Since 2010, the Indie Craft Parade festivals have brought over 67,000 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 2018 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.
Kent AMbler, woodcut artist
Kent is a printmaker and painter who lives in Greenville, SC. Woodcut prints are his medium of choice. He creates loosely cut prints based on everyday events and objects. Kent graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and has been a full time artist since 1997.
Lane Huerta, lovelane designs
Lane Huerta founded Lovelane Designs after moving to the quaint town of Savanah Georgia in 2006. Her works have been highlighted on media platforms across the globe including Etsy.com, Huffington Post, Today.com, Hooligan’s Magazine, and ABC World News Tonight. Her imaginative play wear combines traditional screen printing and sewing techniques with inventive new characters and one of a kind color combinations, giving children all over the world the tools they need to let their own imaginations soar.
Emily Jeffords is an abstract impressionistic painter, creative educator, & writer living in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband and three children. She works in a wide variety of mediums creating work inspired by nature and land for collectors around the globe, galleries, and in collaborations with several companies like Anthropologie, Schoolhouse Electric, and West Elm.
Marco Suarez is a designer, artist, and coffee lover living in Greenville, SC with his wife and two daughters. Marco currently works as a digital product designer for InVision. Previously he held the same position at Etsy and MailChimp. Marco is also one of the founders and co-owners of Methodical Coffee where he leads branding and marketing.