The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

A showcase of independent designers, artists, and crafters in Raleigh, NC.

Introducing another new sponsor: BRWN Fox Creative

We are excited about our new sponsor Brwn Fox Creative, and you should be too! In fact, if the logo alone caught your eye, then the mastermind behind Brwn Fox Creative, Jenell Gilyard, has done just what she intended to do. She specializes in branding small businesses, and this is hers! She also creates print and web design. You know what they say about a busy person? Busy people get things done! And Jenell Gilyard gets things done!

She not only has graphic design skills, she also loves to sew! Check out her Sewing and DIY blog, The Brwn Fox Creative Chronicles.

The fact that you are reading this on The Handmade Market website indicates at least one of the following:

  • you like to shop handmade
  • you like to support small businesses
  • you like art, design, and creativity in general
  • you have started or want to start your own business
  • or you are just curious about what those Handmaidens are always talking about!

It seems that Brwn Fox Creative could be a help with just about any of the above! Do you have a craft or skill that you would like to push from a hobby to a business? Jenell can help you create your first impression. You only get one chance for that! Through Social Media we have a world of potential customers at our fingertips. Don’t you want to make a great first impression? Working with Brwn Fox Creative is a perfect way to help your business while supporting another small business.


She is also a founding partner in Pretty Girls Sew. This is a collaboration of  five women who met through Instagram. I just LOVE that! People wonder why a hashtag is used? Well, here’s a great example of how five women from across the country got together through social media! #sewing

If you like to sew or want to learn more about sewing, please check out the Pretty Girls Sew website. They have a monthly Sew Along Challenge, they have an online magazine, and they have tutorials. You’ll get swept away looking through it all {in a good way!}

They will even be hosting a SEWcial in Austin, Texas in June 2015!

pgs_sewcial_2015We {The Handmaidens} think it’s worth your time to check out Brwn Fox Creative. We want to extend a great big ‘thank you’ to Jenell Gilyard for investing in The Handmade Market. Please help us with that by checking out Brwn Fox Creative!

Artist Spotlight: Leopold Designs

Kim Kirchstein of Leopold Designs is a fabulous Raleigh-based textile artist who has never failed to make us swoon over her fabrics and very thoughtful designs. She specializes in hand-dyed Batik and Shibori silk fabrics. Each creation is unique, using sustainable soy wax and low-impact dyes on natural fabric.

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How did you come up with your business name? I named my business after a very cool, big, orange tabby cat I had for 16 years. His name was “Leopold.” No, not “Designs.”

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. I typically make scarves of various sizes, and big sarongs … but I’ve made some bow ties and headbands, too.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current methods? I would love to get better at my sewing skills. Being more confident in making a wider variety of pieces … like simple blouses or swingy trousers!! It would be fun and likely draw a broader audience!

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? Bow ties!

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I’ve been admiring Amy Draws for a couple years now, and I’m a sucker for amazing & creative pottery and Trista’s is both!

What was your first concert and/or all-time favorite concert? First concert: The Motels with The Producers (as the opening act) at West Point Military Academy.
My all-time favorite??!!! Depeche Mode at Carowinds in 1994! The singer picked me to come up on stage and held my hand and had me sing with him and … and … omg!!!

What’s your favorite Halloween costume? My brother and I were dressed as a puppy and a kitty, with the old-style plastic masks and pull-on jumpers.

Be sure to visit Kim and see her incredibly beautiful work and get more details about singing with Dave Gahan. Trust us, she’ll regress to her teen self with a quickness! See you at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8.

Artist Spotlight: Juniper Bay Metals

Stacy Sawyer Phebus of Raleigh-based Juniper Bay Metals got hooked on metalworking while attending East Carolina University.  We think she owes a bouquet of flowers to the friend who encouraged her to take a metals class that ultimately changed her path.

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How did you come up with your business name? I decided on my business name for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the name represents my family’s coastal history. I felt it was important for me to give a nod to my past because it’s a huge part of who I am. Having grown up the daughter of a fisherman in eastern North Carolina, I often heard my dad and his buddies speaking of the best fishing spots. Juniper Bay was one such spot and the name always resonated. I like the way it feels, the imagery it conjures. It’s a beautiful coastal area along the “Inner Banks” where the Pamlico Sound meets the marshlands of Swan Quarter, NC. And since a lot of my work, for years, has been influenced by treasures of the sea, it just made sense.

The juniper branch logo ties the place, the name, and my aesthetic together: raw, simply refined, nature-derived designs.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation.  Sea creatures – their shapes, textures and forms – have been an inspiration of mine for years. I’ve been focusing on developing my Urchin line this year. Some pieces in the series are raw silver or copper. Others are enameled in a kiln or by using a torch. This method allows me to achieve rich, colorful surfaces that compliment the forms and their textures really nicely.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current method(s)? One technique I’d like to explore more deeply is lost-wax casting. I’ve done this type of casting in the past, but it’s been several years since I’ve had access to the special tools and equipment needed. While I love fabricating work and would continue to do so, it would be really awesome to incorporate cast elements into my work.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share?  Wax Yellow Urchin Necklace

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I’m super excited Tara Locklear will be at The Handmade Market this year! I just adore her work. She and I came up through the same Metal Design program at East Carolina University School of Art & Design, but were were there at different times. I haven’t actually met her yet, but I’ve been a big fan of her work for a while. Hoping to finally meet her (and buy a piece!) at the market.

What was your first concert and/or all-time favorite concert? My first real concert was DEF LEPPARD at the Norfolk Scope in VA. Ha! I’m showing my age, right?! I was in 7th grade and a friend’s dad took us. Bless his heart, he was not into it at all. When they played their hit ballad “Love Bites” thousands of lighters waved back and forth in the crowd. Classic.

My all-time favorite concert? Gosh, that’s so tough. I think it would have to be Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings at Cat’s Cradle several years ago, 2006 maybe? The band, Sharon, the vocals, the sheer energy of the show – everything was amazing. And I danced all night with really good friends. It doesn’t get much better than that!

Be sure to visit Staci and sing something from Pyromania while shopping for your new Urchin necklace at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8.

a new sponsor: POP-UP Sunday Vintage Market



We are SO excited to have POP-UP Sunday as one of our Master Sponsors for The Handmade Market this fall. They are sort of like a cousin to us!

Have you been to POP-UP Sunday yet? This mini flea market happens once a month, April through November, at the corner of West and Johnson Streets in downtown Raleigh. For a few hours (noon til 5 pm to be exact) the gravel-covered parking lot of Ornamentea turns into a POP-UP market with food trucks, beer, and amazing vintage finds. The vendors are handpicked with an emphasis on hard to find vintage wares, clothing, and recycled art. The event books months in advance and consistently rotates vendors from all over the US, even as far as Austin, TX. Tents, umbrellas, and vintage camper styled shops line the edges of the fun with money being raised each month for a different local charity.

Tracey Johnson, owner of Patina South, and Cynthia Deis, owner of Ornamentea, are the trailblazing organizers of POP-UP Sunday. “We are amazed at just how much support we have gotten from the local community for this little event. The idea of having an event that helps local businesses meet new customers, neighbors mingle, and raises money for charity seemed needed-fun and fundraising.”

Recently, POP-UP Sunday was mentioned in Women’s Health Magazine as one of the contributing factors to Raleigh’s #3 ranking (behind Austin and Denver) as a “social climber” with lots of cool culture. The Handmade Market and downtown’s First Friday events were also mentioned … nice list of local must-see and dos!

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Wild @ Art

October 26th and November 23rd are the last two dates for POP-UP Sunday in 2014. Mark your calendar for both and bring a crowd. This event is pet friendly and there is always something for kids to do, thanks to Wild@Art.

POP-UP Sunday

vintage market • recycled art • food trucks • charity • good beer

509 N. West Street, Raleigh

POP-UP Sunday is on Facebook — check out upcoming dates and vendors, LIKE them, and let them know you’re glad they sponsored The Handmade Market!

Artist Spotlight: Fillaree

Fillaree was born in Durham, North Carolina from the mind and heart of owner/maker Alyssa Cherry. As part of developing her truly earth-friendly bath & body products and cleaning solutions, Alyssa created a feasible means of refilling her brand of luscious, organic and vegan products. All Fillaree products are free of harmful ingredients found in commercially manufactured products such as dyes, preservatives, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, surfactants, and parabens. Fillaree products are handcrafted with care, in small batches. Fillaree’s mission is not only to create and produce sustainable, healthy soaps and cleaners but, in Alyssa’s words, ‘enable, promote and support conscious consumerism in hopes of significantly reducing waste while keeping the planet and its people a little cleaner.’

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How did you come up with your business name? The concept of Fillaree is for patrons to refill their bottles and containers with our handmade products. I wanted  the name to make that clear but not be too literal. The name went through a few changes, got edited down and one day while swimming laps in the pool it came to me; Fillaree. I thought it was a beautiful name with a nice flow;the fact that, with a slightly different spelling, it is a pretty flower, made it all the more appealing.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. My newest creation is liquid beer soaps. For the latest I partnered with Aviator brewing, using their Pumpkin Beast seasonal beer to make a pumpkin beer soap. I’ve ‘spiced’ it up the scent with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg essential oils. Its perfect for this time of year and also makes a great gift for anyone who loves pumpkin, beer or both! I always plan to have a beer soap “on tap.” They are all limited small batches so get them while you can.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current methods? I would love to use dried or preserved ingredients in liquid soap to make the soap more visually exciting. I am going to look into fermentation and natural options for preservation to see what possibilities there might be to help me complete this crazy vision I have. People are always asking for hair and skin products too so I am exploring these options as well.  The more products that you can refill the less waste we create and happier the planet is!

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? I’m almost ready to take a photo of the beer soap in its new bottle…so excited! But in the meantime here is a link to my first limited beer soap. What do you think?

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I just love all things beautiful and one-of-a-kind so I am excited to see everyone! I particularly love a good collab[oration], pottery and ceramics so I am excited to see the artists Casey Seawell and Trista Hudzick. If either of these amazing artists were inspired by Fillaree, it would be fantastic to create a custom soap dish or unique container that people would love to refill again and again.

What was your all-time favorite concert? Gotta say my all time fave was Fleet Foxes — saw them in Chapel Hill at Local 506 in 2007. This was before they were super big. I was right up front and it was pretty magical.

What’s your favorite Halloween costume and/or memory? Well, this question definitely has two answers. My favorite costume was being Jessica Rabbit. My favorite Halloween memories are winning 1st place in a costume contest as Cher to my BFF’s Sonny and having a blast as The Golden Girls another year.

Be sure to visit Fillaree’s table and check out her pumpkin brew soap at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8.