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.