Local talent at Handmade Market

Article Published: Nov. 18, 2010 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Local talent at Handmade Market

Payton Brown is not your average ASU senior.

She splits her time between student and a "Project Runway"-esque professional.

"My grandma gave me my first sewing machine when I was 8 years old," she said.

The creation bug bit Brown hard, leading her to create custom prom dresses in high school. Now, a few years later, she's the owner of her own business ( http://www.payton-alexis.com), focusing on creating custom wedding dresses. "I work brides six months to a year before their wedding," she said.

Add in a passion for all things green and vintage, and you have a sustainable designer, whose creations include a coffee filter dress (from used filters, courtesy of beansTalk) and a short silken number crafted from an outdated '70s vintage cocktail dress.

Brown, a Raleigh native, has already participated in fashion shows like Redress Raleigh 2010 and Fashion SPARK 2010, receiving the "Best in Show" award at ASU's Sustainability Symposium Eco-Fashion Show. Her work has been featured in Passion Magazine. And she's not alone.

Student and jewelry designer Hanna Ferrara ( http://www.anotherfeather.etsy.com) was featured on the Today Show and supports herself from jewelry sales. "We've got a lot of talent at ASU," Brown said.

Sunday, they're giving you an opportunity to revel in their talent at the Boone Handmade Market.
"The Handmade Market is an indoor fashion-art-jewelry-anything-handmade show," Brown said.

She, along with the rest of the Arts Management Organization (AMO), is hoping the show will celebrate the talent of local designers. The show is the second of its kind this year.
"We had about 700 guests our first show," she said.

Along with unique fashion items, expect pottery, furniture and other regional crafts. While a runway sample wedding dress might run up to $2,000, expect to find affordable creations, perfect for checking off names on your Christmas list. "I sell winter hats for $20," Brown said.

And she's just one of 65 vendors represented.

"And they're not just students," she said. "Community members have booths, as well."

Proceeds from the booth fees go to AMO, but proceeds from items sold?

"They go back to the artist," she said.

The market happens Sunday, Nov. 20, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts in downtown Boone.

For more information and an updated list of vendors, visit http://www.appamo.webs.com.

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