taking time to properly prep for the upcoming spring handmade cavalcade, which i am truly honored to be involved in.  i will be unveiling loads of brand new prismPOP goods on sunday only <mother’s day- sorry eem!> but i know it will be fantastic both days.  plus, if you’ve never been there – the bell house is a great venue.

www.handmadecavalcade.com

NEW YORK, NY –  Spring is in the air, and with it come the social affairs that take advantage of this beautiful time of year.  With this in mind the {NewNew} heads to the Bell House in Brooklyn on May 9th and 10th to host the Spring Handmade Cavalcade. This two-day shopping affair will feature gifts for grads and moms, fantastic housewares and pretty paper goods for hosts and hostesses, and apparel and accessories for any occasion.

Since its inception last September, the Handmade Cavalcade events have built a loyal following, and helped launch the {NewNew} as a collective that introduces a steady stream of emerging independent designers and artists to the local community. Recognized as a leader in local happenings, the event has already garnered major sponsorships from Yelp and Etsy, two major forces on the local and handmade scene.  In keeping with tradition, the Spring Handmade Cavalcade will bring 30 vendors to the Bell House, a magnificent two-room music and events venue in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn.

“We’re thrilled to be able to hold this event in such a gorgeous setting,” said Kristen Couse, who is coordinating the event. “Like our Holiday Handmade Cavalcade at the Knitting Factory last December, we hope to establish lasting beneficial relationships by bringing the local communities out to support local businesses. Shopping from independent artists keeps money in our communities and makes an investment in our neighborhood.”

This local focus extends to the event’s collaboration with charity partner St. John’s Bread & Life, which addresses the issues of hunger and poverty in Brooklyn and Queens.. A limited edition artists’ book will be available for sale to benefit the charity. In addition, shoppers who make a donation will receive a surprise handmade gift.

Free, limited-edition tote bags are available to the first 200 visitors who RSVP on the event’s website, and can be picked up by visiting on either day of the event up until 1pm, Sunday May 10. And everyone who makes a purchase at the event will be able to participate in a raffle for one of ten artist-embellished totes chock-full of handmade goods.

To add to the fun, DJ Joshy B will be spinning Brooklyn spring-time soul, hip hop, funk, and indie rock while you do some unique, handmade weekend shopping.
What: The Spring Handmade Cavalcade
When: Saturday May 9 and Sunday May 10, 2009. 10am–4pm both days
Where: The Bell House, 149 7th St. between 2nd and 3rd Aves, Brooklyn

About the {NewNew}

The {NewNew} is an eclectic group of independent artists devoted to fostering a creative and supportive environment among its members. The group encourages a spirit of camaraderie through craftsmanship and collaboration, and strives to help its members achieve success on both a personal and professional level. Created in the summer of 2007, The {NewNew} brings together Etsy artists from NY, NJ and CT to share resources, search new marketplaces, and seek out business opportunities in the tri-state area.

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