Räla is a shop of regional and local artisan wares. Part shop, part gallery: a "shoppery"! We specialize in creative gifts for creative people. Paintings, ceramics, textiles, candles, books, cards and prints are a few of the items we carry at Räla. Merchandise is constantly changing. A new artist is featured at every First Friday event.
June is here, the sun is shining, and it's First Friday again!
We are pleased to welcome back local artist Mike Ham as our June First Friday artist. Mike is inspired mostly by children's art, which leads him to paint in bright, rich colors, use child-like, figural shapes, and give them whimsical names. Check out some examples of what we have hanging on our walls:
Since Mike was never formally trained in painting, he does not allow notions of how one "should" paint to hold him back. He experiments and plays to find concepts, colors, and combinations that work.
He uses unconventional tools to paint each piece and employs odd materials in his paintings, including wire mesh, fabric, and even vegetables.
Join us this Friday, June 7th, from 6pm to 9pm (ish). Get a close up look at Mike's artwork. We can't wait to see you!
During Farmer's Market season, it's easy to stay on top of ways to be eco-conscious, locally-sourced, and generally good to the environment. Here's a couple ways you can keep that sentiment going throughout the year! Check out some of our newest and most environmentally conscious lines in stock right now.
Further's mission is to reuse and upcycle as much as they can. Marshall and Megan of Further take waste grease from restaurants, use it to create biofuel for their cars, and then use the by-product from the fuel (glycerin) to create their line of soap, lotion and candles. They smell and feel great too, impressive, huh?
Oil & Wax
Located in Nashville, TN, Oil & Wax candles are handcrafted using simple, eco-friendly ingredients and materials. Every O&W candle is hand-poured, dye-free, and uses lead-free, cotton core wicks and phthalate-free fragrance oils. We have scents Cucumber Mint, Mediterranean Fig, and Citrus Basil. Yum!
Crow Water Parfum
Crow was born out of a love for perfume and a passion for safe, natural, and healthy products. Their water based perfumes are made with the highest quality of ingredients, as well as being Alcohol free, Paraben free, and Phthalate (ew) free. Not to mention, a portion of every purchase from Crow goes to help those in need. They give to St. Judes Children's Hospital as well as other non profit organizations. Go, Crow!
Visit our blog often for more info on sweet new products, or drop by the store for a face to face tour of our favorite newbies.
Who are the luckiest? WE are!! And anyone else who has been lucky enough to grow up with a fabulous Momma. We love our moms, and since it's almost Mother's Day, what a great time to show off some of our Mother's Day cards and sweet talk our mommas!
You can tell momma how sweet she is with words...
Or you can tell her with signs.
You can get her attention with bright colors...
And subtle ones too.
Maybe she speaks another language (meow? woof?)...
Or maybe she speaks Southern just fine.
Whatever she sees, hears, understands, or makes - She's amazing. She's a mother.
Or better yet - Mom.
We love you, momma! You mean so much to us!
Pass on all the love you can this Sunday, and celebrate those who nuture your world.
This First Friday at Rala, we are proud to present designer jewelry from Rinjuel. Erin Proctor Herb is a long time friend and alumni of our sister store, Reruns Boutique. We asked Erin and her husband and creative partner Matt to tell us about their work.
“We enjoy designing and fabricating contemporary architectural jewelry that draws from mid-century modern influences. Our approach for this collection primarily focuses on three design elements; contrast, color and the juxtaposition of texture. By incorporating these elements we have created an innovative collection that celebrates a pure and minimal approach to adornment.
Matt and I have a love of Architecture and Interior Design. It’s what brought us together and continues to be a driving force in our inspiration and passion to create beautiful contemporary jewelry. While East Nashville has been our home for over a decade, Knoxville holds a very special place in our hearts. We are thrilled to be Rala’s First Friday Artist for May!”
Come join us for this exciting new collection, we look forward to seeing you!