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Makers Summit

This post is far past due. . . but I would still like to share my experience. (And life has just been happening too fast for me recently to reflect with posts).

February 2nd Greenville hosted it’s first “Makers Summit” organized by Erin Godbey, Elizabeth Ramos, and Jenny Moroe. This was a waterfall of helpful information in a delightful presentation! I couldn’t have been more thankful that I attended.

I love making art and craft, but am a beginner to marketing and developing a community for my art and inspiration. The Makers Summit gave me courage to think big about my business goals, and showed me very practical steps for achieving them.

our lecture hall was located at Zen

The attendees were able to listen and interact with many experienced individuals. Stephen Fraser, founder of Spoonflower; Kimm Alfonso, manager for etsy community outreach teams, and Grace Kang, president of Retail Recipes gave stories and tips from their personal experiences and expertise.

We were allowed ten-minute personal interviews with three experts in specific areas of art & craft business. I learned about budgeting and taxes. What a good idea to have a separate checking account for my business. I can then tract my expenses easily for tax deduction, and see if I am making any profit! I also talked to one expert about branding and logos. Now . . . it seems obvious that the artist/maker IS the brand! People want to know the thoughts and personality of the maker. That becomes the personality of the brand rather than starting with a  logo or  particular look. One expert talked about approaching shop owners and editors about products! Most gallerists and editors are very busy people. Therefore it is considerate to first approach them with an email introduction and short pitch of the product including a large photo of the product. All of the experts there were good listeners and eager to help direct us.

group discussions let us ask questions of our peers

There was amble time to mingle with fellow artists, designers, and crafters in-between lectures, group discussions, and panels. We also enjoyed a delicious lunch and coffee break.

 

So. . . now it’s time for me to put this into practice! . . . and time for you to plan to attend the next one!

Indie Craft Parade Holiday Fair in 2 weeks!

I’m furiously crafting felt ornaments and jewelry at this moment, so my house is strewn with fuzzy bits of wool, thread, sketchbooks, water basins, and baskets of yarn and fabric! A seemingly chaotic, but none the less orderly production. Oh- just remembered I left some little felt covered rocks on the deck. I’m sure the sun dried them thoroughly by now, since it’s just turned dark. I’m excited to make them into necklaces tonight. I’ll also be showing some pieces left from the Fall show as well as some new hanging pieces combining fiber and drawing/painting. Hope you enjoy the preview and stop by on December 1st!

Saturday, December 1st, 10am-5pm

Artisan Traders at 1274 Pendleton St, Greenville, SC

www.indiecraftparade.com

a Family Production (display booth)

A week or so before the Indie Craft Parade the art pieces were just about finished and . . . oh! I need a booth display! I got some ideas from former craft fair displays and started sketching and planning. Here’s a few ideas I came up with at the beginning.

I come from a family of carpenters, so, when I need shelving and back drops for my booth . . . guess who gets roped into the job? Dad, by brother, and my husband.

And the finished product!

 

Felting process for Indie Craft Parade pieces

So- this is it. The magical process of felting. This most ancient of textiles originated in Asia and Europe. It is still integral to the lives of Asian nomads, since it provides them with both clothing and shelter.

My creations are not integral to my survival, but still let me explore the wonderful sculptural and decorative qualities the nomads employ as well. Though wool (mostly from sheep) is soft and pulls apart easily, felted wool can become an amazingly strong textile in a relatively short period of time. Combine warm water, a fat (or soap), and pressure/friction to layers of wool and it will shrink down or around an object until it is so tightly interlocked that I have to use scissors to take the fibers apart! Pretty fascinating!

These pieces are beginnings of some wall hangings I’m doing for the Indie Craft Parade, which opens two weeks from today!

Here is a sneak peek of my show work:

 

 

Fun at Indie Craft Parade!

Thank you to all who came out to the craft parade today and yesterday! I hope it was very enjoyable- (I know I had fun meeting so many people and seeing beautiful art everywhere). It was a great communal effort.

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I will have photos soon of some pieces from the show. Keep checking back!

My wonderfully supportive fiance made my creative banner

Grad show opening

Laura Smith and I got it up- her ceramics and my fiber. Late nights and early mornings well worth it. Praise God. Come by and take a look or just get a glimpse through posted photos. It will be up in the Sargent Art Building on Bob Jones campus until Dec. 3rd.

Here we are- glad to have it up and enjoying the day

Here we are- glad to have it up and enjoying the day

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