Gearing up for the Phoenix Indie Craftorama!

We’re almost there – our event is only two days away! Half of me wants to sweat bullets and the other half is all about chilling out and enjoying the experience. It’s been a LONG time since I’ve organized any kind of event – I think the last time was almost 10 years ago when I organized a reggae concert at a night club.

I’ve been so impressed at all these cool crafty events happening all over the country, and even more proud that Phoenix has so many craft collectives. I thought it would be a great idea to combine the two energies into one event.

The first thing with any event is finding a good location. I used to work at The Duck and Decanter and know that after 30 years in business, it is still one of the MOST popular places to go on a Saturday. They have heavy gourmet sandwiches, imported cheeses and chocolates, wines and beers from any country you can think of. It’s owned by The Mettler family and believe me – they know how to throw a party! Tod Mettler has become a strong spirit in the local community and has been holding successful events on the Duck’s property. When I mentioned the idea, he put the plan into action! Our event will bring the Duck new customers, and us crafters will benefit from having a classy, comfy place to hold our function. It is a win-win situation!

Tod even put together a crafty sandwich special for the day!

Next it came time to find the vendors. We have limited space, so instead of offering one booth per artist, I decided to have one booth per group. This way the artists can work together as team to come up with a killer display of their best work to sell. And attendees can visit the booth and feel that camaraderie. They will learn which groups are accepting new members, or how to start their own group.

Once those details were set in place, I wanted to add a community aspect. So Tod helped me reach out to Changing Hands Bookstore to do author signings. They gladly agreed! Josie Cirincione author of Collage Lost And Found: Creating Unique Projects With Vintage Ephemera will be giving demos of her collage techniques, as well as signing her books.

All day we’ll have demos going on, from puppet making to spinning yarn to making sea shell shrines. Becky Stern our local rock star of Craft Zine will be there all day representing the magazine. Becky organizes a local Phoenix DIY Meet Up each month. Patrick, my hubby, will be playing reggae grooves from 10-1 p.m.

Next, I wrote up a press release, sent it to the local media, and then had postcard fliers made for the event. I went through VistaPrint because they have such great deals, especially if you sign up for their newsletter!

Today the heads of each group (that sounds so Godfather-ish!) are all meeting at the Duck for lunch so we can have a run-through – and so we can all meet in person. Good vibes! Everyone is so excited!

My favorite part of all of this is bonding with other local crafters, and craft groups. If you are a passionate crafter, I highly recommend joining a group. It’s a way to step out of your normal routine and learn something new, gossip about goofy stuff, make new friends, and get motivated. The downside is that I met other wonderful groups after the event was set in place, but if all goes well, we’ll do a bigger event in the future and include those groups too!

If you are a Phoenix crafter, feel free to bring some business cards down, I’ll have an info table with everyone’s info. It’s all about supporting each other!

Turn on the boob tube today to see Stacey from The Arizona Crafty Burritos on the Pat McMahon Show at 9 a.m. on AZTV. And I will be on Good Morning Arizona tomorrow at 7:45 showing samples of the things that will be for sale Saturday!

WHAT: Phoenix Indie Craftorama: Craft Collective Art Fair
WHEN: Saturday April 26, 2008, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
WHERE: Duck and Decanter, 1651 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix. 602-274-5429

ADMISSION: Free.
The Phoenix Fridas, The Phoenix Craft Mafia, Las Bandidas del Arte, Conspire Co-op, Calaca Art Collective, The Purdy Girls, and the AZ Crafty Burritos! Seven Phoenix craft collectives unite their glue guns for a kick-butt one day crafty sale. Prizes, demos, book signings and more!


Las Bandidas del Arte, one of the groups that will be there!

Visit The Official Phoenix Indie Craftorama Site to see the groups that will be there on Saturday!


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Love & light,


One Response

  1. I really hope this is a hit and you’ll want to do more of these because I can’t make it to this event and I’m just so thrilled that finally AZ has a cool crafty event like this: )

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