paperish mess pop-up art shop!

Please join me and Sean for our newest venture –the Paperish Mess Pop Up Art Shop– on Sept 29th & 30th (11-8pm each day!) during Chicago’s Design Harvest Festival.

The event will feature a culinary themed pop-up shop showcasing the work of local and independent artists creating original artwork and handmade goods!

The pop-up shop will take place in Martyn George (1855 W. Grand Ave at Wolcott)– Chicago’s newest vintage shop featuring culinary-related goods!! There will be wine and lots of other goodies (vintage & handmade!) to feast your eyes upon!

A R T I S A N S include:

Digit Design Ceramicware
Garden BonBons
Chance Bone Book Clocks
Chel Domestic Goods
Cassie Tompkins/ Regional Food Zine
Rebecca Plotnick Photography
Bunny Pumpkin
Belle Botanica
Professor Octocle
Zoeybean Designs

and lots more!

If you are interested, please feel free to email us or check out our website for more information about Paperish Mess and what we aim to do within this fine Windy City! Check out more details below. We are still accepting culinary-themed artwork submissions via email as well!

Date/Time: Sept 29th & 30th (11-8pm each day)-  During West Town’s Design Harvest Festival


Martyn George
1855 W. Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

Public Transportation Accessible via #50 Damen, #65 Grand, and #9 Ashland busses. Closest Subway Lines include Chicago (Blue), Grand (Blue), Ashland-Lake (Green/Pink)

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It’s been a few years now that I’ve been aware of the issue of human trafficking and forced labor.  It wasn’t until recently though that I’ve realized that there is something I can do to help prevent it. The fact is that there are more slaves today than ever before in history- there are at least 30 million people enslaved today. There are people enslaved worldwide and that includes in the US, in your hometown, in our major cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, NYC, Miami, Seattle… the list goes on. It’s happening everywhere. The problem is that it is so hidden from the public view. It’s tucked away behind closed doors, in basements or attics. It’s silenced by threats, beatings and false hope. Human trafficking is a horrifying act that we need to raise awareness about and help to prevent.

The following film is visually striking, but so very sobering.  It highlights the plight of human trafficking and modern-day slavery and features beautiful music by Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.  Please take a look!