The Culture of Craft
The Culture of Craft
The Culture of Craft will be a documentary on the culture and community of craft from coast to coast and everywhere in between.
The Culture of Craft will be a documentary on the culture and community of craft from coast to coast and everywhere in between. Read more
About this project
If you are a crafter who attends fairs regularly or an Etsy seller, (or both), or if you are simply a lover of handmade goods, you probably know the indie craft market is growing. All across the country little pockets of like minded people are banding together to put on events which are truly one-of-a-kind for attendees. Stores selling only handmade goods are popping up all over. Craft fairs are garnering record attendance, and now three cities across the country will be hosting conferences created specifically for crafters.
Each of these events draw on local and national talent and create an experience for attendees that means each event will never be the same.
Now, as crafters, we are going beyond the craft fair and the brick and mortar and coming out of our tiny craft rooms where we work all alone late night after late night… We are coming together to share our collective knowledge and individual know-how. Because of this, the scene is now growing in new ways that haven’t been experienced before at this level.
This documentary will be about sharing the story of a culture.
In the following months I am going to hit the road and take to the skies and document on video and blog, and a full ebook, this new side of the indie craft revolution: the indie craft conferences.
Starting in June with the Midwest Craft Caucus in Columbus, OH I will begin a journey documenting the new culture of the craft scene. In September I will head to Seattle for School House Craft, and in October to Baltimore for the Summit of Awesome.
When I return I will be taking all of the video I collect and all of the blogs I write along the way and compile a documentary-style film on the craft scenes across the country and focus on the largeness of the conferences as well as the individualism of crafters I meet along the way, presenting in the end a new look at the growing culture of craft and the business savvy women (and men!) behind it.
Part of what I hope to show in the documentary about the indie craft scene is the kindness and support crafters get from strangers, the friendships forged across state lines, and the community of support surrounding thousands of individual businesses.
I want to document it all and share with everyone what it means to be a part of the indie craft community.
Read more about the orgin of this idea on my blog: http://sundayafternoonhousewife.com/mid-to-west-to-east-the-culture-of-craft/
Before this Kickstarter project even ends, I will travel to the Midwest Craft Caucus in Columbus and begin documenting. I'll be able to begin giving you updates on filming progress, a short video from Columbus, and several blog posts within the next month. All I need from you is help to keep the ball rolling.
If you back this project you will help me fund video equipment, airfare, an professional editing assistant, and help with overall funding of the creation of the documentary and ebook.
Because making a documentary isn't cheap I'm here on Kickstarter to help ask for your support to make this idea a reality.I simply can't afford to do it alone, but I know with a community of thousands behind me, we can make it a reality and we can tell our story in a new, exciting and meaningful way.
Update: Donating at the $25 or up level? Check out the awesome "pair" of tickets you'll get thanks to Sloe Gin Fizz
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