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By Martha Latta
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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 

Who's Talking About the Culture of Craft? Check out these blog posts and comments!

Culture of Craft Documentary in the Making on School House Craft

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Documentary Film: The Culture of Craft by Finding Charm

Three Options for Large Project Funding featuring the Culture of Craft on Meylah

The Culture of Craft on Handmade Success

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    Gets you all the good vibes I can send you for being a part of this project and it will get your named added on the forthcoming website for Culture of Craft as a thank you for supporting this project.

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    Gets your name on the website and I will send you a postcard with a handwritten thank you from one of the 3 cities I visit while making the film. Postcards will be purchased from local crafters whenever possible!

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    Will earn you all of the above (thank you on website, ebook, and in video, and a digital download for the movie) as well as digital copy of the ebook once it is available!

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    Earns you all of the above and a custom designed Culture of Craft sticker for you to put on your laptop, crafty car, or bike.

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    Will earn you all of the above, but add 2 more post cards (so you'll get one from each city I visit!) plus a custom designed Culture of Craft magnet for your fridge (to help hold up and show off your post cards!)

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    Earns you all of the above plus pair of custom designed tickets to the first screening of the event. The tickets will be designed by artist Nicole Ray of Sloe Gin Fizz. The pair of tickets will each be their own small works of art (and don't worry, we won't rip them in half upon admittance! They are for you to keep and frame!)

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    Gets you all of the above plus a very special custom designed movie poster for the Culture of Craft. It will look awesome hanging in your craft room or office!

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    Gets you all of the above plus a custom-designed VIP invite to the screening. The VIP invite will be created by a local artist and will be its own little work of art!

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    Means you get all of the above (that includes 3 postcards), plus you get a 150 x 150 web "ad" for your business, crafty or otherwise, which will be placed on the Culture of Craft website for the beginning in the months of September and October (while I am traveling to and blogging about School House Craft and Summit of Awesome). Web ads will stay up through the release of the film.

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    SHOPKEEP SPECIAL- Earn all of the above rewards (that includes 3 postcards) and have them sent directly to your handmade shop, plus you get a 150 x 150 web ad for your business which will be placed on the forthcoming Culture of Craft website for eternity. Plus get a cool bonus package including an extra sticker, magnet, ticket set, VIP pass, and Poster (all custom designed by handmade artists) to sell in your store or use as a raffle item for your shop, craft fair, etc.

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    Rewards include all of the above, but you'll also get limited-edition Culture of Craft tee shirt. The shirt will be designed by a local artist and I will be screening them myself!

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    Earns you all of the above, but we'll tack on another tee shirt (that'll be 2 total!) for you to share with a special friend

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    Gets you everything listed so far PLUS a hand-screened Culture of Craft tote bag. Why? Because you are going to need it to hold all your swag!

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    Earns you the all the great goodies listed, but you'll also get to add the title "Associate Producer" to your resume because that is how your name will be credited on its own "screen" in the film!

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    Gets you the swag AND bumps your title up to Executive Producer. Of course, as an executive producer you'll also get invited to all the super special events like meet and greets and the "wrap" party when the video in finished. You'll also be a guest of honor at the first screening of the film. Rawk!

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    Gets you the swag, the title of executive producer, and festival screening rights! That means you will get a load of awesome goodies, a sweet title, invites to all the parties, and you will have rights to show the film before it is released to the general public! Invite who you want, where you want, show the film, and tell everyone how awesome you are to have backed this project in such an awesome way!

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    Gets you the swag, the title of executive producer, festival rights, and me! That's right, I'll come to you for a special screening and do a Q and A session after the movie about the making of the film with whoever you want to invite to join!

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