American Craft Week October 5 – 14

In its third year, American Craft week celebrates those who make things with their hands.  It celebrates tradition, excellence in craftsmanship, good design and quality materials.  Supporting local crafters supports the local economy, creates jobs, and enriches our communities.

Various communities across the country have activities planned for American Craft Week.  Check out what’s going on in your area.

 I’m proud to say Western North Carolina is leading the way.  Check it out here:  www.americancraftweek.com/wnc.

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Recognizing Women Entrepreneurs

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…

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