Resistance to Giving Up, Resistance to Giving In: A Lil Recap on craftHER Market Fall '17

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

At #bossbabesATX, we're inspired by the magic that happens when people meet. And all of our productions are centered around supporting and sustaining visibility for women-owned businesses, women in the arts and women in the Austin activist community. craftHER Market is no different. Every Fall and Spring, we create a pop-up space within Fair Market, featuring 100+ makers, bakers, artists, weavers, designers— you name it. Every seasonal production of the market is curated to amplify the talent, diversity and artistry of women craft artisans and makers in Texas. It's been inspired by a few of our favorite things: pop-up spaces, traditional marketplaces and the people who organize others to gather. 

From 11 AM to 5 PM last Sunday, 2500+ attendees filled the space to shop local and support women artists. You can check out the maker lineup here and get a full recap on the day's events below.


THE VIBE

Hosted at Fair Market on Oct. 2, our Fall '17 craftHER featured a total of 115 booths, including a lineup of community-based resource tables and activities, as well as a full day of free panels exploring entrepreneurialism and art practice within the maker community. We also raised more than $300 for local relief efforts around Hurricane Harvey, Puerto Rico and Mexico City restoration.

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle


THE PANELS

featuring five discussions between local community members and #bossbabesATX board members, Jane Hervey and Leslie Lozano

This Fall, our craftHER panels explored concepts of community, entrepreneurship and maker culture—through the lens of resistance. Resistance to giving up. Resistance to giving in. And resistance to accepting the status quo. With stage design by Party at the Moontower, featuring a commissioned piece by Alexandra Valenti in partnership with the LINE Hotel, the stage also served as a manifestation of our ethos—supporting women artists and local, women-owned businesses. Find a lineup of our panels below; click through the links for details on the panelists' bios and the subject of discussion:

11:30 AM to 12:15 PM — On Markets As Community panel
12:30 PM to 1:15 PM — On Self-Promotion and Press for Small Businesses panel
(You can catch a live recording of this panel by Rachel Green of ABCU here.)
1:30 PM to 2:15 PM — On Being a Multimedia Artist and Maker panel
2:30 PM to 3:15 PM — On Broadening Your Vision panel
3:30 PM to 4:15 PM — On Making Goods for the Revolution panel

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle

Photo by Tess Cagle


THIS MARKET'S PRODUCERS AND PARTNERS

MEET THE PRODUCERS:
Through #bossbabesATX's work, we hope to foster community, conversation and commerce around women in creative industry and the arts and women-owned businesses. Our productions center on personal and professional development, activism, the arts, entrepreneurialism, and community infrastructure. We believe intersectionality, informed decision-making, sharing professional resources and actively advocating for women's rights and the rights of marginalized peoples are inherently valuable. *Our events prioritize the voices of self-identifying women and non-binary folks. We are not gender-discriminant; all are welcome to attend.

MEET THE PARTNERS:
This market is sponsored in part by the LINE ATX, a 2017-18 partner with #bossbabesATX. Opening in Spring 2018, the LINE ATX will be a cultural center for local and emerging artists, reflecting their stories and sharing a vision for the LINE as an inclusive, rooted, and pioneering hotel in Austin. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.


Want to get involved in the next craftHER Market? Sign up for email updates on our craftHER page and stay tuned for Spring '18 applications (they'll reopen mid-January '18!).

Jane Claire HerveyComment