Because Mall is a Four Letter Word

November 11, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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That’s a wrap!

 

We did it! We braved the outdoor show and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect! Well, it could have been a little warmer but, OH that sunshine was beautiful! And it was such a pleasure to see families enjoying our downtown park!

A huge thank you once again to all you Central North Carolina shoppers for coming downtown to see what Made & Found at the Square was all about. What a great array of vendors to kick off the Holiday Shopping season!

Did you love the mix of vintage and handmade as much as we did? It was just as we had dreamed up, two markets in one. All that fabulous vintage, mid century and found treasure mixed in with the beautiful wares of our talented artists! We hope you purchased lots of gifts for those on your holiday shopping lists AND some sweet buys for yourself! We sure did!

Thank you to Moore Square and Raleigh Parks and Recreation for asking us to produce this show. We loved helping to show off the beautifully renovated downtown Raleigh Park and you were a dream to work with.

With the marking of our “LAST SHOW” it only seems fitting that we reminisce. We started as a group of 9 friends who loved to create. We would meet weekly at Poole’s Diner to craft together and brainstorm. What started out as “let’s do a show together under the name Bead The People”, turned into a great partnership. Since we didn’t all ‘bead’ we came up with the name Handmaidens (LONG before The Handmaid’s Tale made its debut!). After much success at the Boylan Heights Art Walk together, we knew Raleigh needed more opportunities like that for artists and crafters to sell their wares. That’s when The Handmade Market was born and eventually Urban Vintage. We never thought we would still be doing this 15 years later! A lot of life moments happen in 15 years. Marriages, children, divorces, re-marriages, more children, lots and lots of pets and now grandchildren. Eventually, the size of the partnership went from 9 women to 4.

We are so grateful that the little seeds that were sown so long ago at Poole’s Diner turned into some pretty great shows! Thanks to everyone who stood in line before the shows and made us feel your anticipation! Thanks to all the great artists who have blown us away with your talent and friendships. And all you shoppers, thanks to each of you for coming through our doors show after show. We will never forget.

 

 

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November 9, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found is today!

Come on down to Moore Square today from 10am to 5pm and make your holiday shopping a breeze. This event merges the goodness you already know from The Handmade Market and Urban Vintage. Over 70 of the best and brightest artists, designers, vintage, antiques, and crafters from the region will be taking over Moore Square for the day. Check  out our vendor spotlights, where you get some more fun and interesting facts behind many of the vendors you will find at Made & Found.

For the vendor map, click here and for help with parking and directions, click here.

The event is produced by The Handmaidens, in partnership with City of Raleigh Parks & Rec.

We hope to see you there!

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November 8, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Directions and Parking for Made & Found

Here are a few tips about getting downtown for Made & Found this weekend.  

Directions

Moore Square  is located at 226 East Martin Street in downtown Raleigh, centered in between Hargett, Blount, Martin and Person Street. You can find it here on Google Maps

Parking

City Market Hourly Parking Lot 230 E. Martin Street; enter when heading North on Person Street between Davie Street and Martin Street.

Moore Square Parking Deck 233 S. Wilmington Street; enter when heading north on Wilmington between East Martin Street and Hargett Street.

Blount Hourly Parking Lot 314 S Blount Street; Located at the north entrance to Marbles Kids Museum. Enter when heading East on Morgan Street between Blount Street and Person Street, or when heading North on Person Street between Hargett Street and Morgan Street/New Bern Avenue.

Wilmington Street Station Parking Deck 117 S. Wilmington Street; entrances when heading North on Wilmington Street between Morgan Street and Hargett Street, and when heading South on Blount Street between Morgan Street and Hargett Street.

Street Parking Metered parking spaces are located on all streets surrounding Marbles: Blount, Person and Hargett streets. The standard rate for street parking on Hargett and Blount streets is $1-$2/hr. Free on-street parking is available on Bloodworth Street, within a short walking distance from Moore Square.

A comprehensive guide to Downtown Raleigh parking and prices can be found here

We look forward to seeing you at Made & Found!

 

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November 8, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: Calico Creates

Heather Washburn from Calico Creates

Calico Creates 
Booth 42

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
Calico Creates evolved out of sisters’ Heather and Erin’s desires to repurpose common materials and transform them into beautiful creations. Our scraps come from a local dental chair upholsterer that uses hypoallergenic cloth-back vinyl to cover their chairs. We use these scraps, that would otherwise go to a landfill, and create our jewelry and other unique products. We are conscientious in using every scrap possible so only a minimal amount goes to waste. For example, the excess cut from bag shells becomes the punched, sewn and strung pieces used for earrings and bracelets; the scraps of scraps.

Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
We follow our passions. Our inspirations can be drawn from many sources with Mother Nature being the greatest. Inspiration strikes from the diverse cultures we explore to the simplicity of recognizing patterns and shades of colors from fallen leaves. We draw from personal experiences and design styles, as well as what we see happening within the world around us. Through meticulous studies of materials, craft, history and art we developed our fine-tuned process of rapid design development, prototyping and adjusting to create the eye-popping, show-stopping products we fabricate.

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
Our customers seek out all of our fresh designs and flare using this innovative and eco-friendly material. Especially our earrings and business card holders, which make wonderful gifts for yourself or for others. Vinyl is durable, lightweight, environmentally friendly, versatile and low maintenance. Our products will soften over time with wear and are easily cleaned without using harsh chemicals. We also offer a great variety of colorfully printed, originally illustrated cards for all occasions. With our creations, you have a truly original product design you can feel good about.
How did you learn your craft or business?:
Creating has always been a part of our lives with various skills and abilities being taught to us from family members and friends. With such a diverse background from all members of Calico, we continually are able to pull from a rich bank of innovative ideas and execute with passion. Our time spent in a variety of design schools taught us that you have to know and understand the rules before they can be broken. With our technical knowledge we continue to pursue different ventures to grow our library of talents to continue to create a diverse, yet cohesive, line of products.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
Being a multi-disciplinary studio, the idea of drawn inspiration applies to all aspects of our design work. We spend time outdoors drinking in the fresh air, urge open dialogue to generate a flow of ideas and occasionally plug in our headphones to sort through our ideas privately. We inspire each other to take risks and autonomously explore our own rabbit holes. These inspirations help us to think outside the box and challenge the conventional.

What advice would you give to an artist or business just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art or business?:
Priceless advice we have to share would be; maintain your authenticity, compete only with yourself, cultivate your natural talents and work from life (where the best inspirations are found).

Anything to add?:
As we develop new products, we continually fold in what we learn and find inspiring from previous generations into future generations. Everything that leaves our studio touches our hands through some combination of hand cutting, punching, stringing, sewing and painting. From our hands to yours, each piece is a hand-made labor of love.

Follow Calico Creates:

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For and all the details you’ll ever need about the Made & Found go here, for the vendor map see here, and come see us November 9th!

Also join our facebook event so you can easily invite your friends. See you there!

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November 7, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: Claire Ashby Metalsmith

Claire from Claire Ashby Metalsmith

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
Having pieced together an informal education over the past 12 years, I have dabbled in many media within the metals field. I have an ongoing love affair with enamels that waxes and wanes but for the past three years my passion has burned for molten metal, specifically sandcasting.
Sandcasting is a low-tech process that can create refined results, but I lean toward the somewhat rustic side. I have mostly cast natural objects such as stones, bark, and shells that become pendants and common objects like pencils and allen wrenches for earring components. Lately I have been experimenting with inventing shapes within the sand mold to make what I call Personal Bark. I hope to have a few of these very recent pieces at the show!

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
My cast pendants are most often sought or commissioned specifically. I make a few stacking rings that are also popular, particularly a set of mixed metal hammered rings with a floating sterling cube on each that are fun to fidget with. I just completed a range of sizes for Made & Found! I like to combine these with other rings made of sterling with a bronze element that is made from slices of a cast pencil. I also enjoy making simple enamel earrings that are an affordable pop of color that are very popular with the public and a great way for me to experiment with color relationships on a small scale.

How did you learn your craft or business?:
I pieced together my education over the past 12 years via the NCSU Crafts Center, Pullen Arts Center, Pocosin Arts in eastern NC and the Penland School of Craft in the NC mountains. We are so lucky to have so many top notch resources here in North Carolina! I’m also fortunate to have a community of local metal artists with whom I trade information, tips, and advice. I’ve filled holes in my skill set many times with the aid of The Complete Metalsmith by Tim McCreight – all of his books are great!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
Alone and listening to NPR, My Favorite Murder Podcast, or music. My dog often accompanies me to the studio, especially in the evenings, and if no one else is there we will take a break to play some “hall ball” which is the best indoor exercise a pooch can get!

Follow Claire Ashby Metalsmith:

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Instagram

For and all the details you’ll ever need about the Made & Found go here, for the vendor map see here, and come see us November 9th!

Also join our facebook event so you can easily invite your friends. See you there!

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