May 5, 2016
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The 20th Handmade Market Starts Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow from 6 pm to 9 pm at Market Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market for a jam-packed evening of shopping with more than 50 independent artists, designers and makers from all around the city, state, and region!  This Early Bird Shopping Event is for three hours for just $5 (cash only). You get an entire quiet, laid-back 180 minutes to browse and chat with the artists and get first dibs on all of their beautiful handmade wares. The first 50 early birds will receive a lovely Handmade Market notebook. The bar will be open and Elizabeth Galecke will be setting up a small photo booth inside to do head shots.

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At 10 am the following morning until 5 pm that evening, admission to The Handmade Market is free!!! The first 200 shoppers will receive a lovely Handmade Market notebook to help organize all those shopping lists. In lieu of admission, consider supporting the featured charity, The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, with a raffle ticket purchase. Your donation gets you a chance to win one of several gift baskets full of goodies from our awesomely generous Charity Sponsors.

You know what else we’ll have on hand? Enjoy treats to keep you cool from Treat and King of Pops or be fueled by Larry’s Beans.

You don’t want to miss this one — grab a friend and come down to Market Hall for The Handmade Market!

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May 4, 2016
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Artist Spotlight: Lady Pilot Letterpress

Emily Wismer is another artist new to The Handmade Market! Durham, North Carolina’s Lady Pilot Letterpress was born out her love of the smell of printer’s ink and being the kind of dirty that only a printmaker understands. Emily gets a rush from Lady Pilot Letterpressnew artist raffle donorseeing the crisp and vibrant original artwork roll of her circa 1907 letterpress.  She feels fortunate  to make a living creating greeting cards and ephemera that are equal parts sweet and snarky.  She can’t imagine doing anything else.

What item are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

I’ve just printed a ton of new cards and I’m excited to unveil them.

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

A pinball called Roller Games.

How do you unwind from an intense day?

A glass of wine and some music.

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

This Paper Ship. Looks like they have some beautiful prints!

Beach or ocean or shore?

Ocean for sure.

Artistically speaking, who is your doppelgänger?

Hmmm. I’ve been working with Blue Barnhouse Letterpress for years and we have similar senses of humor, but he’s even dirtier.

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 

Tesla

What is your color addiction? Why are you moved by it? 

Lately, I’ve been really into orange. I think there’s just a cheeriness and vibrancy to a particular shade that you see a lot on vintage posters and ads. I dig it.

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

Well, I’m definitely excited to meet Original Brooks. I started doing letterpress because I wanted to make books and I’d still love to be involved in the process.

Be sure to visit Lady Pilot Letterpress‘ table. Check out all the fantastic new cards and ephemera Emily’s bringing this weekend to The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall.

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May 4, 2016
by The Handmade Market
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Artist Spotlight: Spark Metal Studio

The Handmade Market welcomes back architect and metalsmith, Kathleen Dautel, of Spark Metal Studio. This Raleigh, North Carolina artist combines both her artistic passions to create beautifully simple, contemporary jewelry. Her material muses are steel, mild steel and resin.  Each original design, inspired by nature or architectural lines, is laser cut and hand finished. Completed pieces are either plated in 18 karat gold or given pops of color using epoxy resin. The resulting jewelry pieces are modern as well as timeless accessories.

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What item(s) are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

My new Lux line – 18 karat gold plated steel and fresh new resin and stainless steel designs for 2016.

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

Spending time with my family.

How do you unwind from an intense day?

A glass of Cabernet.

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

Urbane Terrain

Beach or ocean or shore?

If the mountains count as the shore, then shore for sure!

Artistically speaking, who is your doppelgänger?

Good question. ?

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 

Tesla.

What is your color addiction? Why are you moved by it? 

Shades of greens, I love being in nature…

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

Jody of Flytrap! I love her designs and she is such a neat lady!

Be sure to visit Spark Metal Studio‘s table this weekend. The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall. Kathleen’s work, especially, her new gold plated pendants will make fabulous Mother’s Day gifts. See you soon!

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April 30, 2016
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Artist Spotlight: OXHIP Studio

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The Handmade Market welcomes back Liz Bradford and  OXHIP Studio of Raleigh, North Carolina. Liz is a scientific illustrator by trade, whose product line is how she shares her immense love of all things science with the world. Each OX HIP Studio print, card, and screen printed item is handmade by Liz and features her original illustrations.

What item are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

I have some new dino screen printed goods that I am pretty excited about.

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

Whenever I am getting low energy in the studio, I do handstands against the wall to get energized!

How do you unwind from an intense day?  

Yoga. Then sushi, wine and animal cuddling!

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

Sunny Mullarkey Studio. I love her insect art!

Beach or ocean or shore? 

Shore. Lying on the shore.

Artistically speaking, who is your doppelgänger?

I am in no way close, but I find constant inspiration from John James Audubon.

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 

Tesla

What are your color addictions ? Why are you moved by them?

I love rich, dark browns, grays, black and gold. They call to mind dramatic chiaroscuro paintings.

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

Liz Kelly – I can see some cool animal skeletons on mugs!

Be sure to visit OXHIP Studio‘s table and check Liz’s amazing artwork at The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall.

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April 30, 2016
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Artist Spotlight: Bee Mindful Skin Care®

Bee Mindful Skin Care®, of Smithfield, North Carolina, is new to The Handmade Market. Linda Della Rosa, head-beekeeper on her Johnston County mini-farm, is proud to have created an extensive line of natural skin care products made exclusively from high-quality oils and butters combined with wax and/or honey from her bees. Each product is handmade in small batches. Soaps are cold processed and colorant-free using custom molds. Lotions come with a specially mixed wildflower seed packet called Bee Forage Banquet. Linda is always ‘mindful‘ of the importance of honey bees to our world.

Bee Mindful Skin Care new artist raffle donor

What items are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

Our newest men’s product- Benevolent Beard Oil – and for people to try out our Gregarious Goats Milk Body Lotion and our Body Cream.  We’re also excited for you to try our Happy Hands Salve and Lip Balms!

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

Working with our bees in the yard and planting more flowers and shrubs for them!

How do you unwind from an intense day? 

Play in my flower and vegetable gardens.

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

I can’t wait to meet Julie Walther Handmade Pottery

Beach or ocean or shore?  

Beach.

Artistically speaking, who is your doppelgänger?

Judy Hull- my closest college friend for over 40 years!

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 

’67 Mustang.

What is  your color addiction? Why are you moved by it? 

Cobalt Blue – just love it- it reminds me of older vintage things- it is why I chose it for my bottles and jars!

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

Julie Walther

Be sure to visit Bee Mindful Skin Care®‘s table and check out the Gregarious Goats Milk Body Lotion at The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall. You can finish your Mother’s Day shopping or get a jump on Father’s Day! See you then.

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