November 10, 2017
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Directions and Parking for The Handmade Market

The Holiday Handmade Market is tomorrow and we’ve got some tips for you on how to get there.

Please join us at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday, November 11th in Venture Hall. Early Bird shopping begins at 10am and goes until 12pm ($7). Free Admission begins at 12pm and runs until 6pm.

Directions
Marbles Kids Museum is located at 201 East Hargett Street in downtown Raleigh, at the corner of Hargett and Blount, across from Moore Square. Here is the google map and great driving instructions on how to get there.

Parking
There are a few free parking decks and one paid parking lot near The Handmade Market, and there is a pay per hour parking lot with direct entry to Venture Hall:

  • Pay per Hour lot behind Marbles with direct access to The Handmade Market is here.
  • Moore Square Parking Deck: Located next to Moore Square at 233 S Wilmington Street. There is no charge until 5pm on  weekends until 5pm but then there is a $5 flat fee. Click here for more info

 

 

The Veterans Day Parade will be in full swing for you Early Birds so we’ve got a map for you to avoid any street closures. 

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

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November 10, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Port and Starbird Creations

Erica Pigage from Port and Starbird Creations

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I love fabrics! I’m pretty much obsessed with finding unique, one of a kind prints to make my creations. (My fabric stash is both impressive and obnoxious). I love nature and animals and find inspiration in both. My style is relaxed and fun and I hope others find joy in each item they purchase.
My fox face series has been my best seller, by far. Who can resist a cute baby wearing a fox face onesie? (-;
I have had repeat business and lots of compliments regarding my standard bibs. They are soft, durable and adorable!

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Instagram has been an amazing tool to showcase my creations. It has taken my business to a new level, for sure.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Modiuqe Couture And Afternoon Owl Designs

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I am most creative in my sewing room, surrounded by my tools and fabrics. I love listening to music or binge watching Bravo tv. I also love getting lost in the aisles of a fabric store or online shopping for fabric. Looking at and feeling the fabrics gets my mind exited and ready to create!

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
Beach badge checker on the New Jersey shore

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
Be true to you. Take criticism and continue to grow. Surround yourself with other makers who inspire you.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
When someone seeks out my items based on a gift they received of my work. I have had many customers rave about my bibs, that they used them until their children outgrew them. I also love hearing how much people love the prints I use. I love finding them and it’s rewarding to hear others love them too!

Follow Port and Starbird Creations:

Website- portandstarbird.com
Instagram- instagram.com/portandstarbird
Facebook- facebook.com/portandstarbirdcreations

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 11th!

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November 9, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Gretchen Quinn Pottery

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I make functional ceramics with a clean modern feel. The inspiration for my work comes mainly from what I would like to have in my own home and use daily. I am defiantly under the spell of well made crafts. A lot of what I make spins out from Danish modern and Shaker designs where simplicity, utility and honesty are among the guiding principles in their work.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Maker events are the backbone of my business and where a lot of the growth over the past few years has come from. Most of the shop owners now that carry my work found me at shows. I think having the ability for shop owners to pick up the work and meet the makers and see how customers are reacting to your work make a big impact on their willingness to take a chance on carrying you.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Yikes, this is like picking your favorite child! I’m excited to see it all but 27th Star Co. looks really beautiful and like something I can see in my home.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
Sleeping! I dream about making pots all the time. Lots of mornings I wake up and can’t wait to get to the studio and make what’s been floating around in my mind during the night. On the days when it feels more like work, I rely on Patti Smith or The Stooges to push me through.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
Definitely when I was in charge of emptying the rat traps at a fancy private school in Cambridge, MA. I was on the maintenance crew and my qualification for this job was that I was the only one able to could fit behind the dumpsters to reach the traps. I actually look back pretty fondly at this job, because I learned how to sand and polish floors like a champ, paint fearlessly for days on high ladders and how to repair lots of things. By far the kindest group of people I’ve ever worked with.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
Work hard. Work really, really hard and make what you love and believe in. Oh, and most importantly, ask for what you want. If you want your work to be in a store or if you want to be in a certain show just ask the people in charge. You will likely be turned away a bunch, but every once in a while you’ll get a yes, and that always leads to more. You can not sit around marking beautiful things hoping that people will find you.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
This is so different from the other pottery I see in North Carolina.

Follow Gretchen Quinn Pottery:

Website- gretchenquinn.com
Instagram- instagram.com/gretchen.quinn
Facebook- facebook.com/gretchen.quinn

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 11th!

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November 9, 2017
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SPONSOR LOVE: Deco

It’s November and DECO turns 5! That’s a big mark to celebrate and we are so glad we can celebrate with them! DECO has become a fixture in the downtown Raleigh landscape. As DECO turns 5 we also celebrate 5 years of DECO as our Master Sponsor. For FIVE years they have been sponsoring our Handmade Market and Urban Vintage shows. For 2 to 4 shows a year they have been standing right there with us!

As they celebrate 5 years they have some BIG news! Have you heard? They are combining DECO and DECO Home into one store just a few steps away from their current store. It’s happening in the Spring of 2018. You can read all about it and follow along to catch their updates. Take a look at this initial sketch of the facade! It’s going to be awesome!

Oh and if you’re new to town and you don’t even know about DECO you HAVE to check them out for all the gifts! They are like The Handmade Market on steroids!

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November 9, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Tierra Sol

Seana from Tierra Sol

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
We create happy and minimal hand-formed ceramics, studio grown cacti, hand mixed soils, and terrariums – For Plant Killers Who are Plant Lovers.
We used to be plant killers and Tierra Sol Studio was born out of a need for a new generation of confident plant caretakers. As popularity of plants grows many people find they didn’t learn about plant care from the generations before them. The new problem for our plant lovers is that the mass produced succulents and cacti are being offered to buyers in cheap soil that doesn’t exist in nature and kills plants from the roots up.
Our goal is to provide forever plants. We grow the hardiest plants possible in a greenhouse that we built to adapt plants to indoor light, we make our planters absorbent to avoid overwatering, and hand mix fluffy sandy cactus and succulent soil.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Markets are our favorite way to sell our work because we love being able to meet people in person and help them build their plant care confidence. We love seeing their reaction to our
work, their happiness when they know they can keep their plants alive, and when they return to tell us they did it.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
We are excited to see all of our talented maker friends and to meet Peppertrain jewelry!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
We like to rotate through different activities for inspiration including nature walks, time in the greenhouse, loud Latin music, or sometimes reality tv, if we are really tired. We prefer to create together and will experiment on clay and on paper.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
Since 2004 I have worked on my research about drug trafficking, their dance parties in Brazil, and their often positive contributions to poor communities is pretty unusual. I also worked as a receptionist at a hair salon in high school where my boss would not come in and would ask me to cut his client’s hair.

What advice would you give to an artist just starting out and/or what is the best advice you have received for your art & business?:
We believe that the most successful brands are digging deep to find what makes them different from everyone else. When someone sees their work, they can name the brand because it doesn’t look like anything else being made.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
We recently received second place in USA TODAY’s 10Best Makers in the US: Home and Garden, but our favorite compliments are the reactions we get to our work at markets.

Follow Tierra Sol:

Website- tierrasolstudio.com
Instagram- instagram.com/tierrasolstudio
Facebook- facebook.com/tierrasolstudio

For the full vendor gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 11th!

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