May 2, 2018
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Lo & Behold Naturals

 Lizzie Chadbourne from Lo & Behold Naturals

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My style is bright and vibrant just like the Lo & Behold branding! I am inspired by nature and the artwork from my friend Amy Richards Illustration that I use on the product labels. I plan to bring our entire line of 100% natural and handmade body care, and lots of curated gift sets for Mothers Day. Our best sellers are lip balms, whipped body butters, face masks, facial serum, facial toner, bug spray, and hand salves.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Our best avenue for sales has been at markets, through the stores we partner with, and online using instagram to promote our website.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I am always excited to see Lauren Sumner Pottery and admire her new moon collection.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
Spending time outside really puts me in the mood to be creative. Then I experiment inside my studio with all my materials ready to go, I like to be creative alone with pop music or classic country playing.

How did you come up with your business name?:
An old friend suggested the name because I always call lotion lo lo and I love expressions. At the time I imagined “Lo & behold, it is all natural!” However, the name has gained more meaning over the years and recently a customer sent me the most lovely passage that really gave it greater significance. The customer quoted a passage from “Eastern Body, Western Mind” with a section about the heart being a connector to all things. This customer said to me, “I feel like what you are doing and your attention to detail and aesthetics is giving us women the chance to honor and behold the beauty and divinity in ourselves.” I am still thinking this over, and feel honored that they would connect this inspiring book with my work. This concept has truly given my business name and mission a deeper meaning.

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?:
I would tell them to choose work that they love and find a passion that comes easily to them. Many other details that go into business can be hard, so choose something where the love is just easy and the core concept can be fun. I have gotten a lot of great advice, right now something pushing me along was advice from April Manring, the owner of Be Pure Beauty, one of our wonderful stockists. April pushed me to think bigger than just local, that my products are exceptional and to dream and think big. Her advice used to scare me, but now I am just excited, hopeful, and so thankful.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
My favorite compliments are on product results, from “this is the best cuticle cream in the world”, or “wow I have been buying $90 serum at a spa and yours works so much better!” to last week when a young woman told me “This is by far the most effective face mask I have ever used.”

Follow Lo & Behold Naturals:

Website- loandbeholdnaturals.com
Instagram- instagram.com/loandbeholdnaturals
Facebook- facebook.com/loandbeholdnaturals
Twitter- twitter.com/loandbeholdnc

For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 5th!

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May 2, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Tuttleworks

Jeremy Tuttle from Tuttleworks

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My heaviest style and influence is “steampunk”, a subgenre of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery. Inspiration hits me anytime I see something mechanical or complex. I absolutely love ambient lighting, which is the main reason I make lamps!

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
By far the best avenue for selling my work has been trade shows and festivals. I love talking to like-minded folks who find my work fascinating. The expression on their faces when they seem my work is heartwarming.
I hardly sell anything online, unfortunately. The competition is fierce. I’m sure if I invested hours upon hours of time into social media, I would sell more, but I also have a day job!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Silver Palate Feeders. These look amazing!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I’m not able to put myself in the mood. I have to wait for it to arrive. It ebbs and flows. I create much better alone. I can work in a group setting, but you won’t hear much from me – I get very absorbed into my work! I prefer listening to music – usually alternative or swing jazz. Indoor.

How did you come up with your business name?:
My business name (“Tuttleworks”) uses my last name (Tuttle). I felt that it rolled off the tongue well. I also purposefully kept it genre-neutral so I wouldn’t be bound by certain types of products – I like to build all sorts of things!

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?:
Don’t get discouraged if you don’t sell much online. The competition is overwhelming. Try various festivals and markets – people are much more likely to appreciate, and purchase, your work in person!

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
That’s tough. I get overwhelmed with emotion when anyone purchases one of my lamps – every time feels like the greatest compliment I could ever receive. For someone to trade their hard-earned money for a work of art that I made – that’s pure respect, both ways.

Follow Tuttleworks:

Website- http://tuttleworks.etsy.com
Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/jeremytuttleworks/
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/tuttleworks

For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 5th!

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May 1, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: hothouse posey

Ndidi from hothouse posey

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
The best word that encompasses my style is Vibrant. Color and form are my biggest inspirations. I work with vitreous enamel on hand-cut copper canvases. Most of the opuses I create are organic forms that I’ve doodled. The enamel is usually powdered glass that I work like paint that is then fused to the metal with a kiln, a torch, and sometimes both. It brings me boundless joy to lay the colors next to each other just to see how their juxtaposition jives. I sometimes surprise myself with the combinations that live on my canvases. One of my favorite insta tags is #notafraidofcolor. I’ve been creating enameled jewelry for over six years. Most times one collection gives birth to the next. One day last year I ran into a creative block and decided to channel my artistic self on walls instead of bodies. I had so much fun I decided to keep going.  I’m bringing a couple of new jewelry collections to accompany the my.moderne.art collection and some fun wall art with acorns, oak leaves, and toadstools!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
The Artist Gallery is, as always, amazing. It’s fantastic to see so many of my talented pals hanging with me for the day. I can’t wait to meet some of the new creatives coming to the party an am especially looking forward to meeting Soak Extracts, Anne’s Apothecary, and doora!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
Getting ready to work can sometimes be as involved as making the work. I’m starting to embrace the podcast/audiobook life. I use this ‘technique’ when I need be mellow. I am currently enjoying Pride and Prejudice, trying to remember that I won’t always dislike Mr. Darcy. When I want to soar and let loose, I crank up my playlists and invite Fela, Macy, Janis, & Michael Franti to cavort with me. They are some of my most vibrant studio buds!

 

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?:
Follow your dreams…with a plan.
Deviate from that plan because your gut tells you to do so.
Surround yourself with creatives from ALL walks of life.
Get a good accountant.

Follow hothouse posey:
Website- hothouseposey.etsy.com
Instagram- instagram.com/hothouseposey
Facebook- facebook.com/hothouseposey

For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 5th!

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May 1, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Southern Fragrances Candle Co

Mandy Phythian from Southern Fragrances Candle Co

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
Southern Fragrances Candle Co specializes in offering high quality handcrafted soy products with a specialty in unique fragrances, natural ingredients and our signature organic wooden wicks. Our eco-friendly ingredients allow our candles to burn both cleaner and longer while offering a unique sensory experience at an affordable price. Along with our candles, we also offer a custom curated line of scrubs, bath salts and milk baths designed to compliment our candles. We pride ourselves in providing a fun and engaging shopping experience while helping our customers pick just the right gift to give or receive! A few of our best fragrances include our Tobacco & Cedar Wood and Grapefruit & Mint. We’ve also created a special fragrance just for Raleigh, NC called “City of Oaks” which is an Oaked Chardonnay scent.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
We really enjoy meeting new people and sharing our candle story in person with our customers. It’s interesting to hear people’s reactions to our fragrances and which ones are their favorites. Each event we attend, there’s a different favorite.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
Honestly I’m excited to see everyone this season! The makers at this event are so creative and everyone has something different and unique to offer. Top of my list would have to be My Invisible Ink. I’m a sucker for cutesy little animals.

 

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
You don’t know until you try. It can be hard putting yourself out there for people to judge your work but taking that first step is the hardest.

Follow Southern Fragrances Candle Co:

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

For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 5th!

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April 30, 2018
by The Handmade Market
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: OLIVE + LOU

Haley Ahn from OLIVE + LOU

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
People often ask me how I got started doing what I do. Believe it or not, my backgrounds not in fashion or textiles. I am however, an entrepreneur by heart and my mini-muse Olive sparked an interest in making clothing for little girls. The garment business runs 2 generations deep in my family so I do have a love and appreciation for the trade. As many moms can relate, I was tired of searching thru a sea of virtual racks, only to find garments that didn’t suit my taste on many levels. That’s when Olive + Lou was born. Quality, comfortable and effortlessly stylish clothing for little girls is our jam! Did you know that each and every dress, romper, leggings, everything…is hand cut and sewn with love from one our 3 team members? We love making clothing that the kiddos are excited about wearing and mom’s can feel good about buying.

In your experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
Being an active and engaged member of the social media community including Facebook and Instagram has been tremendously helpful in our marketing efforts. Local markets are a great way to meet and network with our local community and customers.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I’m a big fan of tierra sol and lo & behold and I love doing a bit of my own shopping at the end of the show!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I wish I could say I was a morning person but my creative juices tend to flow most freely during the wee hours of the night when everything is still.

How did you come up with your business name?:
I always knew the name of my business would include the word Olive as that’s my beautiful daughter’s name and my inspiration for my work. Now Lou is our beloved cat that passed away. Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it?


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?:
I’ve only been doing this for about a year and a half so I’m still very much a newbie and learning everyday. If I had to give one advice to anyone starting out, it would be this. Do plenty of research and know your market/competition/pricing before getting started.

What is the best comment or compliment you have ever received for your work?
We buy several dresses at a time because she wants to wear it every single day!

Follow OLIVE + LOU:
Website- oliveandlou.com
Instagram- instagram.com/oliveandlouclothing
Facebook- facebook.com/oliveandlou

For the full artist gallery, and all the details you’ll ever need about The Handmade Market, go here! See you May 5th!

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