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Hurricane Losses Lead to Innovation and Snowflake Inspiration

Snowflake Scarf - Image by Matt Shapoff, Handmade on Peconic Bay

Snowflake Scarf – Image by Matt Shapoff, Handmade on Peconic Bay

Many artisans and businesses throughout the region suffered staggering losses during the hurricane, to their studios, kitchens, inventory, equipment, in essence, their livelihoods. I keep hearing more stories, and while they are heartbreaking, I am inspired by all everyone who is working hard to come back better than ever.

I just heard from one market artisan, Matt Shapoff of Handmade On Peconic Bay, known for using historic photo printing techniques, Cyanotype and Van Dyke Brown, for his beautiful printed scarves, notecards, totes and shirts. His Long Island studio was flooded and all but destroyed by Sandy. I’ve seen the video – it’s heart breaking. However, because he lost much of his equipment and supplies, he has just started using with another amazing photo printing process from the 1700’s called Oiled Paper Negatives.

This silk snowflake scarf, inspired by the snowstorm right after the hurricane, is printed using this new process. There are only 4 of these scarves available right now, one on Etsy and three are at Matt’s booth at Artists & Fleas in Chelsea Market. Get yours today and give it as a gift or keep it for yourself to celebrate the New Year!

Matt is just one of the market sellers who are trying to recover from the effects of the hurricane. You may not know it from the smile on their faces and their amazing products, but it’s more important than ever to buy local and handmade in the markets to help get everyone back on their feet.

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