Handmade in Atlanta: 01 Nathan Martin

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I am thrilled to announce a new event series called Handmade in Atlanta!

Atlanta Makers has joined the rad folks at Switchyards Downtown Club and Hand-Picked Atlanta for a unique series of short film premieres and workshops. Each event will feature another maker and the short film Atlanta Makers created for them. To kick off our series right, we’ve invited Nathan Martin from Go Forth Goods to do a workshop on leather making! Check out a snippet of the event details below and be sure to register soon! Seating is limited!

From Hand-Picked Atlanta…

For this first workshop, Atlanta Makers will be showing at the cool-kids-central AKA The Switchyards Downtown Club their 11th short film of the series about Nathan and Go Forth Goods, giving you a full access pass behind the scenes of their leather workshop and passions. If you have never been to Switchyards before, now is your chance to check out their epic stadium seating and raw industrial chic vibes (insta-slam moment anyone?). After that Joey from Atlanta Makers will do a short Q&A about the film that leads to a live leather workshop with Nathan of Go Forth Goods. In this workshop, you will be able to interact directly with a premier maker and also craft your very own wallet all while under the supervision of an expert! Oh, and to keep things smooth throughout, Second Self Beer Co. has so very graciously offered to supply this workshop with plenty of refreshing ATaLe (is that not the most fitting beer name for this event of all time?) for all. So hurry up, time to learn a new skill while having fun and meeting tons of talented artisans!


Welcome to the New Atlanta Makers

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It’s been over 2 years since I started Atlanta Makers

For a long time, I wasn’t sure what this “thing” was or where this idea to interview and film artisans in Atlanta was going to take me. There have been times where I’ve spent a lot of time on it, and admittedly more times I haven’t.

Like any side or passion project, Atlanta Makers has experienced some hurdles. I believe it’s easy to produce content. I believe that building an audience, although challenging isn’t impossible. However, creating extremely niche, high quality video content poses a bit more of a challenge. How do we get more people to watch more features? How do we produce more features and tell more stories? …Uh…How do we pay for this? …or my personal favorite…How will I make money from any of this?

I started Atlanta Makers out of a passion. My goal has always been to never have to charge an artist or maker to be featured on Atlanta Makers. That goal and passion is still true today. What’s interesting is, I just kind of started it…I’ve never really done a formal introduction.

Well…Introducing Atlanta Makers!

An online publication that connects the people of Atlanta with their local artisan.

Featuring a variety of Metro Atlanta’s artists and makers through video spotlights, Atlanta Makers provides an intimate look into the life of a maker, creative inspiration, and the daily struggles of creating handmade artisan goods for a modern audience.

There’s no better way to enjoy all that Atlanta Makers has to offer than through our new website. Easily watch new episodes from our artisan series, read through the journal, stay caught up with what we are up to and tuned in to various announcements like new products or films. This new web experience is the first step in pushing Atlanta Makers over our next hurdle!

I believe there’s excitement brewing for what Atlanta Makers can be. I believe I’m no longer the only one that sees that. But I need help from all my friends, family, and followers who see and value the work we are trying to do.

If you haven’t yet, follow us on Instagram.

It’s the second best place to keep up with us.



Support us on Patreon.

I mentioned before that my goal is to keep Atlanta Makers free to the makers. To help me do that, I’m calling on my amazing audience to help keep us going! Don’t worry, there’s rad perks for monthly support.



Lastly, buy some Products.

We have a store, and sometimes we sell tees and stuff. In the future, this could be something more but I have to know people are even interested in buying things…so for now we will roll with that!



I’ll leave you for now with this. Hope to see you around!

Joey Thompson, Founder


“To me, it’s been a triumph just to make a living; it’s been a triumph to save money; it’s been a triumph to love what I do along the way.”
– Aaron Draplin.