One of my favorite things to do is photograph makers and learn more about their work and what inspires them. One of the very best parts of owning a retail store focused on carrying the work of emerging makers is getting to know them, helping them refine their goods and brand and for me as a . . .
I really love storytelling across a variety of mediums. I enjoy learning about other people and how and why they've chosen to pursue the path that they have. Since I'm immersed in the maker entrepreneur community andÂ photography is a passion too, oftentimes I find myself with a camera . . .
Recently, I visited illustrator Jordan Grace Owens in her home/studio in Durham, NC. She lives in a gorgeous light filled studio loft right in the downtown with easy access to all the wonderful restaurants there, Mateo, Pizzaria Toro and Parlour come to mind but gosh there are so many. She shares . . .
A maker after my own heart, Lena Corwin is a multifaceted artist, whose work has been translated to fabrics, books, and more. She created a series of compelling collaborative books a few years ago called Lines & Shapes and she has designed textiles for Calvin Klein, Jill Stuart, Anna Sui among . . .
For me, the best part about hosting The Rock & Shop Market is getting to connect with and create a showcase for all the amazing emerging designers & entrepreneur makers that are making a go of running their own product based businesses, not just in North Carolina but nationally as well. When . . .
Here's a video I made for the Rock & Shop Market about Raleigh, NC printmaker Matt Butler. . . .
Matt Butler is a Raleigh, NC based printmaker who cuts linoleum blocks into graphics that he prints onto TOMS shoes and posters. His cheeky prints were a big hit at Kindred with phrases like "Whisky Early & Whisky Often" & "Either You Love Bacon Or You're Wrong" proving to be the most . . .
The best part of Alt Summit was hands-down connecting face-to-face and developing real relationships with people who Iâ€™d otherwise worked with solely online. Below are just a handful of the people I adored â€œmeetingâ€ at the conference. And though I connected with many in brief spurts, there . . .
And speaking of talented friends, Oami Powers, the seamstress/owner behind Judah Ross relocated here from San Francisco a little over a year ago and I couldn't be happier about it. She is a sweet friend and such an inspiration. Her creations are gorgeous: simple, well-crafted, elegant. Oami is also . . .
I first encountered Celia Gray as the best man at a friends wedding. And though we didn't talk much then, I was immediately struck by the artsy-cool vibe she exuded. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work with Celia at the Rock & Shop Market and have seen how cool (and talented) she . . .
Last week on the indieNC blog I interviewed the affable owner of Bake It Pretty, Amanda Krueger. Read the interview here to find out more about her vintage-inspired baking supplies business. And check out her blog for fun tutorials like this one on how to make button-shaped candies. Also, be sure . . .
I've had the pleasure of working with Ellie Snow over at the indieNC blog where her posts on art and design in North Carolina are well-written and inspiring. Her own blog, Mint Design, is a visual feast and a joy to read. And, if that weren't enough praise, she is also a very talented graphic . . .