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.

Thank You For Coming!

A huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who came out for the 18th edition of The Handmade Market yesterday! On behalf of all the fabulous artists and food vendors, thank you for taking the time to drop in and shop local! A very special thank you from The Handmaidens goes to our top-level calendar sponsors — with generous donations from DECO Raleigh, Pop-Up Sunday, Brwn Fox Creative, and City Market, we were able to pass out those little beauties to the first 200 shoppers, plus raffle off even more for our featured charity.

Thanks again to Jenn Hhandmade market november 2014ales Illustration and Design for another beautiful logo design! If you would like to see her creative process at work, check out this time lapse video that captures Jenn starting with the concept and working through the drawing and painting — it’s amazing!

Our biggest shout out goes to YOU, who contributed to our featured charity Read and Feed; YOU, who pitched in so that the good people at Read and Feed can continue to reach out to low income children with their mobile classroom, evening meals, and reading tutors. TOGETHER we raised $945 for this important organization. Thank you!

If you have a story to share about your day at The Handmade Market, we would really love to hear from you. If you took photos at the event, pretty please add them to The Handmade Market group on Flickr.

Now here’s some BIG NEWS! Cobblestone Hall is closing its doors in January (sad trombone!). We need a spiffy space for The Handmade Market on May 2, 2015. Do you have or know of an indoor event space that is at least 5,600 sq ft? If so, please give us a shout — we need somewhere to land!

And if you want to stay up-to-date on all the latest news about The Handmade Market — including the call for artists and dates for upcoming shows and where they will be! Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

And speaking of upcoming shows — the Boylan Heights ArtWalk is Sunday, December 7th. If you didn’t make it to The Handmade Market this time, here is another chance to shop handmade for the holidays. There will be many talented artisans displaying their wares on front porches and lawns in the Boylan Heights neighborhood near downtown Raleigh. And if you DID enjoy The Handmade Market, it’s just another chance for more loveliness! Stop by and say hello to The Handmaidens — we’ll be there.

With love + craftiness,
The Handmaidens

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The Handmade Market Is Today!

Today’s the big day! Join us in downtown Raleigh for The Handmade Market at Cobblestone Hall. Early bird shopping* starts at 10 am, then the doors open to all at 11 am. Shop from more than 50 local and regional artists, designers, and makers until 5 pm. Be one of the first 200 guests, and you’ll receive a free 2015 calendar. We loooove this lil beauty — you definitely want to get here early!

As always, admission to The Handmade Market is free! In lieu of an entry fee, please consider making a cash donation to Read and Feed. Your donation will get you a raffle ticket good for a chance to win one of several gift baskets full of goodness from our fantastic, generous Charity Sponsors! Buy two or more tickets, and we’ll throw in one of those 2015 calendars — everyone wins!

* Early bird shopping runs from 10-11 for $5 cash at the door. Come early if you’d prefer a quieter pace and first look at all of the artists’ wares!

Hope to see you today!

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The Handmade Market Is Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow from 10 am* to 5 pm at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh’s City Market for a jam-packed day of shopping with more than 50 independent artists, designers, and makers from all around the city, state, and region! It’s the perfect time and place to kick off your holiday shopping! Plus the first 200 shoppers get a gorgeous 2015 calendar filled with designs from local artists. Will you give it as a gift or keep it for yourself? A tricky question, to be sure!

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[* We’ll have early bird shopping again from 10 am to 11 am — for just $5 (cash only), you get an entire quiet, laid-back hour to browse and chat with the artists.]

At 11 am, admission to The Handmade Market is free. In lieu of admission, consider supporting the featured charity, Read and Feed, with a raffle ticket purchase. Your donation gets you a chance to win one of several gift baskets full of goodies from our awesomely generous Charity Sponsors. Purchase two or more raffle tickets, and we’ll throw in one of those fantastic calendars!

You know what else we’ll have on hand? Homemade treats and coffee from Sola Coffee Cafe and Monster Cookies. Y’all remember Monster Cookies, right? Monster Cookies, a crowd favorite, has the biggest, best cookies around. Their homemade sweets are the perfect size to snack and take some home for later. Sola Coffee Cafe will be bringing fresh coffee, holiday cider, hibiscus iced tea, mixed berry muffins, and scones. This independent, locally owned coffee shop has a brick and mortar cafe in North Raleigh’s Greystone Village Shopping Center. We love the cafe’s casual, social atmosphere paired with fair trade and sustainable coffees and teas from around the world.

And that’s not all — Jason Elliott (drummer for Porch Light Apothecary) will be working the stereo and providing a mix of jazzy, funky tunes throughout the day. He’ll spin a tasteful blend of some of his favorite jazz-inspired albums to provide a fun, groovin’ atmosphere. You don’t want to miss this one — grab a friend and come down to Cobblestone Hall for The Handmade Market tomorrow from 10 am to 5 pm!

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Artist Spotlight: Audrey Laine Collection

Audrey Laine Sawyer is coming down the mountain from Asheville to sell her wares at The Handmade Market for the first time. Welcome, Audrey! We love the way she melds metal, wood, leather, resin, and found objects for the jewelry in her Audrey Laine Collection. Audrey likes to transform small things into beautiful objects, and her earrings, necklaces, and rings are all a testament to that artistic vision.

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How did you come up with your business name? I love Albertus Seba’s Cabinet of Natural Curiosities. In my mind the word Collection encompasses this concept of capturing something natural for the purpose of observing it. Of course, as a jewelry artist, I also hope my patrons will curate their own collections of my work.

Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. I recently made a mold of a shark’s tooth I found that I’m casting in silver and bronze to use as focal points of one of a kind necklaces and simple stud earrings.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share? Shark’s Tooth Studs!

Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? A friend recently told me about a new method of etching metal that doesn’t require such heavy acids, which would be a great way to add surface details.

Stop by the Audrey Laine Collection table at The Handmade Market this Saturday, November 8. We know you’ll appreciate Audrey’s modern, natural aesthetic and might find the perfect gift for a friend or something special for yourself.

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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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