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2014 year in review

General InfoElizabeth Ramos
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We can hardly believe it -- 2015 is almost here. Soon we'll toast in the new year and make big plans for the future. But this end of season time gives us a chance to reflect on all that's been accomplished in the past year. We've met incredible people, seen growth in the makers community, and seen remarkable expansion within our own organization. We're eternally grateful to the friends, family, and community who provide constant support for and encouragement to for Indie Craft Parade, and we're continually reminded how blessed we are to have you all in our lives. We hope you enjoy reliving some of the highlights of this past year.

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March 2014 -- The Makers Summit and The Best Craft Party Ever

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April 2014 -- Artist Day through the Indie Craft Parade School Scholarship program

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June 2014 -- Call for entries and Jury selection of festival artists

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July 2014 -- Team trip to Atlanta

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September 2014 -- The Festival with record artists and attendance

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September 2014 -- Baby Ramos joins the team

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December 2014 -- The Holiday Fair at GCMA

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We'll see you next year!

What to expect at the holiday fair

General InfoElizabeth Ramos

Saturday's the big day! We can’t wait to see you all come out to the Indie Craft Parade Holiday Fair. Here are some final details to help make your experience the best it can be.

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Where and When is the Holiday Fair?

The Holiday Fair will be located at The Greenville County Museum of Art. 420 College Street, Greenville SC 29601 The hours are 10 am to 6 pm.

Please note, this is NOT the same location as our September festival. If you go to the Huguenot Mill there will not be anyone there. Also, The Greenville County Museum of Art is one of many buildings in Heritage Green, so refer to the photos below. You can look for outdoor signs for Indie Craft Parade. If this is your first time visiting GCMA, you can enter the building from either the front or back. Both entrances will lead you to the Holiday Fair.

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Where can I park? There is a large parking lot at Heritage Green. If the lot is full, there are a number of parking garages in Greenville. The closest one to GCMA is Richardson Street. Also, the Downtown Trolley runs to Heritage Green on Saturday, so you can park anywhere close to the route, and hop on for free!

Who will be there?

We will have 30 artists at the Holiday Fair. This makes it a smaller event than the September Festival, but we’ve specially picked our vendors who are excellent for Christmas shopping. So bring your list!

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Will there be a line?

Probably a short one. Last year we had 1,500 attendees throughout the day, and we expect that number to increase. However, the rest of the art museum is filled with amazing exhibits—especially one for kids and a series of guided tours. So if you need to wait at all, we recommend touring the museum or elsewhere on Heritage Green.

What about food?

We’ve got some great options for you! There will be a great selection of food trucks, including Asada and Thoroughfare. We’ll also be hosting one of our favorite duos, Circa Doughnuts and Methodical Coffee. Also, GCMA has provided an eating area in case the weather is cold.

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See you this weekend! We can't wait!

Holiday Fair Gift Guide: For the Home

Artist Showcase, General Info, VendorsElizabeth Ramos
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We are so excited about all of the Christmas shopping we'll do this weekend at the Holiday Fair, and we hope you're putting your shopping list together after seeing our gift guides. Here's one featuring all of the great gifts you'll be able to find to create a more handmade home. Prints and originals by Emily Jeffords / Hand lettered posters by Paige Elizabeth Designs / Ceramic trivet by Crave Studio / Soy candle by Mercy Verity

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Hand turned muddlers by Slab / Hand stamped flour sack towels by The Hiber Fiber / Felted terrariums by Once Again Sam / Pet teepees by LoveLane

Featured Sponsor: OhSnap! Photobooth

General InfoElizabeth Ramos

Wow! It's been over a month since the 2014 Indie Craft Parade, and we're still reliving the fun of the festival weekend! As we're buttoning up all the remaining details for 2014, we want to make sure you know about one of our favorite and long-time sponsors, Oh Snap! Photobooth. Every year, attendees to the festival look forward to snapping fun, impromptu shots in the photobooth. It's everyone's favorite souvenir (well, a close second after all the amazing handmade art they bought). We've waited a little to give this company proper recognition in order to collect some of our favorite examples from our followers on Instagram. Just a few more reminders of how much fun we had. Ways we love to see Oh Snap! photos appear on Instagram (as sampled below):

-- People showing off their collection of photo strips from multiple festival years -- Seeing pictures of our amazing artists with friends (old and new alike) -- Cramming as many faces as possible into the frame -- Photos of Indie Craft Parade purchases mixed in with souvenir photo strips

Photo courtesy of caraansley.

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Please, if you ever contemplate having a photobooth at a party or gathering, contact Oh Snap! right away. You will not regret having this amazing feature at your event. The owner, Jon, has worked with us from the beginning of our event, and we couldn't imagine the festival without it!

2014-2015 Year of Workshops

General InfoElizabeth Ramos

Anyone who has followed Indie Craft Parade for even a short amount of time knows that we have two main objectives: 1) cultivate an awareness and appreciation of handmade art and 2) support artists and creatives in growing their businesses. Well, we're super excited to announce that over the next year we have even bigger and better plans to make that happen. Of course, we'll continue to hold The Makers Summit (it's going to be bigger and better than ever!) and the Holiday Fair(Saturday, December 6). Also, we will again be hosting monthly workshops or meet-ups to further encourage hand-making or small creative business success. We've planned a a huge assortment of events where attendees can learn a new skill they've always wanted to try, connect with other makers in our community, and develop valuable tools for growing their trades.

So, we've got an amazing line up for you! To learn more or to purchase tickets for the workshops, check here.

Here's a little sneak peek at a few of the upcoming workshops!

Handsewn Napkins with Mandy Blankenship, November 11

Barista 101 with Will Shurtz and Methodical Coffee, January 20

Modern Calligraphy with Ink Meets Paper, January 24

Paper Valentines with Mollie Greene, February 5

And lots more! We'll see you there.

2014 Indie Craft Parade School Scholarship

General InfoElizabeth Ramos

Since we started Indie Craft Parade, we’ve wanted to do more than just put on a great show in Greenville. We want to make a lasting impact on our community. One of the hopes for Indie Craft Parade is that we can inspire another generation of artists by getting involved with the art programs of Greenville County schools. In 2011 we established the Indie Craft Parade School Scholarship Program in which we donated funds to the art department of a Greenville County school. We understand that school budgets are always tight, but unfortunately it is often the fine arts programs that are the first to suffer when  funding cuts are made. It also breaks our hearts when we learn that art teachers sometimes have to pay out of pocket to supply the most basic tools like markers and crayons for their classes.

So we want to help.

Our goal is for the scholarship program to not only help fund a school’s art program that is lacking in resources but also expose students to a greater spectrum of art than is typically available in a classroom setting.For 2014, one scholarship of $500 will be awarded to a school in Greenville County.

Application photos from previous recipient Brook Glenn Elementary.

We want our scholarship to extend beyond just funding. We establish a true partnership with the school that is selected and work together to create opportunities for students and local artists to connect.

Applications will be selected based on three main criteria, including: -- Educational impact of the scholarship -- Need of the applying school -- Proposed use of the funds

Any school located in Greenville County can apply for these art program funds. Applications can be found online and must be submitted by October 31, 2014.  So let your school know about this opportunity!

The Indie Craft Parade scholarship is open to all schools, both public and private, in Greenville County. All schools are eligible for funding without discrimination due to race, religion, or socioeconomic status.

Thank you for an amazing festival!

Artist Showcase, Events, Festivals, General InfoElizabeth Ramos

In case you're still reliving the amazing festival weekend, we don't blame you. We just want to say a huge thank you to our 7,000 attendees, 80 artists, 42 volunteers, 20 sponsors, 10 staff volunteers, and 6 food vendors who make Indie Craft Parade possible. One of our favorite things about the festival is all the photos that came out of it. If you haven't seen it, check out the great #indiecraftparade hashtag stream here.

Here's a look at some of our favorites. We love you all! See you at our next event!

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What to Expect at Indie Craft Parade

General InfoElizabeth Ramos

If this is your time first attending Indie Craft Parade, you might wonder what you can expect at the event.  Hopefully this post will answer all your questions!

Who is this festival intended for? The whole community! Indie Craft Parade is for anyone interested in purchasing handcrafted goods. Indie Craft Parade features the best handmade art in the Southeast from 80 independent artisans. We invite the public to attend this festival and enjoy high quality crafts, local food, live music, and connect with makers.

Is there a cost to attend the festival? Yes, there is a $2 admission fee at the door. Children, 12 and under, are free to attend. We will accept both cash and credit card payments. 

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Where is the festival being held? Indie Craft Parade is held indoors at the historic Huguenot Mill in downtown Greenville, SC. The mill is located at 101 W. Broad Street, next to the Peace Center. The venue is handicapped accessible. There is street parking available, and several parking garages with easy walking distance.

Is this event family friendly? Absolutely! Saturday and Sunday are open to the public (again, kids are free), so bring the whole gang. However, your four-legged friends must stay at home (sorry, Fido!). If you have small children, we allow strollers, but do not recommend bringing them. The aisles are a bit narrow and make maneuvering a stroller a little difficult.  The only time alcohol will be served is at the VIP Gala, and attendees must be 21 years or older to partake.

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What type of goods can I expect to see? At Indie Craft Parade, you’ll find the best handcrafted goods in a variety of categories--everything from paintings to children’s toys, paper goods to jewelry, ceramic mugs to artisanal chocolate. You can get a sneak preview of some of the work by checking out blog posts like this one or this one.

Will credit cards be accepted? Most likely, but bring cash just in case. Many of the vendors may have the ability to accept credit cards. However you should be prepared to pay cash for some of the items you purchase. There is an ATM on site in case you forget your cash.

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Will I have to wait in line? It’s possible. We do our best to accommodate large crowds. However, depending on the turnout, you may have to wait in line before you enter. Obviously, our goal is to get everyone in as soon as possible, but we do have to respect the venue’s fire code. If there is a line, we’ll do our best to keep it moving quickly and aim to have everyone in within about 15 minutes.

Is there food and drink on site? Yes! We’re delighted to have the offerings of several local establishments available to our attendees. You can purchase items from Swamp Rabbit CafeCirca DoughnutLuna Rosa, Tandem CCTealoha, and Methodical Coffee.

If you have any questions, please check out our FAQs. Reach out to us on social media.

VIP Gala

General InfoElizabeth Ramos

Hey everybody, only 10 days until the 5th Annual Indie Craft Parade. Every year we pack out the Huguenot Mill with fans who've been waiting all year to for the festival to come back. And to make it even more special, we kickoff the weekend within an amazing party--our VIP Gala. Only a limited number of ticket holders get to enjoy this preview event...and tickets are going quickly.

Haven't purchased your ticket yet? Better hurry! Here’s what makes our VIP Gala so great:

1) Ticket holders personally benefit Indie Craft Parade. Indie Craft Parade is a non-profit organization, and we are dedicated to keeping costs affordable for our artists. Many of them travel across the Southeast to show you their wares, and we don't want them to worry about losing their profits on the event itself. Your ticket purchases also help keep the festival inexpensive for the remainder of the weekend. We really want families, students, and especially kids to see the work of artists and be exposed to the creative community. And keeping the general festival admission so low means that nobody has an excuse not to attend.

2) Relaxed shopping atmosphere. We’re expecting a very large attendance on Saturday and Sunday, which means crowded aisles and limited access to all the artists. When it comes to the variety and extent of the artists’ work, Friday night is definitely the best way to see it. We frequently have artists sell out of goods before the festival ends, so if you want the best selection, get it on Friday night.

3) Giveaways! Our artists have gone above and beyond this year in donating work to our giveaway baskets. We have 15 baskets assembled—each one is worth over $100. Some are worth almost $200. The lucky winners of these baskets will be going home with a lot of loot.

4) Live Local Music. We've teamed up with the local band, Pioneer Fires, who will be providing music for the evening. Set in the entry of the beautiful historic Mill, the band will give the perfect mood for the evening.

5) Free Food and Drink. We’ve received the menu from our amazing caterer, Chef 360, and the food is going to be out of this world. The incredibly talented Chef Peter has worked up quite the menu for us—As artful as it is tasty. You can also expect some special treats from some of our favorite local restaurants, Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Tandem CC.

Just like last year, we're extremely excited to be providing only locally produced beverages at the VIP Gala. That list includes our favorite coffee guys, Methodical Coffee—who’ll delight us with some of the latest trends in coffee brewing; as well as our old friends at Tealoha---who will be bringing batches of house blended teas and lemonade; and a selection of South Carolina beers and ciders.

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This is a party you don't want to miss. Do good and have a great time altogether at the VIP Gala. Be sure to get your tickets before it's too late!

Sneak Peek: Gala Giveaways

General InfoElizabeth Ramos

It's less than 3 weeks until Indie Craft Parade kicks off with the VIP Gala! Did you get your tickets yet? There’s not many left, don’t miss out.

The VIP Gala offers an exclusive first look at the artists’ work. Enjoy the opening night of the festival with a relaxed shopping atmosphere and live music. Comlimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages (handcrafted coffee, tea, craft beer, and hard cider) are provided.In addition to all this, our gala guests can also win amazing giveaways! Take a look at just a few of the wonderful handmade items our artists have donated for the giveaways:

Credits: Slab. / Crave Studio / Sweeteeth / Perla Anne / Queen's Cupboard

Credits: paperform / Once Again Sam / Emily Jeffords Studio / Block & Hammer

Credits: Lily Pottery / January Jewelry / Spectrum / Maritime Supply Co.

Credits: Finkelstein's Center / Strawberry Moth / Owlette / Pogoshop / Precious America

Credits: Zen Succulent / Very Fine South / Bean & Bailey Ceramics / Oriskany Glass Studio

Credits: Paige Elizabeth Design / Shed Labs / Cory Godbey / Ello Lovey

Credits: Whispering Willow Soap Company / Culleymade Knits / billiamjeans / Muncle Fred Art

You could go home with a giveaway basket worth several times the ticket price! Tickets are $30 each and are available here.  Ticket proceeds help support Indie Craft Parade, a nonprofit organization, and our desire to keep festival costs affordable for both established and emerging artists.

Calling All Volunteers

General InfoElizabeth Ramos

Every year the festival relies on a lot more than the staff who organizes it or the artists who make it awesome. We need a core group of volunteers to ensure the festival runs smoothly. If you've attended and enjoyed the festival in the past, it's largely to the credit of the people who give their free time over the course of the weekend. The volunteers keep things running smoothly and efficiently, and we're so thankful for them.

So if you'd like to be involved as a volunteer for Indie Craft Parade, please get in touch by emailing jen@makerscollective.org. You don't need any particular skills--mainly a friendly smile and the willingness to dig in and help! 

 

 

Featured Sponsor: MailChimp

Behind The Scenes, General Info, SponsorsElizabeth Ramos

One tool we frequently use that makes our lives easier also happens to be a company who actively supports creative events across the country like Indie Craft Parade. It’s our friends at MailChimp!We like to seek out sponsors whose services are valuable and relevant to our artists and fans. And we also like to share tools we use to make our organization more efficient. MailChimp is both of those.

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If you receive our Indie Craft Parade or Makers Summit newsletters, then you’ve seen MailChimp in action. (And if you’re not on the list, you can sign up at the bottom of our sites!). MailChimp makes communicating via email so much easier.

They also provide a set of great Resources for beginners, whether you're selling items online, a nonprofit like us, or just getting started sending emails. For those already familiar with MailChimp, be sure to look into the many ways you can integrate your MailChimp account with other services you use regularly like Facebook, Twitter and some eCommerce platforms!

While you're at it, be sure to let MailChimp know you appreciate their support of events like Indie Craft Parade.

Applications Now Open!

Craft News, Festivals, General InfoElizabeth Ramos

The long wait is over! Applications for Indie Craft Parade are now open. Put together your best product photos and send them our way through our online application. We can't wait to see who all comes in this year!

If you're not a maker but you know someone who is (and who you think should be a part of our festival), tell them to apply. We've made it easier than ever to recommend applying to Indie Craft Parade. Check out this automatic message here, and send it to your crafty friends.

Thanks to all our friends and supporters who attend each festival. We'll see you in 103 days!

Next Event: Bookbinding

Craft News, Events, General Info, ProjectsElizabeth Ramos

Our next event is coming up very soon, and if you've ever wanted to learn more about bookbinding, this is your chance! Cindy Leaders, an Indie Craft Parade alumnus and talented bookmaker will teach us how to create books using reclaimed materials. And what better place to learn about making books than at the library?

Join us at the Downtown Hughes Main Library in Greenville and learn how to make Buttonhole Pocket Books, a simple bookbinding technique that is easy to recreate at home. These little books would be perfect for sketching, journaling or even giving as a gift.

Cindy Leaders, with some of her Useful Books.

Students should bring a pair of needle nosed pliers (curved are preferable). Additional materials and tools will be provided to make three 3” x 4” books. All skill levels are welcome.

When: Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 2 PM – 4 PM Where: Hughes Main Library, 25 Heritage Green Place, Greenville, SC 29601 Cost: $22

Reserve your spot now!

Workshop Recaps

Events, General InfoElizabeth Ramos

It's hard to believe that there's only a couple of workshops left on the calendar. We've had such an amazing time getting to know all of you who have attended the workshops. We began the monthly workshops to extend our relationships with the community, and we think it's been a great success. I know we've seen some of you at every event--so wonderful! We're also thankful to the instructors who have so kindly shared their talents and knowledge with our participants. Here's a quick look back at the previous two workshops. Also a look ahead at what's on the calendar.

Jivan Dave demonstrating and instructing the best way to use your iPhone for product photography:

Amy Walcher of Urban Digs teaching how to build and maintain a successful terrarium. We had no idea what all went into it--such great information!

A look ahead:

Remaining workshop classes--Bookbinding and Homebrewing Indie Craft Parade applications open on June 1!

The Makers Summit Recap

Craft News, Events, General InfoElizabeth Ramos

Wow! What a weekend. It was thrilling to gather with so many new attendees, speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and friends. I hope you've been reliving the day through the attendee photos on Instagram. Indie Craft Parade will release our recap video and official photos in the next week or so, but until then, be sure to check out #makerssummit on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. You can also read a really great takeaway from the event from the Brains on Fire Blog. Here are some of our favorite attendee Instagram shots:

Entering The Makers Summit by goinghometoroost.

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The main conference hall by bofagram.

The business card guestbook by french_ashley.

Vagabond Barista's pour over bar by theflyformal.

Makers Gonna Make Tattly by tjbreil.

Jude Landry's keynote by indiecraftparade.

Just before dinner by lilyasher.

Menu shot by our presenting sponsor virb.

Party Lounge during The Best Craft Party Ever by michelle_smth.

Goods from all the party stations by onceagainsam.

Sponsor Feature: Frontier Label

General InfoElizabeth Ramos
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We're shouting it from the rooftop: We Love Frontier Label! If you're a maker and want to take your product to the next level, you need to talk to them right away. Frontier specializes in every sort of custom labels. And there's a good chance they've printed labels for companies and products you love.

Fast, efficient, friendly, what more can you ask from a company? Frontier is all these things and more. What amazing products have they done? I'm glad you asked. Just see below.

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Liddabit Sweets

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Charleston Soap Chef

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For many more samples of their incredible work, check out their Pinterest page.

One Week away!

General InfoElizabeth Ramos

Hey Makers Summit Attendees! We'll see you a week from tomorrow. Just to get you excited, here's our video from last year. We're very proud of the 2013 conference, but we think that 2014's will be even bigger and better. It's gonna be a great day!

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