The Handmaidens are a North Carolina collective of five artists, designers, and crafters who create handcrafted adornments for body and home. Formed in 2004, the collective works together to participate in and produce local shopping events and trunk shows.
Together they produce arts and craft shows around town, the flagship show being The Handmade Market:
THE HANDMADE MARKET
The Handmade Market is a semiannual shopping event in downtown Raleigh, NC. It features a juried selection of the best and brightest artists, designers, and crafters from NC and beyond.
History of The Handmade Market
The Handmaidens created The Handmade Market after recognizing that there are few quality shows in the Southeast that cater to the region’s flourishing independent art and design scene. Taking matters into their own hands, they created The Handmade Market to promote the area’s emerging artists and to provide them with a venue for selling their work.
The Handmade Market was started on May 6, 2006, when 35 designers joined The Handmaidens. It was an overwhelming success, with customers waiting in line for the doors to open and arriving in droves throughout the day.
After a successful first event, The Handmaidens made The Handmade Market a semiannual shopping event. Now Triangle residents look forward to two superb shopping events — the spring show in May, timed perfectly for shopping for unique handcrafted Mother’s Day and graduation gifts, and the fall show in November that kicks off the holiday shopping season.
Join The Handmade Market
If you’re interested in being a part of The Handmade Market, read more about the jury requirements and application process and sign up for our newsletter to be informed when the next Call for Artists is released.