The Makery was created by three sisters as a way for North Carolinians to discover and buy local, handmade goods. We’ve upgraded. Visit our new web home.
Our blog has a new home at www.themakeryproject.com/blog
Up all night working to get ready for launch tomorrow. Wait, is that the season premiere of the Office?
Look in the purse, backpack or backpocket of any creative around here and there it is: a Bound Custom Journal. They make the perfect companion for the artist, business wiz, or casual note-taker. Why? Because they’re so well made, and you get to design it yourself. While Bound is in the process of taking over the world, they’re still committed to being handmade in America. We love Bound because they are another company blending tech with quality craftmanship.
This post is a little late, but we’ve been busy getting ready for launch, and all!
So, after a great trip to Charlotte last Thursday, I headed to downtown Raleigh to check out First Friday. My first stop was an event at Kindred Raleigh Boutique. I saw some wonderful local food and jewelry (and kick ass bowties) made by NC artisans. And I got a Kindred temporary tattoo…which I begrudgingly had to wash off the next day. It was pretty cool.
So, last Thursday I was supposed to attend the DNC by invitation of our excellent lawyer Houston Barnes. But you’ve already heard the story: the location move, no space for most credentials, etc. I had already made quite a few meetings on Friday to round out my time in the Queen City. So I decided to drive down just for the morning. I am so glad that I did!
We are thrilled to share our news with you. After months of working behind the scenes, meeting talented artists across North Carolina, and getting web and operations details hammered out, we’re finally ready to open sales to a select number of the public.
We started The Makery because we think there should be an easier way for people to find and buy the stuff they want, while supporting their local community at the same time. We’re taking the search out of buying handmade, and making it easier than ever to connect with local artisans and craftsmen. And we’re providing a new venue for artists to ‘get their name out there,’ taking away some of the risks and challenges associated with selling their craft.
Launching The Makery means there’s still a lot of work to be done. Over the next few weeks we will be putting our service to the test, making tweaks and improvements, and trying new things. We’re inviting a select number of tastemakers, shoppers, passionate North Carolinians, and handmade lovers to be founding members of our community. If you haven’t already, request your invitation now.
Greetings friends. I’m here to deliver exciting news as well as share a fun DIY painting project.
I’ve been a few steps removed from the Makery this past month because I have been preparing for the arrival of a very special delivery….
This is the second in a series of posts on artists with a special relationship – sisterhood!
She probably doesn’t know this, but as soon as we got back to North Carolina and started researching designers in the state, we stumbled on Oami Power‘s clothing line, Judah Ross. We fell in love with the lines and patterns and colors and of her work. And when we found the fantastic blog she created with her twin sister, we knew we had found a kindred spirit.
We interviewed Oami to find out more about her inspiration, her craft, and her relationship with her sister, Ruscha.
The Makery: Could you tell us a little about your life as an artist? How did you come to create Judah Ross? Continue reading
The Makery has gone through some big changes in the past few weeks, with sisters coming, going, moving and shaking. We have spent the past month or two putting together our website with an awesome developer and entrepreneur, Whitney of Freshly Given (you have to check out her amazing blog). From the first day we met her, we were in love with her jewelry designs, her style, and her optimistic energy. When we realized there was more work to be done than just the three sisters could handle, there was no question who we wanted to call!
So, we’re excited to say Whitney has joined the Makery team. And, guess what? She’s one of three sisters too.
Whitney, Nicole, and Karla
Whitney says, “When I first heard about The Makery, I said to myself ‘I’d love to work with those sisters.’ When asked to come on board, it was a near out-of-body experience. I’ll put it this way, working with the sisters doesn’t feel like work at all.”
We feel the same way!
We interviewed Whitney on her life as an artist and a sister:
1. Could you tell us a little about yourself and your life as an artist? How did you come to create Freshly Given? Continue reading
Lately we have been talking and thinking a lot about the kind of product shots we want to see on The Makery. Photography can ‘make or break’ sales. A bad picture can make an amazing item look bad. A great picture can drive someone straight to the checkout!
We love the images below for the clean, simple way the present their products: