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About the Academy of Handmade Artists and Supporters

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Sharon Fain

on 22 November 2013

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Transcript of About the Academy of Handmade Artists and Supporters

How It Started
Two friends who love award shows wondered why nothing like that existed for their friends who were kicking ass at selling the things they make. So they created an organization that would support and celebrate those businesses.

Membership Process
Members are either artists or supporters in the handmade community.
Artists: You must make what you sell and do it for a business not a hobby.
Supporters: Your business must work extensively with those in the handmade community.
Members
In a few short months, the Academy has grown its member base to over 30. These include quilters, needle work artists, bakers, bloggers, graphic designers and fashion designers.

Our members are primarily based in Southern California, but we expect to eventually have chapters throughout the country.
A Little Bit About:
Activities
We surveyed our members and other maker friends and have found they are are looking for two primary activities:
Networking: Making is often a solitary process so connecting with similar people is vital for this community.
Business Support: When you run and create for the business it can be overwhelming. Opportunities to strengthen business skills is crucial to members.
Outreach & Education
Beyond supporting our members in their business endeavors, we also aim to educate people on the handmade movement. We are especially concerned with helping people understand the value behind the craftsmanship and realize supporting products that are made locally by hand contribute to a thriving economy for everyone.
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