The handmade movement here in the US links and aligns sustainability, authenticity and the infinite human capacity to create. All things I love to celebrate here.
New industries start on the fringes. (As I learned from Wendell Dunn, in the early days of the internet.)
After seeing a wide range of Americans -- mostly women, many with an agenda to recycle and consume less -- creating small home businesses from making and selling craft and art works, I started to watch.
I came across an excellent podcast episode, Craftypod's Making A Creative Career, With Kim Werker. Kim talks with Diane Gillieland about following her creative love as a career path.
If you're starting a business, invest 30 minutes to hear Kim's archetypal story of the ups and downs of making her avocation into her profession.
Please stay tuned, there's a more in-depth post on handmade in the works. And an update on another Conscious Business project -- I'm excited by the responses from some great people I've approached on the topic of fear as it operates in the workplace.
(Hat tip to Kim Fraser, Spoonflower's crafter-in-chief, for the heads up on Craftypod. Spoonflower produces print-on-demand fabric, with a potentially great business model combining elements of Threadless, Etsy, and Lulu. They use online so skillfully to tell their story that I wanted to hop on a plane to Raleigh-Durham for a visit. Fascinating.)
(and the photo -- a work in progress, I'm getting crafty myself and learning how to crazy quilt!)