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: Playtpusfile

New to The Handmade Market this May is Platypusfile, a line of art+craft+design that is inspired by the home and nature. Based in Tallahassee, Janae Easton is bringing to Raleigh all kinds of magical and intricately designed works and we are looking forward to meeting her!

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? Happiness. I know that seems awfully simple, but it happiness goes a long way. My work allows me to be at home, work in my studio at least 30 hours a week, homeschool my son, enjoy the world and travel, and eat really good food. I can’t really ask for more than that, I am continually grateful.

When work gets really intense, do you lean in or step back? Tell us how and why that approach works for you and your biz. This one is tricky and diving in is usually how I swim with it, but there are moments where I really do have to step back. Usually I am all in, I love being able to make things so when I have to make tons it makes me feel really good despite how overwhelming it really is. I do mostly craft shows and retails shops and the shops are amazingly patient and work with my time crunches when they occur.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? These questions are great by the way… I really do crave other folks that are makers. I feel their creative spirit and approach to life is something that is refreshing and exhilarating, like catching a creative cold. I usually get a mega dose of this kind of excitement at indie craft shows and when those aren’t going on I love watching what everyone is up to on Instagram.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share on our blog? masked banditsMasked Bandits.  These critters are based on animals and folks in my life that have a bit of mischievousness about them. I love how they are girlie and trouble all at the same time.

What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? Gilmore Girls

What city should you really live in? Tallahassee, FL. I am amazed at how I fall in love with this city over and over again. I often find myself trying to sell it on other people, even those who are living here. It is a magical place full of daily adventures.

Come by The Handmade Market on Saturday, May 3rd and give Janae a warm Raleigh welcome. Maybe she’ll fall in love with our fair city a bit, too.

Artist Spotlight: Red Prairie Press

Welcome to the Spring 2014 installation of The Handmade Market’s Artist Spotlight series! First up is Rachel Bone of Red Prairie Press in Baltimore, MD. Red Prairie Press is an independent, hand-printed apparel shop that celebrates strong, healthy, art-loving women who care about sustainability and ethical manufacturing. Rachel uses only sweatshop-free apparel, and her designing and screen printing is done by hand using non-toxic water based inks that don’t require chemicals for cleanup. Whenever possible, she uses worker-friendly, eco-conscious and sustainable materials.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? I think success is finding a job in which you are happy, feeling like you’re accomplishing something, and feeling like you are improving on your field. For me personally, this includes not harming the environment or society and making things ethically and responsibly.

When work gets really intense, do you lean in or step back? Tell us how and why that approach works for you and your biz. I prefer to be incredibly busy, especially physically. I love designing new prints for my apparel, but my secret love is the printing itself. I like feeling tired at the end of a day.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? A little of both, I think — I have two girlfriends I walk with for an hour every morning for exercise. They are also both self employed and running creative businesses, and it’s almost like having a business meeting every morning. We let out all our frustrations and our aspirations, drink our coffee, talk about things that are working and not working for us, and cheer each other on as we approach more challenging projects. By the time I get to work around 9:30, I’m revved up and feel like there’s someone keeping me accountable, because they know what I’ve promised to get done that day and will ask about it tomorrow!

Is there a new item that you’d like to share on our blog? Although sadly they won’t be quite done by The Handmade Market, I am working tirelessly (with some help from a few very talented people) on a brand new line of sewn-in-Baltimore apparel. The fabrics we’re using are organic cotton/hemp blend and incredibly soft & sturdy. I’m over the moon excited about this.

What city should you really live in? I visited Carrboro a few years ago and fell in love. If we ever leave Baltimore, I hope we get to live there, next to the food co-op. I would also be very happy in any city in Italy, because I can eat my weight in bread and olives. Until then, Baltimore is a magical treasure that has been overlooked until very recently. I think I live in exactly the right place for now!

Be sure to visit Rachel and her Red Prairie Press booth at The Handmade Market on Saturday, May 3 — we just know you’ll love her many stylish (and comfy!) tops, shirts, and scarves!

Check out the May 3rd Artist Gallery!

Hooray, the line-up of participating artists for The Handmade Market on May 3rd is live! Click on the image below for the full list.

Stay tuned for lots of spotlights on artists, food vendors, and sponsors for The Handmade Market on May 3rd! Enjoy the sneak peek!

Artist Notifications have been sent!

As of this afternoon, all applicants have been informed of their application status. If you applied and did not see your notification email yet, check your spam folders. If it’s not in there either, send us an email, and we will update you.

Thank you to all who applied! We are excited about the artists that will be at The Handmade Market on May 3rd, we thank those who are currently wait-listed for their patience, and are sorry for those who didn’t make it in — we all know how much it hurts to get that “thanks, but sorry” email. 

For those of you wait-listed or not accepted into the show, we want to point you to two really well written posts that the Richmond Craft Mafia shared regarding the selection process and sending out these notices for their shows. Their words echo our thoughts and sentiments each and every time we have to send these emails out, and they may help you understand the process a little better or answer any questions you may have. No, reading them will not make it any more fun receiving a wait-list or not-accepted notice, but they may help with the hows and whys involved in the process.

Decisions, decisions

The Waiting Game

Thanks a million to the Richmond Craft Mafia for sharing these posts.

With love + craftiness,
The Handmaidens

Spring 2014 Charity Raffle: Triangle Pets Alive

If you are new to The Handmade Market you may not  know that we partner with a local charity for each of our events. Our goal is to introduce or reintroduce our awesome guests to equally wonderful organizations doing good in our community. At the market, visitors can make a suggested donation at to the charity at the entrance, and in return receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket filled-to-the-brim with handcrafted goods and vouchers for services that are donated by our generous Charity Sponsors.

This May we have partnered with Triangle Pets Alive, a 100% volunteer animal rescue organization. TPA’s mission: rescue healthy, treatable pets from euthanasia and place them in foster homes until adopted. We’ll share more of Triangle Pets Alive’s story with you soon — stay tuned.Join us on Saturday, May 3 for The Handmade Market. You’ll meet this amazing group and have a chance to win some rocking swag.

Interested in being a Charity Sponsor? Follow this link.