We have always been passionate about making things, and we’ve spent a
good many years learning to do it well. We recently embarked on a
journey of discovery to pool our talents and resources, create amazing,
original stuff, and find joy in our work. The exploration of our
imaginations has transported us from our home base in Portland, where
beauty and gritty realism walk hand in hand, to fairy lands where magic
and mystery dwell; the Middle Ages where chivalry and rivalry rule;
pirate ships where daring and intrigue prevail; and the steam-filled
world of the 19th century. Who knows where our path will lead us next?
Jeff Witkavitch started crafting at the New York Renaissance Festival
about 20 years ago making belts, pouches, whips, chains and myriad other
items. He expanded his repertoire making handbags and luggage in New
York, Maryland and Maine. He is the website designer, graphic artist,
and voice of reason for Chrononaut Mercantile. Notorious for his
cynicism and dark sense of humor, as well as his exacting aesthetic,
Jeff has an inhuman attention to detail and innate perfectionism that
drives Heather to drink. He also loves his cats.
Heather Kahn spent many years toiling in the shadow of her mad-scientist father at Caravan Beads.
In the dark recesses of his extensive bead warehouse she picked up a
variety of unlikely skills. She left the bead world behind to work as a
ninja, and has now spent several years teaching martial arts to
impressionable young children. Chrononaut Mercantile is the flowering of
her desire to live an adventurous life, possibly fighting a dragon here
Her designs appear in print in the August/September 2010 Beadwork, June/July 2011 Super Beadwork, and August/September 2011 Super Beadwork. Her DIY Crafting the Continuum Bracelet appeared in Steampunk Month 2009 on the Tor Books blog.