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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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Featured Vendor: Joanne Nigro

Crochet Earring by Joanne Negro

“My name is Joanne Nigro. I’ve lived in Brooklyn for about 60 years.  I am presently a resident of Canarsie, but lived in Bensonhurst before I was married.  I have three grown children, and five grandchildren.”

We are so excited to have this Brooklyn veteran as a featured vendor at our Holiday Market this Sunday!

We chatted with Joanne about her life and her crocheted creations:  Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: With Roots

With Roots' Terrarium Curve Necklace in Silver

Living in the big city can leave us feeling disconnected from nature, but Featured Vendor With Roots‘ tiny terrarium jewelry keeps nature close to our hearts – literally.

It all started out years ago when Sharon Goldberg, a Greenpointers Market veteran, made some big terrariums for a friend, who “loved them so much he wished he could wear it! And thus, With Roots was born.”

There is an entire world inside Sharon’s simple and stylish designs. Handmade in Greenpoint, this sealed up tiny ecosystem is inspired by Sharon’s surroundings: Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Sparc Jewelry

Featured vendor Sparc Jewelry was started by Susan Morales after 9/11 when she relocated to Venice Beach and was having trouble finding work. The creative call for jewelry making helped Susan cope with an impossible job market. She told us, “I was going insane actually. I needed another focus from job hunting.”

 

The name was also a play on her mental state. “SPARC is an arts building in Venice. I liked the way it looked in letters. It also stands for “Some People Are Really Crazy,” Susan said. Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Hollydoodles

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Couples Map by Hollydoodles

Can you pinpoint the exact moment you decided what you wanted to do with your life? Illustrator and Greenpointer Holly Graham, whose shop Hollydoodles is a featured vendor at our Holiday Market, recalls a childhood memory that has impacted her entire life’s work:

“My grandpa once drew a dog from memory for me on this tiny piece of paper. I think I’ve been on a mission my whole life to really perfect a craft in that way.” Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Class Attire

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Chalkboard Tee by Class Attire

If your family gets bored of the same old graphic tees and ya’ll have some chalk designs chops then grab a Chalkboard T-Shirt from Class Attire, a featured vendor at our Holiday Market.

What’s a Chalkboard T-shirt, anyway? It’s a t-shirt with a chalkboard on the front that you can write or draw on, then wipe off and start over again. You can even wash and dry your shirt like any other and the chalkboard is flexible, plus it doesn’t make that horrible screechy sound. It even comes with a box of chalk, and in which to hold your chalk. Continue reading

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Featured Vendor: Wren Papers

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Wren Papers

Maybe it’s because I am bird obsessed but I do love the name Wren Papers, a featured vendor at our Holiday Market that offers unique journals, stationery, prints, and jewelry, often inspired by nature. It’s named after shop proprietor Katie Jones’ mother’s last name and Katie said, “They are strong little birds.” Might I add they have the cutest little bird butts!

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Featured Vendor: Collado Crafted

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Collado Crafted Cutting Boards

In the weeks leading up to our Holiday Market we will be introducing you to some our featured vendors. The first is a Brooklyn company called Collado Crafted which creates beautiful cutting boards that are made “the brooklyn way.” Continue reading

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Hey, Handsome: Owen & Fred

© Lacour Studios

For all of you gentlemen and gentlewomen, there’s a hot-to-trot new face in Greenpoint and it’s called Owen & Fred. The clean-cut, utilitarian men’s brand stocks minimal but cheeky shaving kits, understated but classic duffel bags, and a no fuss carry-on. Not to mention, Owen & Fred also sells cheeky wares (coffee mugs, stationary, toiletries) with subtle 1960s influences while maintaining a contemporary attitude.

With many Brooklyn made products, Owen & Fred launched a Kickstarter campaign to solidify their products and commitment with customers. The brand recently relocated to the Pencil Factory and I sat down with the founder, Michael Arnot, to talk about the brand, being a Greenpoint start up, and more.

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Announcing Greenpointers Fall Market! (10/12)

It’s getting cool and cozy out there and we are so excited to announce Greenpointers Fall Market at From The Source (69 West St) on Saturday October 12, 2013 from noon-6pm.

As always we have the most talented local vendors, bringing you the best in hand made goods, plus a photo booth by Marofoto, a fun crafty table, beer from Brooklyn Brewery, Island Punch from Sailor Jerry, Empanadas from Cafecito Bogota, Sweets from Ovenly & Coffee from Cafe Grumpy! Plus, Free Massages & Body Assessments by [email protected].

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Vendors

G Spot
SEL¥AK
O Live Brooklyn
Dinosaurus
Makura
Vintage by Miss Leah Alice
Broderpress
M.N.Davis & Son
Collarati
Couch Sleepers Association of North America / Doria Market
Wren Papers
rhubarb-brooklyn
LoveZilla
Transmitter Brewing
Type A Fibers
SARUSTAR
Pumpkinseed Jewelry
Bombay Mermaid Trading Co.
Brewla, Inc.
Tamara Garvey Illustration
Curandera NYC
Carrier Pigeon
NYC Farm Chic Flowers
Dap Kitsch
Uncle George’s Kitchen
Florida Brooklyn Vintage
Lizzy Zevallos Designs
Tugboat Lights
Cheeseboy Products

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