April 18, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: The Void Catalog

Lauran and Shawn from The Void Catalog  

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
We love the idea of producing icons with which people can associate, whether that be a favorite animal or a particular natural object that appeals to one’s creative sensibilities. Making these shapes out of paper and in a minimal style lets the subject speak for itself. We are always asking each other what would look good on a wall in a studio, on a dresser in a nursery, or on the kitchen fridge.
Our bestsellers have been the feather and the leaves. But we are always adding more designs and having fun watching what becomes most popular!


In you experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
We are still beginning our paper cutting venture, but our best avenue thus far has been through Facebook and word-of-mouth. All of these sales have been through Etsy so we are excited to sell our prints in a face-to-face environment!

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
When we go on a cutting binge, we’ll give our dogs a couple bones to chew and blast some 80’s hits. Having the windows open and daylight beaming into our apartment always puts us in the creative spirit.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
The two of us are new to the area (seeya, Cleveland!), as well as new to the Handmade Market. With that in mind, we’re super excited to meet all of our crafty neighbors! We are definitely looking to become a part of the culture, and can’t see a better way to do that.

Follow The Void Catalog:

Website- etsy.com/shop/thevoidcatalog
Instagram- instagram.com/thevoidcatalog
Facebook- facebook.com/thevoidcatalog

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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April 17, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Twiggyroad Designs

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
My style is simple, usually a shade of black or gray. My accessories are all the color I need, they are a convenient piece of artwork I can wear.
My influences range from textile designs to flower bouquets. Once I have been inspired, I begin the process on a large plank of wood without a plan and no end result in mind, I just create. This could take a few hours or a few days, I work on the wood until it feel right. Most of my collection consists of pendant necklaces but I recently began making earrings. I am so excited to introduce Twiggyroad Designs to Raleigh and showcase my necklaces and these new bursts of color for your ears at the Handmade Market… see you in May!!!


In you experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
I use etsy to sell my items which has been great. I find Instagram to be a great tool to get people to my etsy shop. Instagram allows me to quickly showcase new designs and the process. I also try to follow influential designers, interior designers and a range of people on Instagram to reach a broader audience.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
My working day usually goes like this..
Drink coffee, look at my Pinterest account, get my son off to school, let my partner know I’ll be in the studio (garage), put on my headphones, close the garage door, DANCE, dance until im ready to work on some wood, then I experiment/play/paint until something comes out of it that I think is ready to wear. I open the garage door for breaks, turn off my music and look at my phone then im back at it until its time to get my son from school.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
In Highschool I worked at a pizza place, ice cream shop and modeled but the most interesting and odd was working for a dating service. It was in the 90s before dating apps and when people paid to be “matched”… my job was to call people with a script and try to sell them our matchmaker services. The thing was, I was 16, most of the people interested were over 40 and divorced or widowed. My job was to relate to them and act like I knew exactly what they had been through, it was a very interesting and sometimes sad.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I am so excited to be doing this show with Stacy at Juniper Bay Metals, she has been so supportive and helpful throughout my artist journey. I am also looking forward to seeing Garland and Pendant, I am in awe of such detailed work.

Follow Twiggyroad Designs:
Website- etsy.com/shop/twiggyroaddesigns
Instagram- instagram.com/twiggyroaddesigns

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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April 14, 2017
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Check out the artists at the Spring Handmade Market

The artist gallery is up! There are lots of new vendors for our upcoming show at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday, May 13th.

Come on out to find that perfect Mother’s Day or graduation gift while you eat, drink and shop locally.

Big Boss Brewing Company will be there as well as nearly 60 amazing handmade artists. It’s our biggest Handmade Market yet. You shouldn’t miss this one!

 

 

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April 14, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: HeartMoss Pottery

Hannah Martin from HeartMoss Pottery  

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I never thought I would be a potter! It never crossed my mind as even a remote possibility. If I was lucky, I thought maybe I could be a writer or a teacher or maybe just work some not-too-horrible office job. But then my wife sat me down at the potter’s wheel the first time, and it was like something inside me clicked into place. I was at home in my own body in a way I didn’t know was possible.

I’m obsessed with things like movement, rhythm, and flow while making a piece, something I often describe as a dance with dirt, and this translates into shapes and designs reflective of that dance. Since I develop a lot of my own glazes, I also work on having color combinations that reveal the movement of the glaze over the piece in the kiln. In my glazes, I choose depth and volatility.

As a large woman, I’ve been subtly (and not-so-subtly) encouraged my entire life to not take up space: as a result my favorite pieces to make are ones that respond to these societal pressures by taking up lots of space! I love throwing bowls and vases that can barely fit in my kiln, or that take up a little too much room on a table.

These larger pieces in combination with my visually distinct glazes tend to be what people see first, but it’s the extreme functionality of my regular-sized work that most often goes home with them. My best seller, for example, is a travel mug that includes a closing lid that is completely dishwasher and microwave friendly. Because a piece of art that you can take your coffee to work in every morning is, in my estimation, the best mix of both form and function.

In you experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
My work is best seen in person and, if possible, in the sunlight. I have found that selling work online is my worst avenue, but if I can get a piece into someone’s hands when they can see the nuance of color and the sparkle of the microcrystals, then I’m more likely to have a “customer for life”, which is what I’m striving for.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
Early morning when I’m well-rested and have a good cup of coffee is my favorite time to work. We have a little farm with sheep, pigs, chickens, cats, dogs, etc. I love to be up early and stand outside in the crisp pre-dawn spring/summer air for a few minutes, then head down to the studio, which is in the basement of our home. Depending on what I’m working on, I listen to a wide variety of music or, if I’m sloughing through some of the more mundane tasks required in the studio, I listen to audiobooks. My spouse and I often work in the studio together when she has the chance, but I also revel in my my alone time working with clay.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
While I’ve had a number of strange jobs (liquor sampler, for example), the job that still makes me chortle a bit was when I served in the military: my first ship as a young Naval Officer was a “command ship”, which means we had a lot of military big-wigs onboard. Part of our job was to pull into foreign ports, but up a big tent on the fo’c’sle of the ship, pull out the champagne and shrimp cocktail, and entertain the local dignitaries and diplomats. I managed to travel all over Asia via the power of shrimp cocktail, and in the process also managed to work through my innate shyness enough to talk to complete strangers about absolutely nothing.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I’m very excited to see the work at Free Range and Feral! The whole mix of artists that have been chosen for The Handmade Market look amazing, and I have a feeling I’m going to have a hard time getting out of there without buying from a bunch of them. It’s one of the joys of going to a well-juried show!

Follow HeartMoss Pottery:
Website- heartmosspottery.com
Facebook- facebook.com/heartmosspottery.com

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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April 13, 2017
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The Handmade Market Spotlight: Material Rebellion

Jill Maldonado from Material Rebellion  

Describe your style, influences, inspiration, and what you plan to bring:
I am obsessed with providing creative opportunities for kids! Everything I design is meant to spark kids’ imaginations and give them the room to create or play in their own way. I think when we give kids lovely, high quality playthings, it helps them develop an appreciation for beauty and moves them one step away from the culture of disposability that we currently live in. Which brings me to my other obession – reusing discarded textiles and keeping them out of the landfill. I use reclaimed jeans and t-shirts to construct my designs because they’re unique and durable and by using them, I can contribute in a small way to creating a cleaner planet for our children.

My best sellers are my blanket forts which are pieced together from brightly colored t-shirts and my rainbow pencil rolls which combine the durablity of denim with the appeal of color-coded organization!

In you experience, what has been your best venue for selling your work:
My absolute favorite way to sell my work is to travel near and far participating in indie craft shows. They’re such an awesome way to meet enthusiastic supporters of handmade who are looking for something truly unique. I love getting that face to face feedback from shoppers.

I also value creating relationships with retail stores that look to create a special shopping experience for their customers and offer a highly curated collection of work from talented craftspeople. I consider a good shop keeper to be an invaluable partner in bringing my work to an audience I might not be able to reach at events or online.

What is your favorite way to put yourself in the mood for creativity?:
I am a podcast junkie! I subscribe to dozens of podcasts. I’ll listen to them for hours upon hours in the studio. They keep me in the zone! Also, my studio is also located at the entrance to a riverside nature trail, so when I need a break, there’s nothing better than taking a few minutes to sit and stare at the river rushing by.

What is the weirdest job you have ever had?:
I’ve had a LOT of weird jobs! But I’d have to say, in my vast work history, nothing beats the weirdness of being a mom. From the time they were infants, through their elementary years and now that they’re teenagers, my smart, creative kids never cease to surprise, amaze and mystify me!

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to see/meet?:
I’m super excited to meet Wendy and Kelly from Two Busy Little Bees. Their busy books are beautiful and imaginative and show a huge amount of love and respect for children. Of course, I also love that they use upcycled fabrics. I think we’ll have a lot in common!

Follow Material Rebellion:

Website- materialrebellion.com
Instagram- instagram.com/material_rebellion
Facebook- facebook.com/theMaterialRebellion
Twitter- twitter.com/MaterialRebel

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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