What’s New with The Handmaidens
by Jenni Moore Myers
Maybe a better title for this post would be, “What Isn’t New with The Handmaidens.” Seriously, these women are working night and day to bring you The Handmade Market on November 13 & 14, plus a whole slew of other projects and events. Full disclosure: I’m an alumna of this lovely group, which I would argue gives me an even greater appreciation for all of the extraordinary creations they’ve been cranking out in 2015.
First, did you make it to the first Urban Vintage market back in August? Talk about weird and wonderful, that show was jam-packed with retro goodness. It wasn’t a one-time thing, either — the next one is scheduled for March, followed by another in August 2016. Keep your eye on the calendar for show dates — you won’t want to miss one of the coolest furniture and home goods shows in the Triangle.
On the horizon for this amazing group of ladies are more DIY features on the website. Crafting and teaching are both near and dear to their hearts, and I can’t think of a more experienced, patient, and good-humored group of instructors than Kiona, Leeann, Lois, Ndidi, and Tracey. Stay tuned for how-to videos and more in the near future. If there’s something you’d like to see featured, be sure to drop them a line.
You can count on The Handmade Market returning in May 2016. Make sure you’re in the loop about important dates — including when the artist application opens — by signing up for The Handmaidens’ newsletter.
If it isn’t enough to organize four (!!!!) annual art, craft, and design shows, The Handmaidens are excited to return to the Boylan ArtWalk on Sunday, December 6. It just wouldn’t feel like the holidays if we didn’t see their tents and twinkly-lights on the corner of South Boylan Avenue and Cabarrus Street!
It’s been a whirlwind year for The Handmaidens, and I’m sure that their plans for 2016 will be nothing short of stellar. Put November 13 & 14 on your calendar. The Handmade Market is one of the best holiday shopping experiences you’ll find in town, and you’ll be supporting these kind, hard-working ladies along with dozens of other regional artists and makers.