Sunday, November 15, 2009

Vendor Q&A with Fuzzy Ink

What is your craft all about?
Our crafting entails a plethora of things including screen-printing (shirts, hoodies, zip-ups), sewing (plush fuzzies!) and button-making. Unlike a majority of our competitors, we keep everything in-house which probably accounts for our lack of sleep and resulting narcolepsy.

How did you get started in your craft?
We're big into the 'stache theme and at the time it was really an untapped and forgotten market. We decided to try our luck in the tshirt game and purchased a 4-color / 2-station screen-printer to save on some overhead costs. After hours of practice and plastisol ink fights, we tested our acquired skills on some tees and the rest is history. Since then though, we've transitioned to a number of garments, as well as branched out into the sewing game.

What inspires you to make what you make?
We find inspiration in many of the artists we meet at craft shows. Fuzzy Ink is the amalgamation of three distinct personalities, each sharing a passion for obscurely unique and creative forms of art. A lot of the crafters we meet at shows share this quality and it's great to see their personal takes on artistic innovation within a variety of mediums.

What is your favorite piece/product you will have with you at the Handmade Mart? We each have varying tastes regarding graphic design and styles, but the one product we offer that typically gets the biggest reaction is our Monster Fuzzie (our roughly 4' wide oversized plush mustache). Unveiled at Indie Craft Experience '09 in Atlanta, this beast has been the recipient of thousands of pets, snuggles and loving squeezes. We hope the Maryland crowd will provide the same warm embrace.

Where has your craft taken you?
Fuzzy Ink has taken us literally all over the country this year. Based out of Raleigh, NC, we've had shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Brooklyn, D.C. and Atlanta. We're hopeful for some transatlantic endeavors in the future.

Where can folks find your craft outside the Handmade Mart?
Besides our website ( and Etsy shop (, you can usually find one of us selling at the weekly D.C. Eastern Market on Saturdays and Sundays.

Visit us at booth #19!

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