April 30, 2015
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Artist Spotlight: The High Fiber

At the age of 8, Daphne Cohan began her path down the road of her future business and livelihood when she was given a bag of fabric scraps and began tinkering. Her desire to design new things and her many hours of learning the ropes behind a sewing machine came to fruition in 2008 when she became the designer/creator behind The High Fiber. Her eye for bright colors on clean backgrounds makes her beautiful towels and napkins pop out at you in any kitchen. Her husband Ed joined the team in 2014 and today they work from their home studio just outside Asheville, North Carolina. They use organic, responsibly grown, fairly made, or American made fabrics as often as possible and only print with solvent free, non-toxic inks that are environmentally kind. Every item that they make for sale has been made as if it is intended for their own family (because most of them originally were). Come by and see wonderful products from The High Fiber on Sunday at Handmade Revelry.

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April 30, 2015
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Music, Food and Revelry

Handmade Revelry at Rebus Works is this Sunday and it is supposed to be beautiful outside! Come out and see a mix of some incredibly talented artists, designers and local studios while listening to DJ Eddie Taylor (aka Chaperone) who will be spinning some old school records. You will want to stay  and catch the performance of the very talented Dwight Hawkins. Dwight learned to play early hillbilly and black string band music (pre-1940s Piedmont finger style) while riding freight trains all over the country. There will be yummy things to eat because Manna’s mobile kitchen and Kocina Food Truck will be there. It’s going to be a spectacular day to dance a little, eat some delicious foods and go home with presents for yourself. We hope to see you there!

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April 30, 2015
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Artist Spotlight: Gypsy Raku

The husband and wife team of Brittany and Nate Cline are the artists behind Gypsy Raku. They create beautiful terrariums that combine nature with their unique ceramic pieces using the Raku process. Each terrarium they make, be it a giant homestead with an artificial waterfall or a tiny vials adorned with ear wires to be worn about town, has their own personal touch. One of my favorite works features a tree whose branches are encased with moss shading a tiny bench. The back of the terrarium features tiny glow in the dark mushrooms and small stones for a bit of idyllic atmosphere. You can even have this terrarium personalized by having your initials carved in the tree. Come see Gypsy Raku at Handmade Revelry this Sunday and treat yourself to something special.

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April 29, 2015
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Studio Spotlight: 1115 W. Lenoir

1115 W. Lenoir is a wonderful new studio nestled in Boylan Heights that is the working space of some of Raleigh’s most talented artists. This studio is the home to Alberto Ortega-Rodas, Amy Veatch, Bart Cusick, Jenn Hales, Liz Bradford and Tim Lytvinenko. Their mediums span all kinds of visual art including paintings, jewelry, photography, street art, and sculpture. Be sure to come by Handmade Revelry at Rebus on May 3rd to meet members Amy Veatch, Liz Bradford, and Jenn Hales. They will have some of their amazing work on hand and be happy to tell you more about their exciting new space.
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April 29, 2015
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Studio Spotlight: SwitchHouse

SwitchHouse Studios came into being in the spring of 2013 when painter Jason Craighead and mixed media sculptor Dave Green moved into the old Keyston Brothers warehouse alongside the tracks at the Boylan Bridge. Craighead and Green have a long history of building studios together, having been friends since their college days in Florida, and this was their biggest and most ambitious project yet- transforming a 5,000 square foot bare bones warehouse into a beautiful functional work space for themselves and five other local artists. After stripping out some old wooden corrals, retaining as much material as possible for later reuse, Craighead and Green proceeded to frame out and drywall the entire space, even adding a window to each studio (which involved removing and replacing exterior walls) so that each artist could have some natural light. Once the studios were complete, the icing on the cake was to create a clean, well-lighted gallery area in the front of the building to showcase the work of the studio members. Replacing a garage door with a sliding barn door opened up the room and added another surface for display. The reclaimed wood became a beautiful wall to cover the electrical conduit and add a finished feel to the space, and gallons of white paint really brought the room together. For two years, these artists have worked in this space and flourished in it. Unfortunately the building is to be torn down to make way for “progress” in the form of new railroad tracks and they will be forced to find new digs. The exact date is uncertain, but most likely by the end of this year if not sooner. On that note, all that are interested in seeing this beautiful studio before it disappears should come out for their First Friday events and/or contact either Claire or  Jason if you’d like to arrange a tour- claire@claireashby.com or jason@jasoncraighead.com. Come by the SwitchHouse booth on May 3rd at Handmade Revelry and meet Claire in person and personally sign up for a tour of this beautiful studio.

SwitchHouse Studio artists include:

Jason Craighead
Dave Green
Claire Ashby
Traci Lorraine Farmer
André Leon Gray
Sean Marlin McKinney
Patrick Shanahan
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