So I just authored a submission to kickstarter to make Craftysuffs Mercantile a reality.
Some of the things I want this center to be:
A center for learning: Wilmington is overwrought with yarn shops and quilting shops asking for $50 or more for a lesson! UGH! I am proposing a skill share style of classes, taught by one another, co-op style. AFFORDABLE. Learning how to knit, sew, paint and craft is not a privilege. It is going to help people rely less on retailers and more on becoming self sufficient and sustainable. There will be cheap and free workshops in addition to the mega-affordable classes. How about hosting crafty parties? We clean up the mess and would be open to birthdays, baby showers, scout/civic groups (to earn badges!) and local groups wanting the space for team building through craft excercises.
Also, a library and copy service to get patterns you need or articles to better your skills with!
A safe place to create: How many times have you tried to sew or scrapbook and a pet or roommate or child has ruined hours of hard work? College students can’t exactly bring all their sewing/crafting/art gear to their dorm. How about a place that has these facilities to rent by the time block? Sewing machines, sergers, cutting tables and the like available for your craft, in a supportive and helpful atmosphere.
A place to trade: Hosted swap meets/free craft marts, bizarre bazaars, a consignment base favorable to the crafter (think etsy store!) and vintage, local, handmade and unique craft supplies to buy! I want to carry fabric, patterns, books, local zines, ephemera and the lot. Affordability is key.
A place to share: Would you like to join or start a craft club? How about some comfy couches and good lighting? You say you want to do a gallery style craft show? Trunk show? The local groups like Stitch n’ bitch, craft mafia etc have to rely on crowded coffee shops to host their groups. This would be a place to host a charity quilting bee or a Wilmington Etsy group!
I also hope this expands to offer wood/metal shop and kitchen factions….
So tell me. What do you think?