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Today’s Monday Maker is about Martens Printworks, from right here in Michigan! We have have been proud to carry this company run by Petrus Martens. 
Martens Printworks
Martens Printworks creates a vintage style print where the Great Lakes and Michigan are displayed in a fresh and exciting way, while also making a nod at design work of the past.
Martens Printworks
All of the artwork is printed in Michigan on quality, archival paper with lightfast ink. 
We hope that you will stop by and check out these unique and beautifully creative prints! We are open until October 28th and hope to see you before then!
Photos from https://www.martensprintworks.com 
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Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

Today’s Monday Maker is about a Mackinac artist, Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints, a mother / daughter artistic team!

Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

Jennifer and Natalia explore the island by bike and by foot, seeking inspiration wherever they can find it! They have created beautiful books, photography and prints from things they have seen on Mackinac Island and around Michigan!

Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

The books, The Gardens of Mackinac Island and An Introduction to the Gardens of Mackinac Island by Jack Barnwell (who we featured on a Monday Maker here) feature the photography of Jennifer! We also sell their coloring book, Mindful Mackinac and the book, Triple the Fun (available at Little Luxuries) which features their illustrated work!

Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints

Natalia has beautiful block prints that we carry, from her business Peninsula Prints. Block printing dates back hundreds of years and is truly amazing art! First she draws the image, then carves it out and then prints the image. To see more about block printing, visit her website here. Natalia’s original block prints are designs from Mackinac Island and other places in Michigan.


We hope that you will stop in to see Mackinac Memories & Peninsula Prints at The Artists Market of Mackinac Island! We love supporting local artists, especially ones that work and create right here on Mackinac!

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Today’s Monday Maker is about Beach Glass Soap, from Three Rivers, Michigan!
Beach Glass Soap
Owner and creator Karen, grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan and grew up collecting beach glass, which she loved doing! Now, she makes glycerin based soap that has been tinted to resemble beach glass found on the lake shore.
Beach Glass Soap
This soap is perfect for wedding favors, hostess gifts and just for daily use! We love carrying their lilac lotion, soap bars, scrubs, gift baskets and more! Next time you are on Mackinac Island, stop in to pick up a special treat for yourself. 
Beach Glass Soap
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Woodward Throwbacks
Today’s Monday Maker is about an innovative artist right here in Michigan, Woodward Throwbacks! What started out as a way to have furniture and clean up the streets of Detroit, has turned into using reusable materials from all over Downtown Detroit to create usable products that carry history and help employ locals all throughout the greater-Detroit area.
Woodward Throwbacks
Woodward Throwbacks is founded on the basis of being a salvaged materials company - on their website they say: “We didn’t want to be a cool brand in someone’s basement. We wanted to employ locals, renovate vacant buildings and be a model for modern manufacturing.” 
Woodward Throwbacks
We currently carry Woodward Throwbacks poster hangers, signs, key chains, bottle openers, coat racks and more. Stop in to see our collection of their work and purchase a product to help restore the city of Detroit and employ Michigan workers!
Woodward Throwbacks
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Today’s Monday Maker is about Lulu & Bird, a new artist at the shop this year!
Lulu & Bird
Lulu and Bird started because owner, Kristen, wanted to have a creative outlet. One day, she saw a doll pattern at a craft store and thought that she could teach herself how to sew and make little dolls for her daughters and her nieces. The more she worked at sewing and creating the dolls, the better she got! She would take the dolls into work and embroider their faces during her lunch break. This prompted her co-workers to ask her to create dolls for their children! 
Lulu & Bird
Since starting Lulu & Bird, she has not only taught herself how to sew, she has also started creating her own doll patterns and has a few different custom creations. Kristen would tell you that since starting Lulu & Bird, it has helped to push her outside of her comfort zone, as she has learned to reach out to different shops and how to sew / create different patterns! She loves seeing people (especially her children!) enjoying her dolls!
Of course, the question we had for her when we started carrying her items was “Where did the name come from?” Well, her daughter’s names are Lila and Wren, which are affectionately nicknamed Lulu and Bird! Since she started creating these dolls for her daughters, it’s only right that this creative venture is named for them! 
Next time you stop in, pick up a Lulu & Bird doll for your daughter, niece or friend’s daughter - you won’t regret it! 
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