Area in­die land­scape chang­ing


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com­pacts and busi­ness card cases. The iPhone cov­ers sell for $28, the com­pacts for $12-$14 and busi­ness card cases for $20. (Bar­ber also sells her work on her web­site, www.sweet­tooth­bags. com.)

She found her way to be­ing a full-time ar­ti­san af­ter study­ing the­ater at the Univer­sity of Texas. Though she was study­ing act­ing, classes in cos­tume and set de­sign tapped into that deeply seated love of hands-on mak­ing she had in­her­ited from her grand­par­ents. Bar­ber hand­crafts ev­ery­thing she sells by her­self, work­ing out of her small home stu­dio, a room filled with work ta­bles, a pair of sewing machines and stacks of col­or­ful fab­ric and other ma­te­ri­als.

Like many in­de­pen­dent Austin artists and ar­ti­sans, Bar­ber finds the hol­i­days to be her busiest time. But un­like when she first started out con­sign­ing her wares at bou­tiques around the coun­try, it’s pop-up shops and mar­kets that now make up the ma­jor­ity of her sales.

In­deed, sim­i­lar to the food trail­ers that emerged in place of brick-and­mor­tar restau­rants in the past few years, pop-up re­tail events and mar­kets now fig­ure more promi­nently within Austin’s in­die re­tail land­scape.

Bar­ber cur­rently has a booth in the Blue Ge­nie Art Bazaar, one of the more orig­i­nal in­die hol­i­day mar­kets, that runs through Dec. 24. And ev­ery Satur­day, she vends at Mar­ket at Snack Bar, an out­side pop-up mar­ket at Snack Bar restau­rant on South Congress

Com­pact cases sell for $12 to $14.

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