The Maker Movement
Before we dive into what a Maker's Market is, let's take a step back and look at the Maker Movement that is sweeping across our country.
As Adweek describes it, the Maker Movement is:
...the umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers. Makers tap into an American admiration for self-reliance and combine that with open-source learning, contemporary design and powerful personal technology like 3-D printers. The creations, born in cluttered local workshops and bedroom offices, stir the imaginations of consumers numbed by generic, mass-produced, made-in–China merchandise.
The Maker Movement is bringing the spirit of tinkering, creating, and innovating back to Americans. Instead of just being consumers, people are becoming makers. Innovators are saying "I can make that!" Some creators are igniting passion for new hobbies, while others are turning their innovations into small businesses. Who qualifies as a maker? The New Yorker defines makers as,
...a mélange of back-to-the-land simplifiers, socialists, anarchists, and tweedy art connoisseurs—the makers are a diverse bunch. They include 3-D-printing enthusiasts who like making their own toys, instruments, and weapons; tinkerers and mechanics who like to customize household objects by outfitting them with sensors and Internet connectivity; and appreciators of craft who prefer to design their own objects and then have them manufactured on demand.
If you are making, you are a maker. The Maker Movement is so exciting because it is empowering individuals to create and innovate. There's no telling how we can change communities, and ultimately our world, if we all tap into more creativity and innovation.
A Maker's Market
With the increase in creativity and innovation flowing from the Maker Movement, there is a need for more venues to highlight maker talent - enter Maker's Markets. Think craft show meets flea market, with an urban flair. A Maker's Market is more inclusive than a craft show (since it includes more than just crafters) and it's more discerning than a flea market (sorry, no resellers allowed).
The vision of the Creatively Lancaster Maker's Market is to give creative micro-entrepreneurs a venue to get their products in front of a receptive local customer base to ultimately launch or build their business. We want the Creatively Lancaster Maker's Market to become a creative shopping destination as well as a fixture for local creatives to strut their stuff. Are you a maker looking for a venue to promote your products and engage in an enthusiastic creative community? Stay tuned for our next blog post about being a Creatively Lancaster vendor (and in the mean time, check out our Vendor page!).