JULY SHOWS! St. Joseph & Ann Arbor

Posted by Melissa Banks on July 05, 2017

Hey fans, July is one of my favorite months for art fairs!  I love both of the shows I am doing this year, they have become a July tradition.  I also love that I only have 2 shows this month, which allows me more time to stock up.

This weekend I'm traveling to St. Joseph, MI for the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff.  This show is so beautiful and relaxing to do, though I'm usually very busy with sales (great!)  It runs along Lake Boulevard, on the bluff of Lake Michigan.  The beach here is large and beautiful, with a water fountain sculpture park, and indoor carousel, and more.  I love to go down to the beach on Friday evening after I set up my booth and watch the sun set.

Hours for the show are 10-6 on Saturday, and 10-5 on Sunday.  My booth is back near my usual spot, right across from the stairway down to the beach.  It's a roomy corner spot, which is always nice.


My second show of July is the annual Ann Arbor Art Fair - I will be participating in the State Street Area section as usual.  This show is long, hot and grueling for the artists, but I love visiting Ann Arbor and seeing my customers, so it's all worth it.  The show has had to move my booth location around the past couple years due to layout logistics, and it looks like this year I'll be right outside of the Michigan Theater on Liberty.  Great for getting some breaks for air conditioning!

Show dates & hours for Ann Arbor this year are:

July 20-23
Thursday - Saturday, 10am-9pm
Sunday Noon-6pm

See you out on the road!

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IMPORTANT HOLIDAY INFO: Open Studio & last day to order for X-mas

Posted by Melissa Banks on December 13, 2016

I'm excited for my last event of 2016! For the 7th year in a row, I will have my jewelry studio open to the public to shop for last minute gifts. I'll be giving away a FREE pair of earrings with every purchase of $50 or more (while supplies last), and will be offering hot chocolate and mimosas to help battle this cold weather!

If you are planning on picking up a specific piece of jewelry, please feel free to email me to make sure I have it in stock. Some things are sold out the closer we are getting to Christmas!  melissa@raptinmaille.com

Also: LAST DAY TO ORDER ONLINE FOR TIMELY CHRISTMAS DELIVERY is MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th.  I can take orders after the 19th, but you may want to email me first to discuss whether it can get to you in time, and you can always make an appointment to stop by the studio.

Hope to see you this weekend!

Rapt in Maille 7th Annual Holiday Open Studio
Saturday & Sunday, December 17 & 18
11am - 4pm both days
5215 N. Ravenswood Ave. #204, Chicago, IL 60640

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Posted by Melissa Banks on November 29, 2016

I had a great Cyber Monday - thank you SO much to everyone who placed orders! I will do my very best to get orders out as soon as I can, after the upcoming One of a Kind Show. I should be back in my studio on Dec 6th to start getting items made that I don't have in stock. I hope to have everything shipped out by Dec 15th or sooner. Thank you so much for your patience. If you need your order sooner than this, please send me an email to let me know. (melissa@raptinmaille.com)

Thanks again, and I can't wait to see my Chicago area customers for One of a Kind!  Email me if you don't yet have the link to print out free passes.  See ya!

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Posted by Melissa Banks on November 24, 2016

I've been working hard to get the basic items from the CAGED Collection ready for the website this weekend. I'm really excited to finally get these online for the holidays! The CAGED Collection includes elements I create on my micro-welder that capture or "cage" 8mm Swarovski crystal rivolis. Stay tuned for the big launch.....

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Posted by Melissa Banks on November 25, 2015

It's a sale!  Starting Thanksgiving evening at midnight, I'll post a SALE COLLECTION that will be 15% OFF if you use promo code THANKFUL when checking out.  Don't forget to enter the code!  Quantities on some designs are limited (some I only have ONE of) - so shop early!

You can also get a FREE pair of earrings included in your package if you are one of the first 15 people to place an order.  See, early is best!

Due to the huge One of a Kind Show December 3-6, orders may not start shipping until December 8th.  Please contact me if you need your order to ship sooner than that and I'll do what I can!

Here's a sneak peek of some designs that will be included in the sale.  Happy Thanksgiving...and Happy Shopping!



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Product update + Thanksgiving weekend sale!

Posted by Melissa Banks on November 28, 2014

Nearly 70 new jewelry designs are NOW LIVE, including 2 new collections: The STRUCTURE Collection and The GOTHIC Collection.  You can also see what items from other collections are new by viewing the entire FALL/WINTER 2014 Collection.  It has been a huge project, taking up most of my time for the past couple months, so I'm really excited to see what people think!

ALSO - I have put together a THANKSGIVING SALE Collection, which will be 15% off until midnight this Monday, December 1st.  You must use promo code THANKS14 when checking out in order to receive the discount, so don't forget!

Due to the One of a Kind Show here in Chicago, shipping times on orders placed this weekend may be slightly delayed.  If you need your order for an occasion sooner than Christmas, please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate.  Otherwise, orders placed before WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17th will arrive in time for Christmas.

~ Melissa

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HUGE product update coming in November!

Posted by Melissa Banks on October 20, 2014

My big project for "in between seasons" time will be getting a slew of photos edited, retouched, sized, and uploaded for a huge product update in November.  There will be roughly SEVENTY-FIVE new designs launched on the website, just in time for holiday shopping, including 2 whole new collections.  To make room, some items will also be discontinued and reassigned to "vintage" Rapt in Maille status.  If you've got your eye on something now, please make a note in case it disappears!  I can most likely still make it for you upon request.

I'm working hard on the update, but I still don't have an exact date for the big reveal.  Stay tuned and keep in touch on Facebook for the latest updates!  And a huge thanks to Audrey Keller Photography for the beautiful pictures, and my lovely model, Neda Stevic.


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Chicago Art Girls are gearing up for another fun Spring Pop-Up Shop!

Posted by Melissa Banks on April 23, 2014

We're back for our 3rd Spring Pop-Up event, and our 5th show to date!  I've been a part of this amazing group of Chicago area women for many years, and we decided a few years back to take matters into our own hands and organize our own art shows twice a year.  We officially incorporated at the beginning of this year, and we're now functioning as an Illinois Not-For-Profit.  I also happen to be on our first Board of Directors, so I helped in writing our group's by-laws, organizing committees, and getting processes in place to move forward.

This undertaking has been a huge learning process, a huge commitment, and an exciting addition to Rapt in Maille.  The energy surrounding our group continues, and we hope you can make our one-day Pop-up!  I will be exhibiting at the Spring Show, along with 24 of our other members, and 12 guest artists.  This is the day before Mother's Day, so a perfect time to spend a nice afternoon of shopping with Mom, and to pick out a special, unique gift for her.  Artwork for sale will include a wide selection of one-of-a-kind, handmade goods, including jewelry, clothing and t-shirts for adults and kids, bags and purses, stationery and paper products, housewares, ceramics, glass and enamelware, fiber work and felted knitwear, photography, paintings, eco-friendly wood accessories and artisan chocolates.

Here is a list of our artists for this spring:

Rapt in Maille; Deana Rose Handmade Jewelry; Kiku Handmade; Nancy Gardner Ceramics; Marstinia Enamel Designs; Eva May; Sara Lenart Jewelry Design; Hooey Batiks;  Anne Leuck Feldhaus;  Red-Belly; Sharon J Sears; Daisy Bags; Ladysmith Jewelry Studio; Felt Inspired; Weener Ware; (wired) jewelry; Staci Sterenberg; Megan Lee Designs; Jewelry by Venus; Stylish Girl; Sue Rosengard; Circa Ceramics; Veronica Riley Martens; Anastasia Mak; Judy Zeddies; Molly Cranch; Katherine Anne Confections;  Four Eyes Handmade; Sam & Coop; Cory McCrory; Melissa Z. Monroe;  Robin Rios; Felice Hutchings; Alison Fox; Flam Bo Candles; Julija Lubgane

Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook and join our Facebook Event Page!

The details:

One day only - Saturday, May 10th from 11am-5pm


4011 N. Ravenswood, Chicago, IL

FREE admission, FREE street parking

CTA Accessible:  Close to Irving Park Brown Line, Ashland Bus

Metra Accessible: Ravenswood Station

Bike Friendly: Ample bike racks


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Spring Open Studio and Clearance Sale this weekend!!

Posted by Melissa Banks on March 25, 2014

Spring is trying to show up here in Chicago, and I'm kicking off the season with my Spring Open Studio and Clearance sale!  This is going to be a big one, so I hope you can make it out Friday evening or Saturday afternoon.

If you haven't heard already, I've acquired a micro pulse-arc welder for my studio, which is opening up a whole new world for my jewelry designs.  I'm working on brand new designs that feature welding, and so I have to make room on my display tables and discontinue older designs.  I'll be clearing out lots of my colored Swarovski crystal pieces, along with several others that will go on clearance at 40% OFF!

Here's the deal:  This Friday from 5-9pm and Saturday from 12-6pm my studio will be open to the public and I'll have LOTS to show everybody!  Standard collection pieces, lots of clearance sale items, and a display of new designs I've been experimenting with using the welder.  I hope to have some new welded pieces for sale as well, but we'll have to see how things go in the next few days!

AFTER OPEN STUDIO I will be posting clearance items that didn't sell over the weekend to my Facebook page.  I hope to start listing items Monday afternoon (the 31st).  Sales will be first come, first served.  The first person to comment and/or message me will get the item.  If payment is not received within 48 hrs, the item will be released again for sale.  All sales of clearance items are as-is and final - thank you!

Guest Artists:

Harbinger's Art by Jennifer Evans
Twisted Tines
Weener Ware

Feel free to contact me with any questions.  I'm excited to see everybody - it's been a looooong winter....


Rapt in Maille Studio
5215 N Ravenswood Ave #204
Chicago, IL 60640

Below:  Some items you can find on clearance this weekend!


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Holiday Open Studio Sale!

Posted by Melissa Banks on December 19, 2013

I'm all set up and ready for the open studio tomorrow and Saturday!  Stop by for a drink and some snacks, try on some jewelry, and see the work of 3 guest artists. 

Rapt in Maille will be offering the following sale during open studio:   Buy 3 or more items and get one at HALF OFF (lowest priced item)

Friday, December 20, 5-9pm
Saturday, December 21, 12-6pm

Guest Artists:

Weener Ware
Harbinger's Art by Jennifer Evans
Twisted Tines (wind chimes, jewelry, ornaments, and other accessories from vintage silverware)

Going home to make some last-minute pieces!  Hope to see you soon :)

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