The Riverside Arts Market (RAM), now in its 13th yr, is a weekly makers and farmers market hosted by Riverside Avondale Preservation (RAP) on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., rain or shine. Every week greater than 100 small enterprise homeowners collect beneath the cover of the Fuller Warren Bridge to promote their merchandise to the local people. Preserve studying to study extra about a number of the unbelievable distributors that make RAM a must-visit a part of every Saturday.
If we may collectively solely keep in mind one factor from 2020, it may be the sensation of isolation so many confronted amid a world pandemic. Alise was no exception. On the finish of 2020 “I used to be in grad college, working a number of digital jobs, and my accomplice was deployed abroad. I discovered myself feeling remoted and in want of a inventive outlet,” she says.
With a background in music and no solution to creatively specific herself, she determined to embark on a brand new enterprise enterprise that might enable her to flex her inventive muscle mass. She first tried her hand at candle making, which she discovered to be “extra scientific than inventive.” Alise had all the time cherished equipment and jewellery, and as soon as she acquired her fingers on polymer clay, she knew she discovered the proper match. Jasper & Elm, a curated assortment of handmade, light-weight jewellery and equipment, was born.
The plan was all the time to show Jasper & Elm right into a enterprise – inside just a few weeks of making Alise arrange her LLC and enterprise account – however that doesn’t imply she didn’t have fears alongside the way in which. “Initially, the startup prices of a enterprise have been what scared me,” she mentioned. Fears of failure and dropping her funding loomed, however after a weekend of making jewellery with home company she knew she was a part of one thing that might be larger than she may’ve imagined.
Alise says “polymer clay is a therapeutic craft, and I can lose myself in it for hours at a time with out realizing it.” The results of all that arduous work and dedication to the craft? A variety in merchandise: from easy and chic to funky assertion items and every part in-between. In truth, she says her area of interest has change into vacation jewellery due to the enjoyment it brings her to create them. Due to what number of concepts she had for the vacation season, she determined to go massive this yr.
On November 1st Alise launched her vacation assortment, Feelin’ Festive. That is Jasper & Elm’s largest product drop of 2022 with greater than 30 distinctive items. From snow globe earrings to handcrafted gnome ornaments — her private favorites of the gathering – there’s one thing for everybody this vacation season.
After the hustle and bustle of the vacation season fades Alise has massive plans for 2023. She’s already created a top level view of what she desires the following yr to seem like for Jasper & Elm, which she admits is “enjoyable but in addition a bit intimidating!” She might be sharing extra specifics in January, however for now she’s excited to show her desires for her lady, military-spouse owned small enterprise right into a actuality.
Should you’d wish to study extra about Jasper & Elm, one of the simplest ways is to observe her on Instagram @jasperandelm. She’s fairly lively on the platform, posting a wide range of merchandise, suggestions for different small enterprise homeowners and polymer clay makers, and reels which are positive to make nearly anybody smile. To take a look at all her creations and order on-line, go to her web site. For in-person purchases, examine her out every Saturday beneath the bridge at RAM.
Are you interested by turning into a RAM maker in 2023? Please go to riversideartsmarket.org and assessment the Functions tab for entry to our 2023 Vendor Curiosity Kind and extra data. Functions might be open to the general public this month.
By Elena Curtis
Outreach Supervisor, Riverside Avondale Preservation