Friday, December 5, 2014

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Meet Kim Koltzau of Steampunk Cellars!

What is your business’ name?
Steampunk Cellars, jewelry and accessories for the slightly askew and I am Kim Koltzau!

What sort of items do you make?
I make jewelry and accessories, some mixed media, and some sculptured from polymer clay. I make pins, brooches, earrings, hairpins, necklaces, etc. I also make small sculptures. I get bored easily so I am always changing it up.

When and how did you learn your craft?
I have been making jewelry for about ten years and working with polymer for about three years. I always like to try new things, so I had bought a book on polymer clay techniques, and decided to give it a try. I worked my way through the book slowly, trying to find a style that I felt was me. It’s amazing what you can learn from reading a book. Since then I have expanded my knowledge base a bit, and feel like I have found my niche.




Where do you get your inspiration from?
Ha ha! I am up way too late at night. No, I really love science fiction and fantasy, both book and on the screen. There are a number of artists I follow on Facebook and Tumblr, as well as friends that work with polymer like I do, and we bounce ideas and concepts back and forth between us. My customers also give me a lot of ideas, and I keep a list. If it’s something I think I can make in my style, I give it a try.



How did you get started doing this as a business?
I think it happened the same way it does for most artists and crafters. A lot of encouragement from friends and family, and plenty of persistence. 



Do you have any advice for other crafters/artisans just starting out?
If you are looking for an easy or quick way to make money, crafting and artisan work is not it. It takes a lot more time than you would ever imagine, more work than you put in as an employee, and family that is supportive and willing to hear you cry and get upset at failure. Startup costs, supplies, and show entry fees can add up. If you can push past that, join art support groups. Talk to others at shows, listen to their advice on shows and how they have been successful. Develop an online presence. Always be positive with your customers both online and in person. And most importantly, listen to your customers, the good and bad. It will help you shape your product, and figure out what your target market is, and how to reach them. 



Anything else you would like to share? 
I love the First Friday Indie Market. While I am not always able to be there, I use the opportunity to reconnect with local crafters, buy things I am out of, like soap and coffee and yummy banana pudding, and develop relationships with my repeat customers. I am so excited to be back this year, even if I had to wait until June!

Steampunk Cellars will be a featured artist at the First Friday Indie Market on December 5, 2014.  The market is located on the corner of MKL and Elm St in Downtown Greensboro, NC and is open from 4-9 pm. 


Want to see more of Steampunk Cellars?  Check out Kim’s Etsy shop at: www.steampunkcellars.etsy.com or find her on Facebook at: https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=248137198584232






Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Meet Jessica Owen of The Bluebird's Feather!

What is your business’ name? The Bluebird’s Feather and I’m Jessica Owen


What sort of items do you make? Knit infinity scarves, cowls, headbands, and crochet hats



When and how did you learn your craft? My mom taught me how to knit when I was 12 or 13 (I’m 24 now). She taught me how to make scarves at that time, and has recently taught me how to crochet.  She is a major part of my business today and creates some of the designs that you will see at the market.

Where do you get your inspiration from? I get most of my inspiration from nature. I also am a lover of all things whimsical. I love to knit with vibrant colors and to add bows and flowers onto my items.  



How did you get started doing this as a business? I work full time during the week, however I have always loved knitting and staying busy. People began to ask for the scarves I was wearing and I decided to create an Etsy shop to share my hobby with others. I think handmade items are extra special and make great gifts. Creating The Bluebird’s Feather has allowed my to continue doing what I love, and it keeps my hands very busy. : )



Do you have any advice for other crafters/artisans just starting out? My biggest advice is to stick with craft shows and events that are only featuring handmade and/or vintage items. I also would say to trust your self and to stick with what you enjoy creating.



Anything else you would like to share? I really appreciate the opportunity to be a vendor at the First Friday Indie Market. I also want to thank my mom, Jean Routh for helping me with The Bluebird’s Feather and for of course teaching me how to knit in the first place.


The Bluebird’s Feather will be a featured artist at the First Friday Indie Market on December 5, 2014. The market is located on the corner of MLK and Elm St in Downtown Greensboro, NC and is open from 4-9 pm.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Meet Featured Artist Laura Thacker of Carolina Quill!

What is your business’ name? My name is Laura Thacker and I am the owner/designer of Carolina Quill.

What sort of items do you make? I design stationery and gift items. My products range from greeting cards, art prints, coasters, mugs, recipe cards, and wrapping paper. I also do custom work, so if you are in need of invitations or personalized gifts, I’ve got you covered!

When and how did you learn your craft? I actually went to school for apparel design/retail merchandising so I have taken a variety of design classes – from architecture and fashion to fibers and typography.

Where do you get your inspiration from? A lot of my cards come from things my husband and I say to each other. I also like taking classic greeting card phrases and giving them a twist or turning them into a unique pun.


How did you get started doing this as a business? I’ve always loved design and have been making my own greeting cards for as long as I can remember. I have been doing custom invitation work for a few years, but when my son was born earlier this year, I decided to quit my day job so I could stay home with him while also focusing more on Carolina Quill. Hands down, it was the best decision I ever made!



Do you have any advice for other crafters/artisans just starting out? Don’t feel like you have to be all things to all customers. Find your niche and focus on being the best in that area. And be nice to people!



Anything else you would like to share? For behind the scenes photos, you can follow me on Instagram (@CarolinaQuill)!



Carolina Quill will be a featured artist at the First Friday Indie Market on December 5, 2014. The market is located on the corner of MLK and Elm St in Downtown Greensboro, NC and is open from 4-9 pm.



Monday, December 1, 2014

Meet Featured Artist Holly Barrett of Warm Wishes!

What is your business’ name?  Warm Wishes and I’m Holly Barrett!

What sort of items do you make? Scented Comfort Wraps that can be heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer

When and how did you learn your craft? My mother-in-law, who has been a nurse for over 30 years, taught me how to make them about 10 years ago.

Where do you get your inspiration from? I love selecting fabrics, scents, and shapes that look, smell, and feel amazing!



How did you get started doing this as a business? After teaching middle school for 9 years, I became a stay at home mom.  I still wanted to help support my family, so I began trying to come up with an idea on how to do that.  I had been making my wraps for friends and family and decided to try branching out and selling them to other people.  Eventually, I built a steady customer base by vending at local craft fairs and festivals.  Next, I began selling my products on a website.  My business really took off, however, when I began wholesaling my products to gift shops.   

   

Do you have any advice for other crafters/artisans just starting out? Be patient!  It takes time to build a customer base and get the word out about your product.  Growing a small business can be very challenging and time consuming but totally worth it.  Find a mentor who is already a few years into their journey.  You'd be surprised how friendly and willing other business owners are to help out a newcomer.  Set goals and work toward them!  



Anything else you would like to share? My business was featured on WFMY News 2's Made in the Triad.  That was a huge accomplishment for me! Some of my major wholesale clients have been The Biltmore Estate in Asheville and Our State Magazine.  




Warm Wishes will be a featured artist at the First Friday Indie Market on December 5, 2014. The market is located on the corner of MLK and Elm St in Downtown Greensboro, NC and is open from 4-9 pm.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

First Friday Indie Market is tomorrow!


The November First Friday Indie Market is tomorrow!  Are you ready for some holiday shopping in crisp, cool weather and no rain?  

Come out to the First Friday Indie Market on November 7th from 4 - 9 pm! The market is located on the corner of MLK and Elm Street and see what all our artists have to offer!

Featured Artists:
Adrialys Handmade
CreativeBordersX3
Josandi Crafts
Unique Fused Glass

November Artist:
Bespoke
Cindy's Crochet
Clara Marie's Bakery
Dangles
dwan
Delwood's Barbecue LLC
Donna's Delights
EBL Designs
Gate City GlitterZ!
Ginger Pi Crafts
Grace & Elegance
Home Crafted Jewelry
Itty Bitty Animals
Jade Rabbit Apothecary
Lamb's Emporium
ParkesHill & Co.
Savor The Moment
The Bluebird's Feather
Twisted Cork
Unique Fused Glass
Wood Creations by Jerry

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Meet Featured Artist Adiana Aguirre or Adrialys Handmade!

What is your business’ name?
Adrialys Handmade and I’m Adriana Aguirre.

What sort of items do you make?
I knit and crochet items- mostly stuffed animals but I also make accessories and home d├ęcor items. I make stuffed animals in all shapes and sizes and some even have rattles. I’ve mostly focused on selling baby items at the market but am working on expanding to things for adults in the near future. 

When and how did you learn your craft?
I first learned to crochet chains when I was 5 years old. When I was in middle school my mom taught me to knit and crochet and I’ve been doing it ever since.


Where do you get your inspiration from?
I love animals and get inspiration pretty much everywhere. Anytime I see animals on TV, in a book or online I want to make them.

How did you get started doing this as a business?
I knitted and crocheted a lot when I was in high school so when I graduated I decided to open up an Etsy shop. I did some research and found out there are so many places to sell locally and decided to give that a try too.



Do you have any advice for other crafters/artisans just starting out?
Do your research and be patient. I think it’s important that you educate yourself about how much work it is to turn a hobby into a business. It doesn’t happen overnight. Be patient and don’t get discouraged if you don’t start selling right away.



Anything else you would like to share?

Thanks for giving me the chance to sell at the market. It’s always fun to see people’s reactions to my items and everyone there is so friendly. 



Adrialys Handmade will be a featured artist at the First Friday Indie Market on November 7, 2014. The market is located on the corner of MLK and Elm St in Downtown Greensboro, NC and is open from 4-9 pm.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Meet Featured Artist Patrick Burger or Unique Fused Glass!


What is your business name?  Unique Fused Glass by Patrick Burger

What sort of items do you make?  Primarily kiln formed colorful jewelry


When and how did you learn your craft? I began 35 years ago as a stained glass artisan switched to fusing in 1986.

Where do you get your inspiration from?  I love to design and mix colors. Inspiration comes easily and from my own experimentation.




How did you get started doing this as a business? Soon after I learned the art of stained glass, people noticed how unique my work was and wanted to own pieces I had made. The fused glass jewelry items I make are all original designs and are desirable because they're so different from mass produced retail store products.



Do you have any advice for other crafters/artisans just starting out? Learn to trust your instincts and avoid copying other artists' style. You will establish your own following and clientele which is very satisfying.




Unique Fused Glass will be a featured artist at the First Friday Indie Market on November 7, 2014. The market is located on the corner of MLK and Elm St in Downtown Greensboro, NC and is open from 4-9 pm.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Are you ready for the November First Friday Indie Market?


Are you ready for some holiday shopping?  Come out to the First Friday Indie Market on November 7th from 4 - 9 pm! The market is located on the corner of MLK and Elm Street and see what all our artists have to offer!

And a big THANK YOU to Amethy Knox on the beautiful poster design!

Featured Artists:
Adrialys Handmade
CreativeBordersX3
Josandi Crafts
Unique Fused Glass

November Artist:
Bespoke
Cindy's Crochet
Clara Marie's Bakery
Dangles
dwan
Delwood's Barbecue LLC
Donna's Delights
EBL Designs
Gate City GlitterZ!
Ginger Pi Crafts
Grace & Elegance
Home Crafted Jewelry
Itty Bitty Animals
Jade Rabbit Apothecary
Lamb's Emporium
ParkesHill & Co.
Savor The Moment
The Bluebird's Feather
Twisted Cork
Unique Fused Glass
Wood Creations by Jerry