Staffed by the makers themselves, the Mosaic Makers Collective is bringing creatives together to give patrons local, handmade goods as well as a place to cultivate the community.
Stationary maker Katy Sensenig Schilthuis came up with the idea for Dallas-based creators of handmade goods to collaborate and sell their items in a storefront in Bishop Arts. The Mosaic Makers Collective currently has eight makers, including Schilthuis, who will all work in the brick-and-mortar shop at 410 N. Bishop Ave.
“I was really inspired to just build a community of loving and supportive entrepreneurs who could come together and work as a team.”
Katy Sensenig Schilthuis
“Being an entrepreneur can be a very fun, but very isolating experience because you work for yourself. So I was really inspired to just build a community of loving and supportive entrepreneurs who could come together and work as a team,” Schilthuis told Dallas Innovates.
Schilthuis wanted to have a more constant place to cultivate the community. Makers frequently sell their pieces and interact with others at pop-ups, but the lack of a day-to-day place for patrons to buy these pieces doesn’t allow for continuous interaction between the local makers and their buyers, she said.
“I also wanted to give Dallas the opportunity to have a permanent place where they could come meet local makers,” Schilthuis said.
The shop opened to the public Tuesday and will hold a grand opening celebration Saturday, featuring food and drink for shoppers.
Schilthuis created Fresh Out Of Ink, which offers hand sketched items such as greeting cards, art prints, notepads, coffee mugs, and tea towels. Her endeavor was born out of her and her husband’s love of conventional mail — as the pair fell in love through sending letters to each other as young teenagers.
Meet the seven other makers of The Mosaic Makers Collective:
LemonGlaze, by Carmen Aberasturi, features handmade ceramics — from elegant bowls and plates to VW Bus ornaments and small plant pots with Tupac Shakur’s face on them.
Onderkast, by Danielle Aldrich, is a letterpress boutique. Aldrich creates greeting cards, custom work, and even coasters pressed with designs.
Noshii, by Nosheen Iqbal, includes unique wood creations embroidered with colorful thread, ranging from air plant holders to wall decor.
Wandering Paper Co., by Alex Hughes, illustrates Hughes’ travels around the world through prints. Hughes carves her designs into a rubber block by hand before applying ink and pressing to create each print.
Kat French Design, by Kat French, offers whimsical greeting cards, planners, and art prints.
Mod + Jo, by Jordan Flynn, aims to keep women’s jewelry affordable, cute, creative, and handmade.
Color Box Letterpress, by Rhonda Warren, specializes in custom wedding invitations using antique presses. It also has a variety of paper products — from journals to humorous gift tags.
IF YOU GO
Mosaic Makers Collective Grand Opening
When: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 5 and 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. May 6
What: Come shop the new local maker shop with complimentary food and drink
Where: 410 N. Bishop Ave., Suite 103, in Dallas.
More Info: mosaicmakers.co