1. GET SHIT DONE TOTE Stacey Bowers aka Bang-Up Betty, is one of these feral girls—modern, edgy, funny, cheeky and oh, so stylish. This 100 percent cotton tote is the briefcase for the modern bad ass. It’s the perfect size with a message to “Get Shit Done.” bangupbetty.com.
2. NEEDLEWORK PORTRAITS Kim Brewer’s painterly new wave embroidered portraits capture the iconic/ tragic mug shot in colorful thread. Think the 1975 arrest of the Rolling Stones in Fordyce meets Blondie in New York City—glamorous and gritty. They are a perfect chord between contemporary craft and fine art. kimbrewerart.com.
3. NATURALLY DYED SILK TEXTILE Grainy film, bleached out like the jitteriness of a digital video, Sofia and her hand-dyed textiles from foraged plants grabs hold of me like a distorted shoegazer guitar solo. She’s inspired by her natural surroundings from California to Little Rock, and uses processes like sewing and dyeing to explore her personal maps. sofiavgonzalez.com.
4. SELVAGE DENIM AND LEATHER APRON American Native Goods epitomizes American style using all U.S.-sourced selvedge denim for these stunning aprons. A leather pocket, copper rivets and gold top-stitching make them perfect for your favorite mixologist or chef. americannativegoods.com.
5. SILK PRINTED CAFTAN Leslie Pennel, a Northwest Arkansas fashion designer, is making women’s wear that screams laidback luxury. This silk caftan has texture, form and just the right amount of rock and roll. facebook.com/esquedesign.
6. AR-T’S Justin Sharp, a transplant from Magnolia, marries small town nostalgia to urban landscape with his new line of edgy, graphic T-shirts. Arguably one of the most popular themes in art, literature and music, this Arkansas tee, is a fresh take on a well-loved trend—all roads lead to home. facebook.com/arkansas.tshirts.
MEET THE CURATOR
Christie Turk is a Little Rock artist who moved to a sweet little town in Northwest Arkansas. You can currently find her drinking wine, sitting on porches, rearranging furniture, hosting art shows and planning her next creative venture. Ten things she can’t live without: books, wine and spirits, art, her dog, good TV shows, dining out, live music, great design, the desert and her son.