June 30, 2015
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One more reason to love Raleigh: Announcing Urban Vintage!

Every time you turn around Raleigh is on some Top-Ten list for how great it is. The Huffington Post lists Raleigh as one of the “Five American Cities You Should Visit in 2015″. Urbanful says Raleigh is among “Cities to Watch in 2015″.  And Forbes says we live in the “7th smartest city in America”!

Raleigh just keeps getting better and better!

The Industrial Vintage movement has been making a presence just about everywhere. With shows like Fixer Upper and Rehab Addict on HGTV, Pinterest boards are blowing up with how to use that “great find” in your decorating. Making something new out of something old is the latest greatest thing to do.  RECYCLE • RENEW • REUSE has never had it so good!

On August 7th and 8th The Handmaidens are kicking off a brand new vintage shopping event in downtown Raleigh!

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This is the perfect place to see what all those “Pickers” have been scoring. Vintage vendors will join us in downtown Raleigh at Market Hall in City Market. There will be curated collections of vintage housewares, clothing and accessories from sought after vendors near and far.

Read more under our Urban Vintage tab above and save the date! It begins with downtown’s “First Friday” in August!

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If you are interested in vending, there may still be some spots available. The application is found here.

 

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May 1, 2015
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Studio Spotlight: Rebus Works

Rebus Works began in 2003 as a community oriented gallery run by artists, for artists. A joint project of local photographer Shonna Greenwell and printmaker Lee Moore, Rebus Works focused on media and artists that were less frequently featured in other Raleigh galleries at the time. The gallery filled an important niche in the Triangle, exhibiting edgy, thought-provoking pieces that challenged the viewer. Rebus Works also combined high craft with fine art to showcase the work of North Carolina craftsmen through a collaboration with Penland School of Craft.

Today Greenwell, the owner of Rebus Works and proprietor of pH7 Fine Art Framing, upholds the original vision of Rebus Works as a space rooted in the local community. Rebus Works regularly features the work of area artists, and also hosts The Saturday Market, where farmers and crafters show off their wares every weekend.

This weekend, Greenwell has joined forces with The Handmaidens, the producers of The Handmade Market, to combine love of their community and the talented people that live in it. Come by on Sunday to the first ever Handmade Revelry at Rebus from 11 am to 4 pm to do some shopping, listen to some great music and have a drink at the new coffee bar located inside Rebus.

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April 30, 2015
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Artist Spotlight: The High Fiber

At the age of 8, Daphne Cohan began her path down the road of her future business and livelihood when she was given a bag of fabric scraps and began tinkering. Her desire to design new things and her many hours of learning the ropes behind a sewing machine came to fruition in 2008 when she became the designer/creator behind The High Fiber. Her eye for bright colors on clean backgrounds makes her beautiful towels and napkins pop out at you in any kitchen. Her husband Ed joined the team in 2014 and today they work from their home studio just outside Asheville, North Carolina. They use organic, responsibly grown, fairly made, or American made fabrics as often as possible and only print with solvent free, non-toxic inks that are environmentally kind. Every item that they make for sale has been made as if it is intended for their own family (because most of them originally were). Come by and see wonderful products from The High Fiber on Sunday at Handmade Revelry.

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April 30, 2015
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Music, Food and Revelry

Handmade Revelry at Rebus Works is this Sunday and it is supposed to be beautiful outside! Come out and see a mix of some incredibly talented artists, designers and local studios while listening to DJ Eddie Taylor (aka Chaperone) who will be spinning some old school records. You will want to stay  and catch the performance of the very talented Dwight Hawkins. Dwight learned to play early hillbilly and black string band music (pre-1940s Piedmont finger style) while riding freight trains all over the country. There will be yummy things to eat because Manna’s mobile kitchen and Kocina Food Truck will be there. It’s going to be a spectacular day to dance a little, eat some delicious foods and go home with presents for yourself. We hope to see you there!

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April 30, 2015
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Artist Spotlight: Gypsy Raku

The husband and wife team of Brittany and Nate Cline are the artists behind Gypsy Raku. They create beautiful terrariums that combine nature with their unique ceramic pieces using the Raku process. Each terrarium they make, be it a giant homestead with an artificial waterfall or a tiny vials adorned with ear wires to be worn about town, has their own personal touch. One of my favorite works features a tree whose branches are encased with moss shading a tiny bench. The back of the terrarium features tiny glow in the dark mushrooms and small stones for a bit of idyllic atmosphere. You can even have this terrarium personalized by having your initials carved in the tree. Come see Gypsy Raku at Handmade Revelry this Sunday and treat yourself to something special.

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