Call for Local Makers

Celebrating New England creative entrepreneurs Small Business Saturday and beyond

🗓 Saturday, November 27, 2021 is Small Business Saturday – a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.

AIGA Boston is putting its own spin on Small Business Saturday this year by featuring a variety of local businesses related to design and art to highlight and promote the work of designers and artists around New England.

Support your peers, find a gift for a designer, or just browse the list for unique gifting opportunities this season.

These past few years have been especially difficult. The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted small businesses, particularly women-owned and BIPOC-led businesses.

Check out the 2021 list below to find some new businesses to endorse this year.

Meet Some of Our Local Makers:

Maeve Nelson Designs

Boston, MA

About Maeve Nelson Designs | Hand painted or illustrated giftables, wedding favors, coasters, playing cards.
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Whole Circle Studio

New Haven, CT

About Whole Circle Studio | Whole Circle Studio offers modern quilts (both samples and custom orders) and accessories—such as enamel pins and notecards—based on quilt designs.
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Katherine Small Gallery

Somerville, MA

About Katherine Small Gallery | In addition to smaller and larger exhibits about graphic design, one will find for sale a selection of new, used, and rare books and magazines about graphic design and typography from publishers all over the world.
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Visit the gallery: 108 Beacon Street, Somerville, MA 02143

tiny farmhouse by Amy McCoy, LLC

Rehoboth, MA

About tiny farmhouse by Amy McCoy, LLC | Cheery and fun note cards, note books, aprons, and tea towels designed to brighten your day. Featuring original illustrations and patterns, everything is produced in an environmentally responsible way. Aprons and tea towels are printed using eco-friendly inks in a facility that pays a living wage. Note cards are printed on hemp paper, and notebooks are printed on Forest Stewardship Council-certified paper. 
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Her work can be found at select retail locations. Contact the shop for more details!

Grocery Store Floral, by K1.Media

Quincy, MA

About Grocery Store Floral, by K1.Media | Grocery Store Floral is a project from my graphic design studio, K1.Media. GSF explores nontraditional preservation of grocery store flowers through photography and digital collage. I sell both limited and open editions prints of my Floral Collages (chromogenic prints on Kodak metallic paper). I also offer commissioned collages, chromogenic prints of floral arrangements I have made, greeting cards, ornaments, and a 2022 desk calendar (those last two will be added to my site soon!). 
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Her work can be found at select retail locations. Contact the shop for more details!

Tisha Mark Fine Art

Wakefield, MA

About Tisha Mark Fine Art | Tisha Mark tells stories in oil paints within the context of seascapes and landscapes, depicting places that are both remembered and imagined.  She draws inspiration from the coastline, salt marshes, and forests of her current home in Massachusetts, as well as from memories of the rural landscapes where she grew up in Northern Illinois.  She enjoys studying light, and often creates with a limited color palette to emphasize shifts in light and atmosphere.  Her paintings feature a variety of dynamic textures, from soft brush strokes to bold palette knife markings, intended to capture the energy of a moment in time.
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yeiou paper objects

Arlington, MA

About yeiou paper objects | Yeiou paper objects is 3D paper art that celebrates home and the importance of Place in our life stories. My Paper Places collection of map art explores the shapes of our towns and cities and where home might be within those boundaries. Custom paper house portraits capture the details that make a house a home in heirloom paper sculptures.
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My Paper Places map art is sold at:
Tiny Turns Paperie
1 Bow Market Way, #28
Somerville, Massachusetts 02143

Sharin Schober ART

Boston, MA

About Sharin Schober ART | Abstract paint/ primarily mixed media (sand and paper) and acrylic on canvas of any size. Most paintings inspired by nature. 
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Her work can be found at select retail locations. Contact the artist for more details!

Little Bear Illustration

Marshfield, MA

About Little Bear Illustration | With a focus on woodland creatures and their adventures across enchanted, dreamlike landscapes, I create illustrations that bring the viewer back to the magic and wonder of childhood when even the stars themselves are within reach. 
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Her work can be found at select retail locations:
Made It! Plymouth and Provincetown, MA
Loft and Vine Boston, MA
Craftland Providence, RI 
Homeslice Hudson, MA


Hingham, MA

About JaneMade | A full service creative studio that exists beyond the linear. Specializing in brand design, packaging design, web development and copy + content.


Cambridge, MA

About Kaleidowall | Kaleidowall is modern, abstract origami wall art handmade for spaces large and small. These minimal, paper wall sculptures are framed and ready to hang, but custom pieces can also be commissioned.

Lunch City Studio

Somerville, MA

About Lunch City Studio | Lunch City Studio is a collection of art by Courtney Drake. Courtney creates building portraits, cityscapes, maps, and color palettes. Every piece is designed to connect people and places. Our shop also features plastic-free goods from women, LGBTQ+, and BIPOC-owned businesses. You’ll find art prints, greeting cards, mugs, tea, plants, chocolate, candles, notebooks, soap, and other treats.
Visit the Studio: 265 Washington Street, Somerville, MA 02143

Emma B. Garcelon

Portland, ME

About Emma B. Garcelon | I design and create hand-printed textiles and original art prints. My products are sustainably minded and inspired by Earth. My current focus is on a collection of tea towels and napkins printed with leaf designs inspired by leaves I have collected and pressed.


Boston, MA

About Nahi | Graphic and Web Design; Digital Strategy

Maria Servellon

Boston, MA

About Maria Servellon | Video Production, Directing, Camera Operating, Production Design, Screenwriting, Producing, Editing, Photography, Content Creating, Exhibitions, Screenings, Lectures, Panels, Artist Talks, Commissions, Teaching, Tutoring, Contracting, Consulting, Artist-in-Residency, Jury, Curating.

Hue Paper Co

Portland, ME

About Hue Paper Co. | Hue Paper Co. is a paper goods studio based in Portland, Maine. I created hue to share my lifelong love of stationery and design, and to create products that celebrate the simple beauty of mark-making. Each and every hue card is hand-painted and completely unique!

John Robert Roy

Providence, RI

About John Robert Roy | Thoughtful and minimalistic paintings and sculpture.
John’s studio is located in North Providence, RI and open by appointment.

Interested in being added to the list?

You can submit an application here. The application is open to all designers and artists in New England. Featured businesses do not need to be AIGA members.

By Catherine Headen
Published November 22, 2021