Inspired by Makies at Make It Edmonton

Apr 17, 2013 | Sparkly Love

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This last weekend at Make It Edmonton, we couldn’t walk across the floor of the Enjoy Centre without someone asking us about Make It Happen! How to Succeed in the Handmade World and our Indiegogo campaign.

While feeling the love for the documentary was fantastic, listening to the stories of different Makies was truly inspiring (“Makies” are the rockstars that sell at Make It).

You see, for most of the vendors at the show, they never expected to be living the life they lead. Like so many in the handmade world, most had stories of falling into their creative businesses almost by accident.

Some went to art school while others developed their own style and technique as a creative outlet. Many had day jobs that became unfulfilling. Others had children and found that running a small creative business gave them the flexibility they needed to balance family and career. Some came from creative families and always knew they would be in the arts while others didn’t discover their creative passion or talent until their later years.

The powerful thing that united all of the designers, crafters and artisans at Make It Edmonton was that they all dared to take the leap. They put themselves on the line and made themselves truly vulnerable by asking the public to buy creative products that are an extension of themselves.

There is true bravery in this kind creative vulnerability.

These are stories worth telling, but we need your help. Contribute to our Indiegogo campaign before it ends and help spread the word in your community so we can Make It Happen!

You inspire us.

Jenna + Neil

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Make It Happen! How to Succeed in the Handmade World is an independent documentary that tells the story of everyday people who have taken the leap to quit their day jobs and start creative handmade businesses they love. Help us tell these important stories.

Please take a minute to view the trailer on the Indiegogo campaign page, contribute and share with your community.

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