//The Craft Guerrilla Manifesto//
Craft Guerrilla is a designer maker lead collective set up to work with independent Artists,Creatives and Designer Makers of quality hand made goods.
We aim to work within the community,collaborate with local businesses and indie retailers/companies so we can create something of true worth.
//So what are we all about?//
The aim of The Craft Guerrilla is to join forces with others to set up craft events in vacant or unused venues,associate with indie businesses,provide a community to link and cross promote independent designer makers,sister armies in other cities,share web traffic,and provide realistic information and resources to our designer makers.
Craft Guerrilla Army is taking on the world for a better hand made
existence! We've had enough of soulless, mass produced tat and so has
the average consumer.
Craft Guerrilla serves both as a resource and a viable platform to showcase up and coming designer maker talent through retail opportunities.
We serve as a model and we hope others will join too!
Craft Guerrilla was born out of a shared idealism with regeneration,recycling,sharing of knowledge and the revaluation of the hand made movement at its heart.
It all started -officially- back in 2008 by Ceramicist and all round crafter Deborah Daniel as a direct response to mass production and the inequalities the majority of workers faced within the textile industry, the need to be more hands on creatively in today's society and realising the power of the actual mechanics of making as a therapy. Plus the need to bring hand made goods into a level synonymous with quality goods and filling a gap in the market.
// Make & Educate //
Craft Guerrilla is all for education and that's why we've set up our highly successful D.I.Y. craft nights and mini workshops providing educational workshops open to the public and held by professional designer maker tutors to empower everyone to be more craft sufficient!
We've also worked with organisations and corporates to provide interactive and educational events.
Though we believe everyone should be able to learn a skill we also believe the teaching of skills should be charged and this is why we are part of the campaign "Stop working for FREE".
Because if anything offering skills at no pay actually does more harm then good,after all we want to show the value of hand made and not treat it as something of less worth then a mass produced item. In the long run expertise should be remunerated appropriately and fairly.
What is the East London Craft Guerrilla and The Craft Guerrilla connection?
"The East London Craft Guerrilla" is simply: the first Craft Guerrilla army! As we're based in East London and this is such a big city we thought it would be great if we could leave it open for others to join us in the other compass points!
However you do not need to be a member to sell at our fairs/markets.
Do I pay commission on any sales at Craft Guerrilla markets? NO,definitely not,you pay for a stall and that's it!
How much do I pay for a stall?
It's all dependent on the venue/location though we do price our stalls fairly and competitively.
Can I set up my own "Craft Guerrilla"?
The name "Craft Guerrilla" is trade marked so you'll need prior consent though we'd love a few more collaborators. And if it can be you that'll be amazing! But before you do we would like to know who's out there planning to use our name and following our manifesto... besides it would be rude to just go ahead without asking! To apply please e-mail us.
Can Craft Guerrilla fund my collective?
Because we are independently run and self funded we do not have the capacity or funds to support other collectives or organisations. The work we do serves as a model and we welcome applications from potential candidates to open their own armies!
If you'd also like to be part of the Craft Guerrilla world wide collective aka "global craft army" get in touch!
//Please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org //
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