April 21, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Silver Palate Feeders

Simone Barbe  from Silver Palate Feeders

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Inspired by her love of gardening and all things vintage, Simone started making birdfeeders out of old silver-plate serving pieces. By transforming a timeless classic, she has given recycled silver and hundreds of southern gardens a new life.
Simone takes each unique find, mounts it on a copper pole, and adorns it with copper vines and hand cut leaves. Each piece is “One of a Kind” and is signed, dated & numbered.
The pieces are used as Birdfeeders, Planters or simply as coveted “Object de Arte” for the garden. invite Silver Palate Feeders into your garden and watch as it discovers a new life of its own.
Simone Barbe, owner and creator of Silver Palate Feeders, is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and now resides in Raleigh, North Carolina. Simone is the mother of two wonderful boys and the wife of a very loving and supportive husband.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:

My work is well received at Garden Symposiums and Garden Tours and juried art show’s. I prefer face to face selling so I can have a relationship with my clientele. I also do a lot of commission pieces. Families have lot’s of silver plated pieces that have been handed down thru the years but most people don’t use them anymore so they bring me their family heirlooms and I recreate them into art for the garden.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I am looking forward to seeing Breece Bryan. We met at last years show ( I was a shopper) and I ordered a custom pair of earrings from Breece. She has been working on them and will bring them to the show this year. I love the way she combines different metals.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I create best in the Spring in my studio with the doors open. So a combo of indoor and outdoor.

How did you come up with your business name?:
I choose the name Silver Palate Feeders because I use Vintage Silver Plated serving pieces as my beginning point. Each piece was at one time meant for serving food to humans and now will be
used to serve food to birds. So serving birds with Silver Palates.

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?:
Talking to other artist’s and go to lot’s of different art venues and see what is going on and what is selling. I love to mentor new talent. Display is very important and I like to share my time with others helping them with presentation.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
I get email photo’s of birds eating and nesting in my artwork from my clients. That always makes my day. Love to open an email and see a photo of a bird eating out of one of my creations.

Follow Silver Palate Feeders:

Website- mybirdfeedersforsale.com
Facebook- facebook.com/Silver-Palate-Feeders

For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 5th!

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April 20, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Home Body Field Goods

Lauren Jones from Home Body Field Goods

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Everything I do has a plant/herbal element to it. Plants and medicinal herbs have so much to give us. We have forgotten their ways and lost that connection. I love drawing people’s attention to plant properties by using them in everything from the fabrics and dyes that I create clothing from to soap formulas and infused culinary honeys, vinegars, and oils.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I know social media has its place, but hands down the best avenue for selling my work is face-to-face. I love telling people the ‘why’ of my formulas and imparting that plant knowledge on them!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Jessica Roux! I own several prints, buttons, etc of hers and I love her work.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I listen to audio books while I am working. Right now I am in the Outlander series and it is wonderful.

How did you come up with your business name?:
The name is compiled of four categories, all in relation to or made using organically sourced or sustainably wildcrafted herbs and plants, ingredients, and materials.
Home: Eco-dyed textiles, pillows, weavings, baskets
Body: Small batch, natural body products with herbal properties
Field: Culinary extractions, salves, first aid kits, teas, medicinal plant seedlings
Goods: Organic and plant-derived (bamboo, soy, cotton, linen, hemp) clothing and accessories

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 go into it with an open mind and virtually no expectations. Everything I have learned was picked up on along the way. Jump in and pay attention! Also, other artists/vendors are a wealth of information pertaining strictly to your similar venture-taxes, fees, other shoes coming up, selling points, etc. It can be hard to find accountants, codes, reporting apps that work specifically for this lifestyle and other people you meet at events have steered me great directions many times.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
When people come back for refills. Selling something to someone is one thing, but when they are a return customer that means they have spent time with a product and it has effected their life in a positive way. Also, when they come to me for gifts for friends and loved ones. Its just the best!

Follow Home Body Field Goods:

Instagram- instagram.com/homebodyfieldgoods
Facebook- facebook.com/homebodyfieldgoods

For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 5th!

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April 18, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: My Invisible Ink

Bethany Hadden from My Invisible Ink

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My style is constantly changing because I love to play around with different materials. I stick with wood as my canvas because of the nonuniform textures and I’ve started to carve my own stamps to use which in my new favorite thing! I’m inspired by new color combinations. I may see a t-shirt or a sign that I love the colors or textures and I snap a photo. My phone is filled with pictures of random objects. My best sellers are my small mixed medias, but I’ll be bringing 3″ note cards and 3.5″ mini animal waiting on wood blocks that are new to my inventory.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I’ve been doing well on Instagram with customers that are familiar with my work. It opens up a more personal side of creating my work. Selling at shows is fun though since customers can really see what a photo can’t capture.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Lauren Sumner Pottery. I’m a sucker for pottery and to add to my handmade coffee mug collection.

How did you come up with your business name?:
My Invisible Ink came from a business project I did while in school for graphic design and it just stuck. Those invisible markers where my favorite as a kid.

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 received was to just get out there and let my work be seen and you will find your niche market. Plus is inspirational to be around other creatives.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
I think when shop owners seek me out to sell in their stores. It’s such a big compliment since it’s usually me seeking them out hoping they love my work.

Follow My Invisible Ink:

Website- myinvisibleink.com
Instagram- instagram.com/bjhadden_mii
Facebook- facebook.com/MyInvisibleInkDesignStudio

For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 5th!

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April 17, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Jessica Roux Illustration

Jessica from Jessica Roux Illustration

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I’m a freelance illustrator inspired by flora and fauna. My work focuses on nature and combines subdued colors and intricate details reminiscent of old world beauty. Although I primarily illustrate for clients, like the New Yorker, Pottermore, and Smithsonian Magazine, I also create my own prints, products, and stationery. From postcards and greeting cards to enamel pins and notepads, I’m looking forward to sharing my animal and plant themed work at the Handmade Market.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I love doing shows around the east coast because I love to travel! Experiencing new places and meeting up with like-minded artists is one of my favorite things. Social media like Instagram is great too, but there’s something really special about sharing in the enjoyment of art in person.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I’m excited to see Pink Moon Ceramics. I’m always on the lookout for unique and beautiful pottery for all my plant babies, so I’m excited to see what they bring!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I love working alone listening to podcasts. I mostly listen to science, history, and true crime podcasts, and they really help me focus on the intricate linework in my illustrations. I love to walk around outside and go for hikes for inspiration, but I prefer to draw inside so I’m not so distracted.

How did you come up with your business name?:
My business name is my own name. It’s hard for me to separate what I do with who I am as an illustrator, and it’s pretty common in my field for artists to go by their own names.

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?:
When I was first starting out and building a portfolio, a professor told me not to put anything in my portfolio that I didn’t want to draw. Because of that advice, I created work focused on flora and fauna—so thankfully, I am primarily hired to create work incorporating plants and animals. I love getting to draw my favorite things, so my job, even when it’s stressful, is something I truly love doing. I know that’s super illustration-specific, but I think it’s good advice to focus on making work that brings you joy.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
I just like to see people smile when they see my work. It’s tough out there, and if my work can bring a little bit of happiness to someone’s life, then what I’m doing is worthwhile.

Follow Jessica Roux Illustration:

Website- jessica-roux.com
Instagram- instagram.com/jessicasroux
Facebook- facebook.com/jessicarouxillustration
Twitter- twitter.com/jessicasroux

For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 5th!

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April 17, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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Spring Charity Raffle Partner: Note in the Pocket

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 May, we’re partnering with Note in the Pocket.

Note in the Pocket’s mission is to provide clothing to Wake County children in need with love and dignity. What started with one classroom in 2005 now provides clothing packages for over 4,000 individuals.

If you would like to find out more about Note in the Pocket and upcoming events, please visit here.

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

Please join us May 5th 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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