OK, so National Reuse Day isn’t the most festive day of the year–or even the month. Yet October 20, coming shortly before millions of Halloween costumes will be casually tossed in the garbage, is a good day to think about the things in our lives, and how, as artisans and buyers, we can give them a longer useful life.
We’ll say it: Handmade items are Art. And whether they’re functional items (“applied arts”) or decorative (“fine art”), art touches us more profoundly and deeply than most other things. In this post, we’ll explore why that is in interviews with artisans and supporters.
Pricing is one of the hardest decisions artisans have to make. In this post we’ll explain why artisans charge what they do for their handmade products.
Our favorite place to get commissions is the Looking to Commission channel on our Discord server! If you are looking for an artisan to commission that great idea you had, head over to that little spot and you might discover the collaboration of your dreams!
Commissioning an artwork is the process of connecting a customer looking for something special with an artisan willing to make it. In this post, our artisans share their tips and stories for making a successful custom commission.
In order to learn more about “the workmanship of risk” from our handmade policy, we spoke to a few artisans from the co-op about their experiences with risk, craftsmanship, and what “handmade” means to them.
[UPDATED] With a careful checks-and-balances system of accessible onboarding, consistent labeling, incentivized peer verification, and swift action on community reporting. we believe our draft Handmade Policy will stop bad actors and encourage authentic artisans.
[Guest Post 5/5] The final post and conclusion to our series tells about our experience trying other marketplaces as an alternative to Etsy to diversify our income.
We created a survey to learn your opinions on what kind of artisans and products to include on the Artisans Cooperative handmade marketplace. In this post, we’ll talk about why we developed a “handmade” definition survey, and give the background on how the poll was developed.