Tuesday, December 9, 2008

First Meeting Wrapup.

We had a great turnout at the inaugural meeting of the Indy Craft Mafia. Over 20 people, from experienced independent business owners to evening/weekend hobbyists, showed up to discuss the direction of the group. With a majority in the latter group, the overall feel of the night was growth, learning and community.

We discussed membership tiers, potential ideas and directions, and learned a little bit about each other. It was encouraging to meet so many diverse individuals who all have a common interest in nourishing a creative community in Indianapolis. With the help of everyone, we'll be able to make Indy's Craft Mafia a very successful, fun and accessible community for all who are interested in being involved. Our intent is not only to help and encourage each other, but to extend our hand to the local community and become a positive influence.

So, we look forward to meeting everyone and getting things started in the new year. If you weren't able to make it to Sunday's meeting, please visit our website for more info on becoming a member. More info will be coming in the weeks to come.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Indy Craft Mafia...first meeting location determined

hello all. we have secured a location for the first meeting of the Indy Craft Mafia.

we will be meeting on Sunday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. at the Earth House Collective, which is housed inside the old Lockerbie United Methodist Church building at the corner of New York and East, downtown. (no, our organization is not religiously affiliated. we just happen to have a friend who runs the coffeehouse in the collective.)

their address is:
237 North East Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

their phone number is: 317.636.4060

check out their website if you want more information about them:

everyone is welcome at the first Indy Craft Mafia meeting. please come out to meet the gals who have formed this group, listen to what we've got to offer, what events we've got planned and what we'd like to see happen in our town.

for details about the Indy Craft Mafia, please check out our Myspace page at:

or our website at:

hope to see you all on December 7!
-Allison, Amanda, Amy & Candice

Indie Handmade Businesses of Indianapolis...UNITE!

check it out ladies and gents. we've got an operation running in our town now.

The first Craft Mafia™ was founded in 2003 by nine crafty businesswomen in Austin, TX. The group originally came together through a shared love for craft, DIY ethics and mutual respect. As the Craft Mafia™ developed it became a forum for networking, promotion and shared ideas. Since it's development in Austin, other Mafias have popped up across the globe. Founded in October of 2008, Indy is the newest member of the family.

The Austin Craft Mafia™ established the Craft Mafia™ site and network to link and cross-promote sister groups in other cities, share web traffic, and provide helpful information to other professional craft designers and groups.

The Craft Mafia™ is an organization of independent business owners who represent multiple creative disciplines in fashion, jewelry, handmade goods, fine art, writing and craft design. The Craft Mafia™ serves as a model for independent business owners to assemble with other entrepreneurs in their own communities to amplify their individual vision through the power of a collective. The Craft Mafia™ offers resources for small businesses through their website, books and television. The Craft Mafia™ website represents and links to all affiliated groups that have adopted the Craft Mafia™ name.

The Indy Craft Mafia will utilize monthly meetings, commercial fairs, juried shows, workshops and social events to encourage and promote local artisans and crafters, foster a sense of community and lines of communication between independent business owners, and pass on techniques to a new generation of crafters.

If you are interested in learning more, we are having our first meeting on Sunday, December 7 at 6:00 p.m. (location information coming soon). Everyone is welcome at the first meeting to decide if this is a group they would like to commit to. Please check out our website and join us at the meeting to see what we've got to offer!