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Spring Market is Getting All Knitty On Yo Ass!

Knits are so in right now!

Now here is a lost (on me) art form. Our featured market vendors are way beyond ill fitting Grandma socks. At our Spring Market on 4/13/14, they will bring knit pieces for stylishly decorating your home and wardrobe. Damn, I wish I could knit!

• I’d Rather Be Knitting Tote Bag by Little Knitty Things – $26

• Valentina Hand Knit Necklace by Yana Rodin – $48

• Knit Cactus in 3″ Pot by BySahrah – $19

Putumayo Necklace by Andrea Bocchio Jewelry – $90

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Our Spring Market is for the Birds!

Birds! Bird! Birds! at our Spring Market on 4/13!

When I think of Spring, I think of sparrows chirping, woodpeckers uh… pecking and mockingbirds kicking people’s asses in Transmitter Park! Our Spring Market on 4/13/14 – will not leave out our feathered friends who have migrated home after privileged tropical vacations – little bastards! These creations from our featured vendors are cute enough to undo any lingering cold weather bitterness.

Some editor’s picks include:

• Swallow in Flight Love Card by Fox + Heart Cards – $5

Songbird Skeleton Necklace by J.Topolski – $50

Sea Salt Cushion Cover by M.N. Davis & Son – $32

Bluebird Punch Needly by Harp & Thistle Stitchery – $37

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Yuka’s Cute Museum: Upcycled Apple Computer Cat Beds

Upcycled Apple Cat Bed

You know Yuka! She is the adorable and wonderful person who designs and shoots our market photo booth…

Yuka Miyata : Cute Curator

She also is an unofficial curator of cuteness. Her personal Facebook page is a daily stream of baby animals and strange inventions – all are sickeningly sweet and genius.

You wonder – where does she find this stuff?

I want to hire her to professionally collect and share cute stuff for Greenpointers – for everyone’s mental health!  Continue reading

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Get Swept Away With Winden Jewelry

Winden Jewelry

Winden Jewelry is off the chain. Greenpoint based designer Rebecca Mapes crafts pieces with delicate but tongue-in-cheek enthusiasms. Punchy diamond lips and tiny little ear studs, babe and sis 90s throwback name plate necklaces give a carefree and off-beat vibe. (Prices range from $55-$1,199).

I personally love Winden’s undertone for nostalgia and humor. Not to mention, most of the jewelry is on the smaller scale, which is perfect for layering pieces or giving a hint of subtle flash. Continue reading

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Birdy27 is Flower Obsessed!

Birdy 27 LOVES flowers!

Birdy 27, featured Valentine’s Market vendor creates stylish and wearable crochet and knit fashion accessories inspired by the garden! Designer Alicia told us all about her love for petals and blossoms: Continue reading

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Valentine’s Market Preview // 70+ Vendors! (2/9)

We can’t wait to see you on Sunday for our Annual Valentine’s Market! Below is a preview of our amazing and talented local vendors…

Make sure to RSVP and spread the love!

Deets: Greenpointers Valentine’s Market on Sunday February 9, 2014 from1-7pm at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 5th Fl).

Get in on our Terrarium Class before it sells out! Reserve now. Continue reading

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Snapdragon’s Mexican Folk Inspired Creations

Milagro Frida by Snapdragon

If you’re into bold colors, intricate hand made creations and Frida Kahlo (who isn’t?) – then you’re going to love Snapdragon, a featured Valentine’s Market vendor. Shop owner Nina Shope tells us why she is all about Mexican Folk Art:

My work is strongly influenced by my passion for Mexican folk art, from beading to embroidery, paper mache to metalwork, painting to textiles.  I feel a great affinity for the bold, rich colors; the playful and somewhat tortured iconography of saints, sirens, skeletons, devils; and the evocative paintings (and photographs) of artists like Frida Kahlo.   Continue reading

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one*two*three*speed + Anna Karina

Anna Karina from "A Woman is a Woman" inspires one*two*three*speed bike helmets bow reflectors.

Ladies, do you find that all bike accessories for girls are just boys stuff in pink? Featured Valentine’s Market vendor one*two*three*speed makes handmade accessories for classy cyclists with the motto “stick a bow on your helmet.” It’s about time we can look cute on our bikes and be safe! Continue reading

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Everything Is Better With Bacon – Even Your Neckwear!

Helderberg Escarpment via Wiki

The story behind Bacon Handmade Neckwear – a featured Valentine’s Market vendor – is truly a love story – with a side of bacon. Based in a little update NY village named Altamont, surrounded by fruit orchards, farms and the Helderberg Escarpment - a 700 ft cliff face overlooking the Hudson Valley – Bacon designer Jessyka Neitzel described these natural wonders as “tall, dark and handsome.” Continue reading

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Lolafalk Finds Color-centric Inspiration in Brooklyn Architecture

Brooklyn Heights Carriage House Inspiration for Lolafalk Leather Goods

One of my studio mates at our co-working space has a guinea pig named “Lunch.” I was reminded that guinea pigs are actually eaten in South America so I joked she should call it “Almuerzo,” which I later googled and found out the word is spanish for lunch. How did I know that? The spanish I took in high school is gone from my memory. I realized I had eaten at Vamos Al Tequila on Franklin St that day and the word on the menu crept into my subconscious and I just blurted it out. (Stay with me.)

My point is, without even knowing it we are affected by our surrounding, whether our moods brighten up on a sunny day or we remember vague spanish words unrelated to small South American rodents.

Some designers draw inspiration from their surroundings in much more deliberate and visually striking ways – whether it’s texture, color or function.

We’ve asked our Valentine’s Market vendors what they love and how it inspires their designs.

Look forward to unusual and charming color combinations from Lolafalk, a Brooklyn-based leather goods designer who draws quite directly from the color and geometric shapes she sees near her studio.

Lolafalk Luella Bag

Take for example the Luella Laptop bag. Designer Lauren “Lola” Falkowski said she “finds much of her color-centric inspiration in the contrasting hues and architecture of buildings in the Brooklyn neighborhoods that surround her studio. The Brooklyn Heights carriage house (above) was the visual trigger for the mix of fuschia, royal blue, and teal” that you see on this adorable bag, which is also roomy enough to carry your guinea pig to your co-working space. (Just trying to go full circle with this.)

Make sure to follow Lolafalk on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram @lolafalk & Twitter @lolafalk.

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