July 28, 2010
sometimes, being a craftster can can mean being lonely. many of us work out of our home and sell solely online, so it can be hard to even see the light of day! often times family members or other professionals simply don’t understand crafting, let alone leaving the workforce to pursue it full time. the good news is, there are many of us who do understand! with craft communities and forums popping up all over the place, it’s easy to find like-minded supportive people, doing the same thing you are. today, i’m going to share some of my favorites with you!
the first craft mafia was founded by 9 crafty gals in austin, tx. now there are groups located in over 30 cities and new ones being started all the time! craft mafia is a community of indie biz owners in the handmade market out to serve other entrepreneurs by meeting together and empowering each other’s craft. they offer resources and advice through their website and even give you the opportunity to start your very own craft mafia in your town!
craft sanity is a unique blog and podcast site for the craft community where you can tune in to hear your favorite artists interviewed and latest books reviewed. the site is dedicated to all the crafty souls out there, so you’re sure to feel right at home!
crafster is a nationally renowned online community where people can share hip diy projects and get involved with the crafting movement. it’s the largest online community indie crafts and is regarded by many as one of the cornerstones of the recent renaissance in crafting known as the “indie craft movement.”
get crafty is an online forum where you can create an account, post pics, share your blog and discuss topics with other crafsters in a forum setting. with plenty of articles on projects, a diy guide and stories from around the community- you’ll be busy for hours!
supernaturale is an indie site dedicated to the diy culture in all its glorious forms. from simple afternoon home improvement projects to radical lifestyle choices- everyone is welcome. they celebrate ingenuity, creativity and the handmade and with an online magazine, a bbs and group blog called glimmer, they’re a bursting community ready for you to join!
the switchboards is a place for indie business women to get together and talk ‘shop’ in a creative, supportive atmosphere. founded in 2004, they’ve done a lot to publicize creative women in business through using forums, product displays, mutual link sharing and joint advertising.
whip up is a community of artists, crafsters and makers who share ideas in a central space. it’s about experimentation, innovation, self expression and the sharing of information and ideas. take time to create and let them support you in moving life into the slow lane to better enjoy the experience of it.
cafe handmade is where the craft community can come together, discuss topics, share their blog, shop, join groups and even attend a virtual craft show! with tons going on and lots of ways to get plugged in, you’ll find a spot for you in no time.
what are your favorite ways to get involved?