February is a short month but the cold can make it feel looooooong. Fill your calendar with tons of art,craft and design events so you can fast forward to spring! If we missed anything good, let us know!
- Carl Solway Gallery: Richards, Kwong, Jonsson: meet the artists during the opening reception on Friday, Feb. 3.
- Cincinnati Art Museum: Family First Saturday: Black History Month: Celebrate the great African American artists at CAM with a fun-filled day for the whole family on Saturday, Feb 4.
- RHEINOceramics Studio Sale: Studio sale and pop-up shop featuring several talented handmade artists from the Cincinnati area. Saturday, Feb. 4.
- Rhinegeist Charitable Suds: Indigo Hippo: Rhinegeist brewery is committed to giving back to the community. Every Wednesday evening they give a portion of their proceeds to a local nonprofit and on Wednesday, Feb. 8 they are giving proceeds to our friends at Indigo Hippo!
- Midwest Craft Con 2017: You may still be able to get tickets to attend this spectacular three day retreat for mid-career crafters, makers and creative business owners. Includes inspiration keynote speakers who know their stuff! February 10-12.
- CAC: Opening Celebration of two exhibitions– Noel Andersons: Blak Oigin Moment and Andrea Bowers: Womxn Workers of the World Unite! Friday, Feb. 10
- DAAP Galleries: The Personal is Political: Feminist Art from Sara M. and Mi. Opening reception Thursday, Feb. 16.
- Art on Vine : Art show featuring fine art and handmade goods at Rhinegeist. Sunday, Feb. 19.
CAC: One Night One Craft
If you are looking for some fun art, craft, design events around the city to hold you over until Crafty Supermarket on April 29th, here’s a great list! Don’t forget, applications for our spring show open on January 15th. Join our mailing list for an update or follow us Facebook or Instagram. Did we miss something awesome? Let us know.
I know first-hand how crazy the holiday craft show season is for makers. Every weekend is another show in another city (or two!), and last-minute orders keep flowing in as you try your best to keep local shops stocked. Most crafters I know take January off entirely, and they totally deserve it.
But once February rolls around, it’s time to start planning for the year ahead. And that’s why I and two other craft show organizers started Midwest Craft Con, a three-day creative business conference.
It’s part conference, part relaxing retreat and part slumber party. We bring in craft business experts and artists from all over the Midwest and the continent to Columbus, Ohio, to talk about the ins and outs of running a craft business and share their experiences. (Our keynotes this year —Yao Cheng of Columbus, Chris Glass of Cincinnati and Jen Hewett of San Francisco — are major.) Our sessions are mainly aimed at what we call mid-career crafters: People who have been running their creative businesses for at least a year or two who want to take it to the next level. We also allow lots of “craftivity” time for all the attendees to get to know each other and get crafty. This year’s event had karaoke, a crafty spelling bee and a crafting competition, and we’ve got more surprises in store for 2017.
Midwest Craft Con will be February 10-12, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus, and the DIY spirit lives on year-round in the private Facebook group for conners. As you wrap up 2016, consider making a tax-deductible investment in your creative business for the new year. You can get your tickets right here!
Running a craft business can be a lonely endeavor. When you make a living selling what you make, you're usually, well, making stuff. A revived creative business conference will get makers together to learn from each other and from experts in the creative fields. Midwest Craft Con is Friday to Sunday, February 19-21, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio, and early bird tickets are on sale now!
A few crafters in the Crafty Supermarket family talk about their experiences at the National Stationery Show in New York City.
All makers struggle to price their work fairly, and often undersell themselves. We realize this isn't always apparent to shoppers at craft shows, so here's an inside look at the process of pricing handmade work.
Visualingual, a local design duo that has sold at a couple Crafty Supermarkets, needs your help!
We are thrilled and honored to announce that we’re in the running for the American Made Awards presented by Martha Stewart Omnimedia. Out of 2000 entries, we are among 100 finalists, and now the public gets to decide the winner. Our competition is stiff, and we need your help. Please cast your vote today and every day through 24 Sep.
Why should you vote for us? Well, because we want to win! If you have a few minutes, I’d like to tell you a bit about us and our journey thus far. The winner will receive a feature in Martha Stewart Living, a trip to NYC to participate in an artisanal fair at Grand Central Terminal and, most importantly, $10,000 for business development. In our case, we are currently looking for a larger, better studio space, and we’re trying to stay in Over-the-Rhine, where we’ve been based since moving to Cincinnati 6 years ago.
If you want to help them out, vote on the American Made site every day until Sept. 24!
Fun fact: The very first Crafty Supermarket was also the debut of Grace’s first book! Now, three years later, an updated and expanded version of her craft business book, The Crafty Superstar Ultimate Craft Business Guide, is now in bookstores everywhere!
Crafty Superstar is just the ticket if you’re starting a craft business, thinking of selling on Etsy and/or trying to balance your craft life and the rest of your life! The business guide for part-time crafters, based on Grace’s experiences and the true stories of dozens of crafters she interviewed. The new edition includes oodles of worksheets, checklists and updated resources to help you get your craft business off the ground.
There will be some copies at Fabricate very soon (hopefully by the time our Etsy craft party happens on Aug. 23!), but if you just can’t wait: Order a signed copy of the Crafty Superstar Ultimate Craft Business Guide direct from Grace or get it on Amazon!