we have previously featured a few sellers who are, effectively, tiny factories handmaking goods. one reason we do this is because this is part of the true handmade movement too. small factories and small production is an integral part of handmade, and certainly the types of factories that hark back to vintage, classic production with serious training in a skill is the type of idea we feel we can promote.
handmade artisans have always worked in tandem with manufacturing. in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in particular (in human time!) artisans might do some mass production and then do their own original work on the side for the same factory. the two allowed each other to grow, to be successful, and to teach others.
Tanner Goods, in portland, follows this tradition, and you can see it clearly from their studio! go take a look! read a bit of what they say! handmade takes many forms. also they have the good grace to show their manufacturing process without taking on the name Collective, since they are not! they are makers of handmade goodness though! judge for yourselves! click to see!