We are thrilled to have Fine & Raw as a sponsor again for this year’s Holiday Handmade Cavalcade!

Fine & Raw checks off all the boxes an informed shopper with exquisite taste could want - high-quality products, dynamic packaging, a sustainable business model, and a company that cares about its community. And speaking of taste, we know anyone lucky enough to receive a gift of this exceptionally crafted chocolate will be begging to know more about it!

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Founder Daniel Sklaar started out by making small batches of raw chocolate in his Williamsburg loft in 2008. He shared the fruits of his labor with friends and offered delivery to local purveyors via bicycle. The enthusiastic response he received, combined with his research into the science of the health benefits associated with raw chocolate, motivated him to hone his craft and expand his flavor offerings. Since then, Fine & Raw has grown into a collaborative team of makers (kind of like the NY Handmade Collective!) that produces its mouth-watering confections right here in Bushwick.

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An absolute dedication to quality and flavor is immediately apparent with your first taste of any of Fine & Raw’s delicious line of bars, truffles, and spreads. We especially love the smoothness and unexpectedly rich complexity of the chocolate. Even better, it’s dairy free (great for vegan friends!) and sweetened with coconut sugar, which lets the deep flavors of the un-roasted cacao shine through and maximizes the nutritional and health benefits of raw chocolate.

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Stop by Fine & Raw’s table at Chelsea Market (December 3-9) and the Brooklyn Historical Society (December 15-16) to see for yourself what dedication to crafting the finest chocolates in the world looks - and more importantly TASTES - like!

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Blick Art Materials' Grand Opening in Brooklyn, featuring NYHC artists!

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NY Handmade Collective joined Blick at their Flatbush store's grand opening, which kicked off Thursday, November 15, and continued through the weekend. Doorbusters, giveaways, and live music were on deck, as well as Saturday's special highlight on local artists featuring demonstrations by eight NY Handmade Collective artists.

Blick has long been a go-to store for professional artists, students, and beginners, and their newest Brooklyn store at 41 Flatbush Avenue, which opened this fall, is no exception.

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Saturday's demos ranged from mixed media art to pen and ink, including a Speedball block printing demo with our own Neena Litton, fashion illustration with Strathmore pads and Copic markers by Joanna Baker, calligraphy using Canson pads by Danielle Rothman, and much more.

Sunday put the spotlight on kids, with a kid-friendly paint pouring workshop, face painting, a ProjectArt children's demo, and prize wheel giveaways.

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The new store features local and associate artists throughout the space, including work by crochet artist London Kaye, paintings by Danielle Mastrion, and a mural by artist/designer Efdot behind the cashwrap. Shop an expanded range of products, experience in-store demos, and try new techniques and projects at the newest Blick Brooklyn store.

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Thanks again Blick! We couldn’t produce our Handmade Cavalcade without amazing sponsors like you!

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Our Holiday Gifts to You

That’s right! Our Holiday Handmade Cavalcade markets aren’t just a great opportunity for you to experience the thrill of finding the perfect present for someone you love. They’re also a chance to treat yourself!

To begin with, we never charge admission to browse our markets. We think you should be able to enjoy meeting our makers and seeing what they have to offer without having to pay for the privilege. We know you’ll find treasures at their tables!

If you’re an early bird, you could go home with something much better than a worm! On each market day, we’ll reward the first buyers with goody bags valued at a whopping $70! Full of handmade treats, they’re sure to bring you comfort and joy. You might find yourself leaving with chocolate, luxury yarn, tickets to local museums, art supplies, jewelry, skincare products, and more!

  Just a few of the goodies that will be there!

Just a few of the goodies that will be there!

But no matter when you arrive at our markets, you could still be a winner (we think you’re all winners, really)! Each time you make a purchase, you’ll get another entry (one per vendor per market) in one of two themed raffle drawings per event. More shopping at more markets from more makers equals more chances to win!

These extravagant collections of merchandise from New York Handmade Collective members and our amazing sponsors (Blick Art Materials, Purl Soho yarn shop, Fine & Raw chocolate, and The Rubin Museum) have been curated into tempting themes - For the Fashionista (2 of these!), For The Home, Foodie Fanatic, Kids Korner, and Inner Artist. They’ll be awarded at the conclusion of each Cavalcade market, and we know you want to shop early to make sure you have the best selection, so you need not be present to win.

Supporting local makers has never been so rewarding! We’ll see you on November 24th and 25th at The Invisible Dog in Brooklyn for our Small Business Saturday event, from December 3rd-9th at Chelsea Market, and on December 15th and 16th at the Brooklyn Historical Society.

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Announcing the 2018 Holiday Handmade Cavalcade!

The decorations are going up around the city, the weather has FINALLY cooled down, we’ve turned back our clocks, and we’re READY! Well, we’re GETTING ready, like little elves hard at work in our studios, to show you why the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade stands apart from all the other shopping events in NYC this time of year.

For our 11th season, we’re giving you three chances to buy handmade and local from a carefully curated selection of NY Handmade Collective members. Engage all your senses as you shop for jewelry, greeting cards, art, beauty products, clothing, baby items, and more from our 60+ participating vendors, all of whom are based in the tri-state.

Our first market will take place on Small Business Saturday weekend, November 24-25, from 11am-6pm at the Invisible Dog, located at 51 Bergen St. in Brooklyn. Next up is our week-long pop-up inside Chelsea Market, December 3-9 from 10:30am - 7:30pm, 75 9th Ave. in Manhattan. Finally, on December 15-16, visit us at the Brooklyn Historical Society from 11am-6pm at 128 Pierrepont St. in Brooklyn.

We are so proud to be the only all-volunteer, vendor-run handmade market in NYC, and we bring the same imagination that we use in our work to the production of our retail events. We hope you find (and buy) something you or someone you love will treasure, but we also want to celebrate and share the joy of making things, so we’ll have interactive demos courtesy of Blick Art Materials for you to get in touch with your inner artist, and we’ll be giving away special gifts and prizes via our raffles!

We know our sense of community shines through when we come together, and this is one reason why our 2017 Cavalcade drew more than 25,000 visitors. Our personalized service, which allows us to connect with customers in a unique and meaningful way, is the final step in our creative process, which we think results in happier gift-givers and recipients!

For 2018, we’re thrilled to be sponsored by partners who share our appreciation for handmade goods, quality, and craftsmanship: Blick Art Materials, Etsy, Fine & Raw Chocolate, Purl Soho, and Green Mountain Energy.

Admission to the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is free and with every purchase, shoppers will receive a raffle ticket and a chance to win prizes made by the talented members of the NY Handmade Collective, as well as special gifts donated from Fine & Raw and Blick.

For more information about the NY Handmade Collective's Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, visit www.handmadecavalcade.com

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New York Handmade Collective at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival Press Release

New York Handmade Collective Back at 2018 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

Back for an eighth season, the New York Handmade Collective (NYHC), a vibrant community of local artisans, was again selected to be the sole merchandise vendor for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, the premier outdoor summer concert series in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

From June 5th through August 11th, show attendees will get exclusive access to NYHC’s carefully curated pop-up market chock full of quality goods made by local artists – who are also the friendly staff during all of the shows! Visitors can come in and talk shop with any one of them to find out more about the handmade collective, the techniques that go into producing their wares, or just to say hello.

With this season’s vendors, many completely new this year, one can adorn themselves, get their eco-conscious, buy-local, ethically-made self on as well as find some original and affordable gifts. This year’s selection includes a variety of jewelry and accessories for all tastes featuring natural gemstones, textured enamels, funky, go-anywhere chains and sleek, animal-inspired pieces. One can also become a better version of themselves with any of this season’s small-designer, upcycled, chic and versatile apparel and accessories, unique screen-printed tees and elegant NYC-inspired scarves and bandanas. For the kids, there is an excellent selection of cute, cool and creative onesies, tees, and felt accessories as well as coloring and craft kits to keep the kiddos happy during the show. The guys, and those that love them, will want to come check out the booth’s new, stylish handmade leather goods, including wallets, key fobs, man bags and pouches.

Shoppers thrilled with so much to peruse will also no doubt be inspired to treat themselves and others to some self-love with a beautiful array of all-natural body products, yummy fragrances and skin care, as well as indulge their love of place and moment with a great variety of hand-sewn picnic blankets, linens and other gifts including artist-drawn Brooklyn and NYC prints, greeting cards and bags.

Whether Brooklynite or visitor, anyone attending the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival this summer will be delighted to stop by and shop as they enjoy great music and support local handmade artisans by picking up some cool, one-of-a-kind gifts to mark the experience.

And what an experience it will be! Headliners for the free (yes, free!) concerts this year include Branford Marsalis, Los Lobos, Aimee Mann, Fischerspooner, Antibalas, and Anoushka Shankar. And that’s just a few! There will also be a handful of terrific benefit concerts to attend throughout the season, including Common, the Decemberists, Grizzly Bear and Spoon. These benefit shows, spaced throughout the season, help to raise vital funds to provide for all of the other free world-class performing arts programming that happens at thanks to BRIC.

About BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival

In its 40th season, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City’s longest running free outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival was an early anchor in the park’s revitalization. Over its history, the festival has presented thousands of artists and ensembles reflective of the borough’s diversity. Most BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival performances are free!

 

About BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn

BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is a multidisciplinary arts and media non-profit dedicated to presenting contemporary arts, performing arts, and community media programs that are reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, and to providing resources and platforms to support the creative process.

 

About the New York Handmade Collective

Created in the summer of 2007, the New York Handmade Collective (NYHC) is made up of over 200 artists, designers, and crafters based in the metro New York area who create and sell handmade items on Etsy.com, a global marketplace for handmade goods. The group was formed to provide a forum for local, Etsy-based artisans to support one another in their business endeavors and to promote the beauty and availability of locally made and carefully crafted products to the public. To learn more about the New York Handmade Collective, visit nyhandmadecollective.org.

Contact: Jenny Topolski, CBK Marketing Lead: info@jtopolski.com

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We're Ready and Set for Summer...Are You? Shop NY Handmade Collective Artists at Grand Bazaar, Sunday, May 6th!

This coming Sunday, May 6th, between 10AM-5:30PM, we are pleased to be hosting "Ready, Set, Summer," a market of exceptional handmade wares, including 40+ NY Handmade Collective vendors in the Tri-state area will at  Grand Bazaar NYC (100 West 77th St., NY, NY 10024 @ Columbus Avenue) just in time for the turn of warm weather and Mother's Day next weekend.

We are excited to return to Grand Bazaar for this collaboration's second year! Started last year by two NY Handmade Collective team members, one of which will be participating again this year, Billoware, has a personal relationship to the space - she attended that school years ago as a teenager. Proving to be an amazing market for vendors and customers last year, we're back to show the Upper West Side what handmade artistry means to NY Handmade Collective and to Grand Bazaar.

This year's vendors include:

Entrechat Dance

Diana Anton Jewelry Design

Mateo Mattia

Cindy Penguin Jewelry

Callio Fragrance

Azsai

Billoware Jewelry

Wallcojr Designs

Resetreality

BialoPadinDesigns

SimplyNu LLC / Enmeshed Jewelry

Mamalu boutique

AMIRA jewelry

Sandrine B. jewelry

Titiluli

Naturally Naz

Aware Boutique

Ubuntu

BlueRoseCards

VioletRae

Curious Vintage Shoppe

Nuna knits

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Artikal Handcrafted Millinery

Brooklyn Creative Fibers

Interval

144 Collection

Ceja Designs

Phenomenalia

Vicki Finkel Ceramics

Dog & Butterfly

Maquina 37

Reclaimed & Recycled

Nic and the Newfie

Rothbyrns Creative

And YOU! We hope we'll see you at Grand Bazaar, too!

Announcing Year Two! NY Handmade Collective Presents "Ready, Set, Summer" Handmade Market

Meet the Artisans at "READY SET SUMMER,” - proudly featuring exclusive one-of-a-kind artisanal crafts by NY Handmade Collective Members


New York, NY (March 7, 2018)- Consumers seeking one-of-a-kind, artisanal and designer crafts, totally handmade in New York need look no further than "READY SET SUMMER,” a unique, pop-up shopping experience taking place on Sunday, May 6th from 10:00 am - 5:30 pm.  A collaboration between NY Handmade Collective (NYHC) and Grand Bazaar NYC, a popular shopping destination at 100 West 77th Street and Columbus Avenue, this event will kick off the summer season, offering shoppers a special opportunity to personally meet the artisans behind these unique, handcrafted products and come away with a memorable purchase.

"Grand Bazaar NYC is a great venue for our team's talented artisans to promote quality handmade goods while bringing people together to raise money to further the education of New York City children.'" said Sandrine Valentine, Events Director at the NY Handmade Collective and owner of Sandrine B. Jewelry.

Shoppers will be able to select from a juried showcase of exceptional, diverse handmade merchandise from nearly forty vendors.  Among these handmade products are fine art, paper goods and stationery, jewelry and unique fashions, home décor, amazing skincare products and items for children and pets.

"We are absolutely thrilled to again partner with NY Handmade Collective for another special pop-up shopping experience at Grand Bazaar NYC," said Marc Seago, Grand Bazaar NYC Director. "It's a natural fit for us to work together.  Part of our mission is to keep New York City creative and authentic by providing this unique and quality shopping environment for our local talented artists, designers and craft-makers."

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About NY Handmade Collective

Representing one of the oldest, largest and most professionally organized teams of local active sellers on Etsy, Inc., the group, created in 2007, has cultivated a long-established, local presence in the NYC metro area by hosting a number of successful and highly curated in-person markets, workshops and events (Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, Crafts in Chelsea, and Celebrate Brooklyn to name a few). NYHC is also known for its all-volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and marketing of online selling opportunities on behalf of its members through its wide-ranging press outreach, immense social media presence, great blog and beautiful website.
 

About Grand Bazaar NYC

Open year-round, Grand Bazaar NYC, located at 100 West 77th St at Columbus Avenue is one of the oldest, and largest weekly curated markets in NYC with over 43,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. It is the only market with a social mission for the exclusive purpose of raising much needed funding, donating 100% of its net profits for art enrichment programs, classroom teaching assistants, books, supplies, sports programs and more for the four neighboring public schools, benefiting over 4,000 children. 

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Maker Spotlight: Jan Finnell of OvertheTop

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I’m Jan Finnell, a NYC native, graduated from The High School of Art and Design and NYU’s School of the Arts, majoring in Costume Design, and have been a costume designer for over 35 years, working in film, stage, opera, TV, print and commercials.

I have always been “crafty” and made accessories for show like hats, bags, eyeglasses, women’s accessories and of course jewelry for my shows as well as for other designers. In the 1990s, I sold hats that I designed and made to Barney’s and other retail outlets. It was exciting to discover Etsy in 2006, and I opened my shop, OvertheTop, assembling jewelry using the beads, buttons and small bits that I had been storing for decades from my travels and while buying for shows.

In 2012, after a break caring for my father, I decided to take time off from doing commercials to finally learn metalsmithing, something I'd never had time for in the past. I began taking classes at my local Jewish Community Center (JCC) and was able to use the skills I already had in design immediately as I learned various techniques. I discovered gemstones and now work in sterling silver, brass, copper and bronze.

I still take classes and five years later, would like to use metal and stone for pieces that evoke jewelry through the ages, from jewelry of antiquity through the centuries, in addition to the stone. My shop currently focuses on modern and organic pieces. To see more and shop, visit the following:

Instagram: @jan_finnell

Shop on Etsy: OverTheTop

 

Maker Spotlight is part of a month long series during Maker/National Craft Month, where NY Handmade Collective artists and Etsy small business shop owners are featured. They share a bit about themselves and their craft, helping to create connection between them, the team, and our reader and customer base. We hope you enjoy learning about and seeing the people behind our multi-faceted handmade collective.

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Maker Spotlight: Tracy Atkinson of Mythologie Skincare

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Tracy Atkinson created Mythologie out of her passion for 100% nontoxic and ethical skincare and firm belief in the healing power of plants.

This passion began almost twenty years ago when Tracy was diagnosed with eczema. She was faced with the choice of taking traditional medications or to adopt a holistic approach. Taking the alternative route, she began making changes to her diet, started doing yoga and experimenting with botanical oils.

The combination of education, research and experimentation eventually led Tracy to create her own face and body oils. In the spring of 2017 she decided to offer three of her facial oils to the world, and thus Mythologie was born. 

Since launching Mythologie, it has become clear to Tracy that there is a large group of people who are under going an expansion in consciousness and want to improve the world around them, feel more connected to themselves and more connected to others. What used to be called alternative is becoming mainstream and the ancient healing traditions of the past are now becoming openly accepted in the present. A new paradigm is emerging that is very hopeful and Mythologie is ecstatic to be a part of it.

Website: mythologieskincare.com

Instagram: @mythologienewyork

Shop on Etsy: MythologieSkincare

 

Maker Spotlight is part of a month long series during Maker/National Craft Month, where NY Handmade Collective artists and Etsy small business shop owners are featured. They share a bit about themselves and their craft, helping to create connection between them, the team, and our reader and customer base. We hope you enjoy learning about and seeing the people behind our multi-faceted handmade collective.

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Maker Spotlight: Neena Litton of Kaibelle

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Hi! My name is Neena Litton, and I started kaibelle three years ago, after having my first child. I went from daydreaming, to brainstorming, to eventually finding the courage to walk into the county clerk's office in Brooklyn to officially register my small business. I block print original designs onto responsibly-sourced stationery, bags, and homewares. The designs, which are carved and individually printed by hand, are inspired by travels, life experiences, and the little ideas that pop into my head at night. I’ve also found a particular sense of satisfaction that comes from having made something start to finish with my own two hands.

When I was younger, I would lay on my bed and draw designs reminiscent of mandalas and mehndi (traditional Indian henna art) in my school notebooks. Decades later, when I first carved into soft rubber during a block printing class at the Brooklyn Brainery, I was surprised to find I could carve similar designs with relative ease. I was hooked from that day onward.

Lately I've felt inspired to carve more geometric, modern designs with cleaner lines. I'm trying to allow myself the space to explore different styles, and embrace them even if they are a departure from what I've previously created. I have so much gratitude for the support I've received since I began kaibelle, which has allowed me to grow as an artist and an individual. I consider my block printing to be a journey, and I'm anxious to see how my work will evolve as I continue to explore this path.

If you want to check out what I've created so far, you can find me at:

website: kaibelle.com

shop: kaibelle.etsy.com

FB: facebook.com/kaibelle

IG: @kaibelledesigns

Maker Spotlight is part of a month long series during Maker/National Craft Month, where NY Handmade Collective artists and Etsy small business shop owners are featured. They share a bit about themselves and their craft, helping to create connection between them, the team, and our reader and customer base. We hope you enjoy learning about and seeing the people behind our multi-faceted handmade collective.

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