Yesterday I attended the Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Conference in Asheville, NC at the headquarters of Handmade in America. This was the first of what will hopefully become an annual event. It was AWESOME!
I met really talented but humble artists and crafters from all over western North Carolina. Some were jewelers, some fiber artists, photographers, writers, potters, basket weavers, you name it. What they all had in common is a passion for what they create, and a willingness to share their knowledge and experiences with others.
Yoko Morris, who leads AWE, and her cohorts at Handmade did a fantastic job of organizing the day around sharing sessions, workshops and panel discussions. They brought in guest speakers who were knowledgeable, articulate and very willing to share their experience with us. I learned so much! I can’t wait to start putting some of this new-found knowledge to work.
I made some new friends and business connections. I hope to be able to feature some of these North Carolina grown enterprises in future blog posts. Stay tuned…
Posted by daffodilcorner on September 27, 2012
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How Artists Can Participate in American Craft Week
Posted: 19 Sep 2012 04:00 AM PDT
American Craft Week is coming up. Here’s how to join in!
Currently in its third year, American Craft Week is a project of Craft Retailers and Artists for Tomorrow. It was started as a grassroots movement to celebrate good design, high quality materials and the excellent craftsmanship found in American-made goods. According to Diane Sulg, co-chair and owner of Maddi’s Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina, “The main idea is to make noise – everyone, all on the same week, calling attention to American crafts.”
The original concept for this celebration and focus on craft is loosely based on the success of “Restaurant Week” which has spurred interest throughout the country. In that spirit, the American Craft Week website has a state-by-state directory listing events taking place in galleries, studios, and arts…
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Posted by daffodilcorner on September 25, 2012