Goodbye sweltering summer days. You were quite fun but we’re ready to cool down and welcome the crisp breezy Fall weather!
We are looking for talented and creative local makers, artists & food vendors for our Greenpointers Market taking place on October 25, 2015 at Greenpoint Loft (67 West St, 57th Fl) from 1-7pm. Continue reading →
I’ve drawn a good deal of the inspiration for my designs from the ocean and the creatures that live in it. There are so many amazing and beautiful things that live in the sea! They are incredible in their variety, the sheer numbers of them that there are, and particularly in their exquisite colorations. Possibly the only thing as breathtaking as the denizens of the deep is the cosmos. A lot of my work is very graphic and literal (printed images) but for my pieces which are not, I draw a lot of inspiration from the color patterns and combinations that these animals are all fitted with by nature.
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 →
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 →
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.
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.
It was a great pleasure sampling stroop in Transmitter Park with Carina of Dutch Artisan, who will be sharing a table with Eastern District at our market on Saturday. Like a good Dutch woman she biked to Greenpoint from Park Slope and told me her story while feeding me delicious globs of Dutch Apple Stroop.
I know you are wondering WTF is stroop? Well, it’s not jelly and it’s not jam – it’s its own thing – it’s stroop. It is made of apples from very old trees in Holland, tall apple trees. The apples are boiled down into what resembles molasses and has a sweet and tart prune flavor, and it is perfect with cheese – plus there are lots of great recipes where it can be used as well. I also tried some sweeter stroop, made with beets and apples and now I am enjoying it every morning on my toast. Continue reading →
At Greenpointers everything is an excuse to have a party – even just getting dressed in the morning – which is why we love Bombay Mermaid Trading Co., featuring bright and colorful handmade and vintage product at the Fall Market on 10/12.
Founder Michelle Christina has been a vendor with us for years and it is exciting to see her skills and vision continue to grow and develop into her own amazing brand.
GP: Love the name Michelle! How did you come up with it?
Michelle: “Mermaid” calls to mind the stuff of legends, shimmering fins, the freedom of swimming from one sea to the next, and looong hair. When I was little, I wanted to be a mermaid. I even learned to swim like one! Continue reading →
We are stoked for our first ever Greenpointers Fall Market on 10/12 and during the weeks leading up until the big day we will introduce you to some of our very special market vendors!
We chatted with Christine Longcore of Collarati, a local designer who creates dog collars and apparel that can withstand even the roughest of play and still look fly. Plus, her spokes model Lucy the friendly doberman will be at the market showing off her wares. Continue reading →