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: Twist Style

Maryellen Kim is the creative force behind Twist Style, a designer who loves vintage-y, pastel-y, bejeweled bits of adornment for ladies and the occasional dandy. Maryellen mixes up beads and thread and shakes her magic crochet hook until something beautiful pops out.

What are the products that you’re bringing to The Handmade Market, and what inspired your newest creations?
This year I’m bringing jewelry, but with lots of new styles including pretty headbands and clutches. The line continues to have a vintage feel, but I’ve tried to infuse a bit more seaside charm and to freshen up my favorites with new colors and different textures.

What is your most treasured art, craft, or design tool and why?
Oh, for sure it’s my many bins of vintage buttons — even if I’m not using a vintage button in a project, I’ll have a dig through a big bowl just to find some color or pattern inspiration. I love buttons!

What is your favorite creative soundtrack?
This is an evolution of mood thing, but lately I’ve been filling up on Regina Specter, mixed up with some Born Ruffians, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Mumford and Sons. I like the kicky tunes with some wacky lyrics.

What advice would you give a starting artist / crafter / designer?
Keep going! There are bound to be slow times, uninspired times, shows that don’t fit your medium, customers that don’t get your style … but you have to keep at it and keep making what you love.

What’s your favorite spring break destination?
New York City! A great place to find new materials, inspiration, and cupcake shops.

Be sure to visit the Twist Style table Saturday, April 23 — Maryellen will have an assortment of fresh, flowery, and fun jewelry and accessories!

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Artist Spotlight: Judah Ross

Oami Powers of Judah Ross creates unique womens apparel designed and expertly crafted in Raleigh, NC. Her spring/summer collection includes lots of dresses, with hand painted details and vintage ribbon accents.

What are the products that you’re bringing to The Handmade Market, and what inspired your newest creations?
This time I’ll be bringing more dresses, inspired by living in Raleigh, which is too hot for jeans during the summer! Also, I’m making some cute tank tops and skirts.

What is your most treasured art, craft, or design tool and why?
My tiny library of design and art books. I’m constantly going back to them for inspiration.

What is your favorite creative soundtrack ?
Right now  I’m obsessed with Chancha Via Circuito, an Argentinian musician. I also listen to a lot of flamenco while I’m working, it’s got a great rhythm for getting things done.

What advice would you give a starting artist / crafter / designer?
Be persistent.

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market?
Rosy Revolver! I’m in love with her jewelry, and you may find my booth empty while I’m over at hers, drooling. I’m also excited to see what new work Tiny Peepers will have, I adore her new, two color guitar and banjo print tea towels.

Spring is such a glorious season in Raleigh. Where is your favorite place to play outside?
My backyard! We just moved in and I’m reveling in having a lovely outdoor space of my own.

Bieber or Timberlake?
Timberlake

Swing by the Judah Ross booth on Saturday, April 23, and see if you can resist staying ahead of the southern summer heat by picking out a perfect handmade dress or skirt.

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Artist Spotlight: Happy Scraps *new artist*

Randy and Jean Chapman, the team behind Happy Scraps, create welded metal art creatures, flowers, and figures from scrap metal pieces destined for the dumpster. Using steel metal slugs, bolts, screws, and other pieces, their unique designs range from sincere to whimsical. All pieces are created from the scrap metal they have on hand, and everything is varnished for protection from the weather.

What are the products that you’re bringing to The Handmade Market, and what inspired your newest creation?
Randy worked for a metal manufacturing company for 40 years and has experience with various steel metal parts. He gathers scrap metal and welds the pieces together (sometimes bending, cutting, and twisting), using his imagination to envision the metal art pieces. Usually the inspiration comes from just looking at the scrap and seeing something in it. Pieces are also made by request when others have asked for certain characters.

What is your most treasured creation?
My favorite metal art piece is a dragster made from a wrench, nuts, and slugs.

What advice would you give a starting artist / crafter / designer?
I believe that all people have creative abilities, they just need to tap in to the things they most enjoy and see where it takes them. Keep trying and don’t give up!

Be sure to stop by the Happy Scraps booth at The Handmade Market on Saturday, April 23 — they’ll have many pieces of whimsical metal art for your home or garden!

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April 2011 Artist Gallery is live!

Meet the designers!

The list of participating designers for The Handmade Market on April 23rd has been posted! Click the sneak peek image below to see the complete list of talented artists.

Check back for many artist spotlights over the next month, where the artists humor us by answering our ridiculous questions in an effort to help you learn more about them while you wait patiently for April 23rd!

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The Application Period is Closed

The application period is now closed, and we are no longer accepting applications for The Handmade Market on April 23rd. If you submitted an application, you will be notified via email regarding the status of your application starting March 21st.

If you missed the Call for Artists, don’t fret! You can still be involved in the show. We’re looking for a few good volunteers.

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