Moving to South City has been the best decision of my life lately. There’s so much to do that there’s actually too much to do, if that makes any sense. Whether you’re interests lie in music, food, arts, crafts, shopping, whatever, you name it, it’s there. And the best part is that I’m always finding new establishments the hood, and city as a whole, can really be proud of.
At the most recent Handmade Happy Hour- St. Louis Made: A Maker’s Pop-Up edition, I met Angela Malchionno of The Enamel Project. Indigo prints and handmade bowls caught my eye in passing by Enamel’s booth and I just had to find out more. Talking with Malchionno, I found out that Enamel is only a few blocks away from my apartment, located at 3123 Morganford. How great! Even better was that I also found out that they offer wonderful classes like Shibori Happy Hours on Thursdays and Fridays and other crafty classes I’m really into. See more here.
“Enamel is a space for makers and platform for learning. We believe there is beauty and value in discovering how things are made, as well as understanding the lineage of materials; where things come from and their impact on the environment,” says Malchionno.
I finally got to go into Enamel’s brick and mortar for the Production Mode Pop Up. There I got to see Malchionno again and meet Production Mode designer and St. Louis Native Jamie Hayes. Hayes presented her line of hand screen printed leather goods, including asymmetrical skirts, crop tops, jackets and bags, while artists Paula Wilson, print designer for Production Mode and current Louis D. Beaumont Fellow at Washington University, pyrographed on leather. Trying on items and watching others pyrograph was such fun and inspiring. See a video of pyrographing from the event here.
Production Mode’s leather is vegetable tanned, an eco-friendly process, and sourced from Horween, a unionized tannery located in Chicago. Each piece is hand-cut and stitched at Production Mode’s studio. Small batch, ethical production is reflective of Hayes’ work as both a fashion designer and former labor organizer for Arise, a worker center located in Chicago.
I’m very excited to have found out about Enamel because we foster the same idea- to support local, emerging designers in the Midwest. I sincerely urge you to check them out online and in person, follow them on social media and sign up for one of their workshops. I can’t wait to sign up for a happy hour event! See you there?
Until next time x