I just wrapped up a trip to the Maker's Summit in Greenville, SC and am kind of bursting with inspiration, motivation, and kinship kindled by a weekend focused on all things creative business with so many wonderful, talented people.
The conference is put together by the Maker's Collective, the group that also organizes Indie Craft Parade (among other endeavors). They did such a stellar job! The speakers, experts, peer groups were excellent and the venue, organization, logistics were well considered and it made for such a great experience. It is not at all a "scene" instead it is a weekend of targeted, helpful, empowering information and creativity community building. If you are a creative entrepreneur or working artist I would definitely recommend considering this conference!
A few takeaways:
- Relationships are EVERYTHING: Ok, I know we all know this intuitively but it was great to hear tangible examples of how much the relationships we form and nourish shape, and even make or break our businesses. Support each other and leverage your connections. We're all in this together.
- Find your Northstar: Justina Blakeney talked a lot about this in her keynote and it was kind of awesome how many of the speakers who followed picked up on her language and also shared how this is what has driven them and their success. Pinpointing what you your end-goal is gives you the clarity you need to focus your goals, choose projects, define your aesthetic, and determines where you put your energies. This is such a challenge for me because I love ALL the THINGS and want to do ALL THE THINGS. Focus, Emily, focus.
- Be Generous: With yourself. With each other. With your inspiration. With your audience. With your time. I shared this on Instagram when I got back to town and really felt like this was the overarching theme of the weekend. I have tended to hoard my ideas and inspiration thinking someone is probably already doing it better, or I need to have everything perfected before I can release something into the world. Nonsense! I am really going to push myself to keep sharing my experiences in the fine art world as well as continue to improve how I share my Ink and Indigo work. Seeing crazy successful people like Kristen Ley of Thimblepress give freely hard to find info about wholesaling, sourcing, and business lessons learned was awesome. So many good takeaways and I love that when I thanked her for sharing so generously she said "That's how it should be! Pass it on!" Amen, sister.
- Social Media is Nothing to Fear: Emily Jeffords and Will Stewart of 98c gave a ton of good information in the Social Media Marketing workshop. From general strategies and conceptual approaches to the more technical nitty gritty stuff, I feel much less intimidated and totally empowered to make social media work for me as I move forward to expand what I do here with Ink and Indigo. I want to share a few things I picked up here soon-so much good info!
- Creative People are the Best Kind of People: I know I'm biased here but DAMMIT ITS TRUE! I met so many lovely folks and formed friendships that I'm looking forward to having forever. It was such an inspiration to be around my people!
Have you attended a conference or event that inspired you in your work or business? Any questions about my experience at Maker's Summit Hit me up! I'd love to chat more about it!