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Wonder Fair

Wonder Fair has been a cornerstone of the Lawrence Kansas art scene for the last five years. Encouraging new talent, promoting forward-thinking artists and providing Lawrencians with a one-of-a-kind retail environment. We’re proud to bring Wonder Fair to KC for this year’s Sip & Shop.

Who are you?

I’m Meredith, but I’m also the current head (or possibly arms or chest) of the volunteer Transformer-bot collective that makes up Wonder Fair: Paul DeGeorge, Grace Chin, Charlotte Pemberton, Reggie Herman, Maddie Lytle, Kylie Trunnell, Jordan Key, and Cameron Lamontagne, with special guests Dustin Williams and Kelsey Hunter (honorary members). Former cast include Eric Dobbins, Kelly John Clark, Lee Piechocki, and Jason Barr (amongst others!).

Why do you do what you do?

When I had to choose between pursuing my fancy doctoral degree in Art History and investing in wacky Wonder Fair with all of my heart, I chose Wonder Fair. The rest of this answer keeps coming across like a Socialist rant, so I’m just going to paraphrase by saying that we sell prints, prints are for the people, and so are we.

Explain what you do in 100 words?

Think. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Try. Keep Trying. Believe. Never Stop.

How has your practice change over time?

In 2008 we were headquartered in a basement, since 2010 we’ve been on the second floor, and one day we’ll be street-level. Everything’s always changing at Wonder Fair both inside and outside. (We never move side-to-side, though; motion sickness.)

What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

I’ve worked in art museums for about 10 years in their collections, curatorial, and public program departments. I’ve taught undergraduate art history courses, and once did a brief stint as a “mad scientist” tricking kids into caring about polymers one summer. Other WF staffers moonlight as teachers, wizards, non-profit activists, illustrators, graphic designers, etc.

What food, drink, song inspires you?

P-I-Z-Z-A, both the food and the song.

[ed. note—for your enjoyment we hereby attach the song, or at least a slowed down version.]


Tell us a little about yourself and Trajet.

My name is Tracy McClain- Apperson. I’m married to Jarrett Apperson, have a 22 year old son, 6 month old glam daughter and two awesome dogs. I am a cardiac nurse by trade and currently work as a producer for an insurance company.

I love reinventing vintage jewelry and have been re making things since I was a teenager. I have worked on my jewelry on and off for the last 17 years. My son is on his own, so for the last couple of years I have gotten back to it!!!! I love thinking about who wore the piece and to where.

Describe a real-life situation that inspired you?

I think that everyday life inspires me and when I see a piece I’m attracted to I’m inspired. I have designed a piece called Guardian Angel a spinoff of one of the bras I did for Art Bra KC. It is a pair of angel wings with a ribbon in the center. I attach different color crystal charm for the type of cancer it’s representing. I donate 20% of the profits to a local charity. My aunt and cousin are breast cancer survivors.

What is your dream project?

It would be so cool to be able to create a line with a large company. One of my main goals in life is to impact people in a positive way, whether it’s making them laugh for a second or just being there for them as a friend, etc.

I think as artist when we create things it’s not only because we love to do them, but it’s a way to connect with people, make them feel good or experience a certain emotions. This would allow me to do this on a much larger scale!!!

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Patrick Giroux

Who are you?

My name is Patrick Giroux, and I’m a designer and illustrator. I work at a local ad agency in the Crossroads doing design. In my off hours and once the kiddos are in bed, I work on projects for a select few clients and myself. At Sip and Shop, I’ll have various show posters and art prints I’ve designed or collaborated on over the years.

Why do you do what you do?

I enjoy making things and working on things that interest me. I’m constantly inspired by bits of printed ephemera; the lettering in some paperback … I get lost in the attention to detail and amount of love and craft the artist paid. Most of all, design is fun. I’m very thankful I get paid to do this. I tend to forget that sometimes when I’m starting with a blank page.

Explain what you do in 100 words.

Make more ideas.
Problem solve.
Solidify those ideas.
Think harder.
Sketch some more.
Get inspired.
Stare at the internet.
Drink coffee.
Talk it out.
Sketch a little bit more.
Open some books.
Scan it.
Take it into Illustrator.
Work it out.
Throw it out.
Start over.
Mock up.
Make some options.
Drink more coffee.
Resort to energy drinks.

How has your practice changed over time?

In the past, I tended to cram as many ideas as I could into the design; now, I usually try to clarify an idea. I’ve definitely grown as a designer; in improving my skills, how I approach things, and my process. Where I would tend to let things pile up in the past, I’ve really tried to allow projects the amount of time they need. I’ve really seen how editing and refining a project makes a big difference. I may not always pull this off perfectly, though.


What art do you most identify with?

Oh, there’s a ton of art that inspires me! Lately, I identify myself with design that is informed but a little naive at the same time; work with a little fun and play to it. Work from, say, Alexander Girard, House Industries, Invisible Creature, Saul Bass or Mary Blair is always inspiring since they could display their own whimsical creativity while also addressing and solving the needs of their client.

I’ve always love a lot of the work from designers who can hone down an identity to it’s simplest form in a logo or signature. It’s something I’ve never been great at, but I keep trying to do better. Those icons, logos and signatures are mystifying and inspiring. It’s half art and half magic to me. For some reason, Wichita has a ton of design bad-asses creating a lot of fantastic logos and marks; people like Bill Gardner, Chris Parks, Luke Bott and Ty Wilkins. The choices they make with their work is always great to scrutinize.

What work do you most enjoying doing?

Lately, I’ve really enjoyed creating the Landmark Maps for Kansas City and now, Lawrence. The process in creating the prints has been immensely enjoyable. There has been so much discovery of the area’s history or things I’ve never known or scrutinized along the way. Keeping my eyes open for architectural details or taking meandering walking tours has been a fun addition, too.

The design of the prints has also made me work hard on simplifying the composition and boiling down what I want to include. The editing process really helped clarify where things should go or how elements would fit together. With the print, I’ve also been able to bounce ideas off of my friends and peers, and share what I’ve been working on.


What food, drink, song inspires you?

The fried egg! Never before has the egg kept so many things together in such a delicious way. Have you tried Bibimbap with a fried egg? Fantastic. Do you have a bland burger? Put a fried egg on it!

Featured Artist: Sandlot Goods

Who are you?

Sandlot Goods is a team of hyper-creative people with a passion for leather, baseball and handcrafting really great stuff. Katy Bird is our designer, and when she’s not hunched over the sewing machine, she’s experimenting to find out if she really can break glass while singing a high C. Chad Hickman is our business manager and man of action. He’s truly a jack-of-all-trades—if you don’t believe us, try his chili. Ryan Hill is our photographer, etc. Emphasis on the etcetera. He can make anything look pretty but he has just as much passion for what’s on the other side of the lens. And Neil Ryan is our creative director/brand manager who wields quite the disarming set of design chops. He’s a whiz with the magic wand.


Explain what you do in 100 words.

We make quality, handcrafted leather goods for the everyman (or woman). Our brand has a great yesteryear quality to it. It’s honest-to-goodness and so is our design aesthetic–clean lines, classic leather, easy to use.

Why do you do what you do?

Anyone can relate to this brand. For us it’s about keeping alive that youthful spirit that defined our childhoods, whether that be summer days at the ballpark or playing leap frog in the backyard. This brand harkens back to those simple joys in life, which is something we can all use a little reminder of.

shirt How has your practice changed over time?

We all have different backgrounds. Different things inspire us and we have different reasons we do what we do. But that’s what makes this all so great. We build off each other. This brand is the product of passionate people who love to design and create really awesome stuff.

What is the strongest memory of your childhood:

For Chad, it’s summers spent playing baseball with his brother. That’s kind of where the idea for this brand came from. Any time he drives by a park full of kids playing ball, he yearns to be young again for one more day, enjoying that same sense of pure, carefree enthusiasm. It’s a sentiment we all relate to as a group and we know others do, too. So that’s what we aim to embody with Sandlot Goods.


What work do you enjoy doing most:

We really love the collaboration. It’s great to put our heads together and see what we can come up with. That’s really where the magic happens.

Kansas Couture

Katy Seibel is a notable Kansas City fashion blogger, copywriter and creative dabbler. At Sip & Shop KC she’ll be bringing her highly curated selection of vintage accessories as well as unique gicleé prints.

Explain what you do in 100 words?

I work an office job writing marketing copy to pay the bills. I document my daily duds on my personal style blog, Kansas Couture. And I pursue a variety of additional interests, from crafting to inventing cocktails, to fulfill my creative itch. At Sip & Shop, I will be selling various vintage finds, including neckties and clutches, as well as framed digital prints of whimsical colored pencil drawings and holiday flower crowns.


Why do you do what you do?

I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, and now I’m a grown-up. While I still don’t really know, I just do whatever I feel like doing, and the common theme that has emerged is creativity. While I’m mildly manic, I feel fulfilled when my life consists of a mix of thrifting, decorating, styling, drawing, writing, observing and analyzing, along with plenty of puns, good music, good movies and good people.


How has your practice changed over time?

As I get older, I’m getting a better handle on my aesthetic point of view. Looking back at past projects can be embarrassing, but I feel like I’m getting a bit better at everything I do over time. These days I try to focus less on how something will be received and instead just trust my instinct. Hopefully this pattern will continue, so I’ll eventually become one badass old lady.

drawingshanksyWhat art do you most identify with?

Stephen Colbert recently introduced me to the world of Hanksy (that’s Hanksy, not Banksy). I’m a big fan, and I don’t care who knows it. What can I say? I’m a sucker for puns, and I appreciate art that doesn’t take itself seriously!

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Probably the day I attended high school smelling strongly of skunk. A pesky creature with an exceptionally potent musk had sprayed beneath our house the night before. I never felt more like a country kid than I did that day. Ugh.

Sarah Nelsen

If you’re familiar at all with Kansas City fashion you’re familiar Sarah Nelsen. Her unique aesthetic encapsulates an artistic spirit while remaining effortlessly glamorous and modern.

Who are you?

Sarah Nelsen — designer and maker of many things. My aesthetic encapsulates an artistic spirit while remaining effortlessly glamorous and modern. Wearing one of my pieces, whether it is a lasercut dress, printed scarf or floor length gown will garner attention and wrap the wearer in a veil of intrigue and confidence.

What I love about the design process is that I am able to bring together many skills in order to create a piece, collection or show. I concept, sketch, source materials, drape and draft patterns, create original art for surface patterns, sew, fit models and art direct photo shoots. I love that the final product is always a result of what my own two hands can produce.

Why do you do what you do?

I am driven to empower women by creating beautifully expressive clothing and accessories that celebrate individuality.

How has your practice change over time?

I think all practices should change over time and with my clothing design I have not put boundaries or pressure on where it should go. I have just let it take its course. I would say my path is of the non-traditional variety, as I have taken classes and workshops here and there over the last several years to hone my skills. I actually just returned from a summer course at the London College of Fashion.

I first got into sewing and making clothing as a hobby – I was seeking a hands-on craft that allowed me to be creative outside of my full-time advertising design job. From there I made pieces for myself and then started to get involved with costuming for the performing arts in Kansas City – ballet dancers in particular. Another major highlight has been showing in the West 18th Street Fashion Shows. Even for Sip and Shop I am venturing into something a bit new for me – homewares. I have been wanting to create pieces that are functional and great for gift-giving and think that beautifully crafted decorative pillows will bring a new niche to my repertoire. I have also been delving into the hand dyeing process and will be exhibiting a collection of shibori scarves. Shibori is a Japanese term for dyeing cloth using different kinds of resist processes. The end result yields very interesting organic patterns and color combinations which are definite contrasts to the very precise digital printed pieces I have been known to create.
I think keeping things new and fresh is essential to keeping my own interest and the interest of the customer. There are so many techniques and processes to learn and incorporate into your own practice that I know my work is going to continue to evolve over time.


Name something you love, and why.

Thrift and vintage shopping. I love the thrill of the hunt and giving new life to something that’s already had a few lives. Almost always the quality of a garment from days past is of solid construction unlike the throw-away pieces of today’s fast-fashion market.

What is your dream project?

I would love to one day work on a movie set as a costume designer. I believe that character building is essential to a great story line and costume design can literally paint that picture. I love when pieces have a deeper meaning and can have a lasting impact on the viewer. I also love to collaborate with other creatives so it would definitely be a dream project come true!


Curious Nickel

Lindsey Nichols is a self-proclaimed designer/illustrator, and the curious girl who started The Curious Nickel. A Kansas City Native, and graduate of the KU school of Graphic Design Lindsey is currently selling her art prints worldwide, from her home in Brookside.

Why do you do what you do?

To me, The Curious Nickel is my Creative Outlet, my passion, and where I push my curious self to create more artwork all the time. Having a career based on letting my imagination run wild, is simply amazing. Also the idea that people all over the world have my artwork displayed in their homes, is a pretty stellar feeling.

Explain what you do in 100 words?

As a child and still to this day I have always collected things. Over the past 5 years I have been building a library of old letters, vintage wallpaper, interesting surfaces, etc. all in which I use in the artwork I create. I love the idea of taking something I have found that is over 50+ years old, and giving it a new meaning. My prints are all created digitally, using Photoshop, where I spend many hours cutting and arranging the things I have found or created, into a piece of art.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood?

Building forts in the ditch behind my parents old home, with my younger brother Jake. We would spend hours down there using old pine tree limbs and sticks to create what was in our mind, our “clubhouse”. My mom always thought I would end up being an architect.

Name something you hate, and why.

One thing I can’t stand, is the fact that I have Narcolepsy. Living with this disease is a daily battle, that unfortunately is never going to go away. Being tired all the time, makes it nearly impossible to work a full 40 hour work week. But that’s why The Curious Nickel has been such a blessing. The fact that I can have a schedule based around how I’m feeling that day, makes it possible for me to still work in an industry I love!

sip and shop kansas city hand made local marketplace holiday christmas

Normal Human

Normal Human is composed of two native Kansas Citians, Pat Egger and Dan Mahaney. Pat earned his MFA in printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and is currently an art instructor at a local community college; Dan has experience in graphic design and advertising, currently doing Search Engine Marketing at a prominent local ad agency.

Explain what you do in 100 words?

We design and print on various wears & wares, including everything from t-shirts to tea towels. We put a lot of thought and effort into our designs, which we print ourselves in small batches by hand, adding unique qualities to each item. We use high-quality, water-based inks for more comfortable apparel, and because they’re better for the Earth.

Why do you do what you do?

As humans, we’re constantly surrounded by mass-produced, low quality products just about everywhere we shop. We find this particularly true of one of the most common pieces of apparel, the t-shirt, so we decided to do something about it.

How has your practice change over time?

Being relatively new and at a location that doesn’t really lend itself to a high amount of foot traffic, the biggest change we’ve made is adopting a more mobile approach to retail sales, going to our customers instead of just waiting for them to come to us.

What art do you most identify with?

Pat is predominantly influenced by figure drawings of humans and animals, while Dan leans toward more graphic elements, which creates an interesting dynamic in our own art.

What is your dream project?

The long-term dream is for the lion’s share of our work to be our own designs for the retail side of our business. The short-term dream is to work with awesome, like-minded companies like Local Pig and Boulevard, which, we are happy to say, is coming true.

Maker Village KC

Maker Village KC was co-founded by Sam Green and Nick Ward-Bopp– just a couple of guys awkwardly sprinting toward the next project.

We want to lower the barrier to entry into the maker movement. Make ourselves and our community more resilient, capable, and empowered. We want to keep learning, and share that information with anyone who will join us. 

Explain what you do in 100 words? 

Currently we hold workshops and build days at our shop using woodworking and metal working equipment, and are interested in projects that involve re-use and sustainability. Our next step is purchasing and rehabbing a condemned or at-risk historic building in KCMO’s urban core, where we plan to open a member-based workshop providing people access to commercial woodworking and metal working equipment and shop space. Our shop will be geared to inspire and enable entrepreneurs, craftsmen/women and artists.

How has your practice change over time?

It changes month to month, we are learning every day, but we still feel fairly primitive in what we are doing. We learn how to work with new mediums and equipment when we have projects that can pay for it. What has been consistent throughout– is breaking down this big undertaking into small but measurable goals, and airing it out so others can be involved in the process.

What’s your strongest memory of your childhood? 

Nick: My parents owned a bed and breakfast growing up– and they sold a house vinaigrette, my job in the kitchen assembly line was putting the labels on the ball jars. Sam: Regular bedtimes, not being allowed to watch TV if it was nice outside, and bicycles.

Nick Ward-Bopp
The Jarboe Initiative

“He who throws mud, only loses ground”

Giant Pancake

Andy McLeod and Betsy Jemas are Giant Pancake. Creative, smart, funny and instant heavyweight new-comer to the KC creative studio scene. Giant Pancake will be bringing handmade screen-prints and original drawings to Sip & Shop KC.

Explain what you do in 100 words?

  1. Design
  2. Write
  3. Illustrate
  4. Build
  5. Screen print
  6. Brand
  7. Cuss
  8. Create
  9. Problem solve
  10. Eat breakfast
  11. High five
  12. Pet dogs
  13. Run
  14. Eat lunch
  15. Nap
  16. Yell
  17. Watch movies
  18. Dance party
  19. Internet
  20. Merch
  21. Sing
  22. Pet other people’s dogs
  23. Scribble
  24. Photoshop
  25. Ideate
  26. Drink
  27. Strategize
  28. Exercise
  29. Sip
  30. Shop
  31. Sip and Shop
  32. Giant Jenga
  33. Regular Jenga
  34. Travel Jenga
  35. Snack
  36. Break rules
  37. Break faces
  38. Brunch
  39. Sweatpants
  40. Zines
  41. Cheesecake Factory
  42. Nap again
  43. Draw
  44. Type
  45. Mouse
  46. Judge
  47. Wish
  48. Text
  49. Dinner
  50. Half ass

Name something you love, and why.

Brunch because it is two meals in one and we like to be efficient and not hungry at the same time. 

What is your dream project?

A collaboration with Vans that sells out in 5 seconds.
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