Because Mall is a Four Letter Word

November 4, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: cameraSHY cove

Hillary Burkett  from cameraSHY cove

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
My jewelry line is a pursuit of ‘shy beauty’ and thus made to be worn as chosen craftsmanship to bring a dash of rugged elegance to your day. My style suggests all the ways we are each so uniquely and ruggedly beautiful in layers that go far beyond the outer surface.

Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
I have a style crush on the natural environment. My muse is consistently found in nature, in the closer examination of terrain or tiny habitats. I’m inspired by the way natural beauty doesn’t demand attention and often even hides in in either scale or location and am thus drawn to the environments in caves or inside rocks or underwater. I’m forever compelled by the way the tiny mimics the large and how the hidden can be the treasure. I love to mimic these styles in my work.

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
Customers seek me out for the rustic feminine allure of my rugged cut stone details and asymmetrical stylings in well crafted sterling settings that are both dainty and durable.
I have a wide assortment of stud earrings that tend to be best sellers alongside layering lengths of statement necklaces.

How did you learn your craft or business?:
My degree is in biology rather than art and thus I am largely self taught in my craft but learned basic Metalsmithing through a short adult education course At an art studio. From there, exploration and experimentation within the medium changed my career path greatly.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
Music sets my mood for making! Make it loud:)

hat 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?:
1. Follow what excites you. This is the unique voice you bring to the table even when the materials within a medium are the same.
2. Don’t neglect the business end of things. This is as important as your craftsmanship.

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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!

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November 4, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: Crafty Ginger Mama

Jenn Marks from Crafty Ginger Mama

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
I’m a pragmatic tree hugger with a fondness for fun design. Most of my products aim to replace disposable, single-use paper or plastic with reusable, good-looking fabric alternatives: handmade useful stuff! I’m a (greying) ginger mom to two ginger kiddos, hence the moniker of Crafty Ginger Mama.

Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
Day to day life is so (wonderfully!) full and busy and vibrant that I find myself almost viscerally attracted to minimalist, modern design. Clean lines and simple patterns are very soothing to me. Artish Studio’s furnishings and Windblown Jewelry are some local examples that come to mind for this aesthetic. In my own work, I will often pair a bright, busy pattern with a calmer one – I think this is a subconscious reflection of that internal contrast.

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
It’s always so lovely when I have folks come up to my table at markets, saying, “I bought one of your sandwich bags and we love it and now I need more!” The sandwich bags are always a top seller, though my reversible reusable bowl covers seem to be catching on as more and more folks are committing to reducing waste (yay!).

The other thing I get sought out for is my custom printed family recipe tea towels, especially since last year’s WRAL Go Ask Mom feature.

How did you learn your craft or business?:
My mom taught me to sew on a vintage 1950’s Singer Slant-O-Matic, the same model her mother taught her on, and the same model I use today. In fact, we’re pretty sure my electrician granddad tinkered with the presser foot I’ve got to make the machine sew faster! My mom sewed clothes, curtains, and dolls for me in my childhood…and she also built me a lot of furniture. She gifted me a sewing machine for high school graduation and a cordless drill when I moved into my first apartment – and, by extension, a DIY attitude before it was a hashtag :) Grad school helped foster steady, stubborn persistence…which comes in handy with the less interesting parts of being an entrepreneur!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
When it comes to inspiration, it’s outside – ideally, in nature and removed a bit from the hustle and bustle. When doing graphic illustration work for fabric designs, I need quiet to focus! Sewing doesn’t require the same kind of focus, so I can listen to music, but my tank of a machine is pretty loud, so I don’t get to keep up with podcasts as much as I’d like.

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?:
Get out there and be yourself. For folks around here, tap into the amazing creative community we are fortunate enough to have! I have learned so much from this community (like what to do on the morning of a Saturday market and you forgot to get small bills for change out at the bank), but I’ve also been lifted up in countless intangible ways by the amazing, brilliant, inventive, kind humans who make up the local creative ecosystem.

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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 3, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: Moving Mamas Vintage

Tracy Grosner from Moving Mamas Vintage

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
My personal and shop style is really all over the place. I focus on vintage pieces that catch my eye from all eras- clothes, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories.
For this market (which I am super excited about!) I am bringing cold weather gear, along with dresses, pants, jewelry, hats, shoes, and more! Funky and functional vintage pieces for women, men, and kids.

Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
Remember Vicki from Reality Bites? Her bright, loud, 1960/70 style is my happy place. I also love 90s Drew Barrymore, Winona Ryder, Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Courtney Love, my friend Christina, and my mom.
Each one of these ladies is so themselves and is true to using their clothing as a means to their inner voice.

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
Great question! Really my customers all over the spectrum in what they seek. I am always open to fielding requests because I never know what I might find.
Lately I have found some really great Edwardian, 1920s, 1940s, and 1970s pieces. A pretty large timeline I know!

How did you learn your craft or business?:
Well, I have been into fashion and vintage since I was a kid. I used to pick thrift stores in high school and college. It has always been something fun I did for myself. I have always been fascinated with objects and makers, which lead me to a professional career in museum education. I love sharing the story of objects and connecting people to the broader understanding of of their significance. While I still teach, I have taken on the role of the finder and restorer of vintage objects. I want them to have a new life, give happiness to a new owner, and find a forever home.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
Maybe it is because I am a mom, but alone and in silence is a great environment to be productive and focus. I typically work in my shared studio with my lovely partner. I like when he’s in there working too, almost like we are having a silent conversation. I also find pockets of time- in the car, during lunch, really anytime an idea pops into my head.

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?:
Be true to yourself and let your voice be heard. I think there is so much negativity out there, being positive is really essential. Also, get to know your community meaning other artists and vintage sellers. It’s really fun to talk shop and find support in areas that others have experienced.

Anything to add?:
I’m so looking forward to meeting everyone on November 9! Please stop by my booth (#30) and say hello!

Follow Moving Mamas Vintage:

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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 2, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: Wei Sun Pottery

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
I usually start my work on a pottery wheel and with optional hand build later. I make functional pottery to be used by their owner. What I love the most is to create pottery as work of art, that have elegant shape and forms, and surface decoration. And yet at the same time, people can enjoy them in their hands every day.

Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
Inspired by the Asian ceramics culture of his native region and the NC pottery tradition of my adopted home, my works strike a balance between artistry and functionality.

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
People like to get unique, one of kinda pieces from me. such as tagines, teapot and vases.

How did you learn your craft or business?:
I started taking lessons in local art centers. After learning the basics I went to take concentration classes and workshops, as well as apprenticed under master potters.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
I started taking lessons in local art centers. After learning the basics I went to take concentration classes and workshops, as well as apprenticed under master potters.

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?:
I like to concentrate on my work alone in my own studio space. I think most art is a lone journey, which one has to find his/her own way. But I do love meet fellow potters to exchange ideas.

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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!

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November 1, 2019
by The Handmade Market
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Made & Found Spotlight: Junkman’s Crossroads

Lorie & David from Junkman’s Crossroads

Describe your style, and what you plan to bring. What are your bestsellers?:
Junkman’s Crossroads is the combined companies of husband and wife team David English (Black Owl Guitars) and Lorie English (Re-Created), two companies with a passion for transforming found items into musical instruments, fashion, and art. All items are designed, created, crafted, painted and sewn by them! Lorie loves taking items that were not originally intended to be handbags and transforming them. Why handbags? Well, who doesn’t need another bag! Working with vintage fabrics with historical stains is very challenging but she loves troubleshooting history into an amazing products. She has developed many different patterns over the years finally honing in on 15 bestsellers. Her most popular messenger style works perfectly with vintage seed sacks. Originally she found that putting fresh new material for the lining of a 50 year old feed sack looked weird, so she began using recycled cargo pants and shorts for the lining of the bags. The response was overwhelming. Her handbags are not only historical but stylish as well. Farm fashion at it’s best! Lorie will have a wide selection of her bestseller feed sack bags along with a selection of wallets, pouches and BOHO style bags she has made from other up-cycled materials!
As a musician and self-trained luthier David takes found objects and historical pieces and turns them into beautiful, fully functional, stringed instruments and amplifiers. Everything from cigar boxes, mufflers to license plates, nothing escapes David creative drive to transform one man’s trash into amazing time traveling, music making contraptions! David is also a professional kazoo musician and enthusiast. He has developed and hand makes the only wooden fully integrated electric kazoo on the market. They are professional Kazoos for seasoned and novice musicians alike. David’s bestselling products to date or his 3-String Slide guitars and his electric kazoos. There will be a large array of fun and strange instruments “MADE” by Black Owl Guitars to be “FOUND” by you!

Regardless of trends, who are your style muses, how do they influence you?:
History and junk are our inspiration. We are a style all our own, creating and designing our own pattens and products based on how the found object speaks to us. One part method and 2 parts madness with a pinch of creative clutter.

What are the things customers seek you out for?:
Upcycled Unique Handbags
Upcycled Stringed Instruments
One of a kind Electric Kazoos

How did you learn your craft or business?:
Lots trial and error. Mostly error. We are both self taught in our craft.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity or business mode?:
Working breeds work. Ideas seem to blossom while others are in progress. Sometimes products start as one thing and end up becoming something more fantastic than there original design. Other times one product sparks the idea of the development of another product.

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?:
Patience and discipline. Work makes products, products make money, money paves the way to pursue new ideas. Being disciplined and working hard makes for a successful business.

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For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about the Made & Found go 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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