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: My Invisible Ink

With today’s artist spotlight we welcome Bethany Hadden of My Invisible Ink. Bethany is making her maiden voyage to The Handmade Market from Charlotte and bringing with her a whole slew of original, hand-painted artwork. From acrylic on tin to mixed media on wood, Bethany’s pieces are unique, vibrant, and thought-provoking.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? Success for me is seeing the connection between my artwork and a customer. Success for my business would be to be financially comfortable creating what I love. I’m not there yet and it’s a constant challenge, but there are goals in place!

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 work well under pressure and with deadlines, so I would say I lean in when work gets tough. I suppose that comes from years of working as a graphic designer. A long walk with my favorite pup helps take the edge off, too.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? Meeting other creatives at art shows and festivals is definitely my favorite way to connect. It’s inspiring to see what others are making and to buy a little souvenir to treasure.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share on our blog? This set is a sample of the baby room prints I just started making. I hand draw the animals and background designs and edit them in Photoshop so the color choices and combos are really endless. The prints are attached to a wooden panel board which I stain to give it an aged look. Being a mommy-to-be, I was inspired to create something that fit my home design and wasn’t, well, cheesy-baby-looking. I’m excited to release this new product!

Which wine should you actually be drinking? Well, I’m 9 months pregnant at the moment — so a bottle of Little Penguin Cabernet is screaming my name!

Swing by the My Invisible Ink table at The Handmade Market on May 3 and say hello to Bethany — you’re sure to find a souvenir treasure among her stunning work!

 

Artist Spotlight: Cephalopod Ink Ceramics

Today’s artist spotlight features one of The Handmade Market’s most popular ceramic artists, Tanya Casteel of Cephalopod Ink.

How do you define and measure success for yourself and your business? Being self employed is probably my biggest source for feeling successful and fulfilled. Enjoying the freedom and responsibility in doing what I love for a living. I would not feel like a failure or unsuccessful if I worked for someone else because I don’t pin my happiness on my job, but at least for this time in my life self employment definitely feels great.

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 do both, and they both work for me. The trick is knowing which option is best for me in each moment. I find that sometimes its best for me to lean in and push through, and other times it’s best for me to step back and take a break. It’s about creating balance. If I sense my sanity breaking, that’s usually a clue to myself to step back; my world wont end if I don’t glaze that last pot.

How do you connect with other creative types? Does this happen online, in person, or some of both? I usually meet the best people sitting next to me at random craft shows.

Is there a new item that you’d like to share on our blog? I’m working on a series of ceramic wall art mounted on wood. I went on a trip to Cuba where I was inspired by the expression in their paintings and I wanted to try something new with my wall art. It’s long over due since I haven’t made any in 2 years back when I made my ceramic wall pillows. I decided to mount them on wood because I’ve been working in my husband’s woodshop a lot lately.

What’s your favorite tv show to binge-watch? The last TV show I binge-watched was House Of Cards

Which actor would play you in the movie version of your life? Natalie Portman could totally pull off acting as me :)

Please come see what Tanya has been up to on May 3rd! She and her work always bring the smiles.

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!