13th Annual Elf Market
Saturday, December 7th, 2019 • 10AM – 4:30PM
The Elf Market is The ArtsCenter’s annual holiday craft market which takes place on the first Saturday in December and raises funds for The ArtsCenter’s Youth Education Scholarships! Vendors from Carrboro, Chapel Hill, and the Triangle area gather to sell handmade goods such as clothing, body products, food items, fine art, children’s toys, ceramic pieces, and jewelry. The bar will be open, and there will be hands-on craft activities for children and their families. Elf Market is the place to shop local for your holiday gifts on Small Business Saturday this year! This event is family-friendly and free to attend.
The application period for Elf Market 2019 is now closed. Please check back in September to apply for Elf Market 2020.
Amy’s playful and whimsical watercolor-style is inspired by vintage illustration and nature. She offers greeting cards, art prints, stickers, calendars, notecards, button pins and mugs featuring illustrations that will keep you smiling. If you can’t find the words, let her cards say them for you. Amy does her best to craft products that are gift-able to celebrate life’s special moments the whole year through.
I grew up in Chapel Hill and Efland, NC where a lot of my free time was spent dabbling in art of one form or another or exploring my neighborhood being captivated by all the beauty nature brings us. Now my focus is on 2D artwork from graphite to any combination of watercolor, acrylic and mixed media that catches my inspiration at the time. Now as an artist living in Pittsboro, NC, I love to share my artistic visions with the people around me. When painting in watercolor, I love using mineral pigments (called granulating pigments by the artists industry). When these pigments are watered down the granules separate from the rest of the pigment to settle, creating darker specks of color and an intriguing texture. Whether using watercolor or acrylic, I love creating other textures with materials such as salt in wet pigment to achieve interesting starburst shapes, wax paper or plastic wrap, which adds another interesting fractional textured element to the media.
I started painting on our backyard fence a few years ago for fun and as a stress release from my job as a physician. I have a MFA that I haven’t used in many years, and my husband had been bugging me to do creative things since medical school. I picked up my old Rembrandt pastels left over from the 80’s to use on the fence, because there weren’t enough colors in the sidewalk chalk box! Through this, I rediscovered the joy of working in pastels. Most of my work are pastel paintings on wood, although I paint on paper. I paint a lot of birds, trucks, and do commissions, most of which are dog portraits.
I am passionate about print, paper, ink on paper, ephemera, vintage imagery, photography, bookbinding, letterpress, mixed-media art, found objects, typography, graphic design, printmaking, cats, and more! I graduated from New York University with a BA in Art History and Classical Civilization. After working at a boutique greeting card company for almost 10 years, I realized I wanted to become an “artist” and received my an MA in Photography/Studio Art (also at NYU). A few years later, I took my first letterpress workshop and from there I was hooked! I avidly began to pursue printmaking and bookbinding. My books have been purchased by the Swarthmore College Art Library and the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama. I opened a studio at White Cross this year and I am back and ready to rock the world with whimsical notecards, prints, and artwork that have been a true joy to create. If I can bring a chuckle or a smirk to your day, I’ve done my job!
Jamie Sunyak specializes in handmade and personalized art pieces using all types of mediums, including charcoal, paint, and digital imagery. Her most recent collection is Pop Pet Art inspired by images of her favorite furry friends. She also creates paintings, posters, holiday and greeting cards, personal stationery, and special invitations. Her artwork is also printed on totes, t-shirts, baby clothing, hats and more. Each piece is customized with love, warmth and detailed craftsmanship. Jamie is inspired by the love of her Chocolate Lab Scout and Rottweiler Harley, the love of summer, waves and the beach. Each of her pieces has its own character. Ms. Sunyak offers the art of design, freedom of flexibility and the level of creativity as each project unfolds.
Lauren deSerres creates narrative imagery using bright, saturated colors and patterns made with layers of acrylic paint, pastel, collage and ink. Lauren enjoys making people smile with her work, and also strives to show the importance of appreciating and conserving our natural world. She uses animal imagery to explore this notion through whimsy and storytelling. Lauren creates her work in her home studio located in Pittsboro, North Carolina. Lauren exhibits in various local venues in addition to traveling the country to exhibit in art fairs and festivals. Lauren holds an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA from East Carolina University. She has been an arts educator for 10 years, working with students in schools, community centers and other programs.
Leitner strives to capture the feeling of the world with the use of powerful color combinations, intuition, and texture. His paintings are inspired by William Turner and Salvador Dali and often encompasses pareidolia techniques, which is an intuitive process in which he reacts to random shapes and finds faces or animals within the composition. Leitner’s mission is to bring one of a kind original paintings that are affordable for anybody by offering miniature paintings ranging from 3×3-5×5 that can be hung on the wall, or stood up on a desk.
Papermill Creative is made up of two local librarians who make art that celebrates North Carolina. Our vibrant watercolor and pen-and-ink designs are full of details that invite the viewer in to explore the towns and neighborhoods we’re inspired by. We sell prints and cards, and current designs include Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Saxapahaw, Durham and Raleigh. Lori Melliere lives in Durham, and Ashley Brown lives in Carrboro. We met while at library school at UNC, and we’ve loved creating a business together over the last two years.
Emily Duncan is a classically trained artist that has found a love for creating custom pet portraits and a variety of pet themed artwork. She started her business as a way to preserve and commemorate joyful memories. All portraits are painted from photos.
Emily will be accepting Christmas commissions until December 9th.
The volunteer studio assistants in the Ceramics Studio at the Arts Center are raising money to support our artistic pursuits independent of the Arts Center. We offer hand crafted functional pottery (food and dishwasher safe) as well as ceramic art pieces.
Hi, my name is Bonzi and I have been creating fun, functional and one of a kind pottery pieces for the past 20 years. Typically, I have a big fall/holiday pottery sale at my house, but this year, I’l like to try something different. I love the holiday season and will be selling ceramic ornaments, gnomes, serve wares and vases.
My work as a potter is inspired by nature, history, function. The earth tones of my home state of North Carolina are present in my pallet, reflecting the swirling reds, blues, greens, and browns of nature. The tradition of pottery throughout history as well as today’s society influence my choice of forms. Some pieces, for example, are inspired by traditional vase shapes and others by contemporary environmental needs reflected in my functional ware. For me, each piece of pottery is deeply connected to the four classical elements–earth, water, fire, and air–and to the powers of the creative process that blend them together into a form reflective of both art and function. Ultimately, it is my hope that the pottery I create become a source of beauty and usefulness for their owners, both individuals and local community businesses.
Michelle Fairholm is a potter based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Her current work is primarily wheel-thrown and then decorated using a variety of different slips and glazes to create designs that are bold and whimsical. She is inspired by both the natural world and illustrations. She loves incorporating repetitive patterns. The decorative techniques she uses create textural as well as visual interest. Overall her goal is to make pieces that are useful, beautiful, fun, and make people smile.
Pink Moon Ceramics is a small batch pottery and ceramic jewelry company based in Durham, NC. All pieces are created from start to finish by artist Jenna Leitner. Her experience in the textile and design industry combined with her love of working with clay inspired her bold graphic pottery. Her goal is to create work that successfully balances form, color, line, and pattern. Whether Jenna is wheel throwing or hand building, her work focuses on using traditional handmade techniques to fit into the modern home.
I have been making functional ceramics for over 20 years and use a combination of wheel throwing and hand building techniques to create functional ceramics in my home studio in Durham, NC. The magic of hand-made objects is knowing that no identical piece exists. Each of my pieces are unique – even those made as a matching set have slight variations. All of my work is made using a dark stoneware clay and earth-tone glazes.
Norah and Abigail are 9 years old. They started selling their crafts two years ago at age 7 at local Holiday Markets. They create handmade coasters with animal and holiday designs using fancy papers and alcohol inks, they also make holiday ornaments, and jewelry. Abigail and Norah are passionate about animals and have constantly used 1/3 of their profits to buy supplies for local dog rescue organizations.
Caroline Mueller is a senior at UNC Chapel Hill who has been making reed stars, also known as Carolina Snowflakes, since her mother taught her how when she was in high school. Caroline started taking the stars to craft fairs at the age of 16. As a craftswoman, she enjoys working with natural materials, and is always expanding her horizons by learning new techniques whenever possible. At the Elf Market, Caroline will be selling Carolina Snowflakes of varying sizes, as well as other ornaments made out of reed and straw, and maybe a few surprises.
Jennifer comes from a long line of sewing women, and she still sews today on a vintage 1950’s Singer that once belonged to her grandmother. Subtle contrasts are at the heart of her work – between the mundane and the whimsical; between the practical and the decorative; and between ages-old techniques and a quirky, modern sensibility. She’s a tree-hugger at heart and many of her creations aim to replace disposable everyday items with good-looking reusable ones! Primary product lines include: custom-printed (in Durham, NC) tea towels featuring her own as well as vintage illustrations; reversible, reusable bowl covers to replace plastic wrap; reusable snack/sandwich bags; and reusable cloth rounds for face and body care.
A introductory course set me on a path in woodworking. Since I am unable to discard any scrap wood I use it to turn and carve bowls, make spoons, fashion segmented rings, shape and polish freehand objects, and create end and flat grain cutting boards.
Ashley and Jenni merge their crafty and artsy skills to bring unique hand-lettered vinyl designs and hand-painted watercolors to Glitter and Whimsy. They offer gifts and accessories featuring watercolor and modern calligraphy (original paintings, prints, stickers, greeting cards) and our hand-lettered vinyl decal designs (ornaments, mugs, kitchen towels, wine glasses, water, cups, trinket dishes, and seasonal items). None of their products are type written with fonts, which makes their designs completely hand-created and beautifully unique! See more of their work on Instagram @glitterandwhimsy and check out their Etsy shop, Glitter Whimsy Designs!
I am a Durham-based artist creating block-printed matter: cards, prints, totes, shirts, stickers, etc. All prints are hand-made by me. I’m inspired by nature, quilting, films, and culture.
Connie grew up in south Texas and has been in the area for 7 years. Her work has evolved over the years as she realized how much nature and family means to her. La chicharra is influenced by nature with an emphasis on insects. The majority of art, household items and accessories are made from repurposed, found or remnant materials salvaged from local businesses and studios.
Mark and Amy Woodturning creates items turned on a lathe. They create unique, one of a kind gifts with laminated and exotic woods. We feature creatively designed pens, pencils, ice cream scoops, bottle openers, cell phone stands, keychains, and aromatherapy necklaces.
A girl from the coast of Northern California and a boy from the hills of Carolina met in Memphis and the rest is history. Well the rest is our story, a story full of ups, downs, memories, and deep seated emotions. Somewhere along the way, on a whim, he made her a candle for Christmas and a new hobby was born. The hobby became a shared pastime, a passion and now a business. Mostly our candles tell our story. They are each thought of and hand-crafted with an experience and a piece of our history in mind. We certainly hope you enjoy the aromas along the way, we sure have.
SarahLou is a paper company featuring products with illustrations by Sarah Russell. From greeting cards and gift wrap to notebooks and coasters, we offer a range of items with bright, whimsical artwork sure to bring sunshine to each and every day. Corgis, cupcakes, butterflies and flowers abound in our prints and stationery. All of our products are printed on top quality papers, which will hold their color and last as a keepsake for the recipient.
This is not your ordinary relish. We are a fiery, distinctive Southern Pepper Relish! Made from fresh chile peppers, with not a cucumber in sight, this pepper relish has a modern, bold SPICY flavor with a firecracker personality to boot! We have two flavors – Get Me A Switch is based on an heirloom family recipe. Its name embraces our southern roots and identifies its lingering zippy sweet/heat character while Cape Fear is a modern recipe and its name identifies its lingering habanero fruity/fiery character. People say they bite back, but we prefer to say they nibble. They are both sodium free and use all fresh chile peppers that have been chopped and slow cooked in apple cider vinegar. We are proud of the lineage of our recipes; our history in Chapel Hill, where our home has been for generations; the quality of the ingredients used in our products and the bold flavors. I also have a few holiday cork crafts on the side.
East Durham Bake Shop is a small bakery located in Old East Durham. The bakery is owned by Ali Rudel and Ben Filippo and focuses on seasonally-inspired pies, laminated pastries and baked goods with a heavy emphasis on using local ingredients. East Durham Bake Shop has a strong commitment to making all of their products by hand, whether it’s the pastry for their pies, the careful preparation of fruit and vegetables, or the multi-day process of making their croissants. Their market offerings change with the seasons and often feature produce from Carrboro Farmers’ Market Vendors.
Fashion & Accessories
I learned to crochet 14 yrs ago. My mom and my sister were my inspirations for wanting to learn the craft. I found crocheting to be fun, relaxing and incredibly creative. It woke up a creativity that had been dormant since high school art classes. I gave away almost everything that I made for the first few years. When a friend recommended that I apply for a local craft show, it opened up a new world. I fell in love with doing craft shows. I’m addicted to the energy at these events and look forward to craft season all year long.
I am an independent yarn dyer based in Fuquay Varina, NC. My products are imaginative, one of a kind, hand-dyed yarns for passionate fiber artists such as knitters, crocheters, weavers and machine knitters. Yarns include natural wools, alpaca, silks, cottons, linens, flax and hemp. In addition I collaborates with Eris Swanstrom of Modique Couture dyeing yarns for her designs.
I am Fairy Leslie. I embellish people’s hair with beautiful glitter extensions that are called Finklepott’s original fairy hair. They can be brushed, washed, curled, bleached, flat ironed, but most of all, enjoyed! They stay in until the strand I attach them to is shed.
Happy Unicorn Studio offers handcrafted handbags, purses, totes and accessories. As the maker and owner of Happy Unicorn Studio, Erika Martinez creates products that are functional, lightweight and eye catching. She employs her unique eye for color and pattern to create fun and functional pieces. Erika enjoys being part of the maker community in the Triangle and her studio is based in Durham, NC.
My name is Sophie Wiseman-Floyd and I graduated from NCSU in May of 2018 with a bachelor of Industrial Design. I used the skills I gained in school to start a minimalist jewelry and accessory company called heir. H E I R | R A L E I G H ‘ s name is a tribute to what I’ve learned in design school and life since moving to Raleigh in 2014. I am so grateful to have been the heir to a well of knowledge that I’ve poured into my designs. No matter where I go, my jewelry and leather products will always be a lasting testament to the experience I gained at the design school and in Raleigh. All of these pieces are handmade in my Raleigh studio with the greatest attention to detail + highest quality of materials. I hand make each piece using gold, hand-hammered brass, and delicate crystals.
IG: @heir.raleigh | Website
Sarah Coppola of Indigo Arts creates one of a kind ceramic and melted glass jewelry and handbuilt work as well as delicious smelling soaps and quiet, mysterious nature photography. Growing up in rural NC in her mother’s pottery studio, her love of all types of art and nature is apparent when you view her work.
Janice Collier Vintage Design – Perfect for any occasion, from that extra special babies first Christmas gift, or a handmade outfit for your annual family portrait; to a one of a kind Baptism gown/romper complete with matching bonnet and booties. All made by a British lady living in North Carolina, who loves to sew, and of course all my clothing is designed and produced by myself.
Chellie LaPointe, owner of Little Bird Yarn Company, creates luxury hand-spun yarn from hand-dyed fiber for one of a kind projects. A love of slow processes, knitting, fiber, and the woolly animals that produce it led her to spin her own yarn. Since then, she and her trusty Ashford Traveler wheel have created miles and miles of hand-spun yarn. She loves to share the history of spinning and fiber arts with others, as well as the joys of creating with hand-spun yarn.
Modique Couture creates knit fabric on obsolete, manually-operated, vintage looms called “knitting machines.” The knit fabric is shaped into garments on the loom with no cutting, and is finished by hand. Sustainable, luxury fiber is sourced locally, from across the U.S., and from Canada; almost all of it is hand-dyed in collaboration with DebbieDuckYarns in Fuquay-Varina, NC. Eris Swanstrom creates these garments using stream-of-consciousness design, producing one-of-a-kind embellishments for your personality.
Hollie Taylor, almost a Chapel Hill native, has been a high school and middle school teacher in Chapel Hill and is now retired and running her jewelry business Protest Pearls. Hollie got her BFA at UNC and her MFA in Printmaking at the University of Georgia at Athens. Protest Pearls jewelry throws an admiring light on trailblazing women of accomplishment. Though Hollie started with earlier icons like Susan B Anthony and Harriet Tubman, she is now focusing on her Contemporaries. These women have lived and been activists in part of the 20th Century. Her Contemporaries are Rachel Carson, Carrie C Catt, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Pauli Murray, Michelle Obama, Alice Paul, and Ida B Wells. By wearing the archival images of these women in medallions, rings, earrings and lapel pins one can use the power and influence of these women to empower positive change today.
Focusing on the use of found and salvaged materials, River is always experimenting with new projects, products and workshops ideas. River embraces the spirit of re-use by investing in high quality materials that are left behind by factories, pre-consumer remnants, giving them a second life to serve a function in our everyday lives.
Suijin Li Designer jewelry and artifacts are unique, elegant, modern and contemporary. The combination of architectural shapes and intricate classic lines provides a look of clean modernism. Suijin’s designs are hand crafted in sterling silver, semi-precious stones, wood, stainless steel, leather and aluminum.
I have been metalsmithing for 10 years and have taken classes in many different techniques. I have gravitated to enamels because of the experimental and unpredictable nature of the technique. Much of the techniques are self taught. I am constantly inspired by the colors and patterns that surround me. My jewelry is fairly simple in form but detail with color and technique is what makes pieces unique. It is handcrafted from start to finish and I love to make beautiful pieces that bring pleasure to the wearer. Every piece I create is unique which is so important in this world of imported mass productions. Metal is cut and shaped from copper or fine silver. Powdered glass, enamel, is sifted on the surface and kiln fired to 1500’ melting the grains into glass. Liquid enamel is fired with a torch for an organic look, pushing copper oxides to the surface creating the color. Ear wires are sterling and handmade as well as pendant settings and chains.
The Paisley Elm makes handcrafted pieces for imaginative play. Emily was inspired to start sewing when her oldest daughter was a baby. She wanted to provide her with unique, quality toys. Emily loves to make toys that will be loved by a child, that will bring out a child’s imagination. She loves to use a mixture of vintage and new fabrics, adding fun details with hand embroidery, vintage trims, and fabric paint. She has sold all over the Triangle region at craft fairs and local art galleries.
Diana Cathcart is a local textile artist and teacher of fashion design. Her focus continues to be on sourcing natural fibers and reducing her carbon footprint with every product she makes. Diana has a particular affinity for modern, minimalist knits, neutral colors, and functional art for humans and the living spaces they love. She strives to create beauty in the everyday, and to reconnect people to the earth one stitch at a time.
Laura at Thirty Seven Stars creates geeky and cute crochet figures and accessories with influences ranging from animals and plants to pop culture characters. She also has a special Pride line where a portion of each sale benefits The Trevor Project- a helpline for LGBTQ+ youth.
IG: @thirtysevenstars | Linktree
The Triangle Weavers Guild is a local 501(c)(3) non profit dedicated to educating members and the community in the fiber arts. Membership is open to anyone interested in weaving, dyeing, spinning, felting, knitting, basketry and surface design. As in the past 6 years, Guild members will demonstrate weaving on 2 floor looms & assist Elf attendees to try their hand at weaving! Sample weaving and information about the Guild will be available. In addition, Guild members will have weaving and other small items available for sale including hand woven scarves, shawls, hands spun yarn, knitted clothing, Shibori dyed pieces and handmade household decoration pieces.
After nearly a decade in Vermont I have recently moved back home to North Carolina. I graduated from UVM with a B.A. in Studio Arts and started working as a jeweler at Global Pathways. The following years were devoted to growing my skills and artistry; and along the way I founded my own small jewelry business, Ursa Metals. Ursa Metals is the product of a lifelong love of the arts and the joy I’ve found in expressing myself through my handmade artisan jewelry. I love the confidence that can be felt when wearing the perfect piece of jewelry that speaks to you; it is what drives me to create each unique and powerful piece of wearable art. I work in sterling silver and 14k gold with precious and semi-precious gemstones. I find inspiration in the unique beauty of each stone and the patterns, textures, and motifs found in nature. Each piece is entirely handmade by me and I am always honored to take on custom work! Thank you for supporting small business local art!
Jon Pitts loves the possibilities that exist in common materials. He has been a passionate do-it-yourself artist since childhood. What started as a pocket knife and sticks on camping trips has turned into full-time self employment. Believing that something wonderful lies even within pieces of wood that others throw away, Jon seeks to divine the extraordinary locked inside the ordinary. Woodcrafty is an attempt to bring new life to discarded wood: broken skateboards, furniture beyond repair, and scrap material from others who work with wood. Different colors of wood are the palette, which are then cut and assembled by hand to produce patterns and images. In a world dominated by mechanized industry, Woodcrafty takes shape one step at a time in the loving hands of its creator.
Health & Well-Being
EarthWise Wellness offers holistic aromatherapy blends, crystal essences, and crystal bracelets to support your well-being and to help you reconnect with your true essence. Every blend begins with an intention that is infused into every step of its creation and is only finished after it is bathed with compassionate Reiki energy. Lindsay Blotzer, founder and practitioner at EarthWise Wellness, is a certified aromatherapist and Reiki Master practitioner that creates each blend with a combination of science, intuition, and compassion. Aromatherapy blends are crafted with sustainably wildcrafted, certified organic, or unsprayed plant extracts from companies that source directly from distillers, supporting their local economies. With every product purchased, a tree is planted in partnership with One Tree Planted to support reforestation, clean air and water, healthy communities, and resilient ecosystems for the future.
In her Durham-based kitchen and home apothecary, herbalist Lindsay Perry of Full Flower Herbs crafts healing medicinal extracts with integrity and intention, from nature’s gentle yet potent medicine: flowers, leaves, roots, berries, and bark. This is medicine of the earth, carefully gathered with thanks, songs and offerings, like a sprinkle of special river water, and infused with the magic of small batch, handmade medicine. An hour spent filling a basket with honeysuckle flowers. Pocketfuls of precious pipsissewa leaves, collected taking just one or two leaves from each plant. An arm full of goldenrod cut from a meadow’s edge. Roots grown from seed, nourished with compost, and lovingly tended through seasons by local farmer partners. Dandelion seeds blown over garden beds and left to grow thick tap roots. This slow and thoughtful process results in potent, truly sustainable, ecologically friendly medicine for body and soul.
Lo & Behold is a line of all natural skincare products, handmade with love by and for empowered women. Using herbalism and natural perfumery studies, I design the products from scratch and handcraft them with my small team. I create jobs that help young women afford to go to college through a workforce development program with a local non-profit, PYO. I also partner with small female farmers to use as many locally grown ingredients as possible, and our labels feature original artwork by local female artists. We offer a wide range of non-toxic beauty products in a variety of lovely scents using therapeutic grade essential oils.The line includes; lip balms, cuticle cream, hand salves, whipped body butters, hair and body oils, body scrubs, bath soaks, bug spray, cleansing grains, face toner, face serum, cleansing balm, eye cream, face masks, beard oil, shave oil, aftershave and in October we are releasing our new lip scrub made with locally sourced raw honey and fig seeds.
We are a family owned local farm located in Durham. We are licensed to process and grow hemp in the state of North Carolina. We make and grow everything with love. We use organic coconut oil to make our extractions, and we offer several different ways to use the healing plant. We offer a multi purpose coconut oil extraction that can be applied topically or taken internally, liquid hemp tinctures, gummies, pre rolls, and salves that are for topical use only. We do old school full spectrum methods of extracting the medicine so that the benefits vary widely and we get the entourage healing effect out of all the good parts of the plant. We love educating people about the medicinal side of hemp, and love being able to offer these products at affordable prices. Our family uses all of our own products and stand behind all of them, and are grateful for the community that has allowed this portion of our farm to flourish.
We are a small farm from the Western Slope of Colorado and we have organic CBD products that we sell at affordable prices. We have a local following since Stephanie lives in Pittsboro and our products are sold throughout the area. We sell handmade tinctures, salves, massage oil, hats and -shirts made by the Merch.
IG: @rocknrootsfarm | Website