Take your crafting to the next level at CraftHack CraftCamp. Aug. 8, 2015 at TechShop in Chandler, AZ. a conference for crafters by crafters.
Network with other craft artists and craft designers. Learn from each other how we have transformed our crafts into our life passions and/or small businesses.
Morning sessions, 9-noon, TechShop, 249 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ. Scheduled panels will be on:
9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Main Room
KeyNote talk with Derek Neighbors.
9:15-10 a.m.: Main Room
Setting up your Ecommerce Cart
Interested in setting up an e-commerce site to sell your crafts? Here are some tips and ideas to think about:
– What kind of ecommerce site options do you look at?
– Scaling up your crafting business
– Things to consider when picking an e-commerce cart
Panelists: Anne Watson Barber, online marketing consultant and ecommerce manager, TBA – ecommerce site owners from BelleChic
9:15 a.m.-10 a.m.: 2nd Room:
Selling Your Crafts on The Retail Scene:
Advice on selling your crafts in stores and boutiques, or at art walks.
Selling your crafts can be done via boutiques and shops — like Sibleys West, a Chandler boutique that sells items made by local artisans. Arizona has tons of art wallks — so Marnie can talk about her experience with both selling her glass work at art walks and fairs, as well as managing art walks. Panelists: John Wolfe from Sibleys West, Marnie Buquo Brookins, glass artist
Marnie: I started in stained glass in 2000 when we purchased a new home and wanted a custom window for it. The addiction quickly adapted to fused glass about two years later. GlassMelts, LLC began formally in 2007 when I applied for my first business licenses. I have an associates degree in business Jobs have included everything from day care, retail sales associate, dental assisting, office manager, to special event planning and of course, an artist and small business owner.
10:15-11 a.m.: Main Room
Photographing Your Crafts
Tips for photographing your crafts — including how to make your own light box. Panelists: Jewel Clark, Digital Technologies and Websites manager at the Heard Museum, Jo Ann Lassell, creator at Josaics and instructor at TechShop
Jo Ann Lassell is an instructor at TechShop Chandler, volunteers with Refugee Focus teaching women to sew, and it seems like she knows – or at least has dabbled in – just about every craft medium. You can find some of her mosaic pieces and workshop information on her perfectly-named mosaic studio page, Josaics.
10:15-11 a.m.: Second Room
Crafting for Charity
Ideas and inspiration from nonprofits and artisans who create crafts to make the world a better place! Panelists: Jacqui Mounce, Lisa Takata
Jacqui Mounce, director of Microenterprise & Women’s Empowerment Program at Refugee Focus, a resettlement and immigration services to new Americans in Tucson and Phoenix. The program offers entrepreneurship and jobs training to women, with a focus on teaching them craft skills.
Lisa Takata, who participates in a program to buy and sell wool from Navajo families. She is a spinner and fiber artist who sells her work at the Phoenix Farmer’s Market and the Mesa Arts Center.
11:15-Noon: Main Room
Do you like to blog about crafts or the crafting world? Join two bloggers for a roundtable about the blogging world. Be prepared to show your site and talk about your passions! Panelists: Stephanie Liebold, of http://www.travelcraftjournal.com/, Kitty Carlisle, of http://www.grammaticalactivist.com/, Kelli Donley, of http://africankelli.com/
Kitty Carlisle is a writer and editor who says she was born with a pencil in her hand. She writes content for others and is almost finished with her first novel. She enjoys editing more than is socially acceptable and works on doctoral dissertations, manuscripts, resumes, and website content, among other things. Because the blogs she writes must be optimized for SEO (Search Engine Optimization), she can show you how to write content that will have people reading your blog and coming back for more.
Author/crafter/long-time blogger Kelli Donley will be part of our ?#chcraftcamp? panel on blogging. Check out http://africankelli.com/ for her sewing tutorials, hiking adventures, as well as her gardening, knitting, and baking projects.
11:15-Noon: Second Room
Crafting and Maker Spaces
Phoenix has seen an explosion in maker spaces – places where people can learn, build and share their inventions. Crafters and DIYers and inventors frequent these spaces — and often use them to launch their budding business ideas. Panelists will give advice on what it’s like to create and start your business in a maker space.
Panelists: Ryan McDermott, of HeatSynch Labs in Mesa, Amanda Tucker, events coordinator at TechShops
Lunch is on your own with new friends. Choose among Downtown Chandler’s diverse restaurants with vegan, vegetarian and other delicious fair.
Afternoon demonstrations begin at 1 PM at Gangplank, 260 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ. The afternoon session is open to everyone — you don’t need to register or pay for a ticket to participate!
- Reserve a spot to display and demonstrate your techniques,
- learn a new skill from our community of artists, and
- discover local nonprofits who need your skills.
- Open craft swap — bring items you want to discard and swap with other crafters. All remainders will be donated to charity
A reception will finish the day at Gangplank at 4 PM. Make new contacts with our local craft blogging community, get insight into starting, restarting or renewing your crafting business.
Proceeds for Charity
All proceeds after costs will go to Refugee Focus’ Women’s Empowerment Program, a Phoenix non-profit that helps refugee women become self-sufficent through micro-entrerprises.
Morning sessions will be at TechShop in Chandler, 249 E Chicago St, Chandler, AZ.
Afternoon sessions will be at GangplankHQ, 260 S Arizona Ave, Chandler, AZ.
Ordering information: Tickets for the morning session are $20. Afternoon session at Gangplank is free.