Handmade for the Holidays

Last week, artistic Eastern students gathered to host “Handmade for the Holidays”. The event was held on Wednesday, December 6, on the first floor of the student center. It was an opportunity for original art to become original gifts this holiday season.

Last week, artistic Eastern students gathered to host “Handmade for the Holidays”. The event was held on Wednesday, December 6, on the first floor of the student center. It was an opportunity for original art to become original gifts this holiday season. 

Amplifying the Arts hosted eight student vendors who showcased their talents through a variety of mediums that were for sale to attendees. Products included canvas paintings, jewelry, coasters, keychains and a variety of knit wares including hats and bags. There was also a henna artist on site.

One student sketcher, Jayla Dunlap, even offered caricaturists on demand. This self-taught artist is a junior who is studying Arts and Entertainment Management. She runs “Jayla Orijinals” outside of her studies where she focuses on mainly portraits. 

Her subjects are often colorful depictions of celebrities including Aaliyah, Rihanna and Chance the Rapper. Jayla Orijinals also offers an opportunity for commission work of your loved ones and pets.

Another artist, Shana Orgeck, creates unique jewelry pieces. Using metals, stones, and beads each piece is designed and handmade by Orgeck. 

In her shop, “She Made Lovely Things” on Etsy you can see the pendent necklaces that she even created the settings for by bending and soldering the metal. “She Made Lovely Things” also hosts a variety of earrings, necklaces, and rings. Orgeck balances bright colors with delicate settings for one of a kind look in her designs.

The student organization, Amplifying the Arts, organized the event. AMP! focuses on connecting artistic students with venues, audiences and opportunities. They strive to empower budding artists to advance their creative practices into careers and welcomes the entire EMU campus to explore their creative side.

To connect with other artists or check out works of art visit www.emuamp.com for future AMP! event information.


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