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Announcing our 2012 vendors!

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Dying to know who got in to this year’s Makers Market? You can take a peek at our 2012 vendors here!

Needless to say, we’re so excited about the caliber and variety of offerings this year, so click around the list, take a look at their shop offerings, and get prepped to do some major shopping on September 22 (wink). It’s gonna be one helluva show! —Kelly

Meet the 2012 Jury


Hey guys. It’s me, Kelly.

Well, the application period closed last Monday, and jurying is in process. A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who applied to be a part of this year’s Market! I can’t tell you how impressive both the quantity and quality of the applications has been this year. As usual, it warms my heart to see so many people making things, and as usual, it makes jurying even tougher than it was last year (and last year was pretty rough).

As difficult as jurying is going to be, I am heartened by the knowledge that, in addition to li’l ol’ me, we have a group of talented northern Michigan artists and designers on the job. Curious about just who will be poring over all those applications? It’s my pleasure to introduce to you to the 2012 Traverse City Makers Market Jury (from left to right):

Diane Kolak
Diane Kolak designs from her home office in the woods in Lake Ann. She’s been a graphic designer and art director in marketing and publishing since 1995 and currently designs publications, identity packages, advertising, and custom print projects. In 2009 she started Dwelement Home Design, offering affordable home decorating advice to DIYers, color consulting services, and custom design plans. A U.P. native, she loves sewing clothing, playing French horn, native gardening, traveling and spending time outdoors with her husband and extra-fluffy dog. “I’m really drawn to things created with unexpected details, efficient design, and a strong-rooted sense of place and personality.”

Troy DeShano
Troy DeShano joined Kelly in 2011 as a Maker’s Market coordinator. Troy is an up-and-coming Traverse City artist who is well known for his provocative and introspective editorial writing and illustrations produced for his blog Strong Odors. He is also a creator of the growing international biblical art/design website Old and New Project, and the founder of the Traverse City design collaborative Ten Point Studio. You can currently see Troy’s artwork on exhibit at Seed Studio Gallery in Old Town and the Traverse City Art & Design Studio on Woodmere Ave. You can also follow Troy on Facebook and Twitter.

Kelly Nogoski
Kelly Nogoski is a freelance graphic designer, maker of things, vintage hunter and the founder of the Traverse City Makers Market. When she’s not working on TCMM or cranking out fresh designs for her clients, she’s running two Etsy shops, kngo (handmade goods) and the best things (vintage finds). On days off, Kelly enjoys entertaining, making things both crafty and culinary, reading and just generally goofing all around northern Michigan with her daughter and husband.

Eric Campbell
Eric Campbell is a graphic designer, adjunct college design professor, one-time ‘zine publisher and avid board sportsman. As principal and founder of Proof Positive Brand Design—a Traverse City, Michigan-based multi-disciplinary design firm—Eric has produced award-winning work for Michigan furniture mavens, Herman Miller. Eric has a keen eye for color, aesthetic, composition and spotting “what’s next” in design and culture. When not planted in front of a Mac, he can be found in, on or around the greatest of lakes, Lake Michigan. Catch up with Eric’s latest exploits on Facebook.

Megan Gilger
Megan Gilger is a graphic designer, blogger, and tastemaker living in Traverse City. As the voice behind the lifestyle and design blog, The Fresh Exchange, she curates daily inspiration about life, food, design, and everything in between. Megan also owns Hitch Design Studio where she works with creative businesses to create branding and marketing materials. With over 600,000 followers on Pinterest, Megan has become a tastemaker in Fashion and Design. When not working she is most likely to be found with her friends and family, hiking, or gardening.

On the edge of your seat regarding vendor announcements? We’ll be contacting our vendors of their acceptance status on Monday (the 6th), and there is a waiting list. We’re hoping to have a comprehensive list of all participating vendors posted by the end of next week, but we may have to wait until early next. Stay tuned! —Kelly

Chillage at the Village


Welp, the TC Maker’s Market is just around the corner and we are *this close* to the end of the application period for vendors. That’s right, you have just 12 MORE DAYS to submit your application to be considered for this year’s Market (the application period officially closes on July 30th)!

We are super-excited for this year’s event, not just because it’ll be bigger and better than ever before, but because this year, we’re moving outdoors to the Piazza of the Village at Grand Traverse Commons, a sweet little lawn right smack-dab in the middle of some super awesome shops, eateries and wineries, all housed in what was once the Traverse City State Hospital. See current photos above.

Of course, I’ll be busy manning the throngs of people, but were I not an organizer of the event, I’d be all up in the wine and cider tastings at Left Foot Charley and Tastes of Black Star Farms. Trattoria Stella, an Italian eatery and bar just a stone’s throw from the Market, is my absolute favorite restaurant in TC, and the desserts at Mana are serious, my friends.

Really, I can’t think of a better way to spend a lazy, September Saturday than shopping and snacking at the Market and the Village. So come on down and bring your friends … this year’s gonna be a good one.—Kelly

If you’re interested in participating in the TC Makers Market as a vendor, musician or volunteer, give us a shout!

Discover Michigan Made: Revisions Design Studio


I really love functional, beautiful and innovative home accessories, so Revisions Design Studio, located in Marquette, has been on my radar for a while. They have a sincere and innovative perspective of modern and repurposing that really appeals to me.

According to their website:

“Revisions was created as a way of bringing together designers from differing technical backgrounds in order to collaborate in a multi-disiplinary way. This unique setup creates an environment in which limited production design is brought to market through inhouse prototyping and fabrication. Our objective is to create everyday pieces of functional art. Each of our designs are handcrafted in limited production batches in-house by us! We love being able to take a break from our desks to get our hands dirty!”

Revisions puts out three lines: Eco-Elements (porcelain housewares and accessories), The Silver Lining (silver spoon jewelry and accessories) and Urban Analog modern home accessories), all available via Etsy. I particularly like Eco Elements’ cast porcelain objects like the Porcelain Mason Jar Vase and Cheese Markers cast from antique silver spoons (a great hostess gift, methinks). The Silver Lining earrings made from antique fork tines are pretty sweet, too. In fact, I might go buy those right now … —Kelly

Do you make things out of other things you think people will like? Why not apply for the 2012 Makers Market?


free cross stitch pattern maker


Crafty friends! Do you know about this free cross stitch pattern maker? You can take any digital image and turn it into a cross stitch pattern with just a few clicks. It’s pretty rad.

I made mine from a vintage children’s book illustration, but you could upload your logo, personal photos, your own artwork … anything you want! My gears are turning … —Kelly

Original image


Preview of how it will look when stitched


Early Summer DIY


It’s almost Memorial Day, you guys! I can: 1. hardly believe it and 2. barely contain my enthusiasm. Summer always instills in me a sense of renewed possibility, optimism and because of the warmer weather and longer daylight hours, the belief that I can do eight projects in one day. Of course, this is not the case, but I’ve still got my eye on a few summery endeavors I think I can conquer by Labor Day. Here are a few of my faves:

Clockwise from top left:

1. 50 things to grill in foil
2. Sharpie tie-dye!
3. Sailor’s knot bracelet
4. An A-frame tent
5. Drill holes and insert marbles for a stained glass effect in your fence (there’s no tutorial for this, but it seems pretty self-explanatory … says the lady who hasn’t used a drill in three years)
6. An easy compact garden (We’ve actually built this and are planting this weekend. I am geeked.)

What about you guys? Got any big DIY plans for the summer? If so, send us your pics! We’d love to see what our fellow Makers are working on! —Kelly

Author’s sidenote: I found all of these awesome ideas on Pinterest. Wanna see what else I have on my boards? Follow me!




Handmade holidays

To Make

As the weather turns colder and the snow finally begins to fall, as is per usual this time of year, my thoughts turn to holiday crafting. I never really have enough time to make everything I want to make in time for proper giving, but oh how I love poring over DIY tutorials.  Perhaps if I spent less time gawking and more time making …

That being said, here are a few of my favorite finds from around the web this year. If you know me, stop reading right now, because you might be getting one of these very soon. Seriously. Avert your eyes. To the rest of you: May the powers that be bless you and all your handmade holiday treasures. Craft on! —Kelly

Clockwise from top left:
Playing Card Notebooks, Twenty-minute Tote, Scented Sugars, Paper Mache Bowl, Cocktail Drink Mixers, Photo Coasters, Braided Leather Cuff

Lots of handmade goodies will be available for purchase at the 2011 Traverse City Makers Market Holiday Bazaar, open to the public from 7:30-10pm on Friday, Dec. 9 and 10am-8pm on Saturday, Dec. 10. And tickets are still available for our Friends of the Market Pre-party, featuring first-dibs on all our vendors’ wares, free wine and beer tasting, snacks, music and awesome company!

Holiday Bazaar vendors


We are so excited to announce the 2011 Holiday Bazaar vendors!

Clarabella Vintage
Kurt Klein
OuterSpaceways, Inc.
Bliss Botanics
Covered Up Knits
Green Daffodil
Yana Dee
Pretty Stinkin’ Green
The Birds & Beads
Just Good Chocolate & Unity Fair Trade Marketplace
Strong Odors & kngo

Quite a variety of awesome goods, don’t you think? And did you know you can get first dibs on all their awesome wares at the Friends of the Market Pre-party? No foolin’! See y’all on the 9th and 10th!

Vendor Spotlight: J. McConkey Photography


Your Name

Jude  McConkey

Your business name

j. mcconkey photography and wearable art

Your Website/Etsy shop

Tell us about your products/business

I sell moody and atmospheric photographs (some kind of creepy) that are full of emotion. A few years ago I decided to start putting them into jewelry, bookmarks, etc. and started my wearable art business. I had always wanted to design jewelry so I was now able to meld two things I loved – Either art for your walls, or art for you to wear.

Which other TCMM vendor are you most excited to see?

Very excited to see IngridArtStudio (aka IC Visual Arts).. she’s one of my favorite artists in the area and also on Etsy. Her work has a wonderful emotion to it.

What’s your favorite thing about Traverse City?

Living in a more rural area, I like the many art endeavors that TC has to offer..

Vendor Spotlight: Just Good Chocolate

Just Good Chocolate

Just Good Chocolate

Your Name

Drew & Nichole WarnerDrew & Nichole Warner

Your business name

Just Good Chocolate

Your Website/Etsy shop

Tell us about your products/business

At Just Good Chocolate, our mission is to be the most people-friendly, planet-friendly chocolate company on Earth, with a healthy dose of silliness mixed in. Starting with the purest form of chocolate – the cacao nib – our goal is to create unique and delicious chocolate treats that are “Just” for the farmers by sourcing only Fair Trade ingredients, and “Good” for our Earth from which they were harvested by choosing Organic. Our first products, Just Good Chocolate, Nibblers, are also naturally gluten free & vegan! Sound Just Good in every way? That’s because they are!  Thanks for checking us out!

Which other TCMM vendor are you most excited to see?

We’re stoked to hang out with our friends Norm & Cile from Traverse Gourmet, and meet some other food vendors and artists!

What’s your favorite thing about Traverse City?

Beautiful People, Beautiful Land, Great Food & Drink.  What’s not to love?

Just Good Chocolate

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