Studio 11 is now open at 11 E. 4th in downtown Emporia!

I’ve followed their progress on Facebook, checked out the photos as they cleaned and painted this space. Many hours were spent spiffing it up – and Studio 11 opened on Thursday. So I stopped by today to take a look.

This place is great. There’s such an vibrant energy here. I hope that everyone stops to check out and support this new business. This is one of those great boutiques that you always find in another town and you wish Emporia had something like it. And now we do!

They sell wearable art – belts, necklaces, bracelets. Mosaic pieces. Bead work. And they sell a few antiques and homemade dolls, bags and boots, an eclectic and artsy mix of things.

Michele Boyce and Kari Crump of Whatta Waist are the owners of Studio 11, which sells not only products they make but also the work of other regional artists.

This mangled fork is on the frame of a mirror.

“I think I have always been bad, I mean that is what I’ve been told, ever since I could bite,” begins bad tracey’s artist statement.

Mosaic pendants by Kari Crump. Except don’t be looking for the one with the key in the upper right hand corner – because it’s now around my neck.

Bags made from old t-shirts.

The 9- and 12-year-old daughters of the owners have made some of the items for sale here. They are young artist-entrepreneurs, following in the footsteps of their mommas.

These dolls were made by Darci Lenker of Norman, Oklahoma.

Michele wraps my purchase.

Follow Studio 11 by Whatta Waist on Facebook.

11 E. 4th, Emporia, KS


Tues:  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thurs:  4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fri:  2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sat:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm
UPDATE 12/18/10:
I finally got a photograph of the other co-owner, Kari Crump.


  1. THANK YOU so much for stopping in and for the chance to chat! Emporia has blessed us with such a great outpouring of support, we are truely lucky to be able to do what we love and share it with all!

  2. I like the couch. It would go with my garage sale platform rocker, but would it fit in the reading nook of the loft? That belt buckle is really cool, too. I would have chosen the same pendant as you, too, or maybe the blue flower near it.

  3. What an awesome blog feature! You two girls should be so proud of yourselves… I can tell from your facebook pics (yes, I have been keeping tabs on your progress from Colorado) that a lot of hard work and determination went into this awesome boutique, and it’s going to pay off BIG someday (you just wait & see)!!

    Congrats & much success… I can’t wait to visit Kansas (& Studio 11)! Hugs girls!

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