The Handmaidens are a collective of five North Carolina artists, designers and crafters who create handcrafted adornments for body and home. Formed in 2004, the collective works together to participate in local and regional shopping events and trunk shows.
In May 2006, The Handmaidens produced their first sponsored shopping event, The Handmade Market. Featuring 40 independent designers from North Carolina and beyond, The Handmade Market provided the Triangle community with an unique opportunity to support and discover the flourishing local and regional independent art, craft, and design scene.
Kiona Elliott is owner and creator of Lucky Accessories. Launched in 2003, Lucky Accessories is Kiona’s handmade jewelry line which she sells online, at artist’s markets and through select retailers nationwide. When not in her studio, Kiona devotes her time to her family, cooking, or spending as much time outdoors as possible.
Leeann Hynes has always been amazed by color and shapes. Her first box of crayons nearly made her head explode when she imagined all the possibilities. Much of her creative life has been spent exploring these colorful avenues and learning new art techniques. From painting, jewelry making, graphic arts and origami paper flowers, Leeann thrives on combining all her varied experience into daily works of art
Lois Peterson IS It’s By Design. She began making jewelry in 2001. The great thing about jewelry design is that anything goes. Accessories are as individual as the girls who wear them. And the fun part is that girls can show their different sides through jewelry. Lois has selections that range from classic pearls to leather feathers! She’ll cover your sophisticated, fancy evening out and your fun ‘yes, I’m wearing feathers’ side.
Ndidi Kowalczyk is the head designer and grounds keeper of hothouse posey. She creates mostly one-of-a-kind, copper, enameled art-to-wear accessories. Her work is dynamic and color-rich mixed media jewelry inspired by nature and movement.
Patina South is a collection of art and vintage, made or handpicked by Tracey Johnson. Her evolving inventory combines her love of painting and building with plundering through flea markets, estate sales and industrial history. When she is not traveling around with her vintage camper full of goodies, Tracey likes to relax at her mini farm-an hour west of Raleigh.