forgot how much fun they can be! Our next one is planned for Saturday, September 13, featuring our good friend and brand-new dad, stained glass artist Mike Straight. Music TBA. Hope to see you then!

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“handwrought”

\"handwrought\"

Please join us for our next in-store event, when two very talented artists will be featured.

Keith King’s bold jewelry designs have made quite an impact at VIX — we’ve really never seen anything like them. He sculpts wire and sheet metal into dramatic and unusual jewelry, primarily earrings, but lately he’s been branching out into bracelets and other wearable art. Meet the artist and see some of his newest one-of-a-kind creations in silver, copper and brass.

Also joining us will be songstress Birdie Busch with a solo performance of some of her original compositions. Her music is whimsical and upbeat, with clever and inventive lyrics. She is truly a refreshing voice in the local singer-songwriter scene. A West Philly resident, she has two albums under her belt, “The Ways We Try” and “Penny Arcade”, both of which are available at VIX.

We’re honored to have both of these artists join us and we hope you will, too. Refreshments will be served.

Saturday, July 19, 6-9 pm.

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