SC-based Indie Craft Parade seeking Charleston area art submissions

Its the final days of submissions for Greenville, South Carolina's Indie Craft Parade this fall.

The last day for artists to submit work in various categories is June 20. Submissions were first accepted on June 1. Go online to apply.

The 10th annual event has also announced major changes this year in order to position the event and its team for further growth and expansion. Set for September 13-15, the effort will be at a new, permanent venue, Furman University’s Timmons Arena, giving the 100-plus exhibitors more generous booth space while also better accommodating Indie Craft’s ever-expanding attendee base.

The event has contributed an estimated $900,000 to the Greenville area's annual economic impact, according to a press release.

Previously home to the Hill Skills craft fair, Timmons Arena has a legacy of giving artists a platform for sharing their talents. According to longtime vendors, Indie Craft is reputable for not only being a profitable venture but also a staple on the modern craft fair circuit. Stats from last year’s vendor sales indicated a nearly 30-percent increase year-over-year.

All Southern makers and artisans are encouraged to submit their work in the following categories: "2D Fine Art" (prints and originals), "3D Fine Art" (ceramic, glass, wood, metal), "Fiber Art" (felted, knitted, crocheted, woven), "To Wear" (jewelry, clothing, purses, hair accessories), "Paper Goods" (stationery, handmade books, paper crafts) and "Everything Else" (toys, pet accessories, home goods, garden).

The 2019 jury panel will include Annie Koelle (artist, Greenville), Allison and Jamie Nadeau (Ink Meets Paper, Charleston), Phil Sanders (Citizen Supply, Atlanta), and Erica Tuomi (Willowvane, Raleigh, North Carolina).

In the months preceding the event, Indie Craft Parade’s Lib Ramos, Erin Godbey, and Jen Moreau will settle into a new office in Greenville’s Sans Souci neighborhood. The 1,800-square-foot building provides workspace for the trio, a permanent storefront for their Holiday Pop-Up Shop, and dedicated future space for artists to host small events.

“When starting this event in 2010, we never anticipated this type of incredible response," said Lib Ramos, creative director and co-founder of Indie Craft Parade. "Our team’s new physical work space reflects our growth, opens up limitless possibilities, and furthers our commitment to expanding and evolving the way we support and empower creative entrepreneurs in our community.”

Details of the birthday-themed celebration to come in August. Follow Indie Craft announcements and progress on Instagram (@makersco) or visit the event online.