Artist Veronica Fremont wants people to stop in her shop and studio, Cicada Pi, on South Oak Park Avenue, to purchase her hand-crafted jewelry and assemblage art.
But be prepared for the path from the door to the jewelry counter to be a slow walk back in time.
The store is full of curiosities and artifacts of a bygone era. Old bottles and canisters, wedding-cake toppers and a work bench full of analog tools. Even the bins, bowls, baskets and shelves containing vintage mundane industrial odds and ends seem to serve all at once the utilitarian, the historic and the decorative.
There are price tags on some of the items but much of what you will see could eventually end up playing a role in a Fremont piece. For the time being, just the way these items are arranged in the store and studio is art itself.
"It's not just sitting there to be looked at because I use a lot of this," said Fremont, who teaches jewelry-making in the studio. "I like to see the imprint of a hand or the imprint of nature on something. What drives me is the potential all of these things have."
Photographer's confession: All photos made to look like late-19th-century tintypes were shot with a smart phone and editing apps that provide filters for vintage effects.