On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about running an independent publishing company with my guest, Amy Barickman.
Amy Barickman founded Indygo Junction, a sewing pattern and book publishing company, in 1990. Indygo Junction has published over 1,200 print pattern titles and 80 books.
Amy also develops products for licensed programs with leading manufacturers in both the craft and gift industry, including her Crossroads Denim fabric line with James Thompson Co. Amy’s most recent book, The Magic Pattern Book, was published by Workman in 2014.
Amy has a passion for all things vintage and has an impressive collection of textiles, handmade fabric, and needle art. This collection is the inspiration for much of Amy’s work including her book, Vintage Notions, and newest fabrics line, Vintage Made Modern, with RJR Fabrics.
We talk about:
- the sewing and maker scene in Kansas City
- how Amy invented Indygo Junction’s unique business model
- what Quilt Market was like in 1991 and how it’s changed (and stayed the same) over the past 25 years
- the difference in look and feel of consumer shows, like the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo, and trade shows
- Amy’s role as a historian of women in the domestic arts
- self-publishing a book
Amy and I refer to:
- Andrews McMeel publishing company and Baker & Taylor book distributors
- the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild
- the Indygo Junction YouTube channel
- the Costume Society of America
- Roundtop and the Country Living Fair
- her interview at Quilt Market in May with Alex Anderson
And, of course, Amy and I recommend great stuff we’re loving right now. Amy recommends:
and I recommend: