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.

Vendor Spotlight: Nicole Lee Designs

nicolelee

This will be the first time Nicole Lee takes the hike from Richmond, Virginia to sell her limited edition and one of a kind clothing and accessories as Nicole Lee Designs at The Handmade Market.

What inspires you?
I get inspired by fabric. It’s hell going into a fabric store since I can always think of “something” to do with most of the fabric in there. I also get inspired by shapes in nature, color, a little bit of everything really.

What vendor are you looking forward to seeing at The Handmade Market?
I’m looking forward to seeing Metamorphosis. I stumbled on her Etsy shop a while ago and love the organic style.

What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Raleigh?
Hang out with The Handmaidens!

If you were a car, what kind would you be?
A Volvo — reliable, and a little bit of cool factor. I hope! ;-)

So be sure to stop by the Nicole Lee Designs table on Sunday May 3rd, and welcome her to the show!

Vendor Spotlight: ahpeele

ahpeele

AdAm + Hiromi Peele are the team behind the screen printing company ahpeele. Together they design and print Asian and nature inspired clothing and art. They will be bringing the usual clothing, plus screen printed paper — a relatively new addition for them.

What inspires you?
nature and Asian culture

What vendor are you looking forward to seeing at The Handmade Market?
Robinson Studio

What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Raleigh?
Walking in the morning through Oakwood Cemetery.

How do you take your coffee?
AdAm – black, Hiromi – latte

So be sure to stop by the ahpeele table on Sunday May 3rd, and ask AdAm and Hiromi if they have ever been tempted to leave a screenprint trail on one of their Oakwood Cemetery walks.

Vendor Spotlight: Holland Cox

Holland Cox

Valerie Williams is the designer and seamstress behind Holland Cox. Her fabric handbags have bright colors and bold patterns which makes them chic, unique, and affordable.

What inspires you?
The gaps in my accessories wardrobe; bright, boldly patterned fabric; museums of all kinds; ladies’ fashion from the ’40s and ’50s

What vendor are you looking forward to seeing at The Handmade Market?
I love, love, love handmade jewelry, so I will definitely be checking out all of the jewelry vendors!

If you were a car, what kind would you be?
I’d like to think I’d be something beautiful, well-made, and a little bit flashy. Maybe an
Italian sports car!

Stop by the Holland Cox table on Sunday May 3rd and chat with Valerie about your favorite pieces of handmade jewelry at the show.

Vendor Spotlight: Ergane

Ergane

Jane Mormino is an artist with many mediums: metal, glass, paper, beads, and mixed media. Her business, Ergane, features Lilliputian charm canisters, cufflinks, lockets, pendants, and switchplate covers.

What inspires you?
Words, movies, and images of lovely things inspires me most. My latest fascination is the movie ???????Tekkon Kinkreet???????, an anime film that I recently watched with my daughter. A little boy in the film, White, states that his brother, Black, needs him because he has the screws to his heart. An amazing thought, really. I especially love the representation of good and evil in movies and art.

What vendor are you looking forward to seeing at The Handmade Market?
I can’t wait to see the lovely handwoven art of Anna Bae Weavers — her patterns and colors are enchanting. I always linger at the Robinson Studio booth (if I can get near it) and also Metamorphosis ?????? I love her dark jewelry. And of course — The Handmaidens! They make every vendor feel welcome, and that is no easy task!

What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Raleigh?
I honestly don???????t get out much, but when I do it’s shopping at the flea market, grubbing Neomonde Deli and Bakery, picnicking in the big field behind Dorthea Dix mental hospital, and watching movies at the Galaxy Theater in Cary.

How do you take your coffee?
I like my coffee black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love — with some cream thrown in!

Be sure to visit the Ergane table on Sunday May 3rd and ask Jane if she’s spotted any especially lovely things at the Market.

Vendor Spotlight: Mama Turtle

As Mama Turtle, Kellie Loomis designs and makes natural soybean wax candles. Mama Turtle???????s mission is simple: provide elegant, quality products and outstanding service to customers for a reasonable price. Each candle is gently hand poured, in small batches, to ensure the best possible product.

What inspires you?
My husband and two boys, nature, and other strong women.

What vendor are you looking forward to seeing at The Handmade Market?
This will be my first Handmade Market, so I am excited about seeing all of the vendors’ wares.

What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Raleigh?
Walking around Umstead State Park with my family.

If you were a car, what kind would you be?
Corvette

So be sure to stop by the Mama Turtle????table on Sunday May 3rd, and ask Kellie what color Corvette she’d be and if that happens to be a favorite candle color as well.