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 FROM 11 AM TO 5 PM EACH DAY in Austin, texas at fair market. ENTRY IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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 600 makers and seen 15,000+ attendees and 1,800+ applicants. Opening every Spring and Fall, the two-day 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 150 of our seasonal exhibitors own their craft, and at least 90% of our booths exhibit wares made by hand. Check out the recap from Spring '19.

This Fall 2019, the market returns for its first-ever time as a two-day pop-up on October 12 and 13 at Fair Market in Austin, Texas. The market is free and open to the public from 11 AM to 5 PM each day. We’re family-friendly, dog-friendly and human-friendly, too. :) 🎈

FALL ‘19 Maker Lineup

Oct. 12 and 13, 2019
11 AM to 5 PM
@ Fair Market
1100 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

Our market is free and open to the public. We’re family-friendly, dog-friendly and human-friendly, too. :)

When you enter, 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, Edith Valle, as well as a craftHER photobooth by our friends at Simplebooth.

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Fall ‘19 Panels

Thanks to our craftHER sponsors Tito’s Handmade Vodka and the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, these panels are free and open to the public on October 12 and 13, with stage design coordinated by our lovely friends at Party at the Moontower Rentals.

DAY ONE LINEUP — OCT. 12

• 11:30 AM: Cuttlefish-Casting
Gather at the panels stage to watch a demonstration from multidisciplinary artist and craftHER maker Coelina Edwards.

• 12:00 PM: Make Your Money Work For You
In this panel, members of the #BBATX community will discuss the financial mindsets and practices it takes to scale a side hustle and launch a business.

• 1:00 PM: Contemporary Craft and Cultural Appropriation
What are the lines (and relationships) between appreciation, appropriation and plagiarism? In this discussion, artists and makers will weigh in on the ways that contemporary craft borrows and steals from Indigenous practices and customs.

• 2:00 PM: Self-Doubt And Starting A Business
We often start businesses to solve the problems we see in the world—to be the message we wish to see in our communities. Even still, pursuing entrepreneurship can be lonely and mentally challenging. How do we become our own best cheerleaders?

• 3:00 PM: DJ Set by #BBATX Resident Artist

DAY TWO LINEUP — OCT. 13

• 11:30 AM: Community Loom with Zanny Adornments
Gather at the panels stage to watch a loom demonstration from Zanny Adornments. Following the demonstration, all will have the opportunity to contribute to the loom throughout the market.

• 12:00 PM: An Artist Talk Featuring Edith Valle
In conversation with artist and #BBATX board member Xochi Solis, craftHER Market’s artist-in-residence illustrator and designer Edith Valle will discuss her inspirations and creative career.

• 1:00 PM: Making A Living On Multiple Incomes
Small business owners and creative entrepreneurs typically pursue multiple projects and streams of income to make a living. In this discussion, you’ll hear from different thought leaders in the Austin community who are making it work.

• 2:00 PM: Making The Most Of Your Time Online
How many hours of your day do you lose scrolling Instagram? In this panel, we’ll explore establishing healthy relationships to technology, productivity hacks and simplifying our time on social media.

• 3:00 PM: DJ Set by #BBATX Resident Artist

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Fall ‘19 Community Tables

Every year, we invite community groups to table at the market free-of-charge. Stop by their table on the craftHER lawn to learn more about what they do and participate in an activity.

Community tables to be announced on October 1, 2019.

Fall ‘19 Community Raffle

At every market, we host a little raffle to fundraise for a community-led initiative or nonprofit. (Our raffle prizes are comprised of donations made by vendors participating in craftHER.) To get your name in the raffle, stop by #bossbabesATX’s info table and purchase five tickets for $5 (you’re welcome to grab as many as you’d like)!

Raffle beneficiary to be announced on October 1, 2019.

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Fall ‘19 WORKSHOPS AND POP-UPS

Beyond the market on Oct. 12 and 13, craftHER Market hosts pop-ups and other workshops throughout the year. Here’s a full look at craftHER’s Fall ‘19 workshops and pop-ups calendar.

September 21 — Learn How to Laser-Cut With Woman-Owned Fabrication Studio, MakeATX
Join us on September 21 from 5 to 7 PM at Make ATX’s studio to play with lasers. :) During this craftHER Market workshop, you’ll receive an introduction to laser-cutting, led by artist and MakeATX designer Devon Stonebrook. Devon will show us how laser-cutting works, what materials can be cut by a laser and how fabrication tools can be used to create next-level products and branding materials. Beyond learning how to laser-cut, this workshop will also serve as a moment to explore MakeATX’s woman-owned, membership-driven makerspace and fabrication studio, while meeting other people who make things with their hands. Click here to register.

September 28 — Crepe Paper Flower-Making: A craftHER Workshop
In this detailed, three-hour workshop on September 26 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. Click here to register.

September 28 — Indigo Dyeing Techniques: A craftHER Workshop
During this creative experience, Coelina 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 tie-dye. Click here to register.

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

October 20 — Make a Ceramic Vessel: A craftHER Workshop
Join us on October 20 from 2 to 4 PM a The Commune ATX’s Annex studio to create your own ceramic vessel—perfect for pet water bowls, as a catch-all for your keys or more. During this craftHER Market workshop, ceramicist and craft artist Sequoyah Johnson will lead you through the steps of creating your own ceramic dish. Held within The Commune ATX’s workshop space, The Annex, this afternoon workshop is open to all skill levels.. Click here to register.

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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 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.

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