Hello artists, crafters, and designers! This post is what we like to call The Handmade Market Application One-Two.
One: The application deadline for The Handmade Market on Saturday, April 23 is fast approaching. You have until March 13 at midnight to submit your application, so hop to it!
Two: We receive lots of email questions regarding the application process – what are you looking for? why was my application rejected? what can I do different or better next time? While the basics are covered here, we’d like to offer a couple of pointers (looky there, another one-two).
1. Make sure that your work fits the scope and style of The Handmade Market. We strive to showcase unique, high quality, independent artists. We try to create a balance between all of the diverse forms of art, craft, and design work. This makes our shoppers and artists happy, as it helps to spread those all-mighty American dollars around. And we love to include fresh faces, folks who are new to the art/craft/design scene, new to the area, or who hail from other parts of the state or region. Take a look at the participating designer galleries from past shows.
2. Make sure that your application photos are good. Really good. This is hands-down the top reason why applications don’t get accepted. We read your description for an overview, then we look at your photos, then we decide (so that’s more of a 1-2-3). Take a second look at your photos. Make sure they’re the best quality possible. Make sure they capture the goods that you’re applying to sell. Make sure they’re recent – we’re excited to see what new directions you’re taking and what new skills you want to show off.
For even more tips, Richmond Craft Mafia shared some great insight on their Handmade Holiday blog a while back.
Best of luck!