The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) has issued a call for entries for the 2014 Metalsmith Juried Exhibition in Print for works that are about animals, of animals, and even for animals! The deadline to apply is January 31,2014.
The contest is only open to SNAG members and you have to submit your entry via CaFÉ™. Visit the SNAG website for more details
Ran across this intro to an article at the Boston Globe: Textile Dressing - Wear Your Art on Your Sleeve. While you have to be a subscriber to the Globe to read the whole article, there is plenty of good info for free. The article also references a Wearable-Arts party, which is also a great concept for an arts and crafts business with a retail or popup presence.
If you live in New South Wales take a look at this Imagination is Everything craft contest. Deadline to enter is December 31, 2013 and the show takes place in March 2014. $1,000 prize.
The theme of the exhibit is Textures of One. So you have to do a line drawing of three wispy tree trunks. Not sure if you have to be a local artist - check out the Textures Of One Facebook page for full details.
Looking for other craft shows? Check out my guide to finding local craft shows.
Read about this shopping destination earlier this year and thought you may be interested in reading an update recently posted in the Orlando Sentinel about Artegon Orlando. Artegon Orlando aims to have some artist tenants with studio and retail space.
The information I read about this concept earlier in the year stated spaces would range from 100 to 10,000 square feet with flexible leasing terms available. For more info, call Scott Benjamin at 407.256.486 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want a good alternative to braving the horrifying traffic and crowds on Black Friday? Check out some of the fantastic vendors on Etsy or ArtFire. Check out my articles about online arts and crafts marketplaces for more suggestions for online alternatives for hand-made holiday presents.
Just published a two-page article about increasing your chances to be accepted at juried craft shows by submitting stellar images. The first article covers hiring a photographer and buying the best equipment you can afford The second talks about backdrops, whether it's ok to photo-edit and light tent alternatives.
You may also be interested in these two articles:
While much of this information will not be new to established arts and crafts businesses, I found good basic information about strategic promotion for crafts shows at an Etsy-related promotional blog.
I'm a big fan of holiday pop up shops, especially if you can get the space for free. While it may be too late to do something like this in your local area this holiday season - keep it in mind for next year - the Hammer Museum Arts Restore LA worked with local shop owners to fill empty storefronts in Westwood, CA with an array of artisan vendors.
This pop up shop arrangement takes place from November 1 through November 24. A good idea for all as it will bring foot traffic to the area.
A relatively easy crafts business to start is one using felted or knitted products to make childrens items. If you want to find out more about the fabrication procress, read my article about starting a craft business making children's items.
While I can't find the angora animal shop I reference in the article, here are two other similar Etsy shops which will give you an idea of pricing/quality etc.:
Found this link from a London, England publication about the Renegade Craft Fair. For more information about craft shows I recommend you consider (Renegade is one of them) see my article about planning to attend craft shows.