Get to know the makers, businesses and faces who are helping us create Midwest Craft Con! Today we meet Alison Rose, screenprinting legends who have been making stuff Columbus for over a decade. Nick and Alison Nocera, a wife and husband team, whom have clothed Columbus for over a decade in shirts with cats and Ohio mixtapes. You can meet at the conference within our trade show, where they will be bringing their live printing cart (making special Midwest Craft Con tees!) and selling a collection of wallets, new enamel pins and koozies.
Megan: How long have you been in the creative scene? How did you get your start?
Alison Rose: We started Alison Rose in our tiny apartment back in 2003. At college we were making T-shirts and clothing for family and friends, and it was something that we’ve always wanted to explore more.
Megan: What services do you provide to your community?
Alison Rose: Aside from our own line of goods, we offer high quality custom printing and design services. We pride ourselves on hand printing (no robots here) monitoring and inspecting every shirt to ensure top quality.
Megan: What are you most proud of when it comes to your business?
Alison Rose: We are most proud of the blood, sweat and tears that go into our small business. We are very hands-on when it comes to any project we are involved in. We take pride in knowing that we built this from the ground up, from a idea to now our full time jobs.
Megan: What is one big mistake you’d suggest others avoid when entering the handmade arena?
Alison Rose: Pick your focus, and put the time into that focus. Don’t let your business rely on a trend. Trends change, so center around a classic idea and adapt to trends as they come and go.
Megan: Any big goals for the new year?
Alison Rose: We’d like to expand our line and hope to reach out to more shops around the world.
Megan: What are you most looking forward to at Midwest Craft Con?
Alison Rose: Seeing and meeting some new faces! There is always more to learn no matter how long you’ve been in the game!
Extra special thanks to Nick for designing our logo and branding for Midwest Craft Con! Meet Nick and Alison and so many other makers at Midwest Craft Con in February!