Since 2010, the Indie Craft Parade festivals have brought over 50,000 artists, makers, entrepreneurs and their fans to Greenville, South Carolina.
Indie Craft Parade is an initiative of The Makers Collective. It was created for the Greenville, SC community in order to:
· Support and promote independent artists by connecting them with the public.
· Educate our community about the modern craft movement and encourage a renewed appreciation for quality handmade goods.
· Highlight and contribute to the artistic and innovative local economy of Greenville, SC.
The Purpose of Indie Craft Parade
Indie Craft Parade is a curated makers’ market that brings together some of the South’s best handmade talent. Held each September, this festival helps fulfill our mission of creating a supportive community around artists. In recent years, we’ve witnessed the incredible momentum and success of independent makers across the country and our desire is to encourage more of this growth in our own community.
Our festival highlights the amazing work that is coming out of the South. While there are fantastic makers throughout the country, we focus on our regional neighbors. This model not only encourages festival attendees to buy local, but also introduces them to artists with whom they can build ongoing relationships.
To maintain our regional focus, we only accept applications from artists who live in the Southern area of the United States, as defined by the US Census. These states include: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Meet the 2017 Jury
Each artist submission is reviewed anonymously by the Makers Collective team and a rotating panel of judges. Work is selected based on the factors of quality, innovation and uniqueness.
Barb Blair, Knack Studios
Barb Blair is famous for her Knack with furniture – spotting classic pieces, transforming them into modern showstoppers, and styling them within gorgeous spaces. Her work has been featured on Apartment Therapy, Decor8, Design Sponge, Remodelista, and Poppytalk, among other top design websites. She is the author of Furniture Makeovers and Furniture Makes the Room and lives in Greenville, SC.
Joshua Blankenship is a designer, creative director, and occasional writer in Greenville, SC. He runs an independent design company called Blankenship Office, where he cultivates identities and experiences that bear fruit for brands of all shapes and sizes.
Megan george, the zen succulent
Megan George is the creative designer, shop owner, and author behind the ZEN Succulent, a modern terrarium & plant craft line founded in 2012.
In 2016 Megan opened The ZEN Succulent neighborhood plant shop & studio space in downtown, Durham where she sells her plant designs, along with unique indoor greenery & handcrafted gifts from emerging makers. Passionate about sharing her knowledge and love of low maintenance greenery, she authored the book Modern Terrarium Studio, published by F+W Books, and teaches indoor gardening workshops throughout the East Coast.
Elizabeth Shanks is a paper artist, bookmaker and budding printmaker, working out of ArtBomb Studios in the Village of West Greenville. Since receiving degrees in Studio Art and English from Florida State University, she has worked for the company Anthropologie on the store visual team. Her paper works have been shown locally at the Upstairs [Artspace] Gallery, Anderson Vandiver Gallery and Blue Spiral 1.