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Spring IGTV Virtual Market Series

The Spring Virtual Market is coming up and we’ll be adding nine new videos to our Instagram (IGTV) channel!

How do I find you on IGTV?
If you’re already using IGTV, search for @gotcraftmarket and we’ll be releasing videos between Wednesday, April 21 to Sunday, May 2.

If you aren’t familiar with IGTV, follow these easy steps:

Login to instagram and find us @gotcraftmarket (you can either download the app or watch it through your instagram account which is what I normally do)
Look for the IGTV symbol on our profile page right under our highlights
Check the schedule below and tune in to your favourite sessions! Our videos will remain on our channel, so you can watch and share them as many times as you like!


Meet Sadelmager Design House
Creating pieces that are seen as functional art, Artist Becca Meadows opens up her studio for a behind the scenes peek of her work space and how she got started in the industry.


Studio Tour + Product Sneak Peek
Andreea from Bijoux Mimi la Rouleuse takes us on a tour of her home studio in Montreal, QC and shows us a sneak peek of some new pieces she’s been working on for the market!


From Sketch to Finished Product
Bek Design shows us how she created her bestselling, ‘Don’t Mask Your Feelings’, face mask from pencil sketch to finished product as well as a sneak peek inside her design notebook!


Embroidering with Akonna
Join Ava from Akonna, a high school youth entrepreneur, as she shows you the embroidery process of creating her line of apparel and accessories!


How We Make + Style Our Plant Stands
Avondale Road takes you behind the scenes on how they make their plant stands and the variety of ways you can style them at home!


Painting Demo with Vivian Sofia Designs
Vivian Sofia Designs shows us step-by-step how she paints a ceramic trinket dish from sketch transfer to final product.


How to Use Wax Seals
Etoile Paper Studio shows us how to use wax seals to create beautiful stationery.


Letterpress Print + Design
Porchlight Press, a letterpress studio based in East Vancouver, shows you the process of printing their custom designs and in-house line of stationery and cards on one of their antique presses.


Practicing Mindfulness + Gratitude
Sarah of The Prepared Environment introduces her new product, The Peaceful Routine and Affirmation Kit for Children.  Inspired by her work as a Montessori teacher, she wanted to create something for children to use to practice gratitude, mindfulness, and build self-confidence.


The Art of Leather Making
Follow Becca from Sadelmager Design House as she shows you how her handcrafted goods are intentionally made in her Ontario based studio.

images from top to bottom: Bijoux Mimi la Rouleuse, Sadelmager Design House, The Prepared Environment, Porchlight Press

biz tip :: craft fair applications


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!

image via sassy contessa