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Want to present at Midwest Craft Con 2023?

Midwest Craft Con is looking for experienced and knowledgeable creative business owners to share their expertise with our attendees.

Our audience ranges from hobbyists, small business owners just starting out to those who have been in business for 10+ years. A successful pitch will keep one of those people in mind, and we love it when pitches have their own spin on the topic.

Breakout and Workshop sessions are 1.5 hours in length, with built in Q&A time. We are looking for sessions specifically targeted to makers regarding marketing, business, finances, legalities, work-life balance, ideation, creativity and other craft business issues. To get an idea of sessions and workshops we’ve had in the past, check out 2020s schedule here.

Workshops are designed for participants to engage with creativity, regardless of skillset. All projects should be designed as a beginner level. Allowing new students to engage and advanced students to relax. 

Invited presenters will receive an honorarium, hotel stay and admission to our three-day conference with some additional surprises. We regret we aren’t able to invite to everyone who submits an idea, but we hope you will plan to join us no matter what!

We’ll get back to everyone who submits a speaking proposal in the middle of August, and announce the 2023 speaker lineup shortly thereafter.

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Save the Date for Midwest Craft Con 2023!

Midwest Craft Con is back and we have so many exciting announcements to share! 

Who’s speaking at the CON?
Our keynote for 2023 will be: Toni Lipsey of TL Yarn Crafts.

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Toni Lipsey, the designer and instructor behind TL Yarn Crafts, strives to inspire others’ creativity through online tutorials and modern, approachable crochet patterns. Toni learned to crochet from her mother as a teenager and has been exploring the possibilities of yarn ever since. Her current design obsessions are oversized shawls and modern home decor. When she’s not crocheting, you can find Toni cuddled with her 2 kittens and husband in her Ohio home, binge-watching the latest true-crime thriller on Netflix. Follow her daily crochet journey on Instagram and pick up her book, The Tunisian Crochet Handbook, and patterns on tlyarncrafts.com.  Stay tuned for our full length keynote interview.

When is Midwest Craft Con returning?
Never Craft Alone at Midwest Craft Con which will be held March 31 – April 2, 2023 in Columbus, Ohio!

In addition to the 3 day conference, we are adding Craftin’ Outlaws, our annual marketplace on Sunday, April 2 to close the event. 

All experiences will be hosted at the Columbus Museum of Art. Attendees will gain access to the Museum and discounted room rate but it’s not required to stay at our contracted hotel. 

Ticket Breakdown:

  • $299.00 – Member tickets open 9/15/2022
  • $349.00 – Early Bird tickets open 10/1/2022
  • $450.00 – General admission tickets opens 11/01/2022
  • $175.00 – $200.00 Day passes open 1/15/2023

If you haven’t been to our conference, prepare yourself for an endless weekend filled with pom poms and googly eyes, while you build your creative business. Get ready for our keynote(s) to fill you with inspiration, meet your creative heroes you admire online, and prepare to see colleagues you only see across the aisle at craft fairs.  Make new friends who help provide the extra drive you need to keep your business growing, long after the conference has ended. 

Read more about joining us and lodging

Stay tuned for speaker & workshop sign ups, scholarship forms, roommate options, and interviews with our keynote(s) and so much more!

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Craft Con in the Time of COVID-19

“It’s better to have loved conned and lost quarantined…”

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All photos courtesy of Chris Rutan Photography

As I think back to our glorious time at Midwest Craft Con 2020, I feel really lucky to be part of such an incredibly community. It was such a timely reminder before such an isolating time full of uncertainty.

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We learned. We shared. We brainstormed. We crawled, crafted, karaoked. We grew as professionals, creatives, human beings. We bonded as sisters.

Thanks to our craft supply sponsor, Darice, for inspiring our instructors and offering casual crafts between sessions. We’re so happy to work so closely with an Ohio-based supply company who prides itself on supporting independant artists!

We were inspired by our speakers and instructors. Sara Trail, whose message of justice for all (and quilting for all!) resonated profoundly, despite being the youngest speaker we’ve ever had. Jennifer Perkins got us comfortable being out of our confort zone with her mixed media painting class. Elaine Grogan Luttrull got us over our fear of taxes with tips and tools. Plus many, many more.

As we move forward, before we even think about future programming (although we did announce that we will be hosting some kind of one-day event in the summer of 2021!), we want to make sure that our community is ok and want to help everyone stay connected.

We’ve hosted some virtual karaoke parties and happy hours in our private Facebook group, but we’d like to set up a more structured schedule of programming as we move forward.

Starting in April, we’re planning the following:

First Thursday: Craft Crawl: go Live in our Facebook during the day and share your craft projects, a book you’re reading. Share what you are working on or how you are passing the day.

Second Thursday: State of Craft Panel Discussion via ZOOM. We will record it and share if you can’t attend. Different topics each month with some panelists. We will record this if you can’t view during the specific time.

Third Thursday: Karaoke DAY – Dance, sing, lip sync for your life.

Fourth Thursday: Office/Happy Hour – Share a skill or offer advice.

Save the dates and we’ll get more details out soon! The best way to stay in touch is to sign up for our Newsletter.

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Until next time, stay healthy and stay crafty. There are good things to come!

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Full 2020 schedule + a special opening ceremonies!

Welcome to 2020, the year of Midwest Craft Con! We’ve just put up the full schedule of our creative business conference for your perusal. It is three days of business workshops with incredible speakers, hands-on crafting sessions and inspiring keynotes. If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, those are available right here — and day passes are now available if you can only join us for part of the weekend. 

To help kick things off we are hosting a creative art show with our friends at Blockfort Galleries.  wohl_whiteamerica - Jessica Wohl

Statements crocheted in yarn. Manifestos in embroidery. Quilted declarations.

In a season of heated political discussion, Midwest Craft Con has partnered with the Blocfort to host an exhibition of craft as activism. Selected from a call-for-entries, these works cross traditional craft with topics political and social justice, showing just how loudly modern craft can speak as an art form.

Artists featured in the exhibition include Bonnie Peterson, Alyson Toone, Jessica Wohl, Al Hoff, Rachel Baker, Zak Foster, Jen Edwards, and Letitia Kenemer.

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Opening Ceremonies – Open Call

Calling all makers, creatives and artists!

Blockfort Gallery, in association with the Midwest Craft Conference, is seeking entries for Undeniable Thread, an exhibition featuring works of art that utilize craft mediums as social or political discussion points. Throughout history, the use of art and craft in creating discussion around social and political issues is undeniable.

Inspired by the 2018 curated exhibition, Making Change at MODA put on by friend at 2020 breakout instructor Betsy Greer, Undeniable Thread seeks to highlight current uses of craft in modern discussions.

Works of artwork for the exhibition may range in medium and content, however, both evidence of craft and it’s social or political discussion will be considered when selecting works for this exhibition. Works will be selected by the Midwest Craft Conference team and aided by Blockfort Gallery.

Artists are able to submit as many works as they would like, with the knowledge that the selection committee may only select up to two pieces from any one artist. Blockfort Gallery takes a commission of 30% of the sale of work. Works should be priced accordingly. Works exhibited in the gallery will also appear online for sale on the Blockfort Gallery website for the duration of the exhibition. Artists are not required to price work for sale.

The exhibit will house a private reception for attendees as an opening ceremonies the Thursday evening before the conference. There will also be reception that will be open to the public.

Our call for entries will close November 30th with notifications going out by December 15th, apply here.

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Want to teach at Midwest Craft Con 2020?

Midwest Craft Con is looking for experienced creative business owners to share their hands on experiences with our attendees.

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Last year attendees learned the art of shibori dying, crafted wooden jewelry and crafted their way into macrame with hands on workshops taught by creatives around the Midwest.  In 2020 we are once again looking for makers to teach their skills in a variety of different formats.

Invited teachers will receive an honorarium, hotel stay and admission to our three-day conference and some additional surprises. We regret we aren’t able to invite to everyone who submits an idea, but we hope you will plan to join us no matter what! Interested teachers should apply here.

If you’ve got an idea for a talk you’d like to give at Midwest Craft Con 2020, fill out this proposal form by July 28th! We’ll get back to everyone who submits a speaking proposal in the middle of August, and announce the 2020 speaker lineup shortly thereafter.

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Want to talk at Midwest Craft Con 2020?

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2018 Midwest Craft Con Speakers from left to fight: Crafty Chica, Gemma Correll and Lesley Ware speaking on one of our all in panels.

Midwest Craft Con is looking for experienced creative business owners to share their experiences with our attendees.

Our audience ranges from small business owners just starting out to those who have been in business for 10 years. A successful session pitch will keep those business people in mind, and we love it when people put their own spin on the topic. Breakout sessions are 1.5 hours in length, including Q&A time. We are looking for sessions specifically targeted to makers regarding marketing, business, finances, legalities, work-life balance, ideation, creativity and other craft business issues. To get an idea of sessions we’ve had in the past, check out 2018’s schedule here.

Invited speakers will receive an honorarium, hotel stay and admission to our three-day conference and some additional surprises. We regret we aren’t able to invite to everyone who submits an idea, but we hope you will plan to join us no matter what!

If you’ve got an idea for a talk you’d like to give at Midwest Craft Con 2020, fill out this proposal form by July 28th! We’ll get back to everyone who submits a speaking proposal in the middle of August, and announce the 2020 speaker lineup shortly thereafter. Interested teachers should apply here, if you’d like to teach a hands on course.