Sarah M. Holm

Artist | Designer | Maker

Shopping for the Holidaze!

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It seems like there is a craft market every day this month in Minneapolis, amiright? This new trend in adding a market to every event is a little overwhelming for customers and vendors. Luckily you have your pal over here at Black Spoke to help in the decision making process!

A Conspiracy of Strange Girls and Jackson Flats presents:

A Winter’s Night Market

For high quality, last-minute gift shopping, this market shouldn’t be missed! With over 30 vendors from the art collective: A Conspiracy of Strange Girls and the artist lofts: Jackson Flats, you are sure to find some truly unique, edgy, and eclectic handmade wares. Also, this is the last market that Black Spoke will be participating in this year! I’ll have my classic designs, some new belt and jewelry, and some trash art, my mixed media illustrations on cardboard.

Other markets that I’ll be shopping at (but not vending) are:

Random Coolness

Random CoolnessSarah M Holm

- I’ve been a bit absent from Black Spoke this year. Running a business when you are inspired by/drawn to other mediums can be tricky. I’ve decided that it is ok to pursue other creative endeavors, rather than choose one thing. Here’s what I’ve been doing lately: TRASH ART.

- MANY MOONS is a cool spiritual workbook by Modern Women that aligns you with the lunar cycle. The first 2019 volume hasn’t been released yet, but keep an eye on their website, or your favorite local witchy store to get your hands on it.

- Vintage clothing is the best, but even those that have worked in vintage and studied clothing history (like…ahem… this gal) need help with research sometimes. VINTAGE FASHION GUILD is my main go-to resource with all sorts of information, including the incredibly helpful “Label Resource” that helps to determine era based on designer labels.

- I started eating a vegan diet nearly a year ago (I know, I know… a vegan leather worker, what?!). I couldn’t have even thought of trying this lifestyle without raw cashew cheese from PUNK RAWK LABS.

- The Devo episode of 99% Invisible is 100%!


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Holy hell, the year is almost over! Is anyone else going through the end-o-year panic? 

If you are like me, you haven't started holiday shopping cause you are piling your metaphorical plate so high that a single to-do meatball would send your brain spaghetti sliding into a dripping pile of mush on the floor while you crawl into bed with a bottle of wine and ignore the mess. 

But, hey, we're going to make it through this season, and have a damn good time while doing it, dammit! I'm going to do all my shopping while slinging leather goods at the Strange Girls Holiday Night Market this Saturday! Join me if you wanna turn your obligatory holiday shopping into a fun time with beer and art. 


The people at Modist Brewing Co. fucking rock! Not only do they brew good, interesting beers, they support local artists like whoa. Their resident artists hail from the collective Rogue Citizen and they often collaborate with the artist collective that I am a part of, A Conspiracy of Strange Girls

From November 18th- December 16th, Modist has been host to the Conspiracy of Strange Girls Annual Members' Art Show. Over 15 collective members made art around the theme of "Covenant". Based on the oft-misinterpreted proverb, "The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb", we made art that paid homage to  our choices, the contracts we make, the agreements that we decide to uphold, and our chosen family.

Saturday, December 16th will be the last chance to see the show and will be a great opportunity to shop for holiday gifts, while supporting your local, strange artists, and chug delicious beers. 

I added a couple of beer related items to my leather goods roster for the beer lovers on your shopping list.


Interact Center for Visual & Performing Arts will be co-hosting the event and all proceeds from interactive games (including a prize wheel and bad advice booth) will go to the center, to aid in their mission to create art that challenges the perceptions of disability.

Here are a few of the artists that will be at the Holiday Market:




Upcoming End O' Summer Sales

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Hey y'all!  I hope you have been enjoying your summers!  I know that I have been!  Between long walks with the dog and lazy days reading in the hammock in the back yard, I've been brainstorming some ways to tweak my current designs to make them even better!  I'll be rolling out some new versions of the basics in the months to come, but first, I need to make some room for all the new product by selling some of the oldies but goodies!  

I've got two events coming up in the next two weeks, where you'll be able to get some leather goods at discounted prices (25-50% off!).  Mark your calendars for these:

-August 20th | 10am-7pm | Back Alley Bazaar at Golden Pearl Vintage

-August 28th | 10am-4pm | Five Watt Flea Market at Five Watt Coffee


More info on both:


THIS SATURDAY (!!!!) from 10am-7pm in the back alley/parking lot behind the Golden Pearl Vintage, we'll be having a "Back Alley Bazaar".  I'll be hanging out there with marked down Black Spoke Leather Co. merchandise,  the Golden Pearl Vintage will have a huge amount of "not perfect, but still dang cute" vintage clothes and accessories for every gender at crazy low prices, and neighbors Urban Violet and Find Furnish will be joining in the fun with great sales merch.  

Enter through the Golden Pearl at 507A E. Hennepin Ave. or through the alley between Conga and Find Furnish on 5th St. NE.  

Parking is a bit tricky in this area, but there is metered parking on 5th St. NE.  Busing, biking, and walking are easy in this neighborhood and your best bets!


Five Watt is, hands down, THE BEST coffee shop in Minneapolis!  On Sunday, August 28th, from 10am-4pm, grab a cup o' joe (I recommend the Gin Basil Smash) and head out the back door for a fabulous flea market filled with hand-made goods, vintage finds, records, books and tchotchkes.  What else could you possibly want to do on a Sunday, but dig for treasure? 

Five Watt - 3745 Nicollet Ave. S. 

Random Coolness

Random CoolnessSarah M Holm

- These outer space photos from the HUBBLE telescope are amazing and free to print.

- If you need some denim repaired in Montana, or want to order a super cool vest or jacket, check out MAYDAY clothing repair.

- HALF BAKED HARVEST has some amazing food porn.  The snack tray that I made for my birthday bbq was based on their New Crudité Platter and was a huge hit!

- I love how NEMO'S incorporates surrounding elements into his street art, and how they change to reveal the truth underneath.

- I listened to almost all of the REVISIONIST HISTORY podcast in one sitting.  Episode 7: Hallelujah made me feel ok about being the type of artist that I am (a Cézanne, not a Picasso).

- BLACKBIRD RAUM's new album has been out for awhile, but I am still obsessed with it.  The collaboration of their song LAST LEGS with Leftover Crack on their new album: Constructs of State is pretty damn good.

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You can't tell me that you haven't done this yet!!!  

You can't tell me that you haven't done this yet!!!  

-The SHELLAC concert this week was so, sooo good!

-I'm in love with these RUGS from Brooklyn Based: To Dodsfall.

-LILY GATINS is my newest style hero.

-My best bud and I decided this week to make sofas for ourselves.  We are starting to gather some inspiration HERE.

-I just want to buy all of the cutest clothing in the world for my new little niece and toddler nephew!  CAVALIER might just have the cutest I've come across in awhile.

-I noticed that the soles are coming off 3 (seriously, 3!!!) pairs of my boots.  I've been stalking MODERN VICE and SOLESTRUCK for my next victims.

American Craft Council Show: St. Paul Edition

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Mark your calendars and get your tickets!!! The American Craft Council Show is coming to St. Paul from April 8th - 10th (with a preview party April 7th).

Show Dates/Times    -    Tickets $12 (free for ACC members or children 12 & under)

Friday, April 8     10am - 8pm  ($5 after 5pm) 

Saturday, April 9     10am - 6pm

Sunday, April 10     11am - 5pm

Preview Party:

Thursday, April 7   6pm - 9pm, Tickets $75  (proceeds benefil ACC's educational programming)


Here is a sneak peak to some of my favorite artists at the show:

P.S.- I'm giving out free tickets to 3 lucky newsletter subscribers!  If you haven't subscribed yet, you can HERE.



Black Spoke Leather Co. is now available at The Golden Pearl Vintage!

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There is something cool brewing in Northeast Minneapolis, and although I do like a good brew (mmmmm, Indeed's Midnight Ryder), I'm not talking about the abundance of craft breweries.  I am talking about the new businesses moving into Lower-Northeast/East River neighborhood, the newest of which is THE GOLDEN PEARL VINTAGE!

The Golden Pearl Vintage is the best shop ever!! (yes, my opinion is biased, yes, it is owned by my dear friend, and yes, I helped open it, and well yeah, I currently work there with a bunch of my buds, but it is also an amazing boutique).  The Pearl is owned by Audra Frizzell, a long-time vintage clothing connoisseur, costume history buff, and seriously stylin' shop girl.  

Photo of owner Audra Frizzell by TJ Turner for Minnesota Monthly Magazine

Photo of owner Audra Frizzell by TJ Turner for Minnesota Monthly Magazine

With a carefully curated selection of women's and men's clothing and accessories from the 1920's- the 1990's.  You won't have to dig for treasures here, because we inspect, clean, and mend every piece before it goes out on the floor.  

Display of Black Spoke Leather Co. goods at The Golden Pearl Vintage

Display of Black Spoke Leather Co. goods at The Golden Pearl Vintage

Sprinkled around the store, you'll find displays of my leather goods.  The Golden Pearl Vintage is currently the only place in the Twin Cities to shop Black Spoke Leather Co. in person (outside of craft shows).  

After being open for a little over a month, The Golden Pearl Vintage has been nominated one of the Best Vintage Stores in the Twin Cities.  You can vote in the reader's poll HERE.

Before voting though, make sure to stop in and check out the store, peruse my new leather goods, and say hello!  Hope to see you soon!


Random Coolness

Random CoolnessSarah M Holm

Here is some cool stuff I came across this week:

-I'm absolutely obsessed with this cool way to discover new music.  Every Noise At Once is a genre map that introduces you to bands in that genre, affiliated genres, and links in with your Spotify account.  I'm in love!!

-This church makes me wish I was a skateboarder.

-I'm getting ready to move in with my boyfriend, so I've been pinning home ideas like crazy.  We bought paint yesterday: black, grey, and white... obviously.

-I remember hearing about BioCouture a couple of years ago, so I was really excited to find this recipe for Microbial "Leather".  I'll be experimenting with this for sure!

-You've gotta love a gaudy suit.  Nudie Cohn, the rodeo tailor, made the best, craziest suits, including Elvis' iconic gold lame suit.

-Ash from the Middle Finger Project tells you how to "stop writing with a stick up your ass"!

-This breaded tofu is sooooooooo gooooooood!

-If Picasso was a tattoo artist, his work would look like Peter Aurisch.


Have a great week!


Hey Baltimore!

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If you want to be overwhelmed with a plethora of beautifully made, hand-crafted goods and you happen to be in or around Baltimore... you NEED, NEED, NEED to come out to this craft show.  Make sure to come see me at BOOTH 2301-3!

Black Spoke Leather will be at this show at BOOTH 2301-3

Black Spoke Leather will be at this show at BOOTH 2301-3

The American Craft Council puts on 4 shows throughout the year, curating the best of the best in fine crafts.  Baltimore happens to be the first and the largest of the shows.   I am pleased to announce that Black Spoke Leather Co. will  be here, with goods for sale during the wholesale and retail days!  That's right, I'll be taking orders for boutiques on February 17th & 18th and selling directly to the public on February 19th-21st. 

I'll be debuting some new designs at this show.  They are so new, that I have no pictures, but they may involve these rubberized studs and a variety of metal spikes:

Are you an art-loving, fine craft-appreciating individual?  You can get more info about the show and order your tickets HERE.


Friday, February 19, 2016:  10am - 8pm

Saturday, February 20:  10am - 6pm

Sunday, February 20, 2016:  11am - 5pm

Are you a boutique owner and want to shop for wholesale handmade goods?  Go HERE to get more info and sign up for your passes.


Wednesday, February 17, 2016:  10am - 6pm

Thursday, February 18, 2016:  10am - 6pm



Happy Holi-daze! Check out these upcoming Holiday Markets.

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I had my first holiday celebration yesterday, Thanksgiving- take one!  It's a slippery slope towards elastic banded pants from here.  I figured that there is no better time than during food-coma-recovery to tell you all about these upcoming craft shows:


December 4 (3pm-8pm) + December 5 (9am-5pm)

Midtown Global Market - 920 E Lake St, MPLS

Now in it's eleventh (!!!) year, No-Coast Craft-o-Rama is a curated collection of the coolest craftspeople.  It'll be at the Midtown Global Market, home to amazing food, so make sure to come hungry.  After you've quelled your h-angry demons, stop by my booth and say hi (and, you know, buy stuff for everyone you know)!  

Here are some other vendors that are super cool: 



December 6 (12pm-5pm)

Lush - 990 Central Ave NE, MPLS

If you are looking for a more laid back, boozy shopping experience, join me at Lush!  I'll be there with a slew of eclectic, talented, queer artists, slinging our wares while sipping on mimosas. 

Here are a few of my favorite artists:


Cool Cat Custom(er) - Tyler Jensen

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I feel incredibly lucky to have so many interesting and creative people that I work for and with. Cool Cat Custom(er) is a new column to highlight the kickass custom orders that I get to work on for these cool cats.  First up... Tyler Jensen!

     Photo by Seth Rieder

     Photo by Seth Rieder

Tyler is a film guy.  He is the writer/director/cinematographer of Typical Films, but if you saw him in action, you would know that he is more than those words convey.  In reality he is a tornado of creativity, an inspiring idea man, a wrangler of extras and props, and a choreographer of gore.  

I had the pleasure of sleeping on this man's couch for a week while visiting New York, and we got to talking...

Black Spoke: What is your passion?

Tyler Jensen:  Film - always and forever

What is your side job?  

My day job consists of editing short documentary and commercial projects for Dress Code in the Lower East Side. On the side I direct/shoot/edit my own short narrative films, documentaries, music videos and party visuals.    

What’s the most exciting project that you are working on right now?

I am working on a feature length documentary about Mark Patton. He starred in A Nightmare On Elm Street 2 and then quit acting after being out-ed in Hollywood in 1985. "Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street" is currently raising money via Kickstarter to finish the film by next year.  For more info check, go HERE

What are the top 5 songs on your current playlist?

Oh god, the terror of sharing your guilty pleasures… My summer jams this year included:

1.     Carly Rae Jepsen - "Run Away With Me"/"Gimmie Love"

2.     Jamie XX- "Loud Places"

3.     Fern Kinney - "Love me Tonight"

4.     Shamir - "Hot Mess"

5.   Robyn & La Bagatelle Magique - "Tell you (Today)"

Who is your style icon?

Pee-wee Herman

What do you ride?

The L

Where is your favorite place in the world?

A movie theater or a Halloween store

Who do you love online (bloggers, instagram, etc.)?

I stay up to date and blissfully ignorant by only reading: VultureGothamist - Bloody-Disgusting - Dlisted - AVclub - and No Film School.  On Instagram, I follow: @thesimpsonstattoo and @imamysedaris.

What do you use your Black Spoke Leather Co. piece for?

I use my Bondage Braces on movie shoots (when I need to sex up a costume) or when I go out and wanna turn some heads!

Tyler actually ordered the first pair of Bondage Braces as a custom project.  He got so many compliments on them, I decided to start offering them as a staple Black Spoke Leather Co. product.  Here they are with the lederhosen-inspired removable chest strap.  They also come with an O-ring chest strap, so you get 3 looks in 1.  

Tyler actually ordered the first pair of Bondage Braces as a custom project.  He got so many compliments on them, I decided to start offering them as a staple Black Spoke Leather Co. product.  Here they are with the lederhosen-inspired removable chest strap.  They also come with an O-ring chest strap, so you get 3 looks in 1.  


Thank you, Renegade Brooklyn!!

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I'm finally getting back into the swing of things after a couple of weeks on the road.  After swapping my big, ol' truck for my parents' Prius (a lifesaver, with A/C, waaaay better gas mileage, and more than AM radio), I set out to traverse half of the country.  Although 16+ hours alone on the road is a bit draining (especially for someone who doesn't particularly like driving), I saw some beautiful scenery along the way and arrived in Brooklyn just in time to enjoy a walk in the rain. 

My primary reason for going to New York was to participate in my first Renegade Craft Fair!  If you haven't heard of Renegade, you can (and should) check to see if they are coming to a city near you.  Founded in Chicago in 2003 by a slew of makers, Renegade is the largest indie craft fair in the country, with an emphasis on the underground DIY culture,  a strong connection with the surrounding community, and a nicely curated selection of handmade goods, local eats, art installations, and fun activities.  

Here are some of my favorite makers from the Brooklyn Renegade Craft Fair:

Melissa Weiss Pottery  - Iron  + white rings pour over set

Melissa Weiss Pottery - Iron  + white rings pour over set

Based in Asheville, NC, potter Melissa Weiss makes amazing pottery out of clay that she digs up from her land in Arkansas.  After a long process of preparing the clay, she uses a variety of methods (wheel thrown, pinched, and slab constructed) to create the pieces and finishes them with her hand-made glazes.  I was drawn to her booth any time I left mine, falling in love with every piece, especially this pour over set!

Louve  - Wood and leather fringe necklace

Louve - Wood and leather fringe necklace

Louve Montreal is beautiful, minimalist jewelry made from salvaged wood and leather by designer Virginie Turcot-Lamarre.  I love the simple, yet bold and sleek statements that her jewelry makes and the unconventional materials used!  

YES PLS  - Wall vessels

YES PLS - Wall vessels

YES PLS makes slip-cast ceramic vessels to hold the things that you love, whether it is a plant, a peach or a smashed beer can.  I loved (and had to buy!) a cool little soap dish casted from a geode.

Lvnea  - Ghost pine parfum botanique

Lvnea - Ghost pine parfum botanique

LVNEA creates unique scents from essential oils, absolutes, plant extracts, floral waxes, and tree resins to evoke the primal smells of nature. Not only are they hand-made, all natural, and unisex, their branding is the coolest!


Beetle & Flor - Porcelain goat skull with 14k gold plated horns

Beetle & Flor - Porcelain goat skull with 14k gold plated horns

Beetle & Flor makes fabulous, incredibly detailed and realistic porcelain skulls with gold luster details.  With a background in illustration and model making for the Museum of Natural History in New York, maker Christine Facella creates these lovely pieces, teaches classes in mold making, and does branding and illustration for a variety of clients.

July Shows: Made Here Market & Bauhaus Brewery Nightmarket

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July is shaping up to be an exciting month for Black Spoke Leather Co.!  

Not only did we make some custom pieces for L'assassins new music video (more on that once it is released), we have a few really great craft fairs coming up in Minneapolis!

JULY 19 & JULY 26

The MADE HERE Market will feature local artisans displaying and selling Minnesota-made handicrafts and art. Up to 35 eclectic vendors, selected from a broad open call, will participate each Sunday. The Market will stretch from the parking lot to an adjacent indoor event center. The Third Bird is also hosting a pop-up art gallery.

Sundays July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30



More info HERE.


July 21

Come see the spectacle of NORTHEAST NIGHT MARKET at Bauhaus Brew Labs! Hang out with friends, be entertained and support local craftspeople and artisans. Leave reality behind for a few hours and get a taste of New Orleans' special kind of awesome. The market will have over 30 local artisan booths as well as local musicians and street performers wandering throughout the space for a spectacle for the eyes! 

Black Spoke Leather Co. will be sharing a booth with the kick ass screen printing artist, LOWWBONES.  

Due to an amazing turnout at the first Night Market in June (20,000 people!!!), tickets will be limited to 3,000 and are available HERE for $2 ea.  All ticket proceeds go to fund future markets and pay the amazing group of volunteer performers (they're working for tips, too y'all...hint, hint!).

July 21



More info HERE.

Pop-Up at Pompadour!

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Black Spoke Leather Co. is popping up in South Minneapolis!

For the month of June, Pompadour is hosting a pop-up shop of our goods.  This is a great opportunity to try on some suspenders, feel and smell some leather, and pick up a gift for your dad (and yourself!).  

Display of the Deluxe Hip Bag in Inkblot at Pompadour.

Display of the Deluxe Hip Bag in Inkblot at Pompadour.

Also, we'll be there JUNE 12th,  5-7pm for a social hour.  Stop by, meet Sarah Holm (owner/maker of Black Spoke Leather Co.) and Anna Wells (owner/stylist of Pompadour), and drink some WINE with us!


Pompadour: a Lifestyle Salon is located at 3743 Nicollet Ave S., Minneapolis, MN.

Hours: Tues-Thurs: 10am-9:30pm, Fri: 10am-6pm, Sat: 10am-4pm

Social Hour: Friday, June 12, 5pm-7pm