Saturday, July 14, 2012

Saturday Link List - handmade artists networking

For those that enjoy creating art, having a network helps in so many ways.    Most of you that visit my blog know that I am a member of Etsy, the online handmade marketplace.   But do you know the teams I belong to, and the ones that I admire?  

July Giveaway - Jewelry box from A Bird in the Hand Art
The one team that I'm most involved with is the Blogging Business Artisans (BBArtisans).  We believe in promoting our business through  blog posts and comments on other social media sites.  I know lots of artists have blogs; if you're one, consider joining Etsy and the BBArtisans - we are now accepting new members. 

I also belong to the First Friday Art Walk (AWE).  I just love the idea of art walks and joined this team two years ago (though I must admit I haven't been too active of late).  Every first Friday of the month, members of the team put together treasuries (gallery collections of items for sale) from each other's shops, and we all take a stroll.  

My favorite jewelry team to follow is the Etsy Beadweavers (EBW).  I love going over and visiting their blog when their challenge is up and running.  Isn't this jewelry just fantastic?!  Thank you, Rose (RandomCreations #12 in the challange), for telling me about the Beadweavers.  You have to appreciate all the hard work that's put into each piece.  Come by and vote for your favorite piece - good luck in picking just one!      

Winter book swap 2012
If you love books and art like me, check out the BEST team (Bookbinding Etsy Street Team).  One of the requirements for this team is that at least 50% of your products be handbound books or book art objects.  These are serious bookmakers!  I've been wanting to make some more journals of late and their blog is the perfect place to go to be inspired.  

Another favorite team I follow but haven't joined is called EcoEtsy.  Their blog, Team EcoEtsy, is dedicated to "reducing, reusing, and recycling".  I love the sound of that!  They have business and eco tips on their blog for handmade artists, posts about healthy eating and gardens, and motivational articles with eco-inspirations.   There are over 300 members and every day a new post appears - a very busy blog.  I "liked" their Facebook page (along with 2,832 people!)  


Sheryl Hastings said...

Great post! I can't wait to see who the lucky person is to win the cute jewelry box!

Rose said...

I agree with you about networking! Thanks for the shout out.

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Teams are really what make Etsy complete for me :) Of course I love selling, but the connections we make through teams are worth so much more :)

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