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 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 on October 12 and 13 to Fair Market in Austin, Texas—for the first time ever as a two-day pop-up! Stay tuned for the lineup announcement on August 1.

important crafther dates:

July 12 — 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 and identity, within the festival on Day Two, September 7. Click here to get details and tickets.

September 26 — 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.

September 28 — 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.

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

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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.