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 2019 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.
Annie Koelle can’t decide what she loves the most, drawing or painting, but that’s ok. She enjoys sitting on the porch with her husband, hugging her kids and also wishes she had more time for reading books. She loves the wintertime. At least five days of the week she’s at her easel pushing oil paint around to see what happens. You can find her on Instagram if you are interested in what happens with that paint, you can also find her paintings at Art and Light Gallery.
allison and jamie nadeau, ink meets paper
Creatives and makers at heart, Allison and Jamie Nadeau are the wife-and-wife owners of INK MEETS PAPER. They believe handwritten communication is one of the most authentic interactions you can share with someone and are passionate about producing thoughtful, deliberate products that help to spread more love in the world. The duo started letterpress printing in 2008 and never looked back. Since then they've designed, printed, and shipped hundreds of thousands of cards from their Charleston, SC studio and are constantly humbled that people choose their products to share love.
phil sanders, citizen supply
After living in the Atlanta area most of his life, in 2015 Phil founded Citizen Supply as a way for local and small product based businesses to find a bring and mortar. The 12,000 square foot marketplace now is home to over 200+ brands and counting. Iteration after iteration Phil and his team and striven to find the right combination of experience, product, and impact. Over the years the store has launched programs like in store Studio Makers, workshops, In Good Company, and in early 2019 Likewise Bar and Lounge opened up. Now everyone's boozy shopping experience dreams can come true.
Erica Tuomi, willowvane
Erica Tuomi is a North Carolina based graphic designer and potter. She began her design career working for small firms in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. In 2016, Erica relocated to North Carolina and established Willowvane, a small batch pottery studio. Her products consist of colorfully glazed mugs, vases, planters, and other ceramic wares. Currently, Erica divides her time between being the art director for Assignment Studios and her pottery.