October 13, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Amy May Pop Art

Amy May from Amy May Pop Art

Amy May Pop Art
new artist
raffle donor
[indoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

I am 100% inspired by the people and places I love. I started creating custom pop art as gifts and wedding portraits. After I opened my Etsy shop in 2016, I started creating custom portraits of my favorite people in pop culture and discovered that a lot of other people love my idols too! Now my shop is filled with everything from Beyonce, city pop art, cult TV and film stars and even the universally loved Golden Girls. I started creating city pop art to express my love for my new homes. I moved from Chicago to Durham and then to Raleigh. I am bringing all of my designs in fun, affordable gifts like prints, canvas art, coasters, magnets and more.

How did you learn your craft?:

My past life was in business development for tourist attractions. I did a ton of marketing design in my career, so I became proficient indesign software. My first pop art design ever was a portrait of me and my husband for my wedding stationary. I still keep that one framed in our living room. In 2015 I had my first of two sons and I quit the corporate world to stay home with my babies. I’m too much of a busy body to not work, so my hobby turned into an art business within a year.

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

I always love seeing what funny puns The Pepper Mill Shop has up their sleeve. I am new to the Raleigh scene, so I am so excited to meet a ton of makers that are new to me!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

I work best from 6am-9am, when I can hopefully sneak time away from my two toddler boys. I load up on coffee and throw on my favorite podcasts, currently Last Podcast on the Left and MBMBAM. I work best alone, but I love to get inspiration from people in the community, especially with my collaboration with the Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. I create a ton of work for their Retro Film Series (shout out to Jim!). I am also an organizer for the Triangle Horror Movie Club and our activities gives me tons of inspiration

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?:

Give yourself at least a year to develop your business before you break into live markets. Build an inventory that hones your craft, fail often, work on your brand, and attend as many markets as you can to scope out table styles. One great piece of advice I got is to always go into a market with an open mind because they are all so different. The venue, the clientele, even the season is going to make it a new and exciting experience.

We all have those people that love you tell us what we “should” make. What’s the worst “best tip” you’ve ever gotten?:

I haven’t met a “should” that I didn’t like! I keep an open mind about what can be done for people because I think together we can create something perfect for them.

If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:

This is my first one and I am very excited!

Follow Amy May Pop Art:

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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October 11, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Annes Apothecary

 Anne Lawoyin from Annes Apothecary

Anne’s Apothecary
raffle donor
[indoor]

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

I started Anne’s Apothecary after I moved to the US ten years ago and was alarmed at the number of ingredients in all the skin care products and how none really worked for us. My husband’s eczema resurfaced once we moved to the United States so I had to start whipping butters at home to solve the problem.

How did you learn your craft?:

I taught myself how to make cold process soap by reading old materials from homesteaders. 
I read countless of books and tested out recipes for practice and eventually developed mine. 

I am a nurse by training and I’m also working on my Nurse practitioners masters degree presently, so I’m always reading research articles particularly on holistic medicine and evaluating practices and ingredients that are beneficial to us with no harmful side effects. My medical background also helps me balance fact from fiction or fear which has almost dominated the natural skincare market. 
I approach my craft with truth and I’m open to exploring practices from other culture’s particularly, south american, African and Asian to enhance today’s blended skincare routine.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

Music or a podcast. I create better alone but I’m learning to work together now that my team has grown.

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?:

Just do it. Sometimes we spend the initial phase thinking it over and over. You cant learn until you go out and get feedback. As long as you grow, you will be fine.

If you have sold or attended before, what’s your favorite Handmade Market memory or purchase?:

I have only attended one market and it was jewelry that I loved the most.

Follow Annes Apothecary:

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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October 10, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: The Plum Umbrella Studio

 Emily Schmidt from The Plum Umbrella Studio

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:

I am bringing bullet journals, lined journals, sketchbooks and photo books, all in vibrant colors and patterns (my fave!). I make my own bookcloth out of regular fabric and I love getting to curate a collection of beautiful prints to put on my covers. Traditional bookcloth is generally pretty boring, so I am so happy to be able to change things up and get these lovely prints onto books. Whether you love to write, sketch, doodle or collect photographs, I’ll have something beautiful for you!

How did you learn your craft?:

I learned (and am still learning!) bookbinding at my day job repairing books at the Libraries at NC State (p.s. yes, it’s the best job ever). I made journals for friends and family over the years and after repeatedly hearing “You should really sell these” I finally jumped in. Now I get to use a different part of my brain and creativity to make books from scratch and make them as lovely as they deserve to be!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:

When I’m working through a problem or making decisions, I have to be alone and quiet. But when I start cranking through some books, Netflix is my friend! I’m always looking for new shows to keep me company, so stop by and tell me your favorite!

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?:

There is room for everyone. I heard this when I was just starting out and it gave me the freedom to explore my own style. Someone else may be doing the same craft as you, but you get to do it your way. Give yourself space to find your style. Focus on what you’re doing and dive deep into your own creativity. We need your voice, we want your style. It’s a big world out there, and there is room for everyone.

Follow The Plum Umbrella Studio:

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For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you November 10th!

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October 8, 2018
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Our Charity Raffle Partner: Neighbor To Neighbor

Did you know that we partner with a different local charity for each and every Handmade Market? Our goal is to introduce (or reintroduce) our awesome guests to equally wonderful organizations doing good in our community. Visitors can make a suggested donation to the charity at the entrance to our event. And in return receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a gift basket filled-to-the-brim with handcrafted goods donated by our generous artists. This year we are already over $2,000 in donated goods! Wouldn’t it be great to win a fabulous gift basket filled with handmade goods while helping out a great organization!

This time we are partnering with Neighbor To Neighbor. Their mission is to cultivate life-giving relationships resulting in communities of hope, justice, and compassion. They have been around for 24 years! It began as a series of conversations with mothers living in public housing in Southeast Raleigh with the goal to bring hope to a hurting community. Today, Neighbor To Neighbor continues to come alongside families in daily partnerships in Southeast Raleigh. They offer SO many programs to meet so many needs.

Enrichment Classes • Academic Mentoring • M.A.D House Basketball • Latino Outreach • Young Life Teen Outreach • Student Employment Program • Computer + Homework Lab • 5E • Community Garden • Mujeres Con Esperanza • Advocacy and Support

Just look at that list. Don’t you want to get involved? Visit here to find out how.

Building communities of Hope, Justice, and Compassion

Please join us November 10th for The Handmade Market and you’ll meet some of the wonderful people that make our community so much better. Plus you’ll have a chance to win some rocking swag!

For details about the charity raffle, please visit here.

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