Just the start of the many amazing photos taken by fabulous photographers….
These beautiful photos were taken by the very creative, very talented Ernesto Sue.
This was outside the Lincoln Theatre, before the Redress Raleigh Fashion Show began.
Hairologist: Demetra of D-Spot
Makeup: Makeup Artistry by Amani
Colleen Ann Guest
WHOOAAAA… Where did the month go????
November is already only 1.5 days away!?
Please come to see me and some other absolutely amazing artists on November 8, from 11-5.
Here are all the details on a Facebook event. Share this out to your friends and coworkers, too!
Shop The Handmade Market in Raleigh, NC for hip, handcrafted goods from more than 50 of the best and brightest independent artists, designers, and crafters from North Carolina and beyond.
This one day, indoor designer craft market features fine art, apparel, jewelry, accessories, housewares, paper goods, and more. Find unique, handmade gifts or treat yourself to something special. You’re sure to find what you’re looking for (and more!) at The Handmade Market.
General admission to The Handmade Market (11am-5pm) is free, but every show we choose a local charity to support by way of a raffle at the entrance. Shoppers can buy raffle tickets in lieu of entry fee, and 100% of the raffle ticket sales goes to the chosen charity. The raffle prizes are always comprised of great products from local designers and businesses.
Visit our website for links to this November’s participating designers and charity as well as directions and parking information. http://www.thehandmademarket.com/
Here we go!
Friday, from 6 until about 8:30 or so, I will be at my NEW space in The Carter Building, at 22 Glenwood Avenue, Studio 11C. It’s really easy to find… Just follow the stairs in the parking lot up to the pink door on the left! I’ve strung some holiday lights on the railing, so you really really cannot miss it.
This building is chock full of amazing artists, so you’ll have plenty of other artists to check out while you’re there. The Carter Building is on page 2 of the First Friday Raleigh map: http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/_files/docs/final-july-december-first-friday-map-and-guide.pdf
On Saturday, from 11-4, I will be at the Carrboro ArtsCenter for Elf: A Holiday Craft Fair!! It was a pretty phenomenal turnout last year, and thoroughly look forward to it this year!! https://www.facebook.com/events/207812176063134/
Then Sunday!! From 12-5, I will be at 410 S. Boylan for the Boylan Heights Artwalk! Always a Raleigh favorite, it’s in its 21st year!! Admission is free! There will be some food for purchase, too, if you think you might be there a while! 🙂
On December 1, I’m moving into a studio space in the VERY cool Carter Building on Glenwood South in Raleigh. I will be sharing the space with a marvelous painter, Julie Cardillo. The specific address is 22 Glenwood Avenue, Studio 11C.
We will even have our own door right off of Glenwood Avenue!! So, you can’t get lost inside the building (which is super packed full of fantastic artists, including Zass Design, Lucky Accessories, and Metamorphosis Metals.
So, the following weekend is a HUGE final push for me before the end of the year!! I will be celebrating my first FIRST FRIDAY in our studio on December 6. More details when we iron those out, asap…
Then on December 7, I will be at the wonderful Elf Fair at the Artscenter in Carrboro!!! Last year was the first time I’ve participated in it, and I had a really awesome time!! Carrboro is always a great and creative town to poke around in, anyway!!
OK… Then finally, on December 8, I will be in Raleigh for the 21st Annual Boylan Heights Artwalk!! I will be on the porch at 410 S. Boylan Street!! My porch-mate for the day will be Janet Harriman of Harriman Jewelry. Her work looks wonderful. I am looking forward to meeting her!
Yes. That is going to be QUITE the weekend!!! I’m looking forward to new project ideas and expanding to having my work in other cities.
2014 is going to be EVEN better than 2013 has been!! That’s saying a lot!!
Last weekend was a busy SATURDAY. I crammed two big events into one day. I’m not sure how I did that… being motivated to help out a good cause sure motivates! I sure felt it the next day. Some kind of an adrenaline hangover if that’s possible.
First was The Handmade Market. Definitely one of the very best I’ve been part of. I think that everyone that attended was extra excited to see so many fabulous artists!! There were a lot of cool vendors. A new one, The Zen Succulent, was set up next to my spot. Margaret and Megan had the coolest air plants, Japanese moss balls, and aqua terrariums!!!! The Japanese moss balls they had were so perfect and round, and were 5 and 25 years old… and they let me hold one! Very cool stuff!!
The day had yummy coffee, food, and the best 60’s and 70’s R&B!! You’d look around, and both vendors and customers were grooving, dancing to the music all day! Such a great vibe. The Handmaidens really know how to put on a fantastic event. It’s a gorgeous space, they prepare things so perfectly for the vendors, had the BEST poster for any show ever, the best people volunteered, and there’s just so much mutual appreciation and love for other artists and vendors. Not a jealous or negative bone in the building!!
So, that was from 10-5. Right after I packed up, with the help of my dear boyfriend, I walked across Moore Square to Marbles Kids Museum for Activate Good’s Couture for a Cause.
I had created two garments to be auctioned off with Hospice of Wake County as my inspiration, to bring attention to that non-profit, and raise money for Activate Good. One was a Ready-to-Wear jacket. The other was an Art-to-Wear piece. My RTW jacket brought in the highest bid of the category!!!! My ATW piece was a longer jacket with a luna moth designed into it. That one went for the second highest bid of that category!! I am so excited!! It was such a rush… so exhilarating!! What a feeling to inspire people to give to a nonprofit I feel so strongly about!!! My model, Marissa Magnusson, was incredible, energetic, and a total love!!! I hope we work together again!!!!
There were some other gorgeous pieces there! Ford Bowden & Kim Ring and Claudia Corletto did some beeee-eautiful work!! My particular favorite was by my friend Margo of Rocket Betty designs. She was designing for The Art of Cool. She stitched actual paper sheet music into the bottom of the dress and at the shoulders, and even stitched about 680 crystal rhinestones in by hand!!!! She’s pretty amazing. She kind of saved my butt, too, for the show. Since my first piece was a waist-length jacket, and whomever was bidding on it was to expect to go home with the WHOLE OUTFIT…. Margo created a super chic black shift dress to wear underneath!!! It was stunning. I never could have pulled that off as well nor as quickly as she did. I definitely feel she’s in part responsible for the great bid on my Ready to Wear look.
I have some wonderful friends. I heard the girls from Redress Raleigh and Carrie Reuben cheering in the audience. And one of Margo’s friends, Lori, was there, too, and she’s been very sweet and supportive and I consider her a lovely new friend.
There is a lot of encouragement and there are positive people around me. Every day, I am aware how lucky I am. Thank you, readers, too!!!!
Pre-show photos by Raleigh Static Jason Rizzo
The last photo is Margo with her Art to Wear dress on her model Shelby.
I’ve really been enjoying putting coarse salt on the fabric in spots. It draws the dye up and out where it hits the fabric.
In this one, I’m attempting to preserve the “burst” effect in individual spots. Let’s hope it looks JUST right! 🙂
This video covers the Conference as well as the Eco-Fashion Show!
There are lots of peeks at Leopold Designs work, but I have to say, I’m tickled that I’m the closing image (worn by Anna Sterlina) for the video… hehe!! 🙂
Videography and editing by Drawbridge Media