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2012 Vendor Spotlight: Kate Hust

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Name: Kate Hust
Websites: www.katehust.etsy.comwww.solarpoweredkate.wordpress.com

Tell us about your products/business.
It has been an absolute dream to make artwork and work in the clay. I love mixing it up with printmaking, texture, leather, and bookmaking.  I have been working on a series of coptic bound journals with clay covers, cup sets, unique mugs, and knitting bowls with funky clay buttons. I love earth tone and jewel tone colors and often mix a little nature in by pressing leaves from my garden into the clay. Pretty much everything I do has a process and overlaps with something else.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?  
Growing up in Michigan fostered my since of adventure, from early on I loved playing in the outdoors, in the lakes, skiing, making mud pies…  each of these things have shaped my artwork and lent its influence on creativity. Being a maker in Michigan is a bit like being an explorer, its just a big studio without walls, the deeper you wander the better it gets.

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
I am so excited to be at the Market!  I have missed it the last few times around so I hope to get a good chance to see everyone’s work!

2012 Vendor Spotlight: covered up knits

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Name: Lindsey Terrill
Business name: covered up knits
Website: www.coveredupknits.etsy.com

Tell us about your products/business:
I crochet and knit fun and colorful accessories (such as scarves, hats, gloves) for women and children, as well as make decorations to brighten up the home.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
I love the appreciation for handmade that I have found in the community here in Traverse City and elsewhere in Michigan. It’s nice to see that people are supporting local artists!

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
I’m really just excited to see what everyone else has to offer!

 

Curious about who else you’ll find at this year’s TCMM? Check out our comprehensive list of participants!

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Burrowing Home

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Name: Kelly Mitchell
Business name: Burrowing Home
Websites: www.burrowinghome.com  & www.etsy.com/shop/BurrowingHome

Tell us about your products/business.
I’m a painter/illustrator working out of a small in-home studio in Southeast Michigan. Burrowing Home is a collection of my work showcasing the beautiful flora and fauna Michigan and the Great Lakes has to offer. Each piece I make is meticulously drawn by hand, or painted in a process that can take up to a month to finish a single illustration. I often work from my own reference photos I capture while exploring the woods near where I grew up. Along with original pieces, I offer fine art prints and paper goods as well as some fun new items like temporary tattoos.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan? 
I love being a maker and artist in Michigan because it is such a diverse state. With scenery ranging from dunes to mountains to forests and urban settings, the opportunities for inspiration are really endless!

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
I’m excited to check out Randi Ford’s beautiful prints and Northern Pier.

2012 Vendor Spotlight: FernCreations

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Name: Emily Pierce
Business name: FernCreations
Website: FernCreations.etsy.com

Tell us about your products/business.
I  make women’s clothing and accessories from the most beautiful natural fabrics I can find.  I believe that great fashion is functional, comfortable and allows the wearer to feel the best about herself.  I focus on simple and timeless silhouettes that will look great tomorrow and five years from tomorrow.  If you’ve ever wondered what fabrics made from organic cotton, soy, bamboo, hemp or raw silk felt like, stop on by; I guarantee you’re going to love them!

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
I love how supportive and educated the community is. Just about everyone I talk to knows Makers and wants to support them, be that by buying something, spreading the word to their friends or with an encouraging word.  It’s a very exciting time to be a Maker and I’m looking forward to seeing where this all takes me.

2012 Vendor Spotlight: The Empty Nest

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Name: Lisa Portenga
Business Name: The Empty Nest
Website: www.luv4sams.etsy.com

Tell us about your products/business:
I love the aspect of my own three R’s – Reduce, Recycle and Reinvent! I am a big recycler at home and of course this cycles down into my business.  A large portion of my items are made from things people have no use for such as vintage typewriters, old games, old pieces of hardware, broken watches, and so forth. I take those components apart and with a little ingenuity, voila a wearable piece of kitsch is made for someone to love and enjoy for years to come.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
Michigan rocks as far as art lovers, that is just my own opinion. I love meeting people who enjoy what I make. I get the biggest kick when people come in my booth and ooh an aah over something they would have thrown away and see what can be made from it. People love to ask me how I got started and how I make things, and I love chit-chatting with them. Customer service is key in this business, and I’ve seen many of the same faces follow me from show to show – makes me all warm and fuzzy.

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
Usually I’m so busy selling and helping people, I don’t get much of a chance to see the wares of the other vendors, but I would like to check out Pretty Stinkin Green’s booth. I’d love to have one of her skirts!

 

Curious about who else you’ll find at this year’s TCMM? Check out our comprehensive list of participants!

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Chicalookate

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Name: Kate Kehoe
Business name: Chicalookate
Website: www.chicalookate.etsy.com

Tell us about your products/business:
I tell people I have craft ADD since I am always trying new things. Right now the lineup includes Recycled Album Cover Notebooks and Recycled Album Clocks. I also use my original photographs to make coasters, magnets and notepads.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
The state has seen some rough years, but I think it has taught us to improvise and be creative. There are some really strong creative communities here that are really pushing the idea of handmade.  Being surrounded by such amazing natural beauty doesn’t hurt.

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
So hard to narrow it down, but I am really looking forward to seeing Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles and Simpli Jessi

 

Curious about who else you’ll find at this year’s TCMM? Check out our comprehensive list of participants!

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Bare North

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Your Name: Amber Smith
Your Business Name: Bare North
Website:
www.BareNorthTC.etsy.com

Tell us about your products/business:
I sell handmade soaps, lip balms and body moisturizers. Everything I sell is made from scratch in my home and uses the best ingredients available.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan? 
I love the handmade and local community, there is so much support for anything local.

 

Curious about who else you’ll find at this year’s TCMM? Check out our comprehensive list of participants!

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Jude McConkey Photography and Wearable Art

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Name: Jude McConkey
Business name: Jude McConkey Photography and Wearable Art
Website: www.judemcconkey.etsy.com

Tell us about your products/business:
I’m a fine art photographer and I also put my photos into vintage-inspired pieces of jewelry.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan?
Although i’m originally from Ohio, I consider Michigan my home – it has brought out the creativity in me and most of my photographs (97% if them) are from this state.. I’m proud to be a Michigander!

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
As always, I love to see the variety of vendors Maker’s Market has to offer – so many talented people!

 

Curious about who else you’ll find at this year’s TCMM? Check out our comprehensive list of participants!

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Enamor

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Your Name: Amie Hackworth
Your Business Name: enamor

Where can people find your products?
Online at www.enamor.etsy.com, Minty Keen shop in Grand Rapids, and at indie fairs in Michigan and surrounding states throughout the year.

Tell us about your products/business:
Enamor means, “to be filled with the feeling of love”. I put a lot of love into what I make, and my only hope is that its passed onto others and can put a smile on their face! enamor is all about handpainted or sewn cute forest critters and re-purposed vintage items- I really enjoy finding a new use for old items that might otherwise end up in a pile of junk. I also just started enamorweddings a year ago, which allows me to connect with brides all over the world. My favorite wedding items to make are handpainted wood cake toppers that look like a mini version of the bride and groom.

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan? 
Over the years I have met so many awesome, like-minded crafters and makers at shows. There is so much talent in Michigan!

Excited to check out anyone else’s booth at this year’s TCMM?
Everyone! I was bummed out I couldn’t make it to last year’s show, so I’m looking forward to checking out new vendors and excited to see some familiar faces like Sloe Gin Fizz, Courtney Fischer Jewelry, Green Daffodil, and Chicalookate.

 

Curious about who else you’ll find at this year’s TCMM? Check out our comprehensive list of participants!

2012 Vendor Spotlight: Spin Sister Spin

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Your Name: Bobbie Stevens
Your Business Name: Spin Sister Spin

Where can people find your products?
My hand spun and roving can be purchased at Notably Natural in the Mercado

Tell us about your products/business:
My products are 100% Pure Michigan!  The hand spun (and hand dyed) yarn is 100% alpaca from animals raised at Aral Peak Farm just outside of Empire, Michigan. I use environmentally safe dyes from Greener shades which contain no metal, and the mordant used is household vinegar. Some of my yarns are un-dyed and show off the beautiful natural colors of the alpacas. I will also have some roving available for those who love to spin their own fiber as much as I do!

What do you love about being a Maker in Michigan? 
I love the whole process of being a “Maker in Michigan”.  .  . starting with the fact that I can’t think of a more beautiful place to live than right here! That I can be part of the product from the beginning with the shearing of the animals,  and then to spin, dye the fiber, topping it off with knitting with  my own fiber is most gratifying. When knitters, weavers and spinners purchase my products, it means that a little bit of Michigan is being shared with my fellow fiber lovers.

 

Curious about who else you’ll find at this year’s TCMM? Check out our comprehensive list of participants!

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