The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

The Handmade Market … Because "mall" is a four-letter word.

A showcase of independent designers, artists, and crafters in Raleigh, NC.

a new sponsor: POP-UP Sunday Vintage Market

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We are SO excited to have POP-UP Sunday as one of our Master Sponsors for The Handmade Market this fall. They are sort of like a cousin to us!

Have you been to POP-UP Sunday yet? This mini flea market happens once a month, April through November, at the corner of West and Johnson Streets in downtown Raleigh. For a few hours (noon til 5 pm to be exact) the gravel-covered parking lot of Ornamentea turns into a POP-UP market with food trucks, beer, and amazing vintage finds. The vendors are handpicked with an emphasis on hard to find vintage wares, clothing, and recycled art. The event books months in advance and consistently rotates vendors from all over the US, even as far as Austin, TX. Tents, umbrellas, and vintage camper styled shops line the edges of the fun with money being raised each month for a different local charity.

Tracey Johnson, owner of Patina South, and Cynthia Deis, owner of Ornamentea, are the trailblazing organizers of POP-UP Sunday. “We are amazed at just how much support we have gotten from the local community for this little event. The idea of having an event that helps local businesses meet new customers, neighbors mingle, and raises money for charity seemed needed-fun and fundraising.”

Recently, POP-UP Sunday was mentioned in Women’s Health Magazine as one of the contributing factors to Raleigh’s #3 ranking (behind Austin and Denver) as a “social climber” with lots of cool culture. The Handmade Market and downtown’s First Friday events were also mentioned … nice list of local must-see and dos!

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Wild @ Art

October 26th and November 23rd are the last two dates for POP-UP Sunday in 2014. Mark your calendar for both and bring a crowd. This event is pet friendly and there is always something for kids to do, thanks to Wild@Art.

POP-UP Sunday

vintage market • recycled art • food trucks • charity • good beer

509 N. West Street, Raleigh

POP-UP Sunday is on Facebook — check out upcoming dates and vendors, LIKE them, and let them know you’re glad they sponsored The Handmade Market!

Artist Spotlight: Fillaree

Fillaree was born in Durham, North Carolina from the mind and heart of owner/maker Alyssa Cherry. As part of developing her truly earth-friendly bath & body products and cleaning solutions, Alyssa created a feasible means of refilling her brand of luscious, organic and vegan products. All Fillaree products are free of harmful ingredients found in commercially manufactured products such as dyes, preservatives, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, surfactants, and parabens. Fillaree products are handcrafted with care, in small batches. Fillaree’s mission is not only to create and produce sustainable, healthy soaps and cleaners but, in Alyssa’s words, ‘enable, promote and support conscious consumerism in hopes of significantly reducing waste while keeping the planet and its people a little cleaner.’

Fillaree
new artist
raffle donor

How did you come up with your business name? The concept of Fillaree is for patrons to refill their bottles and containers with our handmade products. I wanted  the name to make that clear but not be too literal. The name went through a few changes, got edited down and one day while swimming laps in the pool it came to me; Fillaree. I thought it was a beautiful name with a nice flow;the fact that, with a slightly different spelling, it is a pretty flower, made it all the more appealing.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. My newest creation is liquid beer soaps. For the latest I partnered with Aviator brewing, using their Pumpkin Beast seasonal beer to make a pumpkin beer soap. I’ve ‘spiced’ it up the scent with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg essential oils. Its perfect for this time of year and also makes a great gift for anyone who loves pumpkin, beer or both! I always plan to have a beer soap “on tap.” They are all limited small batches so get them while you can.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current methods? I would love to use dried or preserved ingredients in liquid soap to make the soap more visually exciting. I am going to look into fermentation and natural options for preservation to see what possibilities there might be to help me complete this crazy vision I have. People are always asking for hair and skin products too so I am exploring these options as well.  The more products that you can refill the less waste we create and happier the planet is!

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? I’m almost ready to take a photo of the beer soap in its new bottle…so excited! But in the meantime here is a link to my first limited beer soap. What do you think?

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I just love all things beautiful and one-of-a-kind so I am excited to see everyone! I particularly love a good collab[oration], pottery and ceramics so I am excited to see the artists Casey Seawell and Trista Hudzick. If either of these amazing artists were inspired by Fillaree, it would be fantastic to create a custom soap dish or unique container that people would love to refill again and again.

What was your all-time favorite concert? Gotta say my all time fave was Fleet Foxes — saw them in Chapel Hill at Local 506 in 2007. This was before they were super big. I was right up front and it was pretty magical.

What’s your favorite Halloween costume and/or memory? Well, this question definitely has two answers. My favorite costume was being Jessica Rabbit. My favorite Halloween memories are winning 1st place in a costume contest as Cher to my BFF’s Sonny and having a blast as The Golden Girls another year.

Be sure to visit Fillaree’s table and check out her pumpkin brew soap at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8.

Artist Spotlight: Clara Works

Clara Cline is coming to The Handmade Market from Richmond, Virginia and bringing all kinds of hand-lettered, illustrated eye candy from her shop Clara Works. Her wares include art prints, cards for all occasions, stationery sets, and one exciting new product that Clara will tell you about in a minute. Her motto for business and life: “make nice things that make people happy.”

Clara Works
new artist
raffle donor

How did you come up with your business name? I’m not a trained artist or designer, and being able to create things full time was always just a twinkle in my eye. The past few years I worked full time but was spending all of my free time teaching myself how to design, letter, and run a business. Earlier this year I decided to take the chance and go full time with it, and I spent a while trying to think of a name that would cover what my business did. I realized I didn’t really know for sure what my business would be, I just knew I wanted to do my own work. I ended up with the name Clara Works as a little bit of a catch-all, and the stubborn little mule seemed like the perfect symbol — nothing fancy, but they work hard and get the job done.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. I love calendars but haven’t made one before, so I’m pretty excited about finally having one. It’s kind of daunting to make something people are dedicating a year to, so I wanted it to be something you could take to heart each day. The quote is from my favorite poem by Emerson — it always seems like such a relevant reminder.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? My husband and I are in the process of building a screenprinting and woodworking studio in our backyard that will be complete around the holidays, and I’m looking forward to printing more large format textiles. I love paper, but recently I’ve found myself drawn to patterns. What I’d really love to do is create a line of children’s furnishings and textiles.

Which artist are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Liz Kelly‘s pottery is aces — I’ll take two of everything.

What was your first concert and/or all-time favorite concert? This was back in my bad attitude and combat boot days, so my first concert was an old school punk band, Bad Religion. It was awesome.

What’s your favorite Halloween costume? I get any and all craftiness from my mom, who is an incredible seamstress and made us Halloween costumes every year that would put Martha Stewart to shame. When I was six or seven she made me a Glinda costume that was unreal — the crown, the wand, everything. I’m pretty sure I was carrying around my weight in pink tulle and rhinestones.

Be sure to visit the Clara Works table at The Handmade Market on November 8. Clara’s prints and stationery sets would make lovely gifts, and her delightful thank you notes will come in handy this holiday season.

Artist Spotlight: Amy Draws

Amy Friend is the local illustrator, graphic designer, and mixed media artist behind Amy Draws. She prints and embroiders her designs on pillows, totes, t-shirts, canvases, and more. This will be Amy’s first time at The Handmade Market — help us give her a warm welcome.

Amy Draws
new artist
raffle donor

How did you come up with your business name? I consider myself a draftsman first when it comes to making art. Regardless of the end product I create, it has always begun with a pencil.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. My favorite design right now is my heartstrings print. It illustrates the balance of a relationship. It’s a delicate balance of push and pull, give and take.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? I’d like to explore a quicker, less meditated form of printing … maybe mono prints. I spend so much time refining drawings that sometimes I need a more instant-gratification type of outlet.

Which artist are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Elena Caron — I recently discovered her work, and the embroidery is incredible … balanced with a great sense of color and composition, you just can’t help but love them all!

What was your first concert and/or all-time favorite concert? Wow, my very first concert was the Steve Miller Band. It was also the first time I spent over $25 on a concert tee. My favorite concert of all time would be Jack Johnson and Ben Harper at Koka Booth. It rained at every outdoor concert I went to that summer, but they powered through and played mud football through the downpour.

What’s your favorite Halloween costume? In college, two of my friends dressed as Hispaniola. They were really rough costumes — one was Haiti and the other the Dominican Republic. They provided fun facts about the island all evening.

Stop by the Amy Draws booth at The Handmade Market on November 8 and score some instant gratification for yourself or a friend!

Artist Spotlight: Hawks and Doves

It’s time for another series of Artist Spotlights! To start us off, Jessica Ullom is the Durham-based maker and owner of Hawks and Doves. Using vintage and found materials, Jessica creates home goods, kitchen wares, and stylish accessories. Her pieces are durable and one-of-a-kind and ever-popular at The Handmade Market.

How did you come up with your business name? It’s pretty simple — it’s my favorite Neil Young album!

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. I have recently started working with leather and making a really sleek and simple leather tote. They have been really well received, and I usually sell out of them at markets!

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? Since I have started working more with leather, I would like learn more about both leather itself and leather working and tooling.

Which artist are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Lovelane! She is the absolute best!!

What was your first concert and/or all-time favorite concert? My first concert was New Kids on the Block when I was five years old, but my all time favorite has to be Gillian Welch — anytime, anywhere.

What’s your favorite Halloween costume? As a child I was Rainbow Bright for three years in a row. I had a real affinity for that get up.

Be sure to visit the Hawks and Doves table at The Handmade Market on November 8. If you go early enough, you may be able to snag one of those leather totes!