It's been awhile since I've shared with you some of my new obsessions and since it's springtime and we're all wanting a bit of a refresh in shopping and supporting artists it seems like the perfect time. Some of these makers are new to my radar and some I've known for awhile - but you don't so here is my list of artists I know you'll love!
1. RIVTAK - I met River several years ago when I began selling at the Durham Patchwork Market and she is the sweetest most talented lady around! She is obsessed with textiles and repurposing clothing and discarded textiles. River not only creates beautiful clothing, objects and jewelry she also teaches workshops and printing processes.
You can find River's handmade goods online and in several shops around the triangle area and in other states. I promise you will go BANANAS for River's fun and beautiful handmade goods!
2. Lo & Behold - 100% Natural Body Care - Okay I went a bit nuts when I discovered Lizzie's amazing products, especially her cuticle cream, it was a lifesaver for me last winter. Lizzie's products are so rich, creamy and soothing for the body. And Lizzie is a total BOSSBABE, I'm in awe of how successfully she runs her business and invests in her community.
3. Caroline Hedgepeth - This talented artist really doesn't need much of an introduction, you've probably seen her name on my blog/IG/FB feed over the years now. I've truly come to appreciate the talent and amazingness that is tattoo and Caroline is way up there. I don't know how she does what she does - but she KILLS it with her artistry. Not only that, Caroline is ONE OF THE BEST people you will ever meet. It's like therapy sitting in her chair, she listens and is so empathetic and generous.
4. Victoria Sexton - I've long admired Victoria's work at Emerge Gallery in Uptown Greenville and I finally purchased one of her pieces. They're super quirky, weird and fun! Victoria's pieces visualize what we feel internally, perhaps we're mending our hearts or feel like the joker. And you can shop Victoria's amazing work locally at Emerge Pitt County Council of the Art's gallery!
5. Vincent Li - There are some artists that you're dumbfounded by their talent and that is Vincent, he's got such a fine touch with the paintbrush and creating images that come from another world. I've known Vincent since my days at Art Avenue, when he was interning with us and now he's painting murals around Farmville and Greenville and receiving commissions. I'm so proud of how far he's come and where he'll go.
Art and the handmade isn't just for museums or for the wealthy, but something for all of us to enjoy. And it can be in the everyday, from your coffee mug to your tattoo on your arm. I share these amazing makers so that it not only helps my friends gain exposure but to engender a sense of community. Please feel free to share this post and spread the handmade and art love, we need it so much right now.
As always, thank you so much for reading!