Brick-and-mortar retailers are a cornerstone of the craft industry, but the retail environment is going through drastic changes right now. In this panel discussion three brick-and-mortar craft shop owners will give us an honest picture of the challenges and opportunities they’re currently facing, and how designers and suppliers fit into the retail picture.
Who doesn’t dream about getting paid to take a vacation? Teaching your craft on a cruise ship, visiting exotic ports, and eating great food sounds like a frolic, but don’t be deceived – it’s also hard work and is not the right fit for everyone.
Located in Ely, Minn., close to the Canadian border, Ely Folk School offers an eclectic mix of year-round classes to residents and visitors alike.
Before even launching her sewing pattern business, Erin Weisbart was asked to appear on a PBS sewing program. How did it happen? Erin tells us how she got that gig.
Asking for what you want or need is hard. In your personal life, that’s called advocating for yourself, whether it’s for more help around the house or saying no to toxic relationships. In your business life, it’s called negotiating. It’s funny that saying no to a friend that is rude or overbearing makes perfect sense, but asking for better terms from a business partner strikes fear in the hearts of even the savviest entrepreneur.
If you have considered teaching online independent of the large craft platforms, here are some things I have learned that might be worth thinking about.
In the absence of a national platform for assessing craft teachers and class experience, show owners and event organizers are on their own for vetting instructors. Some best practices are emerging, especially as students’ expectations rise and professional teachers raise standards.
Over 1 million people took a class at a Michaels store last year. Michaels is the nation’s largest art and craft retailer and customers can take classes in painting, drawing, scrapbooking, cake decorating, knitting, and crochet at their local stores. But what is it like to teach those classes?
The Handweavers Guild of America (HGA) announced that it will significantly increase teacher compensation in order to keep the conference pay competitive.
The Social Justice Sewing Academy merges the social justice conversation with sewing. It helps build students up and allows them to thrive in a positive setting.
A contract for creative teachers and lecturers protects both parties and prevents surprises since everyone knows what’s expected ahead of time.
Looking to teach your passion nationwide? You can do it! You’ll need to build your reputation and establish yourself as a qualified and capable instructor.
See the World and Get Paid for it! Jane LaFazio Describes How She Travels and Teaches Internationally
Artist, Jane LaFazio, travels the world teaching art. Is this an option for you? It might be easier to arrange than you think! =
In this one-hour webinar, you’ll learn how to design & teach an outstanding online class that your students will love and how to effectively teach online.
Teaching at conferences can be a great way to build a national teaching resume. Expert Ashley Nickels shares her tips for making the experience successful.
An open letter to the community from John Bolton, General Manager of Interweave. This letter apologizes for and announces corrections in favor of teachers.
Changes to Interweave Yarn Fest Contract Shift Financial Risk and Promotional Burden from Show Organizers to Teachers
#FairFiberWage was a trending topic on Twitter last week after fiber arts teacher Abby Franquemont published a piece on Medium entitled, What Does It Cost to Hire Top Talent in the Fiber Arts? I’m Glad You Asked. The conversation was spurred by the latest contract offered by F+W Media to Interweave Yarn Fest teachers. We explore what the contract looks like now and what the implications are for teachers at this show.
Here’s a guide to a few reputable, online teaching platforms and advice from makers who have experience using them.
There are dozens of online meeting and webinar tools available. We took a look at some of the most popular to compare the prices and some of the most critical features.
Teaching your craft professionally can be a great way to earn income and establish yourself as an expert in your field. Here’s best practices!