Happy 2017, CIA Members! We Have Exciting New Benefits for You!

  Today we’re pleased to be adding a suite of member benefits to your Craft Industry Alliance membership. One of things we can do by coming together as a trade association of craft professionals is negotiate group discounts and access to services that would be difficult to get as individuals. We’re proud to introduce those […]

Reflections on the First Year of Craft Industry Alliance

From Abby: Before we launched we created a Google Doc with ideas for Journal articles. In preparation for the first few issues, we had to reach out to writers to ask if they’d contribute to a publication that didn’t exist yet. I remember calling Melanie Falick at home, shortly after she’d left Abrams, to ask […]

January 2016 Member Survey–Results

Thank you to all of our members who took the time to fill out our member survey earlier this month. The data is helpful to us as we plan the editorial calendar for the Craft Industry Alliance Journal, choose webinar topics and book club books, and generally think about what our members need and want […]

Introducing Nancy Nally

Welcome Nancy Nally, author of the craft news site Scrapbook Update, to the Craft Industry Alliance Journal.

Introducing Grace Dobush

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We’re pleased to have Grace Dobush join our team of writers this week for Journal Issue #4. Grace is covering a hot button issue among crafters – VAT.

Meet Our Copy Editor, Kelly Moyer

We want each issue of the CIA Journal to be the best it can be so we’ve hired a copy editor to review all the articles. Meet Kelly, our editor. (She’s available for your writing and editing jobs too. )

Why We Didn’t Outsource our Website

The CIA website is more complex than it looks. Believe it or not, it is because of that complexity that we decided to do as much as possible ourselves. Learn which tasks we tackled and which we out-sourced.

We’re on The Crafty Planner Podcast

CIA-Podcast-Graphic-200 We are guests on The Crafty Planner podcast today. Hear how the idea for Craft Industry Alliance first came about, what it’s been like to plan and prepare the site over the last 10 months, and what our goals are for the community and knowledge base that will live here.

Meet Our Designers

cia-branding-200As the idea for Craft Industry Alliance began to coalesce we realized that we actually needed to create two different kinds of visuals: illustrations and graphic design. Luckily we found just the right people to work with. Meet our graphic designer, Lindsie Bergevin, and our illustrator, Nicole Stevenson, and hear more about the visual plan for the site.

Meet Kelly Rand

KellyRand2_webMeet Kelly Rand. Kelly is the author of “Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running, and Growing Your Crafty Biz,” published by Potter Craft in 2012. A freelance writer focusing on the intersection between art, craft, making and the environment, Kelly has written for The Crafts Report magazine, Cloth Paper Scissors Studios, the Etsy blog and Bust magazine. We’re thrilled to have her as a writer for the premier issue of our digital journal.

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