Produced by #bossbabesATX, craftHER Market is a biannual pop-up space, showcasing the talent of women and nonbinary makers in Texas.

 
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crafther market re-opens on october 12 and 13 in Austin, texas at fair market.

At #bossbabesATX, all of our productions are centered around sustaining communities that care about gender equality and supporting local, creative businesses. 

craftHER Market is no different. It's been inspired by a few of our favorite things: pop-up spaces, traditional marketplaces and the people who organize others to gather. In its two years of production, craftHER Market has showcased more than 700 makers and seen 18,000+ attendees and 2,300+ applicants. Opening every Spring and Fall, the day-long community event features entrepreneurial panels, opportunities to support local nonprofits and family-friendly activities. 

Reflecting a myriad of women and nonbinary artists and creative entrepreneurs across Texas, all 115 of our seasonal exhibitors own their craft, and at least 90% of our booths exhibit wares made by hand.🎈Our next craftHER Market is on october 12 and 13 in Austin, Texas at Fair Market. Applications will reopen on June 10.

important crafther dates:

May 17 + 18 — #BBATX Anniversary Fundraiser Events and Workshops
We're turning four! Click here to learn more about how to support our annual birthday fundraiser.

May 28 — Crepe Paper Flower-Making: A craftHER Workshop
In this detailed, three-hour workshop on May 28 from 6 to 9 PM at the #BBATX HQ, you’ll learn how to create a simple crepe paper rose with Mélissa Peng, the founder of Camellias and Curls. Mélissa will show you how to create the bloom and leaves, as well as various coloring and texture techniques.

May 29 — Indigo Dyeing Techniques: A craftHER Workshop
During this creative experience, Edwards will introduce you to indigo dye and various resist techniques that can be used to add patterns on fabric. Each participant will have a 15”x 24” 100% cotton wall hanging, jute string, wax and clips to use to create their very own wall hanging. Some of the techniques learned during this three-hour experience will include batik, shibori, and tye-dye.

May 30 — Embellish and Enliven: A craftHER Workshop
On May 30 from 6 to 9 PM, join artists and collaborators Stephanie Page and Tina Sparkles for a workshop centered in fashion and friendship. The purpose of this workshop is to gain simple hand sewing skills, recall the stories our favorite clothes hold and give those well-loved clothes new life.

June 10 — craftHER Market Fall ‘19 Applications Open
Mark your calendars. Applications open on June 10, and it’s only $5 to apply. (Sign up for our email list at the bottom of this page to receive inbox updates around craftHER.)

June 21 — Grants Close For The Curly Executive Grant for craftHER Entrepreneurs
Learn more about how to apply for this grant here.

September 7 — craftHER Market pop-up during BABES FEST 2019
BABES FEST is an ~ annual convening of minds ~ in Austin, Texas, celebrating and amplifying women and nonbinary artists. As a weekend-long exhibition, the festival’s performances, panels, pop-up markets, film screenings and networking hours span music, film, art, creative education and comedy. craftHER Market will host a pop-up, exploring contemporary craft, within the festival on Day Two, September 7.

October 12 and 13 — craftHER Market Fall 2019
We’ll back at Fair Market for two days in the fall. Yeeeeee.

spring ‘19 Maker Lineup

April 14, 2019
11 AM to 5 PM
@ Fair Market
1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

When you enter the market, stop by our info table for a market map and vendor information, opportunities to contribute to the grassroots raffle, a peek at work by our featured craftHER Market resident artist (TBA soon) as well as a craftHER photobooth by our friends at Simplebooth.

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spring ‘19 Panels

synergy (noun): the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

How do we create synergy within our projects and within our lives? In these panels, speakers will explore what synergy looks like in creative work, communication and collaboration.

Thanks to our craftHER sponsors Volusion and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, these panels are free and open to the public, with stage design coordinated by our lovely friends at Party at the Moontower Rentals.

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM — Workflow and Family Life
Led by #BBATX committee member Jasmine Robinson, this panel will explore the constraints and pressures parents face in the workforce. How can we design environments and expectations better suited for those of us with children? Speakers include Violeta Mojica Hernandez of Hermanitas Boutique, Jeanne Schultz of Jeanne Schultz Design Studio, Shelley Moon of Shelley Moon Designs and Taylor Huntley of Mama Mangos.

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM — Hobby or Hustle?
These days, it feels like everyone’s got a side hustle and a little idea can easily sprout into something big. What if you want to stay small? What makes you make the decision to move a side hustle into your main hustle? In this discussion, panelists will dig into the pressure many of us face with monetization and business growth. This discussion has been curated by #BBATX committee member Kristina Gonzalez, joined by Meesha Farzaneh of Saffron Soul Textiles, Claire Siegel of The Petite Professional and Chardae Adams of Zetland 855.

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM — Diverse and Inclusive Marketing
In this talk, #BBATX committee member Isabella Toledo will lead a conversation around diverse and inclusive marketing practices. How responsible are we for the audiences our projects and businesses attract? Speakers include TK Tunchez of Las Ofrendas and Frida Fridays ATX, Kelly Dugan of Peach Fuzz magazine and Adriana Arispe of Meer Bra.

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM — Staying Socially Responsible
Moderated by #BBATX committee member Cara Cate, this panel will profile creative leaders who have pursued business ideas and community projects with social good in mind. Speakers include Elie Wu of The Mahala Project, Tina Sparkles with IMMEDIATE Fashion School and Yvonne Keyrouz of The Seam Project.

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM — Don't Compare Your Creativity
Comparison is the thief of joy and original creativity. In this discussion, #BBATX committee member Cynthia Munoz will interview different creatives about their approach to competition and collaboration. Speakers include curator and gallerist Sarah Castillo, Mel of Grow Your Lovespace and Monica Valenzuela of Decussate Magazine.

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read interviews with craftHEr makers exploring creative entrepreneurship, leadership and wellness.

 
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What Others Have to Say

Fill up on notes and quotes from previous participants and attendees.

Still psyched on all of the positivity from #bbatx’s craftHER Market. Thanks to everyone who came out for sweet sweets!
— Squee Club, 2017 vendor
I went for reconnection, inspiration and curiosity and I left sure that I’m gonna get my creative juices flowing again and get my butt back to the sewing machine! Thanks #bbatx for making craftHER Market happen.
— Frankie, 2017 attendee
craftHER Market was the best! We had such a great day that I didn’t get a good shot of my booth. It’s truly such a rewarding experience watching people react to my work. I loved seeing SO many people laugh.
— Earthereal Design, 2017 vendor
I’m still buzzing from the excitement of yesterday and wanted to share a note of gratitude. craftHER Market Spring ‘18 was my second CraftHER, and the experience was incredible. Both markets gave me an opportunity to push myself further than I ever have, but participating for the second time allowed me to see just how far I’ve come. I was confident that I was capable, but didn’t have access to a platform to create at such a volume. Thank you for providing the space for me to take a significant step forward in my business. CraftHER gave me the revenue and experience to continue the journey of growth. I am so grateful to each of you for creating this community, and providing an opportunity for makers like me to succeed.
— Rachel Musquiz of Curcuma, 2018 vendor

Curious about the market? Want to apply? Get updates!

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Meet the Market's Producers and Partners

craftHER Market is produced by a team of staff and volunteer committee members at #bossbabesATX. #bbatx is a nonprofit organization that amplifies women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and community organizers. Our event series, showcases, strategic collaborations and professional development programs provide a platform of visibility, outreach and financial opportunity to 1000+ emerging women and nonbinary creatives, entrepreneurs and organizers per year. On top of that goodness, the public-at-large is invited to participate and learn more about how gender inequality affects their daily lives. More than 10,000+ community members annually attend our showcases, markets and dialogues—and in the last three years, our programs generated an additional $1million for the Austin economy.

This year's market is supported in part by our partners at Volusion, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Fair Market. This year's in-kind contributors and supportive brands included Party at the Moontower Rentals, MY EVENT IS THE BOMB and Austin Woman Magazine.

Would you like to partner on craftHER Market 2019? Please email thebabes@bossbabes.org.