Customization: My prediction is that this will be the biggest trend in handmade for 2014. It’s one of the unique abilities that makers have across the board and that really separates handmade from factory produced. One artist who has made a success from being a master of customization is Jennifer Wagner. Her colorful Orange is the Sun shop is all about creating gorgeous handmade pieces in a stunning array of hues.
Every time Starlet and I team up for a giveaway, LAB readers go absolutely cray-cray, so you know we just had to do it again! Win this fabulous Moss Garden Front-Pocket Shoulder Bag from this acclaimed designer’s Meridian 112 collection.
Share with LAB readers something from your fabulous handmade shop. Whether it’s on Etsy, Big Cartel, Shopify, Supadupa, Indiemade, Storenvy, Supermarket, your own hosted shop or any other platform, you’re welcome to jump in.
As promised, here’s the second set of 2014 Calendars that are on the LAB’s list of favorites. There’s something for everyone here. To purchase any of these calendars, just click on the image and away you go! Which one of these is your favorite?
It’s been a awhile since I’ve checked in with John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj and their Bookhou shop. They’ve recently added some new items and thought you might like to take a peek. What this creative pair have produced is tremendous, especially when you consider that they make both the handmade items and the serene textiles used in the process.
I think it was this Semi Circle Color Block totes that first caught my eye in Carrie Ng’s The Made & Found shop, the one above. That blend of denim blue, ivory and orange just work on so many levels, and the bag looks like it could carry a ton of goodies. Carrie’s goal with The Made & Found is to “live and travel with ease”, so she created a fun and functional collection, perfect for movers and shakers.
Sometimes I find an artist that I believe really deserves some attention. I kinda feel like one of those traders on Wall Street yelling “Buy! Buy!”, but hey, that’s what the LAB is all about. Joana Garganté’s VATUA collection just blew my mind and I just had to share it with you.
I have some of the best LAB sponsors. One of them is Lauren Podlich. Lauren has one of the hottest curated shops right now, A Mano, full of fantastic handmade goods from an amazing collection of artists. The A Mano shop was recently updated and I wanted to get Lauren’s take on what’s happening and what’s hot in the A Mano shop. Her are her picks:
When Lauren Matsumoto submitted her fab jewelry collection for a LAB post, I had no idea that I would find, nested in her eclectic collection, my newest obsession: her Rock Candy ring. Bold and blocky, I really love that thing. It will be mine at some point, but it’s just a small part of Lauren’s incredible Mitsymoto Designs collection, designed in her San Francisco, CA studio.
The LAB has a new shop dedicated to the services that I offer to help the handmade community grow and prosper. One big advantage of my new shop is that we now accept credit cards via PayPal. Many have asked for this feature and I’m glad to provide it. To celebrate the launch of my new shop, I’m offering discounts on my services. Here’s the breakdown: