Unicia R. Buster
In my drawing, photography, and dolls, I started exploring hair and comparing its texture to earthy elements like wool, beans, flowers, bamboo, etc. I want hair to be associated with nature. African American hair is just as beautiful as anything else. I want women to be comfortable with themselves regardless of how they choose to style [their hair].
As the owner and lead curator of Gifted, Charlottesville native Noelle Parent is a true ambassador for the Richmond maker community. Her gift box business features local products, meaningfully packaged for personal and corporate occasions.
Emmie mixes pop culture elements and feminism with traditional motifs for a modern take on embroidery art.
Brittanny Chanel DeRaffele
Laura Marr has 20 years of branding and design experience. In her studio, she crafts multi-layered visual messages through graphics, posters, maps, invitations, signage, and apparel.
“It was kind of a happy accident,” Brittanny says. She heard about the space right before the 2016 holiday season, and on a whim, sent out a mass email.
Two years into aerospace engineering academic coursework at Virginia Tech, Jess changed her career path and entered the restaurant industry. Working on the corporate side of restaurants equipped her with skills like budgeting, management, and organization. With the support of her family and her employer, Rick Lyons of LUNCH.SUPPER!, Jess then launched her small plates, dessert, and beverage pairing dining experience, Four Forks, with her husband, Kevin.