Craft Bash: Meet There There Collective

Craft Bash: Meet There There Collective

There There Collective

Jewelry by There There Collective

Courtesy of There There Collective

We're counting down the days until our holiday Craft Bash on December 1 and its preview party on November 30. Both events feature more than 70 talented Minnesota makers. We asked our co-curators, There There Collective, to give us some insight into who they are, the artists they curated, and what they’re looking forward to about the event.

Tell us about There There Collective.
We are a collective of women who are all about supporting one another. Our work is tied together through collaborative efforts, a shared aesthetic, and a drive to create objects that inspire one another. Our collective is rooted in friendship and began as the post-college project of Lucy Voller and Molly Martancik to keep each other motivated to make art. It gradually evolved to include Lauren Traver and Katie Woodling, who were both makers in the same community. We have loved being able to work alongside each other and share the burden of what it takes to run a small creative business. With each other's support and the support of our community, we hope to be able to continue to grow There There into a thriving collective.

What are you most looking forward to about Craft Bash?
We love having opportunities to connect face-to-face with other creatives and our customers. It's always fun to see work that you admire online in real life. We are excited about all the artists that we are featuring – particularly women artists whose work is truly original and forward-thinking.

Tell us about your curatorial process and some of the artists you're excited about.
Choosing vendors for the event was extremely fun. The four of us got together one weekend morning at Modern Times Cafe to think about whose work inspires us. It wasn't too hard, since we all know and admire many artists. There was a lot of overlap with our choices, but in many ways the vendors we chose represent each of our personalities. We're excited to see what everyone brings to the event. It's always great to see what Ben Fiess is working on. We especially enjoy how his forms combine sculpture and functionality. The pieces are beautiful on their own, but also serve a purpose in the home. We also love the creative expression that comes through with Rachel Corradi and Hannah Brown's work. Plus, we're always into female collaboration. Element Ayurvedic Apothecary is another maker we're looking forward to having at the event, with their full range of goodies to take your self-care to the next level. We think the Craft Bash will be a great representation of the fun and exciting things happening in the Twin Cities handmade world.

Check out the artist directory and details for Craft Bash and get preview party tickets.