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A Look Back at Our First Craft Fair

December 12th, 2014

As Tennessee Craft’s 50th anniversary quickly approaches, it’s hard to believe how much the organization and its fairs have grown in the past years. A few members have been here to witness this growth and change, including Pat Beaver. Pat Beaver’s influence on the very first craft fair, held in 1971, began with a frustration […]

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Handcrafting Your Business: Design for Survival Workshop

December 1st, 2014

With the amount of creativity and hard work that goes in to creating beautiful crafts, it’s easy to overlook the details of running a successful craft business. And, let’s face it, the technicalities of pricing, marketing and running a business aren’t exactly the most entertaining tasks. However, these aspects are a huge part of making […]

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Your Guide to Shopping Local This Holiday Season

November 12th, 2014

    With “Jingle Bells” taking over the radio, moveable reindeer meticulously being placed upon lawns, and store windows filling with fake snow, it’s nearly impossible to ignore the start of the holiday season. Whether you excitedly embrace this time of year, or avoid it at all costs, gift buying can be overwhelming to say […]

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Must-Have Apps for Tech Savvy Craft Artists

October 10th, 2014

In the age of the ‘I’ve got an app for that!” response, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the vast amount of phone applications out there. Apps for cooking, shopping, learning graze the screens of our iTunes stores daily. But after sifting through the Black Hole of apps, we’ve found some that can help with […]

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Tribute to Sylvia : Fulfilling a Final Request

September 15th, 2014

Sylvia Hyman, a woman passionate about her craft, had a talent at finding ways to integrate her life into her work. Her ability to take an everyday object and pull out its beauty carried over into her attitude toward life. Becoming her own medium exemplified everything Sylvia strove for in her art and left behind […]

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Co-Working, Community and Coffee

September 10th, 2014

  Co-working spaces, a growing trend amongst non-traditional workers, are popping up everywhere. With promises of free coffee and Internet, most people are probably ready to bolt  Image by: http://www.theemployable.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/coworkingmain.png   out of their stiff, metal chairs and confined white walls to opt for one of these more creative spaces.    While sitting on exercise balls or perfectly […]

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Artist Statement Faux Pas

May 2nd, 2014

Despite the awkward requests to ‘brag about yourself’, or ‘provide praise of your work’ that many artist statements require, the short document is a crucial part of your craft business and will be a quick way to get buyers interested in your tent at the Craft Fair. The task of describing your own work can […]

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Possibilities with Pinterest: Self-Promotion made easy

April 24th, 2014

The amount of new social media sites popping up lately can seem overwhelming to say the least. However, outlets like Twitter, Facebook and even Pinterest can serve as great marketing tools for your craft. With just a few days remaining before the 43rd Annual Tennessee Craft Fair, we share these simple steps to mastering some […]

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Handmade Here: A Tennessee Craft Chapter Exhibition Awards

March 21st, 2014

Tennessee-based craft artists came together to create an impressive lineup of uniquely beautiful pieces for Tennessee Craft’s “Handmade Here: A Tennessee Craft Chapter Exhibition”. The search for artists, all who call Tennessee home, brought a wide variety of craft categories including wood, clay, jewelry, and metal to the table. While the competition represented members of […]

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Thank You!

March 19th, 2014

Our staff, board, members and supporters would like to express our gratitude for the recent support we have received from area Foundations. The Frist Foundation and Memorial Foundation generously funded recent upgrades to our database and website.  By updating the technological backbone of our organization, we are now better positioned to focus on and accomplish […]

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