INDIE Market Bay Area July 13 2017
Just got back from INDIE Market Bay Area! INDIE is a new wholesale trade show and was created in 2016 after the permanent closing of the San Francisco Gift Show by its organizer. Two large rep groups in the Bay Area, Kiss That Frog and Air Company started the show. I liked that the goal of the show was to showcase new product and design as well as highlight smaller, up-and-coming indie makers looking to sell wholesale.
INDIE Market also wanted to curate their vendors and treat them as partners. From the moment I pulled my car next to the pavilion to unload, I knew this show was going to be different. A handful of ladies welcomed me and offered to unload my things, put them on a hand-dolly and take them to my booth space! Setup and break down was so quick and easy.
INDIE Market wanted to do things a little differently and they brought their years of experience showing at all of the national gift shows to design a “new kind of market.” INDIE’s goal was to create a market for discovering the newest lines and latest trends of 2017 from both established vendors and emerging artisans. INDIE also wanted to create a local experience for independent retailers in an intimate, easy to navigate and beautiful venue – the Craneway Pavilion. Unlike many of the other established, large tradeshows (in dark, crowded convention centers), the Craneway was spacious, open and airy with large glass windows and lots of scenic water views of the East Bay.
Before the show started each morning, vendors had an opportunity to attend a buyers panel. It was great hearing discussions from established buyers on topics related to wholesale (buying habits, market trends, brick and mortars). I found these informal talks informative and valuable. I also liked how the organizers also made a point of meeting each vendor and asking for constructive feedback on the show.
I am also happy to report that the feedback on the show I received from buyers was extremely positive. They appreciated the vendor curation and the fresh alternatives to the standard, large market wares. Other buyer plusses mentioned included free parking, complementary hot beverages and snacks, and afternoon sangria!
Overall, my experience at INDIE Market was very good. I met some really terrific fellow vendors and hope to keep in touch with many of them. The next INDIE Market is scheduled for the winter of 2018.
Craftcation 2017 November 01 2016
I’m excited to share about an event where I’m teaching in spring 2017. Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference is an annual four-day event featuring industry professionals leading attendees in hands-on DIY workshops and creative business classes.
Have you ever thought to yourself…
- I’d love to take a vacation while making things with awesome people.
- I have a great idea for a business that I want to turn into my full-time job but I don’t know where to start.
- I have a successful business and I’m ready to take it to the next level but I’m not sure how.
- I want to make meaningful connections with people in my field but I don’t have the time or opportunity to make it happen.
Craftcation is the place where you can make it happen!
If you’re a maker, blogger or creative business owner then join me for four inspiring days that you’ll never forget. Craftcation has over 80 hands-on workshops (and I'm teaching one of them!) and business classes so whether you’re coming to craft, grow your business or a little bit of both, there’s lots of making, meeting and learning in store for you.
Craftcation takes place April 27-30, 2017, in the beach town of Ventura, California, (about an hour north of Los Angeles). Craftcation utilizes Ventura’s historic downtown buildings and businesses as well as the beach for special events like networking meet & greets, cocktail socials, a pop-up shop, opening celebration, yoga, as well as food and art tours.
For more information on Craftcation, please visit HERE.
Getting Creative at My Art-Broidery Workshop February 16 2016
Valentine's Day is usually a quiet, restful time spent with my family. But this year was different - I spent the afternoon teaching a fun, Art-Broidery workshop at the Co-Lab Gallery in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles. In keeping with the Valentine's theme, the gallery was filled with all kinds of original chalk drawings and heart-related art prints from a curated art show called "Paper Hearts".
Gallery Director and Curator Kristen Hector transformed the workshop space into a cheery, warm setting with the red checkered tablecloths and a lovely fresh flower arrangement graced the center of our work area. Kristin also dropped florals in small glass vases and dropped random rose petals on the tables.
Every student received a complete set of materials/supplies (including stitch guide, embroidery hoop, needle, threader, embroidery threads, and practice stitch sampler) needed for their creative time. We started out by introducing the students to threading a needle and loading the hoop. Then we practiced a few basic stitches to warm up and we were ready to begin our projects. It was super fun seeing all of the imaginative "word play" as students planned out and designed their own unique Art-Broidery.
The workshop time went by so quickly as we found ourselves enjoying all of the sweet treats and mimosas while creating. I really love sharing my embroidery skills with friends and students so interested in learning. Thank you Co-Lab Gallery for hosting my workhop - this was definitely community at its best!
What are you doing for Valentine's Day? January 28 2016
What are you doing for Valentine's Day? We're getting creative of course and teaching an "Art-Broidery" workshop at Co-Lab Gallery in Los Angeles.
We created a couple of fun, tongue and cheek words to stay with that Valentine's theme. You'll be able to use these words, (or design your own) learn a few basic embroidery stitches and create your own unique piece of art. Hint, Hint, this would be a great valentine's date idea for your significant other. And this workshop would also be an amazing time as part of a "Girls Date Out" or day without the guys!
Co-Lab Gallery is located in the Highland Park area of Los Angeles and serves as a space that features local artists and allows them to both show and sell their work. The gallery also aims to create friendships out of partnerships, serve as an informative and educational resource about art in the modern world, and as a professional network for the artists.
Besides eating chocolates, let's do something creative and celebrate community for Valentine's Day!
Modern Embroidery Wall Art at The Makery Craft Co. January 12 2016
Last Sunday, I had the privilege of teaching my Modern Embroidery class at The Makery Craft Co. in Orange County, CA. This was my first class of the new year and I have always wanted to teach at The Makery - it's a cozy, little studio which offers a variety of modern maker/crafting classes.
At my Modern Embroidery Wall Art class, students learned the basic tools used in embroidery and received hands-on practice in learning basic embroidery stitches. They then went on to design and create one-of-a-kind embroidered wall art pieces on organic fabric printed and made to look like notebook paper - perfect for their homes or offices.
The students were very focused and attentive in learning their new embroidery skills. They asked a lot of good questions and I really enjoyed sharing my embroidery knowledge.
Interested in learning with me in 2016? Follow me on Instagram @stacywonghandmade.
Community Making at MIXT Studio for Small Business Saturday December 01 2015
Last weekend, we partnered with MIXT Studio in Hermosa Beach, CA for a special community making event for Small Business Saturday. We led a free, Modern Gift Tag making session for all ages. Families and friends came for our all-ages afternoon event.
We provided all creative making gift tag supplies you could imagine (metallic sharpies, tag cutouts, stickers, ink pads, twine, and all kinds of holiday rubber stamps) to make one-of-a-kind, unique gift tags for all of those holiday presents.
It was a fun, relaxing afternoon of creative, community making in the southbay for Small Business Saturday.
A Community Make + Take for Small Business Saturday November 24 2015
Shop local for Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015 and join me for a free, "Make + Take" at MIXT Studio in Hermosa Beach, CA. Create modern paper gift tags using stamps, decals, and inks. Elevate your holiday gifts with unique tags made by you!All supplies/materials provided and all ages welcome.
Plus MIXT Studio will be offering 15% off the entire store and free gift wrapping for all of your holiday shopping needs! MIXT Studio is a truly unique store with a boho beach vibe featuring local makers, grab n go gifts, and lots of stocking stuffers.
For more information and to register for this event, visit HERE.
Paper Flower Making Workshop at Make Collectives October 05 2015
Community Making in the Southbay August 28 2015
Last night, I led a Paper Flower making workshop in Redondo Beach, CA at the pop-up boutique of Open House Modern Beach Design and Ayayay. It was so wonderful seeing all of the creative making happening and sense of community which filled the shop.
I started Community Making Workshops as a way to give back and share with the community. We are often so busy and caught up in our own (and family) lives that we forget that a simple thing as exploring a new craft or learning a skill can foster a cohesiveness and provide an outlet for meaningful connections with the community at large and with other creatives and makers.
It is my hope that by experiencing a workshop you will walk away with a new appreciation for art, crafting, and creativity.
If you know of a local business in the southbay/beach cities that might be interested in collaborating with us or hosting a workshop, please send me an email: stacywong34[at]gmail.com
Paper Flower Making Workshop August 21 2015
We're having our first workshop and we're so excited! It's going to be hosted by the wonderful ladies of Open House Modern Beach Design and Ayayay at their pop-up boutique in Redondo Beach.
Come and create unique paper flowers. They can be used for tabletop decor and party decorations. Our workshops are for all skill levels and experience.
We're looking forward to a super-fun evening and a chance to make and mingle with fellow creatives, makers, and community within the southbay. Hope to see you. To purchase a workshop spot, go directly to our shop right here.
We're super excited to be participating in the Re:Make Festival in San Francisco on September 12, 2015. This festival is part of the Re:Make Conference by the world famous Brit + Co.
We are among a highly selective group of makers selected - to see the complete list, go here. There will be tons of awesome handmade goods to shop as well as lots of cool, DIY projects to try. And, the best part, this Re:Make Festival is complete free of charge.
We'd can't wait to pack our bags for San Francisco and hope you can make it.
New Products - Bauble Box + Mod Flower Box June 23 2015
A short break in the retail show schedule has allowed me to go back to the studio and create.
I've always been a big fan of boxes - keepsake ones, treasure boxes, and especially those which are unique and unusual. They can be made of wood, ceramic, paper or even stone. I've found that boxes are hidden keepers of so many special things - love notes, jewelry, doodles, and more. So it's not surprising that my latest designs involve boxes.
The Bauble Box is actually a product that has been redesigned and updated. Today's version uses natural wood beads and a neutral color palette. I really like the organic feel and simplicity of the box.
The Mod Flower Box is a treasure box for jewelry and other sorts of special things. The original design and happy colors appeal to all ages (young girls, tweens, and hipsters too). They would also be perfect holders for a favorite gift card or even cash.
Do you have a special box? What's it like and why do you think it's neat? Tell us more...
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