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Marin Handmade Members in the Marin IJ Again, Thanksgiving 2015

In 2014, the Marin Independent Journal featured our Marin Handmade collective on the first page of its holiday gift guide, written by Judith M. Wilson. This year Judith included two of our most active members (on page 4); Charlene Lundgren Frischer for her felting and handmade bears (, and Karen Giles for her nuno felted scarves and bangles. Congrats! We are looking for a link to the article online, but in the meantime, here is a photo showing Buster the bear (he’s waiting for you to take him home)!



We found it! Click here to read the entire article online, and also learned another one of our members, Virginia Simpson-Magruder is mentioned, for her soldered jewelry (on page 6)! She will be at the Marin MOCA Open Studios this year.

Marin IJ Nov 2015

Free Membership Staring Nov 1 2015

Become a Member of Marin Handmade!

Marin Handmade’s membership is a collective of seasoned and emerging artisans living and working in the North Bay (Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties), whose work exemplifies excellent craftsmanship.

Our group events are member-initiated, and including trunk shows or boutique shows at local venues. We have a base of artisans who are active and very supportive of each other via the group forum, sharing resources, event opportunities and ideas. We are looking for more active active members!

Growing our membership will also promote more action in our communities. To be an “active member” you will be invited to join our private membership group on FACEBOOK, where we share art and craft resources & ideas. If you choose not to join our Facebook Group, you will receive a semiannual newsletter. If you have news about your work or upcoming events, you are welcome to send a short story or post to us to promote on our blog or social networking pages, or you can share to our page on Facebook.

As of November 2015, membership is now free!

North Bay artisans interested in becoming an active member of Marin Handmade, can contact us via email. You will have the opportunity to be included in our interview series for new members on the blog. Please email 3 great photos representing your best work.

Marin Handmade featured in Marin IJ Holiday Gift Guide

The Marin IJ published “The Art of Holiday Shopping” in their Gift Guide insert on Thanksgiving 2014, and featured our Marin Handmade collective on the first page! Note photos of Karen Giles Designs, Wreath by Sally Stokes, and Jewelry by Compass Rose. Other Marin Handmade members mentioned for local holiday shopping venues are Heather Graef, Boneyard Beanies, Tisha Thompson, and Charlene Lundgren. Congrats fellow MH members on our first major newspaper press mention!

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Final Events of 2012: Last Chance Holiday Fairs

Marin Handmade has been growing as we add new members to the collective. It is exciting to see such support for local handmade goods in the bay area.


This Friday, December 14, we’ll be doing an exciting collaboration with the Marin History Museum, who has just opened a new museum shop in the plaza on 4th St. in downtown San Rafael. The Mini Holiday Craft Fair will coincide with the Friday Artwalk in Downtown San Rafael from 5-8pm. Come visit us at 1026 Court St off of 4th st.


Participating Artists:

The Marin History Museum will continue to operate a rotating schedule exhibits from the beautiful Boyd Estate in San Rafael, a previous home of Arctic Explorer and adventurer Louise Arner Boyd.

Stay tuned for Heirloom Craft Night at the Marin History Museum – we’ll be doing some collaborations in 2013 including the heirloom watch case locket workshop with Compass Rose Design Jewelry.


12 Days of Christmas at Marin mart
Join us December 22 at MARIN MART from 11am-6pm


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