Got Craft? loves handmade indie crafts. We are serious about showcasing indie makers that offers a selection of unique and diverse handmade goods that best represents what the do-it-yourself community has to offer. Twice a year, we aim to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture.
Are you a maker? Interested in joining us for our next event on Sunday, May 6th, 2012 at the Royal Canadian Legion on Commercial Drive in Vancouver (BC) from 10-5pm? Visit the vendor info page here for applications or check out the website for more details.
A few weeks ago, Andrea and Robert asked me if I’d help them test out the new jury system they’ll be using to select Got Craft vendors after they move to London next year. Since they receive more than three times the number of applications as they have slots, I can now totally appreciate the difficulty they face in choosing which vendors are accepted.
I was struck by a few things I hadn’t really thought about since I left Interweave Crochet and reviewed design submissions four times a year. So here are my thoughts about craft-fair applications after my one day being on a test jury:
Photographs are everything. I was surprised that a few applicants didn’t include photos at all. How were we to decide if they’d be a good fit for the show?
Photos should be appropriate to an application. A few applicants included very fashiony or artsy photos that were lovely as photos but that didn’t really show off the products very well. A few photos left us all confused about what the product actually was. Unless you’re applying to sell your photos at the show, please take care to include good photos of your work, and even include one of a craft-fair table you’ve designed in the past.
Even though you’re not being chosen to be a writer, please please please spellcheck your application. It takes two seconds and it really does affect the first impression you make. Please please please then take an additional three minutes and proofread your writing. Spellcheck isn’t fail-proof.
Know the show you’re applying to. Got Craft, for example, has a very distinct atmosphere and type of vendor. If your crafts are, say, more upmarket or traditional, they’ll probably fit better at a different show. And that’s okay. There are a ton of craft fairs in Vancouver. Each one is different.
Holy smokes, there are a lot of things to consider when choosing vendors for a craft fair! Andrea and Robert can’t simply accept all the vendors they love – they have to make sure there’s a good balance between types of wares (to avoid, say, too much jewelry or baby things) and price points. That means that sometimes very awesome vendors aren’t accepted. That’s some very tough decision-making. I’m glad they’re shifting to a jury system, if only because I love them both and want them to maintain their sanity!
Thank you to everybody that has applied to the Got Craft? holiday event on Sunday, December 4th at the Royal Canadian Legion on Commercial Drive in Vancouver. Remember that applications are open until Thursday, September 15th, 2011! Full details can be found here.
In the meantime, we are pleased to introduce our jury members…
Jan is the author and co-founder (along with her husband Earl) of the Canadian design blog, Poppytalk. She is also a huge supporter of all things handmade and is proud to devote her time to their online curated marketplace, Poppytalk Handmade. facebook | twitter
Denise Liu holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Manitoba and spent time working in various local architecture firms before beginning a interdisciplinary design studio named Edison & Sprinkles with her partner Linus Lam in 2008. Together they founded Artsy!Dartsy! Vancouver’s online Art & Design event guide. facebook | twitter
Miranda Lievers is a Vancouver based photographer, entrepreneur, and creative small business advocate. Her company Blue Olive Photography has earned the title of Best Wedding Photographers in Vancouver for the past 2 years (Georgia Straight Readers Choice) and has been named one of the most inspiring photographers in Canada. blog | facebook | twitter
Andrea + Robert is a husband and wife event management and wedding coordination team based in both London, UK and Vancouver, BC that share a love for handmade indie craft. Together, they founded Lotus Events producing Got Craft? and Indie I Do. blog | facebook | twitter
Hello! We are a husband and wife team that share a love for a good cup of coffee and a slice of Victoria sponge. This is where we share our work, our travels, snippets of our everyday life, and most important, the things we ♥.