Monday, February 4, 2013
This past weekend, I had the privilege of attending The Maker's Summit in Greenville, SC. The event was designed and hosted by my friends, the good folks of Indie Craft Parade. Everything they do is amazing, and this conference in particular was fantastic. This was a time for creatives to come together, hear from notable figures in the industry, learn about growing/starting their business, and connect with each other through discussion. The speakers included Stephen Fraser, founder of Spoonflower, Grace Kang, founder of Pink Olive and Retail Recipes, and Kimm Alfonso, manager of Etsy's Community Outreach Teams. The panel members included my friend Barb Blair of Knack Studio, my new friend Amy Flurry, author of Recipe for Press, artist and designer Justin Gammon, and Amy Ellis of MailChimp. The conference included breakfast, which I missed, and a delicious lunch. Following the conference was a beautiful dinner party, complete with a time for us to craft together, and stations to make a letterpress print or screen print a t-shirt. I had the absolute best time. I learned so much about how to run a creative business, and I made so many great connections. I love coming to Greenville and being around the creative community that I have gotten to know over the three years of involvement with Indie Craft Parade. These are some talented and genuine men and women... Annie Koelle, Mollie Greene, Andrew Ramos, Elizabeth Ramos, Erin Godbey, Cory Godbey, Julia Riffel, and the guys of Shed Labs. I also got to meet Savannah of Maiedae, and I reconnected with Michelle of Finkelstein's Center and Jessica of Owlette Collective. This is just a small sample of the amazing, gifted creative people that were there. It was a truly remarkable time. I left feeling confident in my work and my ability to grow my business. This came at such a good time for me and I am really thankful for everything that this time was for me.
Thoughts on the new blog design? The mobile version still has quite a few kinks but I am working on it.
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