to the Washington, DC's chapter of the Craft Mafia, a group
of savvy artists and crafters spanning the nation from
coast to coast!
mission of the DC Craft Mafia mission
is to bring craftiness to the nation's capital through:
the independent artist community by directly
member in the promotion of their business and providing venues for other
and crafters to showcase their work.
- Educating the public on
the importance of buying handmade and providing venues
to further the "Buy Handmade"
- Performing community outreach,
both to bring crafting to new audiences and
to fundraise for local charities.
About the Craft Mafia: (From the
main Craft Mafia site)
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 first Craft Mafia was founded in 2003 by nine crafty business women 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!