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: Steve Morrison Illustration

Steve Morrison is a Columbia, SC based illustrator and designer making his first appearance at this November’s Handmade Market. We think he’s pretty keen and you will, too.

What are you bringing to The Handmade Market on November 12? Anything new and exciting?
I’m excited to bring my collection of handpainted Christmas ornaments. They’re whimsical and cute, and have a quirky sense of humor. I’m also excited to be offering my unique and customizable block puzzles, which are made of wood and handpainted. I’ll also be selling prints and cards.

What is the best online resource that you’ve used for your business and why?
Outright bookkeeping is great! I also love Illustration Friday as a creative prompt and a way to find inspiration in other artists.

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market?
I’m excited to see all the diverse artists working in the region! It’s always inspiring to be around so many brilliant makers, and meet new friends.

What is your favorite fall comfort food? Can you share a link to a recipe or restaurant that serves it up?
My sister in law makes this incredible spicy pumpkin soup that I dream of all year. Really anything with pumpkin–pie, bread, it’s all delightful.

What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Seeing Rigoletto at the Met in New York was a dream come true for me. I’m kind of an opera nerd.

Are you on Pinterest? Provide a link to your boards if so!
I am!

Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?
I appreciate the way Colbert stands up for truthiness.

Be sure to come down to The Handmade Market and give Steve a nice Raleigh welcome!

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Artist Spotlight: Judah Ross

Oami Powers, the creative wonder behind the gorgeous apparel line Judah Ross, is returning to November’s Handmade Market and we’re so glad to have her back.

What are you bringing to The Handmade Market on November 12? Anything new and exciting?
I’m very excited about a series of new knit wear I’ve been working on, fancier than your average tee shirt, but still easy to wear. Also, I’ll have everybody’s favorite, the Hargett Street Skirt, in a couple new fabrics.

What is the best online resource that you’ve used for your business and why?
MailChimp, Flavors.me

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market?
I heard there are lots of new vendors this time around, which is exciting.

What is your favorite fall comfort food? Can you share a link to a recipe or restaurant that serves it up?
Pumpkin pie, hands down.

What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
I think it’s a toss up between Sharon Jones & The Heartless Bastards.

Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?
Jon Stewart

Are you on Pinterest? Provide a link to your boards if so!
Judah Ross

On November 12th, be sure to stop by Oami’s booth and see what stunning skirt or blouse you can’t live without. Trust us.

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Artist Spotlight: Tagawa Collection

Asheboro based potter, Dawn Tagawa, is making her Handmade Market debut this November 12th. She’ll be bringing her freehand carved, hand made, wheel turned pieces and we’re happy to have her!

What are you bringing to The Handmade Market on November 12? Anything new and exciting?
Abstract free-hand carved pottery and some gorgeous new twice-fired glazes.

What is the best online resource that you’ve used for your business? (accounting software, marketing blog, etc.)
I’ve received more orders from my Facebook artist page this season than anywhere else!

What is your favorite fall comfort food? Can you share a link to a recipe or restaurant that serves it up?
Oh my goodness, I just made Bob’s Red Mill vegi soup mix and I added salt, pepper, paprika, a little red pepper and a dash of poultry seasoning. It was SO good!

What is the best concert(s) you’ve ever attended?
I went to the r.Evolution Music Festival on the north end at Carolina Beach not too long ago with belly & fire dancers, a drum circle, and great bands. It was a beautiful experience.

Are you on Pinterest? Provide a link to your boards if so!
I just checked that out! That is an awesome website!

Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?
Do I have to pick? How about Josh & Chuck from Stuff You Should Know?!

Be sure to visit Dawn’s booth at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 12.

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Artist Spotlight: Flytrap

Jodi Cedzidlo is the artist behind Flytrap. Jodi designs and screen prints all of her apparel and accessories the old-fashioned way — with her own two hands — in downtown Graham, NC. Jodi will have scarves, tees, cardigans, throw-overs, and other designs perfect for the fall and winter seasons.

What are you bringing to The Handmade Market on November 12? Anything new and exciting?
This year, for the first time ever, we are bringing scarves that were cut out by hand by a seamstress in Chatham County, NC! Obviously, this means we are doing more to support local businesses and handmade goods (so you can too), and it gives us more flexibility on which colors we carry. Flytrap is now offering scarves in delicious tomato red, smoky taupe, and creamy grass green, with even more new selections coming in November!

What is the best online resource that you’ve used for your business and why?
I would definitely have to say Colour Lovers! I consider myself a pretty hardcore color junky/color theory nerd, but anyone can work herself into a rut. This website is a fantastic collection of user-generated palettes to give you ideas and inspiration. Plus, I’ve found that sharing it with my clients helps us find a language to talk about color — across the country or on the other side of the world. You never have to wonder, “When they say ‘dark green,’ do they mean forest, hunter, or olive?”

What is your favorite fall comfort food? Can you share a link to a recipe or restaurant that serves it up?
Oh man — this one’s easy! Eric and I fully agree on the Portuguese soup: caldo verde, baby! This is the dish Eric makes me when I’ve had a 13-hour print day; this is the dish I make him to thank him for being so sweet. We use four small red potatoes but mostly just a lot of kale and smoked sausage, and it warms us right up! (Truth be told: We keep a down comforter on our couch all through the winter. We come home from our studios, get a bowl of caldo verde and a hunk of cornbread, and then we snuggle up with our dog + cat and chow down! But you didn’t hear that from me.)

Stop by the Flytrap booth at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 12 and marvel at all of Jodi’s fantastic fall designs and color combos!

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Artist Spotlight: Tyler Poncho Toys

Tyler Poncho Toys is a designer toy company run by monstrous stuffed animals (with a little help from Kaeti Lindquist). Tyler Poncho Toys features original characters and stories that are outside of the mainstream manufactured toys. Their safe, American made toys will come to life in your hands and minds.

What are you bringing to The Handmade Market on November 12? Anything new and exciting?
I’m bringing a little bit of everything, including Amalgamated Menagerie, Stuffed Animal World, and perhaps, if I have time, my new series Plutonian Zoological Society.

Which artist(s) are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market?
I’m excited to see all the artists, because I’m new in town and don’t know anyone.

What is your favorite fall comfort food? Can you share a link to a recipe or restaurant that serves it up?
Pan del Muerto

What is the best concert you’ve ever attended?
Recently I attended a show by Invisible in Greensboro — they made their own instruments out of obsolete electronics. It was extremely entertaining.

Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?
Stephen Colbert all the way!

Be sure to check out all of the original, handmade toys at the Tyler Poncho Toys booth on Saturday, November 12 — and welcome Kaeti and her monstrous stuffed animals to the area!

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