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: Off The Map

Leslie DeRose is coming back to The Handmade Market with her whimsical, well-loved Off the Map art! Leslie mixes vintage maps with paint, and the results are stunning scenes that evoke her love for travel (bikes & little campers!), adventure, and nature.

How did you come up with your business name? I was originally Leslie Derose Art, then I switched it to Off the Map, because I primarily use vintage maps in my artwork. But I got tired of it, so I am transitioning back to Leslie DeRose again — ask me next year, and it may be something else :)

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. I have been recently been using vintage postcards in my work, using the front as well as the handwritten parts. I love reading the short notes, almost always describing the weather in the first sentence.

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current methods? I wish I had time to learn some new skills. If I could take one class I would love to learn to use encaustic paints and try to incorporate it into my work.

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Trista Hudzik‘s pottery looks lovely, and I always like seeing Hawks and Doves‘ items.

What was your first concert? Your all-time fave? New Kids on the Block was my first, and my favorite is My Morning Jacket.

Be sure to visit Leslie’s Off the Map booth at The Handmade Market this Saturday, November 8. Wouldn’t one of her little camper prints look cozy on your mantel or bookshelf?

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Quick Tips on Directions & Parking

Just a few tips and reminders about The Handmade Market this weekend:

  • It’s probably best to approach The Handmade Market at Cobblestone Hall from Blount Street (one-way southbound) or Person Street (one-way northbound) and park in the City Center Deck, which is free on the weekends.
  • Fayetteville Street will be closed from E. Davie Street to E. Lenoir Street while the holiday ice skating rink is being constructed. As always, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance has last minute updates on street closures and events.
  • One last tip — please bring cash to The Handmade Market. Lots of artists accept credit cards, but not all. There is an ATM right in City Market, near the corner of Hargett and Blake Streets.

See you at the show on Saturday!

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Arist Spotlight: Mon Cher

Making their debut at The Handmade Market this Saturday is Mon Cher, a new line of bath and body care products based right here in Raleigh. Mon Cher is the love child of Monica Shelton and Cheryl Hynes, two wellness experts who are dedicated to helping you take care of the most neglected person in your life, YOU! They make a nurturing, lusciously scented bath and body care product line without synthetic fragrance, color,s or preservatives. We are super excited to see what these two fabulous ladies have created!

Mon Cher
new artist
raffle donor

How did you come up with your business name? Monica: Mon Cher is a combination of both our names, Monica and Cheryl. It was a spur of the moment idea of mine, while bathing, of course! The translation is the masculine version of ‘my darling’ but we decided not to let a little grammatical gender confusion get in the way of a fun idea. With Mon Cher, we want to promote self-love and self-care. Unfortunately women tend to think of their bodies as the enemy rather than a beloved part of themselves that should be cherished and adored, as you would a friend or loved one. Since we all take baths or showers, why not make each one, no matter how luxurious or brief, a small celebratory ritual of YOU every time?

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation.  Our entire line is new. We’re so excited to debut it at The Handmade Market!

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? Cheryl: I’m currently studying the world of essential oils. I feel very lucky to have some amazing teachers, including Monica.

Which artist are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? We both love Near Modern Disaster so we can’t wait to see the new collection.

What was your first concert and all-time favorite concert? Monica: First concert was Judas Priest in 1982 in Charlotte, NC — the Screaming for Vengeance tour. I was 13. My parents would have killed me had they known. My all-time fave is a tie between Mice Parade and Slint. Cheryl: My Dad was in the record industry, so I got to see a lot of great stuff when I was young. I think the one that stands out the most was seeing Bruce Springsteen in 1976 at the Palladium in NYC. I had to stand on the back of my chair to see him, and the Hell’s Angels were the bouncers. It was pretty amazing!

Be sure to visit Monica and Cheryl this Saturday and help give them a successful launch of their new endeavor, Mon Cher. We are super happy for this dream team and cannot wait to visit their table. Go ladies!

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Artist Spotlight: Tara Locklear Jewelry

Tara Locklear is yet another brilliant artist who graduated from East Carolina University. Inspired by urban environments, her designs are comprised of industrial and re-purposed elements resulting in an interpretive visual dialog of jewelry. Sustainable, industrial components, reclaimed objects, and material investigation coupled with exploration of traditional jewelry construction are the drive in Tara’s work. Her work is a balance of playfulness with distinctive fabrication. We’re lucky to have such an accomplished designer here in Raleigh and glad she’s sharing her talent with us on Saturday!

How did you come up with your business name? My name is my business name. They are the same for the most part with the addition of what I do: make jewelry. When I was first starting my business, I wanted to get my name out in the public. I wanted it to be about me and the simple fact that I made jewelry. I like the idea of creating multiple collections under the jewelry house name, my namesake. I wanted people to be able to find and learn about me, about how all my travel, life experiences, and my material choices influence my jewelry.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation.  I have really been into some new necklace designs for the PopRoxx Collection. I have been really trying out new leathers and shapes — very excited about the combination of the leather and the skateboards!

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? I am always interested in learning more. I feel that you should never stop learning. If you can’t use the new skill now, you will have it in your toolbox for later. I would really like to take a stone setting class to help enhance my technical skill set. I hopefully will be able to take a two-week concentration next summer.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share?  New PopRoxx Arc Necklace.

Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Vesta’s Natural Apothecary and Casey Seawell Freeman Ceramics.

What was your first concert and all-time favorite concert? First: Jimmy Buffett at the Walnut Creek Amphitheater, Favorite: Sting

Be sure to visit Tara and check out her incredible nothing-like-it-anywhere jewelry at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8.  That’s in just a few days, folks!!

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Help Empower Young Minds, Support the Arts

At every HandRaF logomade Market, The Handmaidens partner with a local charity to organize a raffle benefiting their cause. Shoppers who make a donation to the charity are entered in a drawing to win goods and services donated by local and national businesses as well as some of the artists and craftspeople participating in the event.

Our partner on Saturday, November 8 is Read and Feed, whose objective is to ensure that low income elementary students are afforded every opportunity to succeed by learning to read with confidence.

About Read and Feed

Since 2006, Read and Feed has been a literacy advocate for low income and disadvantaged families in Wake County, North Carolina. Read and Feed has developed a unique model called Feed the Reader Road Show to teach and encourage low income elementary aged families to read together. Using a child-centric environment, books, food, and tutors/mentors in a mobile classroom, children ages 5-10 years old are given skills to become confident students.

How can you help?

From 11 am – 5 pm there is no admission fee for The Handmade Market; however, cash donations are accepted in exchange for tickets for the semi-annual charity raffle. The Handmade Market offers guests the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win glorious gift baskets, each full of wonderful items and valued at $100 or more. Donations of at least $3 allow you to purchase tickets to win a basket.

Come to The Handmade Market — support a community of compassion

Remember The Handmade Market is next Saturday, November 8 — put it on your calendar and make the Market your one stop holiday shopping destination. At Cobblestone Hall you will meet talented artists, purchase beautiful works, and have the opportunity to help stamp out illiteracy one book and meal at a time.

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