Booth #1 - Home for Wayward Spooky Girls: Artist Kate O'Connell.
We kept bumping into professional photographer and painter Kate O'Connell at various spooky vendor events, from Sinister Creature Con to The Menagerie’s FREAKSHOW and then finally when we saw her again at Creatures Con, we thought, “Third time’s a charm.”
We’re really kinda’ taken by the simplistic beauty of her work. Kate started painting around 2010 as a hobby making art only for friends. Kate attended the Academy of Art San Francisco as a photography major, but always had a love for painting. Over the years, her art has evolved through her inspiration by feminism and the ever changing landscape of how women are portrayed in the media. She’s melded her two talents of photography and painting into a unique art form she calls Home for Wayward Spooky Girls.
We find Kate’s work to be a really wonderful homage to your favorite creepy women and girls of horror films, classic TV and literature. Originally from the Bay Area, who now lives in Chico since 2007, Kate is driving a long way to be with us at the 6th Annual Murphys Witch Walk, so we’re feeling pretty special.
She hasn’t yet told us if her wonderful husband, two beautiful children and two furry Corgis will be making the long journey with her.
Her website is https://www.waywardspookygirls.com/
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Booth #2 - Lauren Elizabeth Miller's Altar Ego Design is focused on art, both abode decor and wearable, for the curious of heart.
Lauren's art is a multi-faceted incorporation of vintage, antiques, taxidermy and bone fragments to create imagery surrounding themes of both death and the little death; human sexuality. All work is ethically sourced and reincarnated into new life.
Lauren's work tends to appeal to everyone of all ages and variety, though she hopes her pieces grace the bodies and walls of anyone who has a deep love for the curious, the lovely and the macabre. Lauren aims to evoke a sense of wonder and imagination. To take the hand of the Alice within and bring them into a personal Wonderland of profound beauty, sultry seduction, and imprint something upon them that maybe they long to express, relay or understand in themselves.
Tarot, the Occult, found and forgotten things. All of these are tethers to tie her to creativity and lend her art a voice. She is grateful to share these keyhole glimpses of her inner world with the public.
Find Altar Ego Design at the Main Hall Vendor Bazaar in the Native Sons Hall, Booth #2.
Find and order her art at: www.altaregodesigns.com
Booth #3 - Peculiar Charm. Artist Corinna Montiel.
We’re proud to feature another one of our inimitable artisan vendors appearing at the 6th Annual Murphys Witch Walk, Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022.
This returning champion is Corinna Montiel, who goes by the moniker Peculiar Charm. Corinna joined us back in 2021 and we were stunned by the beauty, class and creativity of her handmade haute couture witch hats. Corinna is a remarkable and gifted talent and is truly a hybrid of indefinable seamstress skills merged with naturally innovative and visionary millinery talents who delivers such fineries that you’re going to want to be wearing these hats at Murphys Witch Walk festivals and Halloween parties for decades to come and then hand them down to your next generation (that’s a bit of a run-on sentence, but I am on a roll here). These are some of the most impressive witch hats we have ever seen and the honor to have her returning is very high praise indeed.
But, lest you be warned, Witches… Corinna sold out of all of her hats at the 2021 Murphys Witch Walk in the first 90-minutes of the Bazaar. We literally didn’t even get enough time to admire them properly before they were all sold out. While she plans on making and bringing as many as 50 one-of-a-kind witch hats to this year's festival, you might want to consider getting on line early to get your pick-of-the-litter when doors open.
Corrina is on Instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/peculiarcharmm/
Booth #4 -Stone Goblin Studios. Artist Nicole Brodigan.
Our vetting process for vendors is pretty rigorous, which makes the job both fun and difficult. We love to find and feature interesting crafters and artisans, but at the same time, we hate having to reject anyone. Of all of our art categories, we try to highlight just one talent in a particular niche or category, except for jewelry, which is the one art form where we feature multiple artists because we’re always coming across really interesting and eccentric designers.
Nicole Brodigan and her Stone Goblin Studios, in booth #4 at the Native Sons Hall, is one such talent we’re excited to show off at the Murphys Witch Walk. Nicole creates truly unique and one-of-a-kind handcrafted copper electroformed jewelry using non-traditional materials and found objects, such as bones, insects, crystals and mineral specimens.
Her work is both incredibly Earthy and engaging in a beyond-the-dystopian-wasteland futuristic aesthetic, as if Imperator Furiosa would be adorned with such elegant accessories for a Mad Max: Fury Road formal affair.
Her website: https://etsy.me/3iFtRfp
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Booth #5 - Rencarie Candles. Artist Diane Eastman - Diane Eastman’s Rencarie Candles and Gift Baskets, booth #5 in the Native Sons Hall, creates soy-based candles in beautifully-marbled handmade cement containers, as well as gift baskets of every size, theme, color, and price range for every special occasion or holiday. We took a shine, no pun intended, to Rencarie Candles, as they were kinda’ unique in their cement containers, and we especially loved the skull candle holders.
Rencarie is based right here in Calaveras County, in Angels Camp. So, if you’re planning a special event, wedding, party, soiree, baby shower, etc., you definitely want to reach out to Diane and work with her to custom design an awesome themed gift basket with a few of those incredible candles thrown in.. Check out her social media for gift basket design ideas.
Her website: https://rencarie.com
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Booth #6 - Soulace Soaps. Artist Traci Ciccarelli.
Traci is another returning champion to the Murphys Witch Walk. Traci’s Soulace Soaps creates hand-crafted artisan soaps, fragrances, lip balms, foot soaks, candles, and smudge sticks.
Traci creates handcrafted soap with natural ingredients that are nourishing and refreshing to the skin.
Traci uses a cold process that allows for her soaps to cure for 4 to 6 weeks. This allows the soap to preserve key vitamins and minerals which are more easily absorbed into the skin with use. All Soulace Soaps are palm oil-free, vegan-friendly, nourishing, and natural and eco-friendly.
Soulace Soaps is a US Veteran Owned company.
Booth #7 - Pretty Little Peacock Shop. Artist Amy McGuigan.
Amy McGuigan runs the Pretty Little Peacock Shop and she’ll be displaying her wares in the Native Sons hall in Booth #7. Amy makes the coolest Halloween and themed festival and glamorous soiree accessories from her Ouija board, steampunk-inspired and monstrous temporary tattoos, costume accessories, such as matching fascinators and headdresses, and Necronomicon custom notebooks.
Her website: https://www.etsy.com/shop/OfTheAviary
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