Today will go down in the books as being one of my favorite days of the year. Jenny and I left last night for Greenville, SC, to attend The Makers Summit. The group of ladies that put this event on, as well as The Indie Craft Parade shows, are phenomenal. I always leave every event they put on feeling excited, taken care of, and marking my calendar for the next excuse I can have to road trip with Jenny up to Greenville.
In short, The Makers Summit is a "one day business conference for the art, craft & design world." We had amazing keynote speakers like Stephen Fraser (co-founder of Spoonflower), Grace Kang (creator of Pink Olive and Olive Box) and Kimm Alfonso (community outreach director for Etsy). We also had a handful of amazing panelists who are creative entrepreneurs making big things happen. One of my favorites was Barb Blair of Knack Studio, also known for her amazing furniture painting on Design*Sponge. We ate delicious food from local restaurants, got to network with some amazing people, promoted our design business, and took advantage of photo worthy opportunities via instagram (@maiedae) and my handy dandy camera. ;)
We ended the night with "the best craft party ever", had a delicious dinner, drinks, got to try our hand at some screen-printing, talked with lots of people about their business, and did some serious crafting time. I can't wait to go back to Greenville soon and spend some more time exploring downtown and the arts district.
Here are a few shots from our night: