By: Ashleigh VanHouten

During my recent trip to New York, I was lucky to attend a Fiercely Made pop-up show in Brooklyn. Fiercely Made is an online collective of over 20 designers and makers in Brooklyn selling handcrafted products and telling the story of their craft. I was able to check out the goods just prior to their special Spring Cleaning Art + Design night last week where a wide range of items were on sale from over 40 artists, like one-off prototypes and sketches. And, visitors had a chance to meet with the artists themselves, while enjoying treats, cocktails and music from local purveyors.

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I really enjoyed walking through the clean, well-laid out space with co-founder Erin Przekop, as she excitedly explained the background and inspiration behind a range of wall art, ceramics, incredible chairs and tables, leather goods, and much more. I really appreciate that their curation focuses on the intersection of functional and beautiful – from wallets to knives to side tables, the pieces are beautiful but also serve other purposes. The passion the two founders have for their work and for promoting local artists was nothing short of inspiring.

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Even if you aren’t buying any of the pieces, shows like Fiercely Made are fun, necessary reminders that there are even more creative, innovative artists out there than we can imagine, using their own skills and experiences to bring to life ever more exciting and interesting creations to fill the world with beauty and design. I highly recommend you check out their website, and their sister project, Fiercely Curious, which focuses more on art. Are there any other collectives you think are worth sharing? Let us know in the comments!

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