Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Inside the Makers Workshop: Flint Outdoors

Flint was created to inspire, built for the outdoors.
My name is Matt Katsaros. I make assorted products inspired by living life outdoors all under the moniker: Flint.

Since as long as I can remember, I’ve loved to make things with my hands and being outside. Flint is the collision of these two loves of mine.
My goal with Flint is to make extremely high quality and durable products that equip people to go out and explore the world around them.

Life on the trail

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Mountain People

The folks at Kletterwerks have partnered with Jungmaven to bring you the Mountain People T. 55 % Hemp / 45% Organic Cotton, Made in USA. 

"I most fully realized that this was primeval, untamed, and forever untamable Nature" -Thoreau


While the fellows of @juniperridge are deep in the California wild this month, I'll totally be bossing around their Instagram. Get over there and follow along.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Photo: Tom Story, Sunset Magazine
Today, I head back to California and will be hitting the trail with Juniper Ridge. Be sure to follow along on Instagram as we take on the Condor Trail! 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Porter Flea: Summer Market

Always featuring a huge selection of handmade goods from the area’s most talented designers, Porter Flea returns to Chestnut Hill in 2014 for the fourth annual summer market.
The summer fun keeps rolling Saturday, June 7th, from 10am to 5pm with a free admission artisan market showcasing the region’s best designers of modern handmade apparel and accessories, home goods, furniture, jewelry, prints, posters, and paper goods — all backed by a crafty DJ and the city’s best food trucks.  Porter Flea is also proud to bring back the Porter Pantry, an artisan food market featuring packaged consumable goods from several local makers, millers, and bakers. The Track One Building is located around the corner from Fort Houston, Seed Space, and Zeitgeist, and this year’s summer market coincides with the First Saturday Art Crawl. Metro police and private security will provide traffic direction and oversight.
Porter Flea’s summer market gets underway with an exclusive (21+) Preview Market in the Track One Building at 4th and Chestnut from 6pm to 9pm on Friday night, June 6th.  Preview Market ticket holders will get first dibs on the market’s hottest items and the opportunity to meet with vendors in a smaller setting with exclusive Preview night surprises.

Want in? Here's a friendly reminder from the Porter Flea team that vendor applications for the June market will close on Monday, March 31st, at midnight. All artists, designers, and makers of handmade wares welcome to apply! 

First organized in July, 2011, by Jessica Maloan, Brent Elrod, and Katie Vance, Porter Flea was named Best Artisan Market by the Nashville Scene in 2012 and has earned additional praise from Forbes Travel GuideThe City PaperSouthern LivingNATIVEThe Nashville LedgerThe Murfreesboro Post, StyleBlueprint, Etsy, and several local bloggers.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Our first day in California, we headed to Oakland's Marion and Rose's Workshop for our Pop-Up with the gals at Native State. Marion & Rose's Workshop features a collection of fine handcrafted, heirloom quality goods made in the U.S.A. boasting the motto "cherish traditions, not trends;" a sentiment the resonates greatly with us here at Makers Workshop. The sun shining on brick lined streets and the chatter of newly made friends set a welcoming scene for our three hour event.
"Native State is inspired by simple things that are created in the spirit of true craftsmanship and passion. We are children of the mountains and much of our work aims at capturing the essence of the Northern California wild. Among the pine trees and the winding river bed, our products are lovingly and carefully handcrafted with genuinely natural ingredients.We are named for our desire to find ourselves again in a state of nature. To live as our ancestors once did: purely, mindfully, and simply. We use glass bottles, recycled packaging materials, and sustainably sourced and harvested ingredients in each of our creations. 
We jumped into this business recklessly, leaving behind a world of machines, steady paychecks, and complexities. Waking up every morning to find that each day holds the same treasure- a promise of the unknown. Gradually, we come to learn that even the tiniest rituals deserve the greatest love."

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

MW x RRLJR: Made in USA

We have had the honor of working with so many talented makers and artists and Ricky Ray Lester JR tops our list. We not only support Made in America here but even more so, the idea of passing these skills down to the generations to follow. It is an important and necessary part of what we do here. Ricky exemplifies this behavior and standard and can be seen  working side by side with his son, Connor. His eager little hands helping trace the inked outlines of a stamp, learning. I first wrote about Ricky months ago and since his work and his character continue to set the standard. I am proud to now offer this t-shirt made in collaboration with RRLJR in our store, today!

Through this design, Ricky wanted to express that the t-shirt was not only made in USA, but that it was completely made in USA every step of the way from the materials to the printing process. He needed to find an object that represents that and that is also commonly recognizable and iconic. So after some brainstorming he found that the dock cleat was the best option. Dock cleats are the metal anvil shaped objects on the edge of docks that docking ships tie their ropes down to. To him the rope tied dock cleat represents the halt of overseas imported and exported products and materials by tying down the ships that transport them. Show your support for 100% made in USA products and materials by visiting our shop to find out more about this t-shirt and order one for yourself and/or a friend!!  

All of the graphics on this tee were designed and have been individually block printed by hand by designer Ricky Ray Lester Jr. The graphics include the “Made in USA” stamp on the front, Ricky Ray Lester Jr.’s logo on the left sleeve, and a custom Ricky Ray Lester Jr. and Makers Workshop collaboration inside size label all designed in a vintage stoneware print aesthetic.

Because these tees are block printed by hand the print results will vary with each garment giving each stamped print it’s own unique characteristics. The fabric color will be a dark navy blue and have grey stamped graphics very similar to the images seen here.

Friday, March 14, 2014

MW x Juniper Ridge: Winter Redwood

For the last few weeks, we have had the pleasure to work with our favorite folks and one of our favorite brands, Juniper Ridge, as they prepare for the launch of their new Winter Redwood collection. Winter Redwood is a "seasonal fragrance inspired by winter days spent foraging for wild mushrooms and exploring the secret Redwood canyons of Mt. Tamalpais. Made for men and women, our perfume is extracted from plants, bark, and moss harvested in the misty coastal wilderness north of San Francisco." It's available for only a limited time so be sure to snatch one of the 100 tins of Solid Perfume available this Saturday, 10 a.m. PST.
You can also read more about Juniper Ridge's Field Lab fragrance from our friends at Huckberry.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Inside the Makers Workshop: A Little Weather

Every day, I receive emails from makers and artists near and far. I delight in those little narrations of work and love. In November Jessica Green emailed me and if an email could be a testament to kindred spirits, this was the one. Without further ado, please allow me to introduce you to Jessica, homesteader, handweaver and a gal after my own heart. 
"A Little Weather was created by me, Jessica Green, a hand weaver who recently moved to a homestead of her very own in wild and perfect Appalachia. I have an amazing studio in an old highschool on a magical island where I do all of my weaving —on both a 16 shaft AVL loom and an 8 shaft Norwood. I am 100% committed to handwork (I use no electricity in my weavings: my looms are hand looms, I hem by hand...). I only use natural materials; primarily fine wools, cotton, and linen. I maintain a strong resolution to use 100% American fiber as I can. All my wool is grown and milled in Oregon, New England and Western North Carolina, and my cotton is sourced in New Mexico, California and Sweet North Caroline as well. "