We had the pleasure of visiting local shop Metal and Thread today at 398 Van Brunt St., chatting with the owners, and looking at the great selection of hand-made art, jewelry, and more.
The shop opened in March of 2008 and features items made entirely by local artists, most of whom live in Red Hook. The owners, Denise and Derek, focus primarily on items made of, you guessed it, metal and thread, such as quilts, jewelry, sculptures, mobiles, dolls, furniture, and wall hangings. The work of the other featured artists ranges in style, and they are always looking for new artists to feature, as long as what they do is handmade and local.
Prior to their move to Red Hook, Denise and Derek lived in the Lower East Side, but love their newfound home due to its quieter neighborhood feel and the fact that its close to the water. When asked what some of their favorite neighborhood hangouts were, they said Tini and Red's Produce. Some people may recognize Denise's hand themed pieces from shows she's had outside of the store at places like Margaret Palca Bakes or Hope & Anchor.
If you haven't ever been to the store, be sure to stop by. You can also see items they have for sale at Etsy or look at their website here.