May 12, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: HTY Jewelry

Hsiang-Ting Yen from HTY Jewelry

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Through the years, the style of my work has been shifting from literal context to a more abstract and organic aesthetics, and it’s emphasizing on the relationship between the jewelry and the wearer. The majority of my jewelry is designed for confident and sophisticated metropolitan women, it conveys the symphony of bold colors, organic forms, gemstones, wearability, and artistic instincts. My goal is to always trust my artistic gut when it comes to jewelry design, and I’m determined to create the most unique and timeless piece to every single of my jewelry lovers. It’s not dare, it’s a promise.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Craft shows, Facebook, and my website.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
I’ll say this is the second coolest (besides my jeweler job). Housekeeping at Yellow Stone National Park Old Faithful Inn for the Summer in 2005. It was also my best Summer ever!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Everyone!

Follow HTY Jewelry:
Website- htyjewelry.com
Instagram- instagram.com/htyjewelry
Facebook-facebook.com/HTYJewelry

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 13th!

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May 12, 2017
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The Handmade Market Is Tomorrow!

Join us tomorrow for The Handmade Market! Early Bird shopping begins at 10 am and goes until noon. Entrance to “Early Bird”  is $7.00 and includes an event notebook, raffle ticket and complimentary beverage samples from Big Boss Brewery. Be the first to shop the latest designs and enjoy a more relaxed shopping experience with some elbow room.

FREE ADMISSION begins at 12 pm and lasts until 7 pm.

Join us 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 find that perfect Mother’s Day gift!

 

 

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May 11, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Moon Rabbit Studio

Ariana Gershman from Moon Rabbit Studio

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I am always mesmerized by colors, shapes and shadows of trees, flowers and vines. I love incorporating plant life into my home and surrounding myself with nature as much as possible, even in the city. That’s where my main source of inspiration comes from and has strongly influenced the style which has become Moon Rabbit. My current and newest project is block-printed apparel. By using relief printing as a method to decorate fabric as opposed to screen printing, I have more freedom to print freely throughout the garment and treat it more like a canvas and a unique piece. Each completed piece has its own personality, just like the individuals who wear them!

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Vending at markets has thus far been the best avenue for selling my work, though I’ve had success selling my wares at small local shops and cafes. Personally, I love interacting with customers and individuals who connect with my work and vision. I truly get the most fulfillment out of that type of interaction and I get the most valuable feedback as well. My business has definitely grown so much this year and last year since diving into the world of craft shows.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I am generally a very inspired person. I’m honestly in the mood for creativity most of the time and it’s mainly the means of finding the perfect time and place to release all my bottled up creative energy. I tend to follow the sunlight that shines through the windows in my house and set up my folding work table there. Whenever I can, I gather sketches and photographs that eventually become imagery for my work which is an ongoing ritual that feeds the Rabbit. The moments I am able to bring all these elements together are like gold to me and is when new imagery and designs for Moon Rabbit emerge.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
I’d have to say running Moon Rabbit is the weirdest job I’ve ever had. It’s brought out so many sides of me I never even knew existed and I learn so much every day because of it. I’ve met so many amazing people along the way and ventured far out of my comfort zone. I love the unpredictability and problem solving of running my own business- it’s always new and exciting!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I’m so excited to see and meet Liz Kelly of Liz Kelly Pottery! I love her work and am always so excited to see it pop up in different local shops. Proud owner of two Liz Kelly pieces. She’s so inspiring!

Follow Moon Rabbit Studio:
Website- yourmoonrabbit.com
Instagram- instagram.com/yourmoonrabbit
Facebook- facebook.com/yourmoonrabbit

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 13th!

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May 11, 2017
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Compass Bracelet

Sam & Katie from Compass Bracelet

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Wear It, Share It, Change the World, that’s our mantra! It’s also the backbone of our company, Compass Bracelet. Each handcrafted cork leather bracelet has a stylish plate with a unique tag number and our compass logo engraved on it. Use your unique tag number to register your bracelet on our website, enter you approximate geographical location and start the journey of your bracelet by adding your story and a photo. Wear your bracelet as a reminder to spread love and kindness, take risks, explore new places, and meet new people. Then when the time is right, pass your bracelet along and inspire the next wearer to do the same by continuing it’s journey and story on our website. Visit our website anytime to see where your bracelet has gone and read the stories of the lives it has touched!

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
We love spreading the word about Compass Bracelet by going to events, festivals and fairs. We really enjoy engaging with our customers and hearing their inspiring stories and motivations that they plan to share with their bracelet! We are still a very new company but we are growing very quickly and selling our products in boutiques that fit our company culture has proven be be very successful as well.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
Definitely have some spotify playlists that really get me motivated. I am usually in my studio with my door open, hopefully a nice breeze coming in and my ever supportive canine companion, Ruby. She remind me to take playtime breaks…usually a tennis ball is involved:)

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
Legal Technology Sales Manager. I had no legal experience, my technology skills and knowledge were less than sub-par at the time I was hired and I was rarely able to exercise any of my passions or creative skills. Looking back I realized I learned a ton and that it lead me to the realization of what I needed to be doing and ultimately got me to where I am today.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Tierra Sol Studio, because we are absolutely obsessed with succulents! Herban Roots, seems to have some amazing all natural products that I would love to try out. The Void Catalog also caught my eye and I have already decided that I will be buying at least one piece if not more to hang in my bedroom. We are so excited to be a part of this event and meet all the vendors, there is so much creativity and inspiration to appreciate.

Follow Compass Bracelet:
Website- shareyourcompass.com
Instagram- instagram.com/compassbracelet
Facebook- facebook.com/compassbracelets
Twitter- twitter.com/compassbracelet

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 13th!

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May 11, 2017
by The Handmade Market
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Directions & Parking

The Handmade Market has returned back to Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. Our ONE day show will  be held in the IMAX Building in Venture Hall on Saturday, May 13th (10 am until noon -$7 Early Bird) and FREE ADMISSION from 12 pm until 7 pm.

Marbles Kids Museum is located in downtown Raleigh at the corner of Hargett Street and Blount Street. It is directly across from Moore Square. The address is 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC. Downtown is full of one way streets so you may need some virtual help to get there. The Handmade Market will be in “Venture Hall” right next to the IMAX entrance across from the parking lot on Marble’s campus.

The Longview Parking Center is a pay lot located at the north entrance to the Marbles campus with direct sidewalk access. Enter when heading East on Morgan Street between Blount Street and Person Street, or when Heading North on Person Street between Hargett Street and Morgan Street/New Bern Avenue. Please note That Marbles does not own this parking lot. The owner of the lot may tow non-paying customers. Free parking is abundant a few blocks south of the venue and metered, hourly and parking decks surround Marbles. It’s probably best to approach the venue from Blount Street (one-way southbound) or Person Street (one-way northbound) and find parking either on the street or in the pay lot situated behind City Market on Person St.

Come out and see us for our best Handmade Market yet!

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