DIY Trunk Show showcases the best of the Midwest

DIY Trunk Show

Chicago's holiday shopping season kicked off with a bang on Saturday, Nov. 19 with the DIY Trunk Show (, the city's largest Midwest-focused craft fair. Shoppers packed the Broadway Armory, the show's new Edgewater location, to stock up on everything from handmade holiday cards to stuffed monsters to one-of-a-kind pens.

Local crafters Amy Carleton and Cinnamon Cooper launched the show in 2003, and it's since been taken over by the Chicago Craft Mafia, an organization of local craft business owners.

Chicago's Gothic Crafters Celebrate Halloween All Year Long

In October, even the most mainstream stores are filled with skulls, spiders, and vampires of all varieties, from sexy to scary. But for Chicago's gothic and dark alternative crafters, every day is Halloween.

These local artists create things that go bump in the night all year 'round, and spoke to IndieMade about creating art inspired by the darker side of life.

Indie Inspiration: Get Moving!

The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo

You've been there: The feeling of the looming deadline.

Scratching your brain endlessly to come up with the next great story or product in the collection‚ but to no avail. You're stuck. If you're lucky enough, you'll be struck by inspiration like a muse in a classical painting. But if not, well, that's where this column comes in: Going through different activities, you'll learn how to get those creative juices flowing again.