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artists & makers

Wild Fennel features the work of over 70 artists and makers in the United States.

Please enjoy reading about a few of our core vendors below.

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jessica bovert

carmel valley, california

Jessica Bovert is a textile artist and weaver that works from her studio located on an alpaca farm in Carmel Valley.

Jessica makes durable and thoughtful handwoven textiles.

 

Working on multi-shaft looms, each item is one of a kind and made by hand. Biodegradable yarns such as linen, hemp, cotton, and alpaca are sourced from mills with high ethical standards to ensure quality and sustainability.

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keyaira

santa rosa, california

Keyaira Terry is a fiber and leather artist with a bold spirit and an old soul. Born and raised in Ukiah, Keyaira had a childhood that was deeply connected to the soil and earth and learned to use everything around her as a tool or resource.

Keyaira spent her formative years with her grandmother sewing, tending to the land they lived on, and caring for an array of farm animals. Trading among their close-knit farm community was commonplace and shaped her perspective on sustainability and the true meaning of “locally sourced”.

These collective experiences helped cultivate Keyaira as an artist and inspire her present-day work and ethos — A homespun nostalgia with a modern sensibility, rooted by a love for natural, sustainable and ethically sourced materials.

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mokun

san francisco, california

MOkun is a San Francisco textiles company founded by artist and maker Moriah Okun, that creates made-to-order rope baskets, planters, trays, sculptural vessels and more. Each piece is coiled and stitched by Moriah on a sewing machine using rope (often hand-dyed), thread and various other cords and natural fibers. The resulting forms are flexible and sturdy, playful and sophisticated, sculptural and functional. They all have a wonderful handmade quality that is uniquely MOkun.

Moriah draws upon her background in art and architecture and is inspired by avian architecture, traditional basketry, and sculptural weaving. She learned this technique of baskestry from designer Doug Johnston at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine.

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orta seed pots

berkeley, california

Orta Kitchen Garden began as a dream to create tools that promote gardening and connect people to nature.

 

In 2011, founder Anne Fletcher made her first self-watering seed pot as a solution to the problem of sustaining delicate herb seedlings on her kitchen counter. In her design, water is drawn as needed from the pot’s terracotta reservoir. After a year in her garage experimenting and teaching herself ceramics, Anne refined her initial designs into the Sixie Seed Pot, a responsibly-made product that is beautiful enough to display. Eager to align her professional life as a product designer with her environmental values, Anne started Orta Kitchen Garden.

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palmer planter co.

dallas, texas

Daniel and Naomi are potters by training and trade and have spent two decades making cups, plates, and bowls. They firmly believe that a handmade object has the power to connect people.

Unfortunately, most pots sold at big box stores and local garden centers are mass-produced overseas. Workers are paid pennies and often endure dangerous conditions to make these products. Palmer Planter Co. is committed to making products in the USA, using safe and sustainable manufacturing techniques. Their products are designed and made by hand in Dallas, TX.

 

Daniel and Naomi proudly use clay made in the USA, renewable energy to fire their kilns, USA made recycled paper and cardboard packaging, and non-toxic glaze.

 
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carved color

costa mesa, california

Taylor is a designer, ceramist, and dog mom.

Just a few years ago, she was involved in a motor vehicle accident and sustained a mild to moderate traumatic brain injury. Due to digital screen limitations, she had to take a break from graphic design. Even though ceramics had always been apart of her life, this event pushed her to pursue ceramics full-time and begin Carved Color. 

 

Art therapy was highly encouraged by Taylor's neurologist as a way to process and recover from her injuries. Brain injuries and concussions are often referred to as “invisible injuries." Taylor hopes to help educate people on art therapy, as a means of recovery for traumatic brain injuries. 

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lil bellamosa

santa cruz, california

A plant dyed, consciously made clothing company, Lil Bellamosa began in the kitchen of Lily's studio in Santa Cruz.

Lily has a deep appreciation and protection over the planet and its resources and designs with the earth and you in mind. She uses local and home grown plants to create pieces to adorn your body and home. 

Every piece is designed, hand sewn, and hand dyed in sunny California.

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kate kilmurray

ojai, california

Kate Kilmurray practices weaving as a form of embodied meditation. Making beautiful handwoven textiles helps Kate tap into her inner stillness and creativity; and she teaches women to do the same—to slow down, engage the rhythms of the body, and tap into a state of wholeness and flow. Her line of potholders and "mug rugs" are the result of this

weaving-meditationsimple, elegant, and useful tools for the home.

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mm clay

san francisco, california

MaryMar Keenan's love affair with pottery has lasted for over two decades, and only continues to deepen and diversify with time. MaryMar and her team create heirloom quality pieces that are

the perfect blend of elegant, utilitarian, and rustic.

Each piece is meticulously crafted in her San Francisco based studio by

a talented and dedicated team of ceramicists. MMclay currently produces five unique tableware lines for both restaurants and homes.

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matt fishman

berkeley, california

Matt works in his studio in Berkeley making various ceramics. His background as a chef, and upbringing in the Bay Area, inspires his unique aesthetic. Matt collects the clay and glaze materials throughout the region. He deeply enjoys the process of testing and refining them to produce vases, cups, mugs, and other vessels.

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j. dubois

los angeles, california

Jessie DuBois’ work explores the ephemeral nature of a landscape. Through texture, layers of slip, and the use of locally foraged materials—clay, plants, and wildfire ash—her work is intended to honor and preserve a terrain which is ever shifting.

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rosemarine textiles

detroit, michigan

 As a zero-waste company, sustainability and ethics are at the forefront

of Megan Navoy’s mission for Rosemarine Textiles. She takes care in every step of her design, sourcing, production, and shipping processes to ensure her business model is as low-impact as possible. Her accessories, pillows, and table linens highlight the natural botanical color of various flowers, food, wood, and other raw materials. Megan's commitment to the environment is inspiring, and we are thrilled to feature her work. 

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circular living

santa cruz, california

 Circular Living is a small woman-owned business that makes everything by hand in small batches. They choose to use pure and potent certified organic, non-gmo, and fair trade ingredients that are mindfully selected based on their renew-ability and overall environmental impact.

Inspired by the circular regenerative cycles and interconnectedness of nature, Circular Living is a way of being in reciprocal relationship with the earth. 

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leaves and flowers

berkeley, california

Leaves and Flowers was founded in 2014 by friends, Anna Morton and Emily Erb, in Berkeley, California. The ingredients are kept as whole as possible, allowing the tea drinker to enjoy the beautiful shapes of the leaves and flowers as they reopen while steeping. All of the botanicals and teas are ethically sourced and sustainably harvested, with reverence to the land and farmer.

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farmette

redding, california

Loren Profit-Smith founded Farmette in 2017 as a way to pursue beauty, celebrate the rhythms of nature, make space for peace and reflection,

and share the abundance of earth.

Her 17-step card making process uses centuries old paper making

and printing techniques, and botanical dyes. Farmette cards and prints

have delicate deckled edges, come in a range of beautiful, natural colors, 

and are truly a labor of love.

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apothecary

mariposa, california

In 2013, owner Nicholas Weinstein moved from Massachusetts, back 

home to California and opened Homestead Apothecary's first retail storefront in Oakland. Five years later, Nic and his partner, Ashley, had the great fortune of bringing their sweet son Solomon earthside and their priorities were rearranged in a flash.

 

They decided to move to beautiful Mariposa CA, the gateway to Yosemite National Park. They are currently building a personal retreat center and small scale herbal medicine garden on 29 acres in an old oak grove. The Homestead Apothecary line is now hand crafted in a studio space nestled between the oaks, juniper and fir trees on their magical land.

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anellabees

laporte, colorado

Anellabees Honey Candies originated as a mother-daughter passion project in 2017, when Danielle and her daughter, Anella, began testing hard candy recipes in their kitchen using an old confectionery press from the 1880s. The goal was simple: create a honey-based candy that everyone in the family would love, free of the unnecessary ingredients found in most confections. Anellabees has since grown and now collaborates with local beekeepers to offer honey butter and hand dipped beeswax tapers.

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ardent goods

pleasanton, california

We create products that aim to reduce waste and include great design. Choosing non-toxic all natural ingredients has always been our main priority, and we’ve kept to that standard by using essential oils, carcinogen-free fragrance oils, botanicals and other nourishing natural ingredients. We design products that are natural and clean and meant to be used again and again. Our packaging is always either multiple use or is recyclable or biodegradable.

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menina's

salinas, california

Meninas is a children's clothing line created by Maria Paz Eltit. She began experimenting with clothing in the late 1980's when her husband gifted her a sewing machine after giving birth to their twins. She slowly taught herself how to sew and they eventually started making children's clothing as a side project out of their home studio.

 

Maria Paz's love for children's clothing stems from her appreciation of the joy and simplicity of childhood. She carefully designs and creates each piece with love and attention to detail. Her intention is to create clothing that evokes sweet memories, in comfort all the while.

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laina miller

altadena, california

Laina is a California artist and designer living on ancient Tongva land. She is devoted to honoring nature through her work and approaching her art by hand as a true craftsperson. There is a calm intimacy in each hand-illustrated piece she creates, which acts as a meditation in color, shape, and scale for both the designer and the buyer.

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among the flowers

placerville, california

Among the Flowers started in a small corner of a kitchen nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas. This is where Megan's soap making hobby grew into something much bigger—a promise to return to her roots, and all that is natural and pure.

 

The moment she became responsible for a new life, her first son, the study of ingredients in household and body products became her new reality. Sadly, the most commonly used and easily accessed goods are full of harmful ingredients. Megan made it her goal to change the status quo and improve what our bodies are exposed to.

All of among the flowers products are made by a team of thirteen women in Placerville, CA.

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maria schoettler

monterey, california

Maria Schoettler is an artist, illustrator, trail-walker, flower-stalker, farmers’ market sweetheart, and fairweather botanist currently based out of Monterey, California. She is best known for her “Eat Local” produce calendar, a month-by-month guide to seasonal eating, which she has been imagining and reimagining each year since 2008. That project opened the way for a whole array of illustrated goods—note cards, prints, tea towels, and more—all of them little tributes to the beauty of the natural world and a life more interconnected with nature and the seasons.

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