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.

Artist Spotlight: ABCD Images

Angie Brammer and Chris Davidson are a wife-and-husband photography team that specializes in vintage-style pop images for their business ABCD Images.

What will you be selling at the Market, and what is your inspiration for these works?
We’ll have brand new 2011 photo calendars with loose 3.5″x5″ pages that you can tack up, string together, frame, or do just about anything with. We’ll have prints, postcards, notecards, stickers, and magnets featuring our work — including magnets of our square “through the viewfinder” photos for the first time.

As far as inspiration goes, whether we like it or not, we seem to be constantly seeking to recreate that lost grainy, hazy feel of our childhoods in the late 70s and early 80s. Imperfect and gorgeous, that’s our motto. Angie is an editor and designer on the side and can’t seem to stay away from vintage lettering and signs.

What’s your favorite new (or newish) art/craft/design blog?
Just Something I Made is perpetually fascinating. She makes everything look so easy!

What’s your favorite independently owned store in the Triangle area?
Nested in Carrboro. Great selection!

Mad Men or True Blood?
Mad Men all the way.

Be sure to visit Angie and Chris’ table at The Handmade Market’s NEW location on Saturday, November 13 and look for an imperfectly gorgeous print for your home or holiday gift list.

Artist Spotlight: Lazymuse Productions

Heather Muise of Lazymuse Productions makes unique and original toys and collector’s items using a crochet technique called amigurumi.

What will you be selling at the Market, and what inspires you to make them?
I’ll be bringing my hand crocheted amigurumi animal dolls that include: foxes, raccoons, bears, deer, monkeys, cats, rabbits and more; adorable squid dolls, crochet sushi, jelly fish ornaments and some fun cat toys. My favorite cat toy is the “severed finger”, I laugh every time I see my cat carrying hers around.

My inspiration for creating these items came a few years ago when I went to buy my new niece a Christmas present and I was shocked and dismayed at all the mass produced, plastic junk in the stores. I thought to myself, that my niece deserved better than that, so I started creating animal dolls that were good looking and sturdily constructed that could spark her imagination at playtime.

What’s your favorite new (or newish) art/craft/design blog?
Handmade Romance

What’s your favorite independently owned store in the Triangle area?
I don’t live in the Triangle area, so I don’t know many craft/art related stores there. However I will drive the 100 miles to go the Grand Asia Market in Cary, is a great Asian market that has fresh seafood and ingredients for all types of Asian cooking, from Indian to Koran. They also have amazing tchochkies!

Who’s your favorite Muppet?
The Mnah-Mnah guys. That song is sort of my default song, always in the back of my head. That’s not a bad thing is it?

Mad Men or True Blood?
May I have both, please?

Snooki, JWoww, or The Situation?
The horror, the horror!

Visit Heather’s booth on Saturday, November 13th in our NEW location to check out her adorable collection of amigurumi animal dolls, and see if you know a kitty who needs their very own severed finger.

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Artist Spotlight: tiny peepers printed fabrics

Kelly Smith-Tilly is an artist from Raleigh with a new business called tiny peepers printed fabrics. Kelly’s screenprinted designs are graphic modern and clean, and she does everything by hand, from building and burning her own screens, preparing the designs, and printing her pieces, right in her very own kitchen.

What will you be selling at the Market, and what inspires you to make them?

I’ll be selling hand-screenprinted kitchen towels, napkin sets, and organic cotton/bamboo jersey scarves. I love clean, simple graphic design. Originally I planned on making t-shirts geared toward boys (I have two sons) and was uninspired by what I saw in stores. So some of my designs like the banana seat bike, the silver camper, and the Jeep were created with my guys in mind, but I soon discovered that making kitchen towels is way more fun! It’s a little blank canvas that can be anything I want. Don’t get me wrong, I love a graphic tee, but a graphic tea towel is really my thing. And I hadn’t seen an Impala kitchen towel before, so there you have it.

What’s your favorite new (or newish) art/craft/design blog?

It’s hard to narrow it down to one, but a couple of my current faves include Ponder and Stitch, an Etsy seller that makes really pretty, personalized cuff bracelets and The English Muffin, a lovely blog by Bess Callard.

What’s your favorite independently owned store in the Triangle area?
I love the whole concept of Epona & Oak in downtown Raleigh at Moore Square. Three sisters in business together, selling handmade, local wares and providing nurturing wellness care for the bod. The store has such a positive vibe, you practically want to move in.

Mad Men or True Blood?
Mad Men. The storylines! The characters! The clothes!

Be sure to visit Kelly’s table at The Handmade Market’s NEW location on Saturday, November 13 and pick up a clean, modern tea towel for your kitchen from hers!

Our New Venue: Cobblestone Hall

Just in case you hadn’t noticed, The Handmade Market on November 13 is taking place in a brand spanking new venue! We are so excited about this space, and we think you will be too. It’s Cobblestone Hall, across from Moore Square (the park just south of Marbles Kids Museum and the location of the past few Markets).  So it’s a familiar area, the centerpiece of City Market, and a beauty of a historic building.

For those of you who have lived in Raleigh for a while, you may remember this building as Greenshields. It was originally built as an indoor farmers’ market in 1914, which is one of the reasons we are excited to move The Handmade Market here — it really suits our vision of promoting independent, local and regional small businesses, and handmade goods.

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The building is gorgeous and was recently completely renovated. It has tons of natural light, room for more artists, and wider aisles for all of our shoppers. For directions and parking information go here, and be sure to check back again as November 13 approaches for road closures, parking tips, and many more artist spotlights. We can’t wait to see you there!

Artist Spotlight: Ergane

Jane Mormino is the Cary-based artist behind the jewelry business Ergane. Jane loves to decoupage all things ceramic, glass, metal, vintage, and tiny. The vintage paper and postage stamps that are featured in Jane’s designs give each one-of-a-kind piece its own story, its own exotic tale of another time and place.

What will you be selling at the Market, and what inspires you to make them?

I will be selling necklaces and pendants made from tiny works of art-postage … as well as my favorite thing in the whole world, charm canisters. Color and detail inspire me!

What’s your favorite new (or newish) art/craft/design blog?
Tumbleweed Tiny Houses: maybe not new, but small — and that’s good!

What’s your favorite independently owned store in the Triangle area?
Neomonde Cafe

Mad Men or True Blood?
True Blood only slightly wins over Mad Men for me … I do love Lafayette and Jesus!

Be sure to visit Jane’s table at The Handmade Market’s NEW location on Saturday, November 13 and see all of the lovely little things she has created!