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.

The Handmaidens

All of the posts under the "The Handmaidens" category.

Thanks for supporting the Handmade Market!

and Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our 15th edition of The Handmade Market! On behalf of all the fabulous artists and food vendors, thank you for taking the time to drop in and shop local!

This was our first time offering the Early Bird shopping. Did you partake? How did you like it?

Thank you to those of you who contributed to The Scrap Exchange fundraiser. We raised $241.00 for this great local program.

We had a lot of support for this event, from our fantastic volunteers to our generous sponsors. An extra thank you goes out to our fine friends at Logan’s, DECO Raleigh, OrnamenteaEpona & OakCity Market, The Borough, and Downtown Raleigh Alliance. With the help of all these groups and individuals, we continue to improve The Handmade Market.

If you have a story to share about your day at The Handmade Market, we’d love to hear from you. If you took photos at the event, we’d love it if you’d add them to The Handmade Market group on Flickr.

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With love + craftiness as always,
The Handmaidens

Artist Spotlight: Patina South

Tracey Johnson is the wonder woman behind Patina South {and also one of The Handmaidens}. Her one-of-a-kind creations — whether it’s jewelry, accessories, or paintings — are vintage yet modern, and always a little rough around the edges (by design).

When did you realize that you had a creative calling to fulfill? I have always been creative, but my sophomore year in high school I was accidentally placed in AP Art as an elective. When given the option to switch for another chosen elective, I decided to stay. I went on to graduate from ECU School of Art and have worked creatively for Ornamentea for over 9 years.

Do you have a favorite quotation that describes your creative philosophy? Life begins at the end of your comfort zone — Neale Donald Walsch

Where do you go and/or what do you do when you have artist’s block? I usually go to an antique shop, thrift store, or flea market in a small town I am not familiar with, alone. I like to plunder and rummage through dusty boxes and second-hand pretties without conversation or explanation. It relaxes and rejuvenates me at the same time.

How do you plan for the future of your business? A crafty business has an evolution, and I have spent the last year or so finding my place, moving out of my comfort zone, and listening to the advice of others. The vintage and found part of the business grew at a rapid pace in 2012. I am now organizing and participating in pop-up shops all over NC, VA, and SC with handmade and vintage themes. It is as if I could not have dreamed a more perfect, chaotic life!

The Handmade Market is this Saturday, November 10! Stop by The Handmaidens’ area and the Patina South table — whether you’re looking for something vintage, classic, or over-the-top, Tracey’s collection is sure to please!

Artist Spotlight: hothouse posey

Ndidi Kowalczyk is the great artist hothouse posey {and also one of The Handmaidens}. Her stunning designs are hand-fabricated and full of enamel, fibers, copper, found objects, sterling silver, brass, cold connections, soldering, paper, ceramic beads by Elaine Ray, and so much more.

When did you realize that you had a creative calling to fulfill? When I was four years old, I made a finger painting of an angel. The colors were deliberately chosen, muted, and varied. It was incredibly beautiful in all its abstractness. I never stopped creating from the moment I made that painting. My mother framed it, and Angel has hung on the wall in each house where she has lived. When I visit, I stare at Angel and remember I was born to create art.  

If there were no limits to your creative pursuits, in terms of money, space, time, etc, what projects would you choose and why? The first thing I would do is create a nearly perfect studio space. Then I would build jewelry inspired by the architecture of Antoni Gaudi, the color/design beauty of Raoul Dufy, and the textile/textural sensibilities of Arline Fisch. Mighty ambitious but this project will undoubtedly have me traveling to experience and be inspired by the places where these artists created.

What’s one thing that you’ve never done but would love to try? Artistically or just in general? As an artist, I’d love to learn to make a belt buckle. The mechanics intrigue me, and I am enamored by the simplicity and intricacy. In general, I’d like to skydive or hang glide. I’ve always wanted to feel that free. It seems to me there are equal parts fear and a sense of adventure required to do either. This dynamic makes great artists. I want to be a great artist.

The Handmade Market is just a week from tomorrow, on Saturday, November 10! Be sure to visit The Handmaidens’ area and the hothouse posey display, where you’ll find something delicate, wearable, feminine, and strong — all in one piece!

Artist Spotlight: it’s by design

Lois Peterson is the creator it’s by design {and also one of The Handmaidens}. You may recognize Lois’ shimmer earrings — she’ll have plenty of those at The Handmade Market, along with some fresh styles and lots of filigree, chain, ceramic, leather, and the ever-popular etched initial necklaces.

When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be an artist since I was a little girl. I took every type of art class that I could in high school, including jewelry making! Who knew I would try that again one day! I majored in art in college, had a totally different career for 10 years, then finally I got back to what I love!

Where do you like to go when you want to get away from it all? Our ‘getting away from it all’ is leaving the quiet of our empty nest and visiting our grown children. We have great destinations to choose from — the unhurried stateliness of horse country in Aiken, SC, the endless choices of live music in Nashville, TN, and the majestic sight of those Rocky Mountains in Denver, CO.

What’s one thing that you’ve never done but would love to try? I assisted an artist-in-residence at our elementary school with Batik years ago. I would love to try Wax-resist fabric dyeing for real one day.

The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 10 is coming soon! Be sure to visit The Handmaidens’ area and the it’s by design table. Lois’ initial necklaces make great gifts for friends or loved ones … who’s on your shopping list?

artist spotlight: it’s by design

Lois Peterson (@itsbydesignlove) is the Cary-based crafter and entrepreneur at the helm of it’s by design. {Full disclosure: she’s also one of The Handmaidens.} Making jewelry is Lois’ full-time job these days, and her designs are at once classic, feminine, and eclectic.

What new and exciting pieces are you bringing to The Handmade Market this spring? I have expanded my etched earring line. I still make the shimmer earrings, but I have a new etching design and some new overall earring designs, some with crystals and some without. I’ve mixed some nickel and brass. They have a great Bohemian look.

How did you get started with your craft? I’ve always been crafty. Even as a little girl I learned to sew and stitch. My mom taught me how to sew, and I taught myself to cross-stitch and embroider. I was quilting and painting tiles for home installations when my sister showed me the jewelry making she had just started messing with. I had an immediate interest in it but frankly, I didn’t want to start something new! Well, I couldn’t be stopped. That was in 2001. It wasn’t long at all before my it’s by design tile painting business turned into a jewelry business.

What are the best and worst aspects of having your own small business? Sometimes I feel like there isn’t enough time to actually make the jewelry. There is the accounting, the photography, the social networking, and designing coupons, tags, and business cards. Plus the designing and upkeep of my website. All those things are the worst and the best. It’s the old adage, ‘Jack of all trades, Master of none.’

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I’m looking forward to checking out these new artists: Susan McShane, Leopold Designs, and Eric Leland’s Manufactory.

Team Gale or Team Peeta? Peeta

Favorite local band? They’re Nashville local but they come here a few times a year! Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors.

The Handmade Market is tomorrow — Saturday, May 12! Stop by the it’s by design table and check out Lois’ beautiful new boho earrings.

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