I’m Bridget Fox. I am honored & so excited to be one of the judges for Kalamazoo’s first Palletpalooza! I took my first art class at the KIA at age 4 & from that time on, I knew I had to create. I have a degree in fine art from the Art Institute of Chicago & have also lived in San Francisco, but Kalamazoo is my home & I have been back for more than 20 years. In the late 1980’s & early 90’s my passion & love of second hand finds from thrift shops, flea markets & garage sales became an obsession. I discovered just how creative I could be on a high school & college budget. Even to this day, most of my home decor & furnishings as well as my wardrobe is mostly second hand, not for affordability, but because it’s who I am…it’s my style.
I have taught many crafting workshops to both children & adults using recycled materials. I have created thousands of handmade items that have been sold locally & nationwide. For many years, I have maintained inventory in Michigan boutiques through wholesale or consignment, have participated in numerous craft fairs & flea markets & sell online. One of the things I’m most in awe of is the hundreds of custom orders that clients have asked me to create for them over the years. And, I do believe most everyone I know has at one time or another received a handmade gift from me…it’s what I love to do!
Since closing Bella Patina's brick-&-mortar a year ago, I have taken a much needed creative break. Every once in a while I find I need to do this...it’s therapeutic & helps me to reboot & reinvent myself. My path has definitely been an adventure & I love who I am & what I do! But until I get the paint brush back out or use my glue gun full time, you can find me at Sticks & Stones, where I manage the downtown Kalamazoo location for my friend, Susan.
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Ready to sign up for PalletPalooza?
The deadline is June 30, 2016.
Click on over to PalletSWMI.com.