Our favorite thing about the Plant Chicago Farmers Market is all of our wonderful local vendors! This month we’re highlighting one of our non-food vendors. Cynthia and Cha live in Back of the Yards and have been part of our market since 2016. Cynthia gives us the scoop below.
INEZITA SANTOS JEWELRY & CHAMEISTER DESIGNS
My Autistic brother, Keith (Cha) is not able to hold a job, but he likes to do arts & crafts so we started working on jewelry together.
Favorite Thing About the Work:
Spending time with my brother & meeting new people. Seeing people wear our designs makes my Cha feel proud.
Engagement in the Local Circular Economy:
Cha & I teach a few classes throughout the summer to local groups in the Back Of The Yards neighborhood. We show people how to use materials (mostly cardboard, foil, glass & cloth) to make recycled jewelry. I also teach jewelry class in an after school program at my school. Twice a year my students make/sell their own jewelry at local events.
Experience at The Plant:
The Plant is bringing new life into our community by giving local farmers, artists & artisans a place to vend literally in our own backyard. People from other areas are seeing there is more to the Back Of The Yards.
On the Plant Chicago Farmers Market:
During the market you’ll find handcrafted jewelry made by my brother Cha & myself.
Other Exciting Announcements:
Hopefully by the summer of 2018, Cha & I will finally have our business online.
Be sure to visit Cynthia and Cha at the next Plant Chicago Farmers Market to check out their latest designs!