October 17, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: MaryLeafMakes

Mary Furby from MaryLeafMakes

MaryLeafMakes
new artist
[indoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

I have always been super creative throughout my life, but during my freshman year of college (only last year,) I discovered embroidery. I have absolutely fallen in love with the community of embroidery artists on social media, and their positivity and kind words are one of the biggest inspirations to me. My style is definitely more simple that other embroidery artists, but I enjoy playing around with simple lines and occasionally some florals. A big part of my business is making my art something people really enjoy, something that doesn’t quite feel like art, but doesn’t feel just like decor. Creating something special that someone will cherish and have in there dorm or office or house for years and years makes me want to keep doing this for as long as I can. My best sellers are my NC Floral Hoops, the Delicate Oval Lavender Hoop, the Sunflower Hoop, and the “It is Well” Hoop (and customs!)

How did you learn your craft?:

I taught myself how to embroider by using Instagram, youtube, and Pinterest. However the skills my mom taught me when I was young about hand sewing made the transition into embroidery a lot easier.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

I usually look back at some of my previous designs, and sit for a while sketching on my iPad. Looking back at old designs (good or bad,) reminds me of the process I went through to get where I am today. 99% of the time, I am embroidering while watching Netflix, and occasionally listening to an audio book. One thing I really love about embroidery is that its what I call a “social art.” I can do it while hanging out and chatting with my roommates, and sometimes this makes my creativity flow easier.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

The best advice I could give is take advantage of social media. Even if you don’t get any sales online, social media is a great confidence booster when taken with a grain of salt. Artistic communities can be so encouraging and honest too. Being consistent with posting and engaging with others will bring your business into awesome opportunities that you wouldn’t have found anywhere else.

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

Most of the advice is from a friend who will send me stores she thinks my stuff would go well in. Unfortunately every single one she sends me doesn’t fit my vibe at all and I have to usually tell her it just wasn’t going to work out. I have definitely got some odd ideas before, and it is so awkward to just say “yeahhhhh,” and hope they never ask you if you made it.

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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October 16, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Ken Vrana Art

 Ken from Ken Vrana Art

Ken Vrana Art
new artist
raffle donor
[outdoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

Many people comment on the variety of styles and subject matter that comprises my work but I can’t imagine painting any other way. I never paint for a particular audience, I often creating paintings that seem to defy any established category, but instead, I paint what inspires me and hope that collectors will find my work worthy of their attention. I have never once run out of ideas that excite me. In fact, my only frustration is that there is so much I still want to do. I have also been fortunate that buyers generally find me and among those who own my work are two American Presidents, and many famous actors and athletes; most recently Daniel Day Lewis and Steve Buscemi.

How did you learn your craft?:

I was very fortunate to grow up in an area where some of the most famous artists of the century had their studios. As a result, I had the unique opportunity to study with de Kooning, Larry Rivers, and Andy Warhol. After attending Pratt Institute in New York City I went on to work as a designer for many years and later a writer and producer in Los Angeles.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

Tuttleworks, I have been interested in metal works that have a very similar creative design that reflects in what I portray in my own personal work of art.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

My mind does not stop creating, doesn’t matter where I am at. I see things and my mind is constantly thinking of new things or new things to create. Most of the time, my most creative is when I am starting to go to sleep.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

Follow your instincts, practice with different techniques and materials, classes might help start with basics, but will not teach you how to be creative. Creativity comes from within.

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

People are always requesting prints of our original paintings when we are selling our paintings. Though we carry a few select prints, they always ask about how they can get a print. Considering the time and expense to get a print, they could have bought the original for almost cheaper.

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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October 15, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Syd’s Threads

 Sydney Sogol from Syd’s Threads

Syd’s Threads
new artist
raffle donor
[indoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

I am planning on bringing hand woven scarves, shawls, pillow , and other little woven goodies. All of my pieces are hand dyed with a variety of colors that are inspired by nature, especially animals. I have been fascinated by the natural world my whole life and I design each piece to pay homage to a specific species. 
My best sellers are my scarves. They are made of various fibers that I choose for their soft and sustainable qualities. The yarn I use, lyocell- a rayon fiber, is created in a more suitable fashion then many other natural fibers. The finished scarves are silky soft, machine washable, and will keep you warm , not to mention complete any outfit you choose!

How did you learn your craft?:

I taught myself to weave in high school then took weaving classes in college. Once I worked on my first floor loom I was hooked! I knew I wanted to keep exploring this new medium. I got my Bachelors degree in Art focused in weaving then went on to get my Masters Of Fine Art in Textile Design focused on weaving. This allowed me to get exposure to many different types of looms, weavers, and many techniques. I continue to learn more about weaving by trying out new techniques and designing my patterns.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

I am excited to see Tuttle Works because I love industrial style items especially lights!
I cants wait to meet all my fellow artists, the craft community is the best!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

I work from my home studio with my quality control team of two cats and a dog! I like to get myself a nice big cup of tea to start the creative juices flowing. Since my inspiration comes from nature I love to do my designing outside when the weather permits! I have a large collection of bird photos that I use to help spark ideas if I am struggling to come up with something. 
Music or podcasts are a definitely a must for working, each one has its place in the production cycle.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

I would say always try and push yourself out of your comfort zone and ask for opportunities and take chances, don’t be afraid to ask for help! Also know that we as artists get the answer ‘No’, way more then ‘Yes’ , but that doesn’t mean what you do is not valuable.

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

Mostly people just suggest I make items that are actually knit or crocheted, but I don’t know how to do either…

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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October 14, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: My Invisible Ink

Bethany Hadden from My Invisible Ink

My Invisible Ink
raffle donor
[indoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

I create mixed media art on wood. Texture plays a big roll from working with different grains in wood to using plaster with stencils for a raised design in a back ground. Animals are usually my subject matter because there’s just something intriguing and quirky about all of them. There’s nothing complicated about my art. It’s light and bright yet simple and sometimes (ok a lot of the time) humorous. Though prints are great, I believe everyone should be able to own original art so there are no prints offered except for my note card sets and wood slice magnets. Both of which are popular so I will have plenty to choose from along with an array of other small size originals.

How did you learn your craft?:

I grew up with a crafty mom, attended summer art camps and went to college for Fine Art and then changed my major eventually graduating in Graphic Design. Art was an inevitable outcome in my life. It’s a great feeling to do something I’m passionate about, but I still take a class here and there to learn from other artists and rekindle the creative spark when it gets low.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

Pamut Apparel looks awesome!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

I have a long art table that looks out a window, but I tend to work at night because, well, I work better when my four year old is counting sheep. I tend to binge watch (listen) Flea Market Flip, Once Upon a Time or Black List.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

Move on from each rejection. You can’t get into every show/festival you apply for. Don’t take it personally and move forward.

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

I had someone tell me at a recent show I should cut a dachshund dog out of a piece of wood and make it extended in length. I mean maybe there is a client out there for that but not really my style. I told him I would do if he wanted to buy it. haha

If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:

I love all my mugs!! I have a pottery problem. Also, I have truly enjoyed being a part of the Handmade Market for the last 6 few years. The ladies that work so hard putting this together do it so well! I’ll always remember that.

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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October 13, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Art By Sarah Savage

 Sarah Savage from Art By Sarah Savage

Art By Sarah Savage
raffle donor
[indoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

My style comes with my mood! That’s right-you get what I’m feeling at the moment! I get bored easily so I tend to move around a lot in my work. You can almost always count on there being color involved in my art and depending on how I’m feeling is what comes out in my pieces. I am inspired by nature, people and positivity. I will be bringing lots of floral paintings as well as some Moroccan style tile pieces. I love to hand letter, so there will be some of that mixed in. Since it’s also close to the Christmas season I’ll bring holiday themed decor for those who are looking for that. If you need a pop of color in your space-your sure to find that within mine!

How did you learn your craft?:

I started painting as a kid in art class in school. I’ve always been a doodler in the margins of my class notes all the way up through college. I went to school to be a teacher because I wanted a reason to write on a white board! (Could have saved a lot of money and just bought my own white bird-but hey-you love and learn!) I taught for one year and got pregnant so I made the decision to stay home with my son (plus I wasn’t cut out for teaching!) Fast forward a few years and I started doing art for friends and it soon turned into a full time business in 2014. I learn by doing. I’m not afraid to try something new and I often try and fail, but the times I succeed are the moments that have led me to where I am today. I love what I do and hope to continue as long as I’m able.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:

I’m excited to see friends from pst markets-I love what Cabin Girl Designs are doing! They have an amazon product that is unique in their sourcing of materials. I love Gretchen Quinn’s pottery-she has an amazing line. Jeremy of Tuttleworks is an electrical and engineering genius and can make the simplest object a functional piece of art through his lighting. I hope to one day own a piece of his work!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

Alone for sure! I’m a chatty person so I’d never get anything done in a group setting! I always have some sort of noise whether it’s music, movies, podcasts. Most of my work is created in my studio aka garage which is outdoors.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:

Just start! If you love to do something don’t think too hard about the logistics and business side. Create from your heart and then if it starts to go somewhere think about those things for sure. If all you want from your art is recognition then your doing it for the wrong reasons. Do it for yourself and because you love it. If you get recognized for it, stay humble and know your not the only one doing something creative. We all have talents-it’s just a matter of finding out what they are and then doing them!

If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:

My best purchase was my Twiggy Roads necklace. I love it (also it’s wood and I’m a wood artist so it seemed fitting!) I get so many compliments on it when I wear it-which is a lot!

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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