Are you wondering what market trends are affecting the artisan sector during the pandemic?
In this mini course, you will get:
- Two pre-recorded panel discussions from 2020 and 2021 with experts in the artisan sector
- A better understanding of how US buyers adapted to COVID-19
- Access to the 2021 Handmade Buyer Research Report as soon as it is released
Meet the Panelists
With extensive experience working with artisans globally, our panels includes visionaries working in some of the most prominent organizations working with artisans today.
Powered by People
She is the co-founder of Powered By People (PBP), a B2B platform connecting small batch and handmade brands and producers globally with international buyers through digital production tools and access to financing.
Hedvig is a Danish Army Captain and Yale graduate. She founded Far + Wide Collective, an online platform with a network of 5,000 artisan producers selling to 400 retailers in 18 countries. She led Building Markets adding 1.6% to Afghan GDP (‘06), was Managing Director of Turquoise Mountain and founded The Pin Project for refugees.
World Fair Trade Organization
Jette is the World Fair Trade Organization’s Partnerships Manager. Jette leads on creating new projects and partnerships to support Fair Trade Enterprises around the world with a particular focus on creating new market opportunities for Fair Trade. Jette has created partnerships with commercial platforms and helped members to access them. Before coming to WFTO, Jette worked for Trade Aid in New Zealand.
By Hand Consulting
Colvin has been marketing handmade products his whole life. His early career started with his family's wood-carving business where he developed his entrepreneurial spirit and understanding of all facets of running a business – a talent he carries through in his consulting today. Colvin serves as the National Sales Manager for several American handmade companies. He was the Director of Craft Marketing for George Little Management, a leading US trade show management company. And he co-founded Melange, a successful import / wholesale company offering handmade products from artisans worldwide. Today, as co-founder of ByHand, Colvin is the tireless traveler found in all corners of the world, working side-by-side with artisans to strengthen their businesses and increase their market exposure.
Trade + Impact
The Trade+Impact Association was co-founded in July 2017 with the help of Daniella Mastracci and the Founding board members. Trade+Impact is a community where everyone is encouraged to contribute, consider, and cultivate women-led social enterprises in the craft and natural cosmetics sectors. Trade+Impact was established to support and champion these women-led social enterprises, raising awareness and advocating for these extraordinary businesses which both create exceptional products and make deep and profound impacts on their employees and their communities.
By Hand Consulting
Co-Founder of ByHand Consulting, Karen was drawn into the artisan sphere through her interest in economic development and her aspirations to use the "trade not aid" approach – and she has never left! From her work with non-profit organizations, including Aid to Artisans and HAND/EYE to consulting to international development organizations in more than 30 countries, and co-founding a successful import / wholesale company, Karen has seen first-hand how the artisan sector touches on all aspects of sustainable economic development. Today, as co-founder of ByHand consulting, Karen leads project management and new business initiatives. Karen has led ByHand Consulting's role as a founding member of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, an initiative with the US Department of State and Aspen Institute. She is an active Board member of HAND/EYE.
Gain a competitive edge by hearing directly from buyers on their experience in the market during the pandemic, and answer questions about how they work with artisans.
What's in the Mini Course?
Take a look at the outline below to get an idea of what you will learn in this mini-course.
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Understanding US Buyer Perspectives
Get insights into US Buyer perspectives from 2020-2021 in these two panel discussions
2022 Summer Tradeshow Snapshot
Curious about the US summer tradeshow season? Want to know how they work? How this season went? Or what you can do to prepare for next year? Join the conversation with Laurie Kanes, owner of 12 Small Things and a long time Aid to Artisans (ATA) Buyer Relationships Consultant, Michelle Karol, Director of Tradeshow Sales at IMC, and Lauren Barkume, ATA's Training Director, in discussing this year's summer tradeshow cycle for handmade makers and buyers.
Image Credits: Lauren Barkume, plus images courtesy of Trade+Impact, WFTO, Powered by People, and ByHand.