When starting an art project, one never knows what kinds of random materials they’ll need to complete their vision — or how pricey it may become. Indigo Hippo’s staff know this better than anyone, which is why no place caters to Cincinnati’s offbeat artists quite like them. Founded in 2016 by University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning graduate Alisha Budkie, this community-driven art supply store’s inventory consists solely of materials donated by fellow artists and lets the customer decide how much to pay. Ideally, this grants anyone pursuing an artistic passion the means of production to fulfill it, regardless of budget. The store’s charmingly haphazard layout is ever-changing and feels like you’re wandering through a prolific starving artist’s studio apartment; you may find some scraps of wood next to a box of crayons, next to a crate of Snowville Creamery pins, and a random polaroid camera to boot. Indigo Hippo also supports the local art community by participating in Final Friday events with drinks, snacks and artist showcases. Indigo Hippo, 1334 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, indigohippo.org.
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Lynne & Lucille artist Kelli Fisher has been “making almost nothings into pretty somethings” since 2013. A transplant from Columbus, Ohio, Fisher specializes in jewelry crafted from the retired gear of local musicians. “I’ve always been a huge fan of music but have never been able to grasp the concept of actually playing it,” she says, “so making jewelry from recycled (and) unusable music materials and instruments is the way I have found to make my own version of music.” Check out her Etsy shop for necklaces and earrings made from shaped guitar strings and polished cymbal segments. She also utilizes hand-tooled leather and, occasionally, remains of the natural world: dig her popular rattlesnake vertebrae hoop earrings and African porcupine quill bar necklace. Lynne & Lucille, etsy.com/shop/lynneandlucille.
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3. Indigo Hippo
The fact that Continuum has held its own on Vine Street in OTR since 2015 is a prime example of the fact that Cincinnati is home to many humans who are interested in innovative, experimental and individual fashion. Shop owner Ericka Leighton is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning with a passion for embracing creativity and creating a space for others to explore their own, whether they’re makers or shoppers. Recently name-checked in Vogue, the shop’s entire vibe — from the neon pink logo to hanging plants and Vaporwave meets Art Nouveau eclecticism — meets the modern woman at the intersection of aspirational and attainable in style, silhouette and price point. Brands range from Paloma Wool and No 6 to Black Crane and Cold Picnic and run the gamut from boxy tops and 1980s jeans to cult mother apparel. Continuum also carries textiles, candles, jewelry, fragrances and artful publications to round out its lifestyle offerings. Continuum, 1407 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/continuumbazaar.
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3. Joseph Toyota of Cincinnati
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