In a time when our favorite Island flea markets and artisan shows have been put on hold, Martha’s Vineyard Made, a collaborative of local artists, has opened its much-needed space in Vineyard Haven. This is a story about supporting local artists and makes for a perfectly designed addition to our We Love MV series — WE LOVE MV: Martha’s Vineyard Made Artist Collaborative
There is something so special about buying something made from an artist. Knowing that there is a person from the community you love behind the item you are buying. You’ve got an instant connection to the maker, and your purchase helps to keep their small business successful.
WE LOVE MV: Martha’s Vineyard Made Artist Collaborative – The Shop
Right behind Nocci in Vineyard Haven, you will find Martha’s Vineyard Made. Originally founded in 2016 by Rachel Baumrin (Austin Designs) & Susan Ciatto (Tisbury Turkey), as a wholesale collaborative to help artists get into local shops, Martha’s Vineyard Made serves as a platform online, and now at a storefront to help artists sell and promote their products.
When you walk into Martha’s Vineyard Made, there are so many locally made items to choose from. From well known favorites like Chilmark Coffee, Vineyard Wick and Bath, Bluewave Beauty, and SBS Pottery, to new — or new to us — artists including, Handmade Island, and Madkel Designs.
Though of course, online ordering is popular these days, there is something wonderful about seeing handmade items in person. As I walked through the shop, I found myself wanting so many things. Also, there were a number of artists’ work that I have not seen yet.
WE LOVE MV: Martha’s Vineyard Made Artist Collaborative – New Artisans
I was not familiar with Madkel Designs by Lucy Cox. This artist has a couple of different mediums she works with — from beautiful jewelry to custom made shirts, I could easily see myself with a couple of her pieces.
The etched glassware by Handmade Island MV is funny and functional. You can get custom pieces from Claire Phillips the artist. Rachel mentioned that a new collection is coming soon.
You will also find Cut Paper Island, Rafter Revivers, Austin Designs, Flat Point Farm, Island Bee Company, and the cutest collection of Island inspired cookie cutters and more!
WE LOVE MV: Martha’s Vineyard Made Artist Collaborative – Gift Giving Made Easy
In a world where there are so many things to choose from, Martha’s Vineyard Made makes it easy. They create beautiful gift baskets filled with Island made products. Currently, they are already busy making Valentine’s Day gift baskets, and how cute are these? Perhaps your sweetheart would like one?
Martha’s Vineyard Made can create the perfect gift collection for you, whether it’s a wedding, a house closing, a birthday or just to say hi, they can help. It’s easy for them to create these beautiful baskets. The shop has a workspace in back that allows for artists to have inventory in the space, make baskets and more. So, everything they need is on-hand, on-island.
Martha’s Vineyard Made is for the makers of the artist community on the Island, and is currently accepting new artists to join. If you are an artist and want to learn more about how to be come a part of Martha’s Vineyard Made, email Brie Gibson.
Enjoy shopping local at Martha’s Vineyard Made. Martha’s Vineyard Made is open by appointment and for holidays at its 29 Main Street Vineyard Haven location and 24 hours a day at Marthasvineyardmade.com.
Martha’s Vineyard Made is one way to experience some of the local artists on the Vineyard on-island or across the world. Whether you find a new favorite here or online, it’s important we support our local artists and business owners. We Love MV is our ongoing series capturing the spirit of Martha’s Vineyard year-round.
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