October 18, 2017
by The Handmaidens

The Handmade Market Spotlight: Art By Sarah Savage

Sarah from Art By Sarah Savage

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I’ve always been a lover of color! If you were to walk into my house, you would find all colors and textures because I can’t get enough. I don’t like to stick to one thing for very long, I get bored easily of the same thing , so I tend to bounce around from style to style. You can find me painting colorful animals to black and white signs. It all depends on my mood. I love that I’m in control of what I paint. Even with custom orders, I still get to put my twist on the customers idea and more often than not, they just tell me to do my thing! I’m always inspired by the beauty of nature. Each season brings new colors and ideas. I will be bringing wood signs of all styles to The Handmade Market. I enjoy the holiday seasons, so you can expect there to be Christmas signs and ornaments! Some of my best sellers are my handpainted floral signs, and my hand lettered signs. I can not wait to meet all the lovely people that plan to attend The Handmade Market.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
My best avenue for selling is always in person! I love talking to people and meeting the face behind the sale. I get a lot of traffic through my Etsy shop, but it’s not as personal for reasons out of our control when it comes to online shopping. It’s just so much more exciting to see people browse the things I’ve poured my heart into and when they like it, all the better, knowing that what I love makes others happy!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I create best when I’m alone with music! I work primarily out of my garage, so the outdoors is where it happens. I always put the garage door open so I can feel the air and hear the birds. Even the random background noises of cars and lawn mowers makes it a great workspace.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
I guess the weirdest job I’ve had was when I worked for a lady who had a printing company that printed comp cards for models. It was just one lady working from her home and I worked part time by scanning in the models head shots and photos into the computer. I had to blow them off first with a can of air and then edit the pictures for any blemishes. This was way before the digital age I guess! I saw lots of funny photos and poses. Ranging from young to old and super hot people to “you probably should find another job” types!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I’m not sure who will be there, so I’m excited in general to see what everyone has to offer, makes new connections and build new friendships. I’ve just recently moved to NC in June, so making new connections here will be of great benefit to learning what others in this area do and how they use their creative minds!

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
Do what you love! Don’t try to conform to one particular trend or style, if that’s not what you like. Know that it takes a lot of hard work, especially in the beginning. Have integrity and work hard. I’ve found that kindness goes a long way. Not everyone will like your work and that’s ok. Just be who you are!

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
When I receive reviews on Etsy it makes my day. The ones that build me up the most are the ones that point to my work ethic. When someone sees that I put my all into what I do it makes doing it worth it. I may not be the best artist, but knowing I did the best I can is what I care about most.

Follow Art By Sarah Savage:

Website- etsy.com/shop/ArtBySarahSavage
Instagram- instagram.com/artbysarahsavage
Facebook- facebook.com/artbysarahsavage
Twitter- twitter.com/sarahsavageart

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 11th!

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October 12, 2017
by The Handmade Market

The ARTISTS for the Holiday Handmade Market are…

The artist gallery is up for the November 11th Holiday Handmade Market!

This was one of the most difficult application periods ever thanks to all of the amazing artists that applied.

Here is a link to the gallery of all of the very talented artists that will be showcasing their work for you on November 11th at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.

Also, please have a look here at all of the generous vendors who will be donating to the charity raffle in support of El Pueblo.

Please join us on November 11th for a fantastic show. Early Bird Shopping ($7) starts at 10am and goes until 12 pm. FREE ADMISSION opens at noon and goes until 6 pm.

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October 9, 2017
by The Handmade Market

Holiday 2017 Charity Raffle Partner: El Pueblo, Inc.

If you’re new to The Handmade Market, you may not know that we partner with a different local charity for each and every event. Our goal is to introduce (or reintroduce) our awesome guests to equally wonderful organizations doing good in our community. At the event, visitors can make a suggested donation to the charity at the entrance, and in return receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket filled-to-the-brim with handcrafted goods and vouchers for services donated by our generous artists.

This November, we’re partnering with El Pueblo, Inc.

El Pueblo’s mission is for Latinos to achieve positive social change by building consciousness, capacity and community action.  El Pueblo envisions a just and equal community where all are respected, valued, and engaged. This amazing group of staff and volunteers value advocacy, leadership development, cultural celebration and exchange, collaboration, social justice and transparency.

If you would like to find out more about El Pueblo and upcoming events, please visit here.

If you would like to make a personal donation, please visit here.

Please join us November 11th for The Handmade Market and you’ll meet some of the wonderful people that make our community so much better while having a chance to win some rocking swag.

For details about the charity raffle, please visit here.

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September 20, 2017
by The Handmade Market

The Holiday Handmade Market application period is closed

The application for The Holiday Handmade Market on November 11th is now closed. If you submitted an application, thank you!

Notification emails will be delivered to your in-boxes by September 27th.

If you missed the application deadline, you can still be involved in the show! We need a few good volunteers to help spread the word over the next several weeks, as well as help with behind-the-scenes on the day of the event. If you missed the Call for Artists announcement, please sign up for the newsletter — that way you’ll receive all future announcements and updates.

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September 19, 2017
by The Handmade Market

Last day to apply for The Holiday Handmade Market!

Today is the last day to apply for The Handmade Market, November 11th, 2017.  This local, holiday shopping event will take place at Marbles Kids Museum, near the IMAX. If you are a crafter, designer, artist or lovely thing maker…this is one of the best shows of the year for you to showcase your wares.

If you are not sure or have questions, we have a FAQ page loaded with helpful information here.

The application itself is right here.

We look forward to seeing you at The Handmade Market, November 11th, 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.



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