In addition to networking and activities that help us connect as a community of makers and business owners, the weekend will be chock full of speaker sessions, small business classes, panel discussions, and roundtables pertaining to topics that are particularly relevant to those of us in the world of craft businesses.
Have you felt stuck for some time? Whether it’s the intimidating business side of art, maker imposter syndrome, or your corporate work sucking the life out of you, this workshop is for you. Laura will be your guide as you check in with your body, identify what’s stuck, visualize your dream future, and translate your feelings to watercolor. Everyone gets stuck – join this interactive workshop for playful and useful tools to fuel you forward.
You’ll leave this workshop with:
1. Tools to identify and manage your inner critic
2. Watercolor worksheet
3. Concrete next steps created by your inner leader
with Laura Kiyoi
E-com I: Thinking about setting up your own e-commerce website, but unsure where to start? In Intro to e-commerce we’ll go over the pros and cons of various platforms and how to choose the one that is right for your business, the use of 3rd party site (like Etsy) vs having your own, what integration you might consider (email, shipping, reviews, various payment options ect), and best practices. This class is also great for anyone who has a website, but is contemplating a change of platform (wondering if you chose the right one??), or could use some foundational information about how e-commerce works.
with Celestial Sipes
Are you a creative in love with what you do but you experience physical pain (back pain, headaches, carpal tunnel, neck pain, etc.) in the process? Do you want to know how to explore how everything in the body is connected from head to toe and all that exists in between, around, deep, and on the surface? In this session, we will explore and deepen our understanding of our physical pain as creatives through the body, mind, and nervous system. We will interactively play with body mechanics, pause, movement, the senses, and presence. Come join us for an interactive, reflective, somatic experience around connecting and making space for all parts of our selves to be, show up, and integrate.
with Annasassia Nelson
E-com II: In this class we’ll talk in a little more advanced way about e-commerce and optimization: which integrations will improve sales or work flow, how to improve conversion rates (or learning what a conversion rate is!), how to find and interpret data (and some good baselines to use), when to hire a web developer, and a brief overview of SEO (we could do a whole other class on this and I am not an expert but I’ll get us pointed in the right direction!). This class is for anyone who has an e-commerce website that is working for them, but wants to get more out of it. There will be a little crossover between this class and e-commerce I, particularly when we talk about integrations and best practices, but we’ll be getting more in depth here.
with Celestial Sipes
In this workshop, Renée Beaudoin from the Pantry will help illuminate your days by showing you how to dip candles. We will be making handcrafted candles with beeswax, while learning how to use clean-burning wicks, with the option of using dried foraged botanicals, and how to incorporate color. You will leave with a set of adorable hand-dipped beeswax birthday candles and 10″ tapers.
with Renee Beaudoin
Ok so you’ve got your business, your website, your Insta/Twitter/Tiktok handles. That’s everything right? Sure! Social media gets the word out about your business and what you’re selling, but what about the passive income platforms like Patreon and YouTube? In my class I’ll go over what I’ve learned about utilizing these two outlets, my successes and my failures, the expectations vs. reality, and why it might be right for your business venture.
with Jamie Von Stratton
Are you looking for a way to connect with nature and create wearable art? Interested in learning the basic bundling techniques to achieve clear and crisp prints on protein fibers? In this 90 minute class you will have to ability to slow down, set intentions and learn more about the magic of botanical printing.
Each participant with leave with two scarves and the basic understanding of eco printing.
with Kendra Russo
Here’s what I found out through years of helping artists and makers create profitable, satisfying creative businesses….Regular ole marketing strategy is like kryptonite to artists… and the marketing strategy that works is the one you want to do because it’s fun.In this class, I’ll help you detangle the process of marketing and sales so it feels not so overwhelming… natural even. This class investigates what world you want to create as an artist, who are you creating it for, and eases the process of inviting people in, and asking them to buy.
Through a series of exercises, reflection, and live demonstration, campers will effortlessly create new marketing ideas and copy that will welcome in new life long clients. You’ll leave this class excited to sell your work, you’ll know exactly what to say, and (fingers crossed) you may even NEVER dread selling again.
with Emily Ellen Anderson
In this class, I will briefly talk about the origins of quilling, go over techniques and teach you the basic shapes and tools used. We will create simple projects for you to take home and hopefully after the class, you’ll have an appreciation for this centuries old art form.
with Nikki Furlong
This class will outline which aspects of your business are the most important to keep track of, and strategies and suggestions for how to incorporate this into your everyday life so that you aren’t slammed with an overwhelming amount of work come tax-time.
We’ll cover why and how to track revenue, expenses (and which are deductible), business miles, home office expenses, and saving receipts. We’ll also have time for Q&A so bring your burning record-keeping questions!
with Lindsey Ross
Camp ThunderCraft wouldn’t be nearly as awesome without our generous sponsors! All these wonderful businesses are helping out in some way to make sure the weekend is super fantastic.