The Vancouver Mini Maker Faire is a community-run event focused on bringing together Makers, Doers, and Creatives for a weekend of sharing knowledge, inspiring each other, exhibiting projects, and community building. It showcases the amazing work of all kinds and ages of makers – anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself spirit and wants to share their accomplishment with others.
Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and DIY culture by supporting like-minded events. We have been busy working behind the scenes and are excited to announce that we have teamed up with the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire to create a mini Got Craft? featuring 30 handmade vendors!
When: Saturday, June 1st and Sunday, June 2nd, 2013 from 10-6pm. Where: PNE forum building (corner of Hastings and Renfrew in Vancouver) Participate: Complete a vendor application here
We had a blast participating at the last show and enjoyed showcasing our handmade goods to the almost 5,000 people that came through the event in 2012. Interested in joining us this year? Take advantage of our early bird registration and complete your vendor application today!
A friendly reminder that you have exactly one week to apply to the Got Craft? spring edition on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, 2013 from 10-5pm in the gym at the Templeton Secondary School – 727 Templeton Drive, Vancouver (corner of Templeton and Turner). Applications close at 23:45 (PST) on Thursday, February 28th, 2013.
We have new DIY workshops and a few other surprises up our sleeves this year and we don’t want you to miss out on the fun! For more information including prices, click here for a copy of our application. Hope to see you there!
As makers, a part of our income comes from craft fairs and to do that, you will need to put together a top notch application to shine above the rest and show us why you are Got Craft? (or any event) material!
tip one: Submit a well rounded application with better photography
“The first thing I look at when reviewing applications are the images. If they don’t catch my eye, I’m hesitant to read the rest of the application no matter how good it may be.”
Got Craft? requests that you submit 3 images that best represent your handmade products. Take a few moments to clean up your photos, invest in a professional photographer to shoot your work, or take a photography class. You don’t need a fancy camera or mad photography skills, but make sure you show your work properly.
Find a spot with natural light and play around with it to avoid shadows. No flash please!
A little styling will go along way, but too much will distract away from your products. Be aware of your background and remove any clutter.
Avoid using the camera on your phone and editing them with a filter.
Show your range of products by creating a collage.
Make sure your photos are low res unless otherwise requested.
Don’t have photoshop? I use PicMonkey, a free online photo editing website.
tip two: Check it twice!
We are all guilty of a misplaced word, but do your best to proof read your application before hitting submit! Make sure you answer the question asked. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve received a question in the “Please describe your product here. If accepted, this description will be used on the website”. Have you participated at Got Craft before? Tell us what new items you are working on!
tip three: Update your website and online links.
“It’s always disappointing when people submit a dead link or a link to a blog that hasn’t been updated since 2009″.
We don’t expect you to be a social media queen or king, but if you submit a link to your etsy shop, please make sure that your shop has at least a few products listed! If you don’t blog anymore, just let us know. Love facebook and twitter!? Share your updates with us! Your online presence shows us how active you are and in turn, how much you will help spread the word.
Online applications to the Got Craft? 2013 Spring Edition on Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th at the Maritime Labour Centre are now open. Click here for details!
Applications for the 2013 Got Craft? spring edition are finally ready!
Saturday, April 27th and Sunday, April 28th, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
in the gym at the Templeton Secondary School
727 Templeton Drive, Vancouver (corner of Templeton and Turner in the East Village / Hastings Sunrise area)
Submit your application here. Check back next week when we share our tips on putting together a top notch application! Happy weekend!
I’m super excited that the next Got Craft? Vancouver is coming up on Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at the Royal Canadian Legion from 10-5pm! For those that have attended past events, you know that it isn’t a typical craft fair. Spool of Thread sewing lounge will be back to host the DIY lounge, DJ Duff will be there to spin some crafty beats, and there will be lots of tasty treats to satisfy your sweet and savoury cravings! Robert and I (along with our jury members) also work hard to curate a list of vendors to showcase some of the best indie craft from the Lower Mainland (and beyond!).
Applications are due on Thursday, March 1st, so if you are interested in being a vendor at the event, please fill in an application here. If you are new to the event, please take a look at our flickr, website and vendor page to get a good feel of the event and the type of products / vendors that participate. Hope to see you there! x
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