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

Bethany Hadden from My Invisible Ink

My Invisible Ink
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[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
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Art By Sarah Savage

 Sarah Savage from Art By Sarah Savage

Art By Sarah Savage
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[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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October 13, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Amy May Pop Art

Amy May from Amy May Pop Art

Amy May Pop Art
new artist
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[indoor]

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

I am 100% inspired by the people and places I love. I started creating custom pop art as gifts and wedding portraits. After I opened my Etsy shop in 2016, I started creating custom portraits of my favorite people in pop culture and discovered that a lot of other people love my idols too! Now my shop is filled with everything from Beyonce, city pop art, cult TV and film stars and even the universally loved Golden Girls. I started creating city pop art to express my love for my new homes. I moved from Chicago to Durham and then to Raleigh. I am bringing all of my designs in fun, affordable gifts like prints, canvas art, coasters, magnets and more.

How did you learn your craft?:

My past life was in business development for tourist attractions. I did a ton of marketing design in my career, so I became proficient indesign software. My first pop art design ever was a portrait of me and my husband for my wedding stationary. I still keep that one framed in our living room. In 2015 I had my first of two sons and I quit the corporate world to stay home with my babies. I’m too much of a busy body to not work, so my hobby turned into an art business within a year.

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

I always love seeing what funny puns The Pepper Mill Shop has up their sleeve. I am new to the Raleigh scene, so I am so excited to meet a ton of makers that are new to me!

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

I work best from 6am-9am, when I can hopefully sneak time away from my two toddler boys. I load up on coffee and throw on my favorite podcasts, currently Last Podcast on the Left and MBMBAM. I work best alone, but I love to get inspiration from people in the community, especially with my collaboration with the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. I create a ton of work for their Retro Film Series (shout out to Jim!). I am also an organizer for the Triangle Horror Movie Club and our activities gives me tons of inspiration

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?:

Give yourself at least a year to develop your business before you break into live markets. Build an inventory that hones your craft, fail often, work on your brand, and attend as many markets as you can to scope out table styles. One great piece of advice I got is to always go into a market with an open mind because they are all so different. The venue, the clientele, even the season is going to make it a new and exciting experience.

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 haven’t met a “should” that I didn’t like! I keep an open mind about what can be done for people because I think together we can create something perfect for them.

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

This is my first one and I am very excited!

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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 11, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Annes Apothecary

 Anne Lawoyin from Annes Apothecary

Anne’s Apothecary
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[indoor]

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

I started Anne’s Apothecary after I moved to the US ten years ago and was alarmed at the number of ingredients in all the skin care products and how none really worked for us. My husband’s eczema resurfaced once we moved to the United States so I had to start whipping butters at home to solve the problem.

How did you learn your craft?:

I taught myself how to make cold process soap by reading old materials from homesteaders. 
I read countless of books and tested out recipes for practice and eventually developed mine. 

I am a nurse by training and I’m also working on my Nurse practitioners masters degree presently, so I’m always reading research articles particularly on holistic medicine and evaluating practices and ingredients that are beneficial to us with no harmful side effects. My medical background also helps me balance fact from fiction or fear which has almost dominated the natural skincare market. 
I approach my craft with truth and I’m open to exploring practices from other culture’s particularly, south american, African and Asian to enhance today’s blended skincare routine.

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

Music or a podcast. I create better alone but I’m learning to work together now that my team has grown.

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 do it. Sometimes we spend the initial phase thinking it over and over. You cant learn until you go out and get feedback. As long as you grow, you will be fine.

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

I have only attended one market and it was jewelry that I loved the most.

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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 10, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: The Plum Umbrella Studio

 Emily Schmidt from The Plum Umbrella Studio

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

I am bringing bullet journals, lined journals, sketchbooks and photo books, all in vibrant colors and patterns (my fave!). I make my own bookcloth out of regular fabric and I love getting to curate a collection of beautiful prints to put on my covers. Traditional bookcloth is generally pretty boring, so I am so happy to be able to change things up and get these lovely prints onto books. Whether you love to write, sketch, doodle or collect photographs, I’ll have something beautiful for you!

How did you learn your craft?:

I learned (and am still learning!) bookbinding at my day job repairing books at the Libraries at NC State (p.s. yes, it’s the best job ever). I made journals for friends and family over the years and after repeatedly hearing “You should really sell these” I finally jumped in. Now I get to use a different part of my brain and creativity to make books from scratch and make them as lovely as they deserve to be!

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

When I’m working through a problem or making decisions, I have to be alone and quiet. But when I start cranking through some books, Netflix is my friend! I’m always looking for new shows to keep me company, so stop by and tell me your favorite!

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?:

There is room for everyone. I heard this when I was just starting out and it gave me the freedom to explore my own style. Someone else may be doing the same craft as you, but you get to do it your way. Give yourself space to find your style. Focus on what you’re doing and dive deep into your own creativity. We need your voice, we want your style. It’s a big world out there, and there is room for everyone.

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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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