Category Archives: Our Artists

Introducing the OKC Coloring Book

Thanks to the generous donation of art by more than 30 OKC artists, designers, architects, teachers and students, Deluxe has its first real fundraiser – an Oklahoma City Coloring Book! In it you’ll find illustrations of what these artists enjoy about OKC – from sports to cupcakes to tourist destinations. We’re excited to share it with you! Here are the contributors to this project:

Avery Wilson

Jack Fowler

Katie Pennington

David Woods

Kelsey Davis

Blake Behrens

Ashley Smith

Tessa Raven

Sam Lamb

Dan Eaton

Dusty Gilpin

Ross Maute

Eleazar Velazquez

Landon Bahr

Emily Williams

Kris Kanaly

Don Rosencranz

Brandon Rierson

Brian Winkeler

Dylan Bradway

Amanda Bradway

Brandon Land

Klint Schor

Positive Tomorrows students

Good Egg

Eric Lyons

Erin DeMoss

Adrian Mix

Geoff Parker

Tanner Frady

Alex Cowan

The Coloring Book is available at DNA Galleries, Shop Good and Green Bambino. You can also buy it at Deluxe on Dec. 8! Thanks to Downtown OKC Inc. for their generous donation which helped this project happen, and of course, thanks to all of the talented contributors.

Artist Profile: Samantha Lamb

Company Name
Samantha Lamb Photography

Artist Name
Yours Truly, Samantha Joelle Honey Lamb

Product focus
Lovely Captures

Where did you learn this art or craft?
I am self taught for the most part….I guess you can say I was taught by the woodland and open pasture aspect of Oklahoma…& I am not even being fanciful…that or the morning taught me… you would have to ask them yourself though if you really wanted to know:)

What inspires you?
The Morning, wood grain, baking pies, cottages in the middle of the woods, wood smoke, jars of honey and Gnomes:)

How do customers respond to your work?
I am hummbled when a customer says “Oh my gosh..I want to live in your photo”… Really, I get a lot of smiles…eyes become slightly wider and people see a little more of what home looks like:) I am honored to have those individuals who have made a Sam Lamb capture the center of their living room or capture…it blows me away that I can capture what makes me happy, & actually make other people just as happy:)

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
Lots of new captures and a few larger prints:) In addition, some very special Gnome home ornaments that are slightly diffrent than last year:) I could not believe when they sold out in 30 minutes last year.

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
AMAZING!!! I really could not believe it went so well…good thing I have had help in the past, because there is just so many people I want to talk to and give big hugs:)

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
Goodness gracious…I have so many good friends at Deluxe…the folks over at Green Couch Design are very close to my heart:) But I can’t wait to see all of my friends:)

Anything else you’d like shoppers to know?
With every purchase this year you will recieve a pack of wild flower seeds from my farm Early Bird Acres & please do stop by and say hello…your words mean a lot to me:)

Artist Profile: CraftyMinx

Company Name
craftyminx handmade

Artist Name
Dana Beach

Product focus
This year I’ve scaled back a little and will just have crocheted accessories for the whole family

Where did you learn this art or craft?
From my mom, she has taught me everything I know.

What inspires you?
I’m inspired by a lot of things but right now I’m really focused on color combinations, and vintage styling.

How do customers respond to your work?
People are usually drawn in by the bright colors in my booth and enjoy that I have something for everyone.

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
I am! I have developed a cute new turban style ear-warmer headband that I absolutely love and have tweaked many of my older designs.

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
I love Deluxe! Not only as an artist but as a shopper as well. I have found that there is something for everyone at Deluxe and love that there’s live music and plenty of hands-on activities for kids as well as lots of community support. It is just a fun day all around!

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
I always enjoy Fried Okra’s sock monkeys and last year a new favorite became The Mouse Market. I am always excited about seeing all of the new artists and meeting new people.

Artist Profile: Morian Art

Company Name
Morian Art

Artist Name
Morian Whaley

Product focus
Animal related art

Where did you learn this art or craft?
I’m self taught

What inspires you?
I love animals and have several pets, they inspire me every day.

How do customers respond to your work?
They usually comment on the colors and the expressions on my subject’s faces

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
Yes, I have made pillow pets using fabric that has paintings of mine printed on it, as well as a few pendant necklaces with tiny prints of my artwork.

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
Very fun!

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
I don’t know yet, I’m looking forward to looking at everyone’s booth

Artist Profile: Promise Art

Artist Name
Promise Edmonds

Product focus
I love to paint, crochet and make jewelry and accessories

Where did you learn this art or craft?
I went to UCO for my BFA, but my mother taught me to crochet and my Grandmother taught me to sew.

What inspires you?
I love to play and love to see people’s faces light up when they see the things I create. I consider that joy a success.

How do customers respond to your work?
Their eyes usually light up and get big. I think the little kid in everyone comes out, even if it’s just for a second.

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
Yes! I will be introducing crocheted Christmas ornaments. I will also have some other items, like the crochet infinity scarfs, that are new.

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
This will be my first year. I am super excited!

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
I look forward to seeing Hook Line Sinker and Shanna Banana this year!

Anything else you’d like shoppers to know?
I am able to take custom orders, if you have any color requests. Please check out my website at bypromiseArt.com

Artist Profile: Gypsy Bird Design

Company Name
Gypsy Bird Design

Artist Name
Shea Alexander

Product focus
Fabulous handmade clutches…aka “handbags from the heart”

Where did you learn this art or craft?
It’s a continual learning process, but I started out learning to sew from my Mom as a youngster. Later, I decided to pursue a career in the fashion industry, so I honed my skills while getting my Masters in Fashion Design at Oklahoma State.

What inspires you?
Everything! It’s exhausting!
But really, I’m inspired by a million random things every day. Art, design, words, images, and mostly the constant support and love of friends and family.

How do customers respond to your work?
So far people have responded pretty positively! Keeps me going!
I’m striving to create new product and continually update the line to keep customers interested and pleased.

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
Yes, this year I’ll have some sweet little felt birds for sale. Great as ornaments on the Christmas tree, or for year-round decoration!

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
Last year was my first time with Deluxe, and it was great! Customers responded really well to my clutches and I was honored by all the compliments and sales!
It is pretty crazy trying to prepare for the show, but well worth it!

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
My best buddy Taryn from The Bungalow Studio (beautiful pillows and items for the home). And I always love Samantha Lamb’s work – she is an inspiration for sure!
I’ve been so busy sewing and preparing that I haven’t had time to peruse the list of other artists, so I’m really excited to check it all out!

Anything else you’d like shoppers to know?
Deluxe is a great time! Please come and enjoy! And remember, everything being sold at this show has been hand-crafted or created with love and care.
Ask questions if you have any…and even if you can’t buy, compliments are always appreciated!

Artist Profile: Designs by Jamie

Artist Name
Jamie Palerino

Product focus
Purses and accessories using fun modern fabrics mixed with vintage trims.

Where did you learn this art or craft?
I remember watching my mother and grandmother sew when I was little. Other then the learning the basics in high school Home Economics, I taught myself. A lot of trial and error, and a lot of ripping out stitches. I started sewing costumes for my little boy and then curtains and clothing for myself. Several years ago I made some bags for friends and really enjoyed it, so Designs by Jamie began.

What inspires you?
New fabrics, a pretty doily that would look perfect on a bag. Pinterest has been an addicting inspiration where I see lots of gorgeous color combinations.

How do customers respond to your work?
I think they are pleased when they receive a bag that is uniquely theirs. Not mass produced and one of a kind.

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
Zipper bags perfectly sized for your e-reader.

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
I just moved to Oklahoma City last year from Idaho and heard about Deluxe, so I came last year as a customer. One of the best craft shows I have been to and I hoped that I would be able to participate this year. I feel so lucky.

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?

I’m looking forward to seeing all that is offered this year. I definitely need a new ironing board cover from Julie Sews and would love a state pillow from Marekalaine.

Anything else you’d like shoppers to know?
I’m happy to do custom orders. Just ask and we can talk fabric and style and create a great bag or accessory to fit your personality.

Artist Profile: Luda Pearl

Company Name
LUDA PEARL

Artist Name
Kathryn Dawson

Product focus
Recycling anything that sparks my imagination into jewelry.

Where did you learn this art or craft?
Self taught, I’ve always been creative and loved design.

What inspires you?
Vintage, western (I collect cowboy boots & vintage western pearl snaps). I also love unique attention-getting jewelry and accessories.

How do customers respond to your work?
I’m usually just different enough…the customers love what they see and have to check every piece out!

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
The spectator headpieces are new. Two of my girlfriends and I went to Gruene Hall in Texas a few weeks ago. Not-so-shy Debra wore a hot pink one, talk about attention! She was asked what she was celebrating….answer….I’m outta town!!! I could have sold several!!!

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
This is my first!

Anything else you’d like shoppers to know?
This is my first show since I moved back to Oklahoma from Texas. I looking forward to meeting other local artists and new customers!

Artist Profile: oso handmade

Company Name
oso handmade

Artist Name
Casey Maute

Product focus
jewelry and accessories using clay, fabric, vintage and found pieces

Where did you learn this art or craft?
In my apartment in college. I went to the craft store, bought some clay, and just experimented. The Etsy forums also helped when I had questions.

What inspires you?
Bright colors, geometric patterns, and the past. I just love digging up something amazing from years ago and making it new again.

How do customers respond to your work?
The best compliment I’ve gotten is “I can’t decide, I love it all!” I love watching someone connect with a piece and hearing from repeat customers about how much they love something I made!

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
Yes! All my items will be new to Deluxe! I used to sell under the name Lollywood, but as my styles have changed over the years, I wanted to change my business to reflect that. I’ll have some great necklaces, rings, earrings, headbands, and even some hand-drawn button sets!

How would you describe your previous experiences at Deluxe?
Too short! I love being at Deluxe and seeing all the great handmade vendors and local community organizations that are represented. I just wish I had a couple extra hours to shop, but I know my husband starts to get antsy when I leave him at the booth alone for too long!

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
The list is SO long! I need another monkey from Fried Okra in my life, must have a new tee from Bombs Away, would love a vintage glass ring from Funkybella, and if I had it my way– would buy something from each and every artist.

Anything else you’d like shoppers to know?
Get here early! There is going to be so much to see and do, you won’t want to miss a second of it!

Artist Profile: Fried Okra

Company Name
Fried Okra

Artist Name
Adrian Mix

Product focus
Sock Monkeys and other plush toys.
Pouches and accessories sewn from fantastic fabrics.

Where did you learn this art or craft?
Mother introduced the sewing machine early, I was terrible but kept trying! She was my personal seamstress during elementary school and I always wanted to be able to sew and create like she did. After leaving the nest I taught myself and checked out every craft/sewing book from our library.

What inspires you?
Great color combinations, that is really the biggest inspiration. I am constantly inspired by fabrics, both of the present and past, stretchy sock fabrics and smooth cottons.

How do customers respond to your work?
I think customers enjoy the familiar face of Sock Monkeys. They bring back memories and a particular feeling that is hard to pinpoint. Happiness is my ultimate goal!

Are you introducing any new products at Deluxe?
I have a handful of fancy cats made from thrifted sweaters and suit coats, I am in love!

How would you describe your previous experience(s) at Deluxe?
Nothing beats Deluxe! The customers are great, enthusiastic, and have a dedication to the handmade community. Year after year I see familiar faces, customers from the year past, returning because Deluxe has proven to be a great show!

What other artists are you looking forward to shopping from at Deluxe?
This year I am bringing at least two helpers so I can get a proper break and do some shopping! Last year I felt like I barely saw anyone, that will not happen again!

Anything else you’d like shoppers to know?
I do recommend getting to the Fair Grounds early! The line to get in last year was impressive!