We're excited to bring you a series of profiles to introduce you to a few of our artisans coming to the 8th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show on Saturday and Sunday, November 26th-27th. This is just one in a series of Vendor Spotlights in which we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Nate of Department 100 and his response to a mini-questionnaire.
1). What's your name and what is it that you make?
My name is Nate Ruehs of Department 100, and I design and manufacture a variety of original products through the wonderful technology that is 3D printing. I'm always making something new, but my core products have a local Ohio theme.
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
I've always had a passion for gadgets and technology, which lead to an interest in 3D printing. I saw my first 3D printer in person at the 2013 Detroit Maker Faire and was hooked. I bought a printer kit at the show and have been using it daily ever since. The 3D modeling and design of my products was a self taught skill that evolved (and is still evolving) as new product ideas come along.
3). What is your best seller?
I would have to say my Akron Blimp or my Ohio Earrings are my biggest sellers. I try and feature a design that's unique to the area that I'm selling in.
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?
I'm still relatively new to vending - my first show was in April of 2015. It's been a very fun adventure and I've met some great vendors and customers along the way. I've set up at 2 Crafty Mart shows, but this will be my first time participating in the Holiday Show!
5). The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Definitely The Beatles. I'm a big fan of the White Album.
Thank you for answering our questions, Nate. And, thanks for coming to the 8th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show. We'll see everyone on Sat. & Sun. Nov. 26th-27th at Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace. You'll be able to find Department 100 at Summit Artspace.