Featured Maker: Jill Maldonado

Today we are excited to talk to Jill Maldonado of Material Rebellion! Jill specializes in using reclaimed textiles to make bags, pouches, journals, blanket fort kits and more all with the goal of encouraging kids to discover the power of their own creativity. She is also passionate about fighting the problem of textile waste in… 

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FEATURED MAKER: Kristy Jane

Please welcome our newest Featured Maker: Kristy Jane! Kirsty is a freelance graphic designer and jewelry maker from Byron, New York. She fell in love with sea glass while living in South Florida where she learned metal smithing, pottery and began making jewelry. We are so excited to learn more about Kristy’s life and work… 

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BIZ: How To Prepare For Your First Craft Show

  UPDATE: This post originally ran on April 9, 2014. Since holiday craft show season is on the way we thought we’d share it again in the hopes that you find some useful tips and enjoy the free printable checklist! Applying for your first ever craft show? We’ve got some important tips to help make… 

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TODAY: Heal a Creative Soul

The illustration above is from a college class assignment, and was one of the ways I dealt with some of the more negative critiques of art school. It was also my very first letterpress project, so even though it’s not the cheeriest subject, it lead to my biggest creative passion! A few weeks ago I… 

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FEATURED MAKER: Gail Kirwan of Rockabella Bags

Please welcome our newest Featured Maker, Gail Kirwan of Rockabella Bags! Gail took the plunge into starting her own creative business and now makes and sells beautiful, waterproof bags of all shapes and sizes. See more of her work in her Etsy shop! Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? What is… 

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BIZ: Tips for Selling the Unique

After posting about “Pricing the Precious” we got emails and comments asking great questions about other aspects of creative business. It’s one of my favorite parts about the blog, because it gives me the opportunity to think about the challenges that other artists face. I can only ever give advice based on what I’ve witnessed,… 

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BIZ: Pricing the Precious

Pricing is such a tricky thing. I often work with artists to try to find the right price for products, and even my experience is limited to research and what I see in my own store. I’ve listed a couple of great resources that go into all the things you need to think about when… 

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