Meet the Maker – Hidden Forest Naturals

Hidden Forest Naturals was created by April Manring – skin therapist and owner of Be Pure Beauty – the first totally clean beauty shop in the Triangle. Hidden Forest Naturals has facial care and self care for all skin types. The brand is inspired by the natural goodness of the forest where April resides. Products can be found at Be Pure Beauty in Chapel Hill.

Tell us about your favorite product from your collection?  The Face wash and Mask was my first product. Because it’s made with fair-trade cacao and honey I love that everyone feels like they are putting a treat on their face and that it works so well for all skin types.

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Name one resource that your label could not live without? Our suppliers that take extra care in finding and carrying organic raw ingredients that go into the products.

How do you keep your creative spark/ What keeps you fascinated? Reading non fiction and cooking documentaries.

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“I would create the perfect serum for every skin type…”

What is your dream project? If there were no restrictions on time or money what would you create? I would create the perfect serum for every skin type, that could heal any skin condition. It would be a massive challenge but worth the time, and I would put a lot of money into the marketing of it making a really fun back story and video about it.

Where is your favorite place in Durham? 21 C Hotel. The art always keeps me guessing, and the bank vault never stops feeling super cool.

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April Manring founder of Hidden Forest Naturals

You can find April at the upcoming Patchwork Market October 6th at Fullsteam Brewery and in store and online at Be Pure Beauty

Instagram @hiddenforestnaturals @be.pure.beauty

www.hiddenforestnaturals.com  website: www.bepurebeauty.com

Meet the Maker – Jillian Ohl

Jillian is an artist and illustrator from Raleigh, NC. Her work includes stationary, collages, and fashion illustration. She uses mostly bright watercolors and ink to create fun and whimsical images.

Who or what inspires you and your creative process? 

I’m inspired by fashion, pop culture, and things I find silly. One of the best feelings is when my art can make someone’s day a bit better.

“favorite movies like Clueless, Big Lewboski,Pulp Fiction, and Mean Girls”

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Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

Currently my favorite products are the prints I created based on some of my favorite movies like Clueless, Big Lewboski,Pulp Fiction, and Mean Girls. They are super fun for me to create.

Tell us something exciting that you have planned for your business in the next year.

I am only beginning to sell at craft markets and next year I hope to have even more product and start to explore other cities in the Southeast.

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What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I am a big believer in drawing every day. I draw during my lunch break and again in the evenings after work. Sometimes the drawings never see the light of day again, and then other times I can turn them into prints or cards. I’m also always working on several projects at once which helps keeps my brain occupied!

Name one resource that your brand could not live without.

My scanner! It is nothing fancy but the ability to scan things in digitally rather than photographing them is really life changing.

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Jillian Ohl founder of Jillian Ohl

Find Jillian at the upcoming Patchwork Market on October 6th at Fullsteam Brewery

https://www.jillianohl.com/

Instagram @jillyohl

Meet the Maker – Calathea Collection

Meet Julie Ragsdale of Calathea Collection she is a passionate botanist and artist. With plants as her muse, she creates lush, foliage-inspired artwork. Her creative ventures range from painting and digital art to sewing to pouring cement for handmade planters.

Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

In a word, plants. I have always been fascinated by the world of botany and studied plant sciences throughout my academic career. When I need inspiration, I’ll go to a greenhouse or to my favorite plant shop (The Zen Succulent) to admire some lush foliage. If I don’t want to leave the house, I’ll browse plants and art on Instagram. I have a few go-to accounts and hashtags that I can rely on for a good dose of inspiration, like Cat Coq and Sarah K. Benning or searching for “houseplants” or “greenhouse”. I also feel really inspired by other local artists who I’ve met along the way at pop-ups and such. It’s a blessing to live in an area with so much interest in the arts where local artists can thrive!

Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

This is a tough one because I make an array of goods from paintings to planters. If I had to choose just one item as my favorite, it would be my cement air plant holders in blush pink with matte white accents. The specific cement that I use for these feels, as strange as it is to say this, silky. I especially love the colors, too. I mix the colors myself, so each batch is slightly different from the others, but the end result is a beautiful pink that is reminiscent of desert sands, succulents, and sunsets.

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Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Calathea Collection the next year.

This is probably more exciting for me than for anyone else, but I’m working on my own ecommerce website! This summer is when I dove head-on into my art as a business — I started going to craft fairs and pop-ups, filed my trade name and EIN, and have really just come into my own as an artist and small business owner. It will be interesting to see how my art and interests evolve over time. I may decide to focus more heavily on planters, or I may lean more into digital work.

“I have caffeine coursing through my veins, so coffee is a big part of my creative ritual”

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I have caffeine coursing through my veins, so coffee is a big part of my creative ritual. I always make myself a four-shot, iced latte. I enjoy the silence of my home during the day; everyone else in my apartment community is at work, my dog is sweetly snoozing, and my cat is quietly curled up in my lap. Occasionally I’ll listen to some of my favorite musicians, like the Pixies, Mirah, or Beirut. I like to work on one project each day to make progress on it, so I’ll either set up several watercolors to paint, twenty dog bandanas to sew, or prepare twenty molds and cast planters all afternoon.

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Name one resource that your label could not live without.

I’m going to go with an abstract resource: passion. I think that what stands out most about my brand is the variety of goods and artistic ventures it offers (which also makes it difficult to name a single tangible resource that I can’t do without). It is my passion for plants that drives me to create so many different plant-inspired goods.

 

Find Julie and Calathea Collection at the upcoming September 1st Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery!

You can also shop and follow at—

https://www.etsy.com/shop/CalatheaCollection

 Instagram: @calathea.collection

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Julie Ragsdale the Founder of Calathea Collection

Meet the Maker – Ceramics By Lina LaV

Meet Melina LaVecchia Daniels, a ceramicist and illustrator from Boone, NC. Her work includes one-of-a kind dinnerware that celebrates the art of hospitality and beauty in everyday rhythms. She also offers a variety of original illustrated pieces, including prints, stickers, tea towels and market bags. Melina and her husband, Jacob Daniels travel around the South teaching workshops on creativity, art and design.

Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

I’m loving these new tableware pieces I’ve been creating with a ‘blue  jean denim’ painterly effect. My usual arsenal includes smaller kitchenware pieces so I’m excited to pull out some large ceramics that go perfectly with hosting big gatherings and family style meals.

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What has been the most surprising aspect of starting a business?

Adding children ! My husband and I started Overflow studios (a multi-tiered creative arts business encompassing ceramics, fine art, illustration and design) in 2013 when we first got married and I use to bartend on the side to balance my studio practice, since adding two boys , I work full time in the studio alongside him which has been a beautiful and challenging journey.

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

When we have a studio day, I wake up super early and try to have quiet reading time before the kids wake up, enjoy a large glass of cold brew and get to the studio just in time for Lucca’s nap (which gives me only two hours before toddler starts to run around)…. it’s also been a new adjustment trying to continue to work with a newborn and a 2 year old, while also enjoying this fleeting babyhood season.

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“my dream project is creating a completely customized tableware line for a beautiful farm to table restaurant”


What is your dream project? If there were no restrictions on time or money what would you create?

Ah what a fun question, my dream project is creating a completely customized tableware line for a beautiful farm to table restaurant, including but not   limited to the ceramic tableware, silverware, linens, furniture …. actually I think I would just like to design the whole restaurant and then invite all my friends over for a spectacular night around the table.

Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

I was raised by two Italian chefs that relied heavily on quality time around the dinner table. My mother was also an interior designer so she dressed the table in gorgeous tableware regardless if it was Sunday night or Tuesday…. my ceramics have always been inspired by breaking bread with people. I want folks to get excited to use their favorite mug or plate everyday and not just save it for special occasions.

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Melina LaVecchia Daniels founder of Ceramics By Lina LaV

 

Meet Melina in person and shop her line of ceramics at the upcoming June Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery  or find her on instagram @bylinalav and visit her site www.ceramicsbylinalav.com

Meet the Maker – Smart + Becker

Meet Ryan-Ashley Anderson, she the founder of Smart + Becker, a Knoxville, TN bricks-and-mortar representing independent artists and makers. She is also the creator behind her jewelry collection, it is made with sustainability in mind, and her work consists mostly of hand-stitched beadwork, hand-cut salvaged leather, silk, and semi-precious stones.

Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

My current fave is a blouse collaboration between myself and Grace Engel of Phlox. I created the shirt pattern and sew all the shirts, and she embroiders them! It’s incredibly comfortable, breezy, reversible, and one size.

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What has been the most surprising aspect of starting a business?

It’s really hard keeping track of receipts and mileage! And, as a maker, I have to really be strict with myself about not spending more time creating than fulfilling the administrative needs of my business. That’s a hard thing to do. “Making” has always been my way of dealing with stress, and it’s the admin stuff that causes me stress! It takes a lot of discipline to tell myself, “No, you can’t make jewelry today. You have to do inventory instead.”

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What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I allow myself to start my morning slowly. I put the water on, take the dog out, brew the coffee, then sit in bed sipping while I work on business-related emails. Because I’m comfy, it doesn’t feel like work, and doing it before I leave the house helps me fully focus on my storefront during the day.

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What is your dream project? If there were no restrictions on time or money what would you create?

I would travel the country, speaking to high school students as a creative mentor / motivator. I think the key to world peace is loving each other, and the key to loving each other is valuing ourselves. And I think the key to valuing ourselves lies in learning to find value in ourselves — our very hands and bodies — regardless of outside validation. Learning to make something with your hands and ‘practicing’ creativity helps create that value and self-confidence. Teens rarely get the opportunity to be vulnerable and just explore themselves and the world and I’d love to help give them permission to do that more. Learning to find value in myself through creativity really saved me and I know it could save others.

Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

My maternal grandmother Arlene Smart and now-deceased Great-grandmother, Hedwig Becker. They inspired and encouraged me and the creative habits they helped instill in me carried me through some of the toughest times in my life. It’s incredible being able to create something out of nothing — something both of them did both literally and metaphorically (especially, Hedwig as a first generation immigrant) — and the desire to lead a sustainable, creative life keeps me going.

 

Find Smart + Becker at the upcoming May 5th Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery!

http://www.smartandbeckercreative.com/

Instagram @smartandbecker

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Ryan-Ashley Anderson founder of Smart + Becker

Meet the Maker – Papermill Creative

Meet Lori Melliere & Ashley Brown, the founders of Papermill Creative, two local librarians making art celebrating North Carolina towns. Their art is vibrant watercolor designs are full of details, inviting the viewer in to explore the neighborhoods they are inspired by. They sell prints, greeting cards, and other gifts!

Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

Papermill Creative art is all about the neighborhoods and towns we’re surrounded by – so I’m inspired by the built environment I see every day. I try to capture what these places feel like right now, so I mix in historical architecture with new buildings, and famous landmarks with tiny details.

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Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

I’m a Durhamite at heart, but I really love our downtown Raleigh design. There’s so much variety and complexity in the design. Besides, what other city would I be able to draw a state capitol building next to a hot dog restaurant next to a giant acorn?

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Tell us something exciting that you have planned for Paper Mill Creative in the next year.

We’re working on getting our designs onto tote bags (recommendations for local printers welcome!), and in addition to adding some new neighborhood designs, we’re hoping to branch out and introduce some entirely new product lines.

What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

Before beginning a new design, we meet up for coffee or a beer and walk around the neighborhood and look at the architecture, foliage, signage – what is the unique vibe of this place? Even if it’s a place we’ve been hundreds of times before, it helps to look at the environment from the perspective of Papermill Creative, and we always notice something new and surprising!

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Name one resource that your label could not live without.

These drawings would be very difficult to do without Google Maps street view for reference!

Find Papermill Creative at the upcoming May 5th Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery!

Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/papermillcreative

Instagram @papermillcreative

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Lori Melliere & Ashley Brown Founders of Papermill Creative

Meet the Maker – Lo & Behold Naturals

Meet Lizzie! Lizzie Chadbourne is in love with every product she makes and sells. Her passion for natural beauty grew out of an interest in crafting, an enthusiasm about herbalism, and a recognition that she could treat her body better. After years of education, experimenting, and research – and with an improving complexion – She started Lo & Behold because she knew she had something special to offer that was making people happy. Her mission for Lo & Behold is to maintain an uncommon air of fun while exceeding the highest standards of the natural care industry.

Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

My favorite product right now is the Honeysuckle & Aloe Vera Facial Toner. Not only do I love using this product morning and night, but also I am smitten with all the fantastic customer feedback. Recently a young woman told me ” I no longer wear makeup because the toner cleared up my skin completely!”


“Sometimes I feel lost and overwhelmed but the more I understand the more excited I get!”


What has been the most surprising aspect of starting a business?

The most surprising thing for me has been enjoying the business side. I actually love understanding taxes, reading business books, and planning how to scale the company. Sometimes I feel lost and overwhelmed but the more I understand the more excited I get!

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What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

For me creativity comes easily, almost like an obsession. The back of my brain is always thinking about new products and ingredient combinations. In fact I often wake up at night fantasizing about ideas, I will get out of bed and write them all down in my inspiration notebook.

_W3A7828What is your dream project? If there were no restrictions on time or money what would you create?

 My dream project would be releasing way more products! I would literally make and sell every skincare item you can think of, and I hope this dream will come true eventually.

Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

All elements of nature inspire me, as well as the artwork from my friend Amy Richards Illustration that I feature on the labels. My customers also really inspire me, every product we have released since starting was inspired by my customers and everything new I plan to release is inspired by their requests as well.

www.loandbeholdnaturals.com

Instagram @loandbeholdnaturals

Find Lizzie and Lo and Behold Naturals at the May 5th Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery!

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Lizzie Chadbourne the founder of Lo & Behold Naturals

Meet the Maker – Doora

Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Doora?

Doora as a business began when I was looking for an occupational challenge. I have a PhD in sociology and have always worked on questions regarding arts and economic development but after ten years in academia on four continents, I was curious to see what it would mean to practice what I had preached.

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Tell us something exciting that you have planned for your line in the next year. 

2017 was all about building my own physical space. 2018 will be about building my online space.


“My clay work is inspired by textiles”


How did you come up with the concept of your design?

My clay work is inspired by textiles. They are part of my heritage: every woman in my family knitted, stitched, sewed… and I had learned it all by kindergarten. Vintage textiles tell stories, they connect us to our past, they ground us and that’s what I want my ceramics to do, too.

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How do you keep your creative spark/ What keeps you fascinated?

I mostly do one-of-a-kind work hence every piece is always an experiment, a new material, a new story waiting to be told.

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Where is your favorite place in Durham?

I love urban environments. Mornings at the Durham hotel rooftop are very special.

Shop Doora at the upcoming February 3rd Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery and follow Doora on Instagram and facebook! Learn more about Doora and where else you can purchase at www.dooracrafts.com

Doreen Jakob Founder of Doora
Doreen Jakob Founder of Doora

 

Meet the Maker – Calvander Company

 

Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Calvander Company?

I always had a passion for creating things and revitalizing old treasures, so I’m thrilled to have the chance to fully explore it now. After graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in May of 2016 I dove right into making. I had all these visions built up of things I’d wanted to make but hadn’t had the time. Having just finished up a studio art ceramics course before graduation, I had a new passion for wheel thrown pottery and was fortunate enough to inherit a wheel and studio space from a close friend. That’s when the idea for the company started to emerge!


“Learning is one of the best forms of fuel for my creativity”


Who or what inspires you and your creative process?

I’m constantly inspired by music. I always have music playing in the studio, and as I discover new artists I’m motivated and inspired by the unfamiliar sounds. Unfamiliarity helps to keep my mind bustling with new ideas. Understanding more about a complicated subject, taking into account a new mindset, or simply listening to people’s experiences that have been much different from mine all work to inspire me. Learning is one of the best forms of fuel for my creativity.

 

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What kind of creative patterns, routines or rituals do you have?

I’m a night owl and tend to feel more inspiration when most people are winding down, so I if I can’t be at my studio I like to take that solitary time to log everything I’m feeling inspired by and sketch out new visions for products. Textures, patterns, and color schemes are all examples of elements I include in these sketches and collages, which function as helpful tools for wrangling fresh inspirations into fully formed product designs.


“Right now my favorite product from my collection is a series of monochromatic matte glaze vases in my ceramic line”


Tell us about your favorite product from your collection.

Right now my favorite product from my collection is a series of monochromatic matte glaze vases in my ceramic line. I’ve only just started to acquire the skill to throw taller pieces so I’m proud of these larger vessels. My experimentation with glaze techniques using different values of matte glazes has started to become a signature look for me which is what I’ve been working toward for over a year now.

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Where is on of your favorite places in Durham?

One of my favorite places in Durham is the suspension bridge at Eno River State Park. I’ve always been attracted to the combination of industrial and natural. The simple graphic lines of the planks and cables contrasted by the beautifully chaotic foliage and organic landscape is really inspiring to me.

Shop Calvander Company on Etsy and at the January Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery and follow on Instagram @calvanderco and Facebook @CalvanderCompany

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Kara Thornton Founder of Calvander Company

 

Meet the Maker – Find Your Glo

Meet Lindsay and Christie! They are the makers behind Find Your Glow. They create scented soy candles in inspiring and unique scents that connect you to feelings of positivity!

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Tell us a little about yourself and how you started Find Your Glo? We started out with the desire to create handmade gifts from the heart for our close friends during the holidays. We had so much fun and our candles were so well received by friends and family that we wanted to expand our affordable creations to a greater audience. In thinking about how strongly our emotions and memories are tied to our sense of smell, we wanted to create five unique and inspiring scents that connect you to feelings of positivity. Thus, Find Your Glo was born. Find Your Glo features five scents: Glo Calm, Glo Creative, Glo Happy, Glo R & R, and Glo Energize, each created to invoke the titled emotion. Our candles are made locally right in Christie’s kitchen.

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“There are no toxins, carcinogens, or pollutants which means it’s less likely to trigger allergies.”


Name one resource that your label could not live without. Soy wax. We love using soy wax at Find Your Glo due to it’s many benefits. Soy wax burns cleaner than paraffin wax. There are no toxins, carcinogens, or pollutants which means it’s less likely to trigger allergies. Soy wax candles also burn longer which means you get more time to enjoy your Find Your Glo candles!

 


“We love attending markets and meeting local artisans and gain energy from the creative community around us.”


Who inspires you and your creative process? We both consider ourselves crafty so being surrounded by each other and artists in this area is really motivating.  We love attending markets and meeting local artisans and gain energy from the creative community around us.

 

Tell us about your favorite product from your collection. Lindsay: I share the crowd favorite, which is our Glo Creative scent. I love the fresh, unique scent. Christie: Although I am partial to Glo Creative as well, I really enjoy the process of  playing with seasonal scents.  Our upcoming Summer scent is amazing!

Purchase Find Your Glo Candles on Etsy or at the upcoming January 6th Patchwork Market at Fullsteam Brewery

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Lindsay and Christie Founders of Find Your Glo