The Indie Market is a place where local artists and crafts people can come together for an Open Air Market of handmade and vintage goodness. We are located at the corner of South Elm & MLK in Downtown Greensboro. Each Market takes place on the first Friday of every month (April through December) from 4pm - 9pm.
Meet Featured Artist Hillary Whitt of Brandtridge Handcrafts!
What is your business'
Brandtridge Handcrafts, I took it from my mom. Thanks Mom! And
I'm Hillary Whitt.
What sort of items do
Handcrafted copper jewelry filled with images and phrases, along
with mixed media artwork.
When and how did you
learn your craft?
Way back in college, I worked at a wonderful fine craft gallery,
Oaks Gallery in Dillsboro, NC, and there I discovered my want to be able to
make beautiful jewelry. It was around the time beading was just getting a foot
around Greensboro, that dark path of beads lead to the discovery of my love for
fire and the hammer so I took metal work classes. I always lay blame on my
wonder mother for my love for painting and mixed media, who taught me all about
cutting and pasting at such a young age. It's something I've always done and
will have to do so I don't go crazy.
Where do you get your
Inspiration comes from just about everywhere. It could be in
images that I find at a thrift store to something that I dreamed about. I try
to keep a notebook with me so I can write or sketch at any time. I have been
known to be sketching on the back of an envelope at stop light because I have
to get something down on paper before it's gone.
How did you get
started doing this as a business?
I'm sure I started as many do - I just kept making pieces and
really needed to sell some to feed the need to buy beads or metal. Plus by
selling I had a much better reason to buy more supplies and to take
Do you have any advice
for other crafters?
Don't be afraid to ask questions from an artist you admire. If
they won’t answer them, fine keep going; just don't be afraid to take chances.
I know my work is good, I do it more for me than to sell, just keep working at
what you love, keep pushing, and things will start to fall into place. Search
out the community of artist or people that will support you and tell you the
truth when it's asked.