>> Sunday, April 24, 2011
Yesterday my husband and I headed down to Raleigh, NC for The Handmade Market. We woke up at 4 a.m. and hit the road soon after, coffee in hand. It was foggy and raining when we left Virginia, but by the time we arrived in North Carolina the sun started to peek out from behind the clouds and it turned out to be a beautiful day. Setting up for the show was a breeze since the tables were provided and we didn't need to worry about bringing a tent. And thanks to my busy month of bookbinding, I had more than enough books to fill my display table.
Those who stopped by my table at the show really seemed to enjoy flipping through my sculptural vintage map books and my "Cortona Clothesline" artists books. My leather journals and wedding guest books were also quite popular. And I almost sold out of my little pamphlet books (below), so I'll need to make some more of those before my show in Athens, GA next month.
I met some fantastic people at the show, including the women of Paper Mojo (the online shop where I purchase most of my decorative paper). The vendor at the table next to mine was photographer Mary Doherty, who had some photos of Charleston, SC on display (a place that's near and dear to my heart). I also saw some earrings made from vintage postage stamps, sea creature themed ceramics from Cephalopod Ink, and some gorgeous leather necklaces.
This was the first time that Tony and I had visited Raleigh, and although it was a whirlwind one-day trip we both really enjoyed the city and The Handmade Market. Before heading out of town, we had an amazing meal at The Remedy Diner (vegetarian tacos for Tony and a warm goat cheese salad for me), and spent the four-hour drive home chatting about our day at the market and listening to a few episodes of Radiolab.