Makers 5.0 - The Most Frequently Asked Questions

Please read below for the most frequently asked questions, and if you have any of your own, please submit a contact form by clicking here

WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL HELD & WHAT TIME MAY WE ARRIVE?

The Makers Festival is held at Manahawkin Lake Park on September 21 from 10a-6p. Please arrive to festival grounds no earlier than 10a to give our vendors the opportunity to create a welcoming space for you!

WHERE DO WE PARK?

Parking is available at the Southern Regional Middle School School (75 Cedar Bridge Road, Manahawkin). Mud City’s Mud Shuttle & three Jitneys will be making loops to & from the festival grounds, starting at 10a. The last shuttle to the park will be at 530p and the last shuttle from the park to SRMS will be at 6p. More details are available here. Please be patient & safe while traveling!

IS THE EVENT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?

Manahawkin Lake Park is handicap accessible & many of our vendors are situated right along the paved pathways. A limited number of handicap parking spots will be open at the park on a first come, first serve basis. There is also a handicap accessible bathroom onsite for convenience. 

IS YOUR EVENT POOCH FRIENDLY?

Your leashed four-legged friends are welcome at the park.  

IS PAYMENT FOR GOODS BY CASH ONLY?

Some vendors will be accepting credit cards, but not all. There are two ATMs located on festival grounds for your convenience.

SHOULD WE BRING BEACH CHAIRS & BLANKETS?

Please do! We will have picnic tables & rest tents situated throughout the park, but being prepared is a good idea! Open space is on a first come, first serve basis - please understand if there is not an available stretch of grass when you arrive.  

WHY AREN'T YOU SELLING DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES OR PROVIDING PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS?

In the United States alone, over 30 million tons of plastics are used a year and only 8% is recylced - meaning that 92% ends up in oceans, rivers & landfills. We're doing our part to reduce this number by partnering with Alliance for a Living Ocean (who is setting up Water Filling Stations that dispense fresh, cold water to fill up your reusable bottles). Klean Kanteens will be available for sale at the ALO tent, and reusable Makers Fest totes will be available for sale onsite at the MakeShift PopUp in the gazebo overlooking the lake.

WHO IS VENDING/PERFORMING/MAKING/ETC?

Please visit the Handmade Vendor, Food Vendor, Beer & Band Lineup pages for all this information! Stay tuned for the Festival Map designed by Creative Team Member Dawn Simon of Swing Graphics & Breaker Zine!

ARE YOUNG YOGIS WELCOME TO ATTEND YOGA CLASS?

Young yogis are more than welcome! Please register here, and BYOM (bring your own mat).

I AM A MAKER! HOW DO I BECOME A VENDOR?

Submissions for this year's Makers Festival are closed, however additional vendor opportunities will become available soon. Please sign up for our mailing list at bit.ly/MKRSmail to stay in the know.

Meet The Makers: Alex Spector

Alex Spector of Spectacles is a free spirited gypsy soul with a heart of gold & more than a touch of sass.

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  • What is one thing you would like the public to know about your business?

I’m a self taught illustrator that has just begun and continuing to learn her creative process.

  • Where do you see yourself & your craft 5 years from now?

Creating content for clients and brands.

  • Is your business a hobby, full-time work, or both?

Both.

  • What would your advice be to others looking to start something similar?

Never doubt your innate abilities.

  • What is your favorite part about working in the creative field?

Positive feedback from friends and strangers, feeling proud of pieces I’ve worked hard and long on, finding inspiration in my everyday life.

  • What do you think the most common misconception is about your craft?

It’s nothing new, it’s part of a trend.

  • What inspires your work?

Me! My interests, my style, my body, my loved ones.

  • Why did you choose to participate in The Makers Festival?

It’s my first time selling my art in public and I feel comfortable in a town and community close to home.

  • What motivates you in the face of adversity?

The support of my family, friends and even people I don’t know who have reached out in these baby stages for Spectacles truly motivates me when I start to doubt as to whether I have what it takes to pursue my passion in a creative field.

  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

Breath under water because baby we’re going down- Er the waters coming up?

Meet The Makers: Jennifer Sidle

Jennifer Sidle of Jennifer Sidle Art is a classical trained ceramicist raising a creative force of a child in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband Adam.

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  • What is one thing you would like the public to know about your business?

My art is personal for me, each peice is virtually one of a kind. I usually make series of a particular style with different variations with in the series.

  • Where do you see yourself & your craft 5 years from now?

Hopefully with a successful online store

  • Is your business a hobby, full-time work, or both?

Right now it's part time, but hopefully one day I can be a full time maker.

  • What would your advice be to others looking to start something similar?

Have a cohesive look to your booth, make sure your booth design enhances your work.

  • What is your favorite part about working in the creative field?

Meeting like minded people who enjoy the creative process.

  • What do you think the most common misconception is about your craft?

That it is easy.

  • What inspires your work?

I create to calm my anxiety, but music is a big inspiration for me.

  • Why did you choose to participate in The Makers Festival?

I participated last year and it was the best out of 15 festivals I did.

  • What motivates you in the face of adversity?

The satisfaction of winning. Getting to that goal line and knowing each stumble just made you stronger as you persevere.

  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

The "force" from star wars seems pretty good to me, does that qualify as a super power?

Meet The Makers: Molly Cahill

Molly Cahill of Molly AuContraire is an introverted extrovert, mother of two, vegan taxidermist and three year Makers Alum!

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  • What is one thing you would like the public to know about your business?

Every scrap of leather and fabric I use is either thrifted or reclaimed. My work is small batch as a result, but it is one of my goals to keep unwanted (but valuable) materials out of landfills.

  • Where do you see yourself & your craft 5 years from now?

My goal is to grow my handmade business into a household sustaining wholesale business that allows me the freedom to cherry pick shows I enjoy the most (like Makers Fest!). My craft is ever evolving with what crosses my path, so I don’t doubt there will be new designs and materials cycling in as I keep growing and sorting out what discarded items can be made new again.

  • Is your business a hobby, full-time work, or both?

My business is a part time job, I also work part time as a visual designer for Ten Thousand Villages (a fair trade company).

  • What would your advice be to others looking to start something similar?

Strive to find your own look. Keep practicing until it flows into everything you make.

  • What is your favorite part about working in the creative field?

I really love process. Taking something useless or damaged and treating it, painting it, turning it on it’s head and making it into something of value is so exciting.

  • What do you think the most common misconception is about your craft?

“I could make that.” Is something I think a lot of makers hear regularly (when they think you’re not listening). But, just because someone can reason how it may be done, doesn’t mean that it is as easy as it looks.

  • What inspires your work?

Time spent in large cities, with art, or by large lakes, with coffee. Also thrift shopping, looking through my stash, mending vintage clothing and boring lectures (perfect for sketching and brainstorming).

  • Why did you choose to participate in The Makers Festival?

I really enjoy getting away from Central PA, the culture at the Makers Festival is completely different and refreshing! It is a fascinating, very well curated show, absolutely my favorite one to explore.

  • What motivates you in the face of adversity?

Knowing that people are depending on me. I don’t want to let my people down, and that always helps me push through.

  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

Super speed! That way I could do all of the things as well as have an abundance of time left over to learn some new skills and keep up with my children, who seem to already possess the power of super speed.

Meet The Makers: Jessica Giovine

Jess Giovine of The Jess Press is a wife, a Jersey girl, a disco queen and a second year Makers Alum!

Photo: The Markows (@the_markows)

Photo: The Markows (@the_markows)

  • What is one thing you would like the public to know about your business?

That I’m a one stop shop for all of your wedding design needs.

  • Where do you see yourself & your craft 5 years from now?

Innovating new design ideas and working all over the east coast!

  • Is your business a hobby, full-time work, or both?

Full-time.

  • What would your advice be to others looking to start something similar?

Have the drive and determination to make it happen. Days are hard, but push through, and amazing things can happen.

  • What is your favorite part about working in the creative field?

That I get to connect with so many amazing small businesses supporting each other creatively.

  • What do you think the most common misconception is about your craft?

That it’s a “hobby.” It’s my full-time business. With hours spent in my studio working non-stop.

  • What inspires your work?

Nature.

  • Why did you choose to participate in The Makers Festival?

Because it’s the best! And a true maker of the makers.

  • What motivates you in the face of adversity?

Negativity because it only makes me push further.

  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

Flight, so I can see the world!

Meet The Makers: Lena Zolotarev

Lena Zolotarev of Pixie + Thistle is a night owl, a maker, a mother of three and a second-year alum of The Makers Fest!

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  • What is one thing you would like the public to know about your business?

All of our items are meant to make people happy, whether it’s our decorative gnome fellas or functional bags, the goal is to make people happy.

  • Where do you see yourself & your craft 5 years from now?

In my little corner of the world I’d like to see my craft grow into a brick and mortar shop and studio.

  • Is your business a hobby, full-time work, or both?

It started as a part time hobby, and has grown into much more. I like to think, like many other makers, I’m a full time Mom (I have 3 kids - twins under 5, and a 13 year old. ) with a full time small business. I could definitely use more sleep.

  • What would your advice be to others looking to start something similar?

Do it! Life need to be lived, you can’t spend to much time wonder “should I.“

  • What is your favorite part about working in the creative field?

Hands down, the people! Before I started Pixie + Thistle I had always been drawn to artistan markets, I love the energy around festivals.

  • What do you think the most common misconception is about your craft?

I’m not sure, probably time. My items take a lot longer than people think.

  • What inspires your work?

One of my inspirations is color especially the color in nature, and how a coordination of colors can dictate a feeling.

  • Why did you choose to participate in The Makers Festival?

I participated in the festival last year and had a fabulous time. I brought the whole family, we camped locally, they had so much fun with the all the things the festivals had to offer.

  • What motivates you in the face of adversity?

Family. I feel a strong family unit with strong values can overcome the trial of adversity.

  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

I wouldn’t mind some type of conjuring ability, the ability to make a thought tangible. It definitely would save me some time. Haha. That would make me more like a witch I suppose.

Makers 4.0 - The Most Frequently Asked Questions

Please read below for the most frequently asked questions, and if you have any of your own, please submit a contact form by clicking here

WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL HELD & WHAT TIME MAY WE ARRIVE?

The Makers Festival is held at Manahawkin Lake Park on September 15 from 10a-6p. Please arrive to festival grounds no earlier than 10a to give our vendors the opportunity to create a welcoming space for you!

WHERE DO WE PARK?

Parking is available at the Southern Regional High School School (714 North Main St [Route 9], Manahawkin). Mud City’s Mud Shuttle & three Jitneys will be making loops to & from the festival grounds, starting at 10a. The last shuttle to the park will be at 530p and the last shuttle from the park to SRHS will be at 6p. More details are available here. Please be patient & safe while traveling!

IS THE EVENT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?

Manahawkin Lake Park is handicap accessible & many of our vendors are situated right along the paved pathways. A limited number of handicap parking spots will be open at the park on a first come, first serve basis. There is also a handicap accessible bathroom onsite for convenience. 

IS YOUR EVENT POOCH FRIENDLY?

Your leashed four-legged friends are welcome at the park.  

IS PAYMENT FOR GOODS BY CASH ONLY?

Some vendors will be accepting credit cards, but not all. There are two ATMs located on festival grounds for your convenience.

SHOULD WE BRING BEACH CHAIRS & BLANKETS?

Please do! We will have picnic tables & rest tents situated throughout the park, but being prepared is a good idea! Open space is on a first come, first serve basis - please understand if there is not an available stretch of grass when you arrive.  

WHY AREN'T YOU SELLING DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES OR PROVIDING PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS?

In the United States alone, over 30 million tons of plastics are used a year and only 8% is recylced - meaning that 92% ends up in oceans, rivers & landfills. We're doing our part to reduce this number by partnering with Alliance for a Living Ocean (who is setting up Water Filling Stations that dispense fresh, cold water to fill up your reusable bottles). Klean Kanteens will be available for sale at the ALO tent, and reusable totes will also be available for sale onsite (Makers Fest totes at the MakeShift PopUp and DDBCF x Chowderfest totes at David’s Dream & Believe’s tent).

WHO IS VENDING/PERFORMING/MAKING/ETC?

Please visit the Handmade Vendor, Food Vendor, Beer & Band Lineup pages for all this information! Click here for a map of festival grounds!

ARE YOUNG YOGIS WELCOME TO ATTEND YOGA CLASS?

Young yogis are more than welcome! Please register here, and BYOM (bring your own mat).

I AM A MAKER! HOW DO I BECOME A VENDOR?

Submissions for this year's Makers Festival are closed, however additional vendor opportunities are listed at themakeshiftunion.com

Makers 3.0 - The Frequently Asked Questions

Please read below for the most frequently asked questions, and if you have any of your own, please submit a contact form by clicking here

WHERE IS THE FESTIVAL HELD & WHAT TIME MAY WE ARRIVE?

The Makers Festival is held at Manahawkin Lake Park on September 16 from 10a-6p. Please arrive to festival grounds no earlier than 10a to give our vendors the opportunity to create a welcoming space for you!

WHERE DO WE PARK?

Parking is available at the Oxycocus Elementary School (250 North Main St [Route 9], Manahawkin) within walking distance of festival grounds. More details are available here.  Please be patient & safe while traveling!

IS THE EVENT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?

Manahawkin Lake Park is handicap accessible & many of our vendors are situated right along the paved pathways.  A limited number of handicap parking spots will be open at the park on a first come, first serve basis.  There is also a handicap accessible bathroom onsite for convenience. 

IS YOUR EVENT POOCH FRIENDLY?

Your leashed four-legged friends are welcome at the park.  

IS PAYMENT FOR GOODS BY CASH ONLY?

Some vendors will be accepting credit cards, but not all.  There are ATMs located within walking distance of festival grounds at surrounding businesses.

SHOULD WE BRING BEACH CHAIRS & BLANKETS?

Please do!  We will have picnic tables & hay bales situated throughout the park, but being prepared is a good idea! Open space is on a first come, first serve basis - please understand if there is not an available stretch of grass when you arrive.  

WHY AREN'T YOU SELLING DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES OR PROVIDING PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS?

In the United States alone, over 30 million tons of plastics are used a year and only 8% is recylced - meaning that 92% ends up in oceans, rivers & landfills. We're doing our part to reduce this number by partnering with Alliance for a Living Ocean (who is setting up Water Filling Stations that dispense fresh, cold water to fill up your reusable bottles) and giving away Makers totes to the first 150 people who shop at The MakeShift PopUp.  Klean Kanteens & Makers totes will also be available for sale onsite.

WHO IS VENDING/PERFORMING/MAKING/ETC?

Please visit the Handmade Vendor, Food Vendor & Band Lineup pages for all this information!

ARE YOUNG YOGIS WELCOME TO ATTEND YOGA CLASS?

Young yogis are more than welcome!  Please register here, and BYOM (bring your own mat).

I AM A MAKER! HOW DO I BECOME A VENDOR?

Submissions for this year's Makers Festival are closed, however additional vendor opportunities are listed at themakeshiftunion.com

Makers 2.0 - The Frequently Asked Questions

Please read below for the most frequently asked questions, and if you have any of your own, please submit a contact form by clicking here

WHERE DO WE PARK?

Parking is available at the Southern Regional High School School (714 North Main St [Route 9], Manahawkin).  Two big yellow school busses will be making loops to shuttle festival goers to & from the festival grounds, starting at 10a.  The last shuttle to the park will be at 530p and the last shuttle from the park to SRHS will be at 6p.  More details are available here.  Please be patient & safe while traveling!

IS THE EVENT HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE?

Manahawkin Lake Park is handicap accessible & many of our vendors are situated right along the paved pathways.  A limited number of handicap parking spots will be open at the park on a first come, first serve basis.  There is also a handicap accessible bathroom onsite for convenience. 

IS YOUR EVENT POOCH FRIENDLY?

Your leashed four-legged friends are welcome at the park.  

IS PAYMENT FOR GOODS BY CASH ONLY?

Some vendors will be accepting credit cards, but not all.  There are ATMs located within walking distance of festival grounds at surrounding businesses.

SHOULD WE BRING BEACH CHAIRS & BLANKETS?

Please do!  We will have picnic tables & hay bales situated throughout the park, but being prepared is a good idea! Open space is on a first come, first serve basis - please understand if there is not an available stretch of grass when you arrive.  

WHY AREN'T YOU SELLING DISPOSABLE WATER BOTTLES OR PROVIDING PLASTIC SHOPPING BAGS?

In the United States alone, over 30 million tons of plastics are used a year and only 8% is recylced - meaning that 92% ends up in oceans, rivers & landfills. We're doing our part to reduce this number by partnering with Alliance for a Living Ocean (who is setting up Water Filling Stations that dispense fresh, cold water to fill up your reusable bottles) and giving away Makers totes to the first 150 people who shop at The MakeShift PopUp.  Klean Kanteens & Makers totes will also be available for sale onsite.

WHO IS VENDING/PERFORMING/MAKING/ETC?

Please visit the Handmade Vendor, Food Vendor & Band Lineup pages for all this information!

ARE YOUNG YOGIS WELCOME TO ATTEND YOGA CLASS?

Young yogis are more than welcome!  Please register here, and BYOM (bring your own mat).

I AM A MAKER! HOW DO I BECOME A VENDOR?

Submissions for this year are closed.  Please look for opportunities come November 2016.

Meet the Makers: Tiffany Ruocco, Sorella Scents

Tiffany Ruocco is a Certified Aromatherapist who shares her knowledge through the creation of hand-crafted, vegan aromatherapy products for everyday use.

  • What is one thing you would like the public to know about your business?

I am a Certified Aromatherapist trained in blending and using essential oils for healing purposes. My business is vegan, cruelty-free, fair-trade and organic. 

  • Where do you see yourself & your craft 5 years from now? 

I am hoping to continue to expand upon the list of stockists that already carry our products. 

  • Is your business a hobby, full-time work, or both?

Sort of both! I am a full-time Graphic Design Professor at a local college. 

  • What would your advice be to others looking to start something similar?

Be passionate! Without passion, hard work becomes just that. I do not see what I do for a living (with my business and with my teaching) as work because I love what I do.

  • What is your favorite part about working in the creative field?

I have found the handmade market to be filled with wonderful, positive people. It has been a joy to meet these makers and my customers at markets. 

  • What do you think the most common misconception is about your craft?

That it isn't made by my own hand. The most common question I get at markets is "you make all of this?" When I inform people that I even designed the entire identity system and packaging, they are shocked!

  • What inspires your work?

As an artist, I am naturally a creative person. More specifically with what I make, I have found so much success with healing with essential oils when modern medicine has failed me. I wanted to share that with others. 

  • Why did you choose to participate in The Makers Festival?

I heard about the festival too late [in 2015] to apply. I was intrigued by the fact that it was a festival by all handmade products. 

  • What motivates you in the face of adversity?

Being true to myself and what I believe and stand for. I take pride in the quality of my work and the creativity of my ideas so I trust that even naysayers will see the difference in the end. 

  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

As a thyroid cancer survivor, I would choose a power that eradicates cancer from our vocabulary. 

Meet the Makers: Greg Molyneux, Greg Molyneux Photography

Greg Molyneux is a photographer living in coastal New Jersey who takes full advantage of his beautiful surroundings - his portfolio features landscape and macro photography featuring plenty of sunsets and the best of the LBI Region's coast and marshlands.

 

 

  • What is one thing you would like the public to know about your business?

I’m very new to the whole business aspect of this venture, so really I’d just want the people to know that I’ve recently launched my online SmugMug shop. It’s currently a work in progress, and I still plan on servicing requests for custom framed pieces, but the online shop is the place to go for quick and easy ordering, printing, and shipping of my work.

  • Where do you see yourself and your craft 5 years from now?

Obviously I want to continue to learn, grow, and improve in as many aspects of photography as possible; continually honing my workflow, strengthening my portfolio, and better representing the underrepresented beauty of New Jersey—with a particular focus on coastal and southern areas. Beyond that, I’d love to experiment with shooting film, creating video and time lapse productions, and becoming an evangelist of sorts for all this wonderful nature surrounding my home town of Manahawkin and the broader LBI region. In a perfect world I could merge my skill of public speaking with my passion for photography in a union that would bring knowledge, connection, and learning to any audience willing to listen.

  • Is your business a hobby, full-time work, or both?

Considering I’m now selling work it’s going to be tough to make my case as this being just a hobby, though that’s still how I parse it out in my own head. I work full time in a fulfilling career that is wholly separate from my photography. I think of my time behind the lens as a detachment from the day-to-day world that can even in the best of professions mire us all. While I’d love to someday have the good problem of making photographs as a singular profession, I don’t want this hobby to ever feel like work. I’d regret any attempt to monetize if the joy was stripped away at the hands of aggressive, business-type demands that can erode the creative process. But that wouldn’t exactly be a #FirstWorldProblem I’d cry too much about.

  • What would your advice be to others looking to start something similar?

Shoot. Shoot. And shoot some more. Did I forget to say go shoot? Oh, and don’t worry too much about your gear. Starting out as a complete neophyte photographer in 2012 with zero expectations and little to no camera experience, I participated in a photo a day project that saw me end the year with over 25,000 photographs taken on a used, first generation Canon Digital Rebel—they didn’t even have model numbers back then. Throughout the process I had heard all about how you need to get through your first 10,000 pictures. That these would be your worst, and that this kind of spray and pray method to photography was essential for gaining the skill for making good photographs. In my case, it was true. By the middle of 2012, things started to click, and here are there I began creating images that actually looked like they were made by someone who almost had a clue. It was a good, albeit unexpected development and I haven’t looked back.

So get out there. Do it every day. Photograph everything. Experiment with the different manual settings to see how these choices affect your final image. Celebrate your victories, learn from your losses, and reward yourself for hitting your goals—even if it’s committing to take a picture a day for a month. Most important: have fun. As soon as it feels like a chore it’s over. Oh, and if you think you want to be a landscape photographer do invest in a sturdy tripod—that’s one bit of gear you should prioritize.

  • What is your favorite part about working in the creative field?

Stress relief and bringing joy to others. It’s equal parts humbling and empowering to watch someone react positively to something you had a hand in creating. It makes all the ups and downs, all the effort, all the focus, and all those times you just want to throw in the towel worth it. It’s a gift to open up to others such that they too can share an experience.

  • What do you think the most common misconception is about your craft?

The belief that gear is everything. Now I’m not saying equipment doesn’t matter, or won’t bring some improvement to your photographs, but it’s not the panacea for great pictures, either. The greatest camera and lens combo in the world will not magically conjure great lighting conditions, or manifest interesting foreground to compose your frames for you. And considering these powerhouse devices we’ve got kicking around in our pockets, a great photograph is only a click away from your mobile device. I’m continually impressed with the photographs I can make right on my iPhone. So do yourself a favor: don’t let costly gear be a barrier to entry. The drain on your wallet can always come later.

  • What inspires your work?

A combination of wanting to show off our area for all its worth, and a competitive drive to be the very best I can be. When I see the magnificent work of others and the hair on the back of my neck stands up, I think to myself, that’s how I hope people respond to my work someday. That’s what drives me.

  • Why did you choose to participate in The Makers Festival?

First of all I love every single thing your organization is doing. Every. Single. Thing. Highlighting the undercurrent of local talent that has largely flown under the radar in a region that’s not exactly known for a happening art scene. It’s better yet that this is an organization run by women. I’m all about doing stuff outside the norm that breaks free of the tropes, perils, and frankly boredom of patriarchal paradigms. I can’t say enough how great it is to be part of something new and different. I’m honored and surprised to be selected among such a talented crew of artists, creators, and makers. You’re creating opportunity where there was none, and working to put the LBI region on the map for more than just its sunny beaches and seasonal watering holes.

  • What motivates you in the face of adversity?

I’d like to sit here and mash out words to suggest this is an area of strength and experience. Truthfully adversity and I have a mixed record, but I’m working hard to appreciate the necessary relationship with adversity, failure, and struggle recognizing they are key ingredients to any learning process. The most important takeaway? Sometimes the stress and discomfort will open new doors that were otherwise unseen. My own relationship with photography was born of such struggle.

  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

Time travel. As a lover of history I’d be endlessly educated if I could travel to key places and points of time. If only to simply observe what actually happened. I wouldn’t want to change things and create some kind of paradox in the spacetime continuum, I’d just want to sit and observe first hand as a time traveling fly on the wall, able to better assess events as they actually happened such that I could measure them against narratives that have become for better or for worse ingrained in conventional wisdom.

 

Meet the Makers: Carley Hussain, Parcel Island

Parcel Island Stationary & Design Boutique aims to bring your visions to print! We are a custom design and stationery studio, with a focus on wedding stationery. Our goal is to make your visions come to life using our advance skill set and love for craft.

Growing up and living a carefree and artistic lifestyle near the ocean has given me so much inspiration over the years. I apply my style and all I've learned over the years into each and every design. Here's to you, living my lifestyle through my designs.

  • What is one thing you would like the public to know about your business?

The goal of Parcel Island is to provide clean and beautiful designs and stationery for any occasion. We specialize in custom stationery, unique home décor and wedding/event invitations

  • Where do you see yourself & your craft 5 years from now?

I hope in the future to open my own store front; to have all my printed designs and items available with ease. In my store, not only will I have the retail side, but I would have available consultations and meeting to discuss custom stationery and design

  • Is your business a hobby, full-time work, or both?

It’s a mix of both! There are some months where I have 10 order a day, and some where I have 1 or 2. The goal is to have Parcel Island be my 100% full time career.

  • What would your advice be to others looking to start something similar?

Know your content and be passionate in it. If you like design, and think your work will be easy to sell, then you’re in it for the wrong reasons. You should

  • What is your favorite part about working in the creative field?

My current full time job is in a corporate environment; so designing for Parcel Island allows me to truly express my creativity that others will love. There’s no judging or critiquing in the stationery field, only customers and other artists who truly appreciate and love the craft behind your work

  • Why did you choose to participate in The Makers Festival?

Participating in The Makers Festival would be the first craft fair I would be attending! This is a huge milestone for me, and nothing would be more perfect than to participate in a event so close to home. As a local of the LBI / Manahawkin / Barnegat area, of course I would love to support local and shop small!

  • If you could choose any superpower, what would it be and why?

To Fly! To be free in the sky with no restraints, and to travel with ease! 


FAQ's

Why is there an application fee?

The $10 application fee is to cover the cost of the time spent by the Hosts and Creative Team in assessing each and every application. The purpose of having vendors apply is to ensure that those interested are serious inquiries, which allows the Hosts and Creative Team to weed out the “resale” vendors who don’t fit the guidelines. In addition to the vendor fees, the application fees are collected to subsidize the festival costs.

What does my vendor fee and/or sponsorship money cover?

Vendor fees & sponsorship monies cover the costs incurred by the Hosts of The Makers Festival include but are not limited to: stage set-up, and sound engineering, Public Works fees, tents, table and chair rentals, band commissions, insurance, Alcoholic & Beverage permit, decor, bathroom rental, event permit, beer expense, website, marketing/advertising, and merchandise.

Why don’t you accept all applicants?

One of the goals of The Makers Festival is to maintain a consistent, high quality aesthetic that continues to evolve and remain relevant as the event grows. Oftentimes, similar events can become stagnant. It’s important that the vendors chosen represent an array of creative talents, performed through a multitude of mediums. If there are too many vendors in each category (i.e. beaded jewelry, fiber arts, bath and body, etc) the field will become saturated, which results in less success for everyone. It’s also important that The Makers Festival represents creatives of unique and considerable talent in order to maintain a high caliber aesthetic all around.

Can two different vendors share a space?

Absolutely! Each vendor needs to submit an application and be accepted in order to split the 10x10 space.

Why are mobile shop and food truck vendor fees higher?

They take up more space! The $150 vendor fee for non-mobile vendors covers the cost of a 10x10 space, one table, and two chairs. The mobile-vendors need more space, and often electricity.

What is the definition of “handmade?"

The Makeshift Union and Creative Team define “handmade” as a body of work consisting of items in which demonstrate a craft or crafts requiring skill and creativity. The concept of “handmade” can elicit a multitude of definitions and is at times subjective.  A prospective vendor’s entire body of work is assessed based on the definition above.  

When evaluating an application, these are some general parameters that guide the decision making process:         

  • Use and quantity of raw materials versus use and quantity of pre-fabricated materials.
  • Quality and demonstration of skill in execution.
  • A uniqueness that differentiates your body of work from others of a similar medium.
  • A collection that may vary from one medium to the next, but retains a high level of quality and cohesiveness throughout.

I don’t have a website, how do I apply?

The Hosts and Creative Team will request photos representing your body of work once you submit an application to vend. Please submit 3-5 high quality images that highlight your work and skill. Keep in mind that a final decision is based on photographic representation.

Have a question you don't see the answer to here? Use the contact form and ask away!

 

 

The Application Process

Hello and welcome to our celebration of all things handmade!  If you are interested in vending at The Makers Festival on September 17th, 2016, we urge you to read the following guidelines and instructions prior to applying. 

The Makers Festival is a juried event. This means that every applicant, regardless of previous involvement, will need to submit an "Application to Vend" in order for consideration of participation.

Guidelines for applicants:

- Vendors must be handmade, vintage, or representative of a collective of handmade wares.

- If you are requesting to share a vendor spot, ALL prospective participants must fill out an application prior to approval.

- Every application is submitted to the panel of hosts and the creative team for approval. 

- Applicants will be notified of acceptance/denial within one week of receipt of application.

- Approval/disapproval of application one year does not guarantee approval/disapproval every year. Applicants are encouraged to apply even if they are not accepted every year. It is important to keep The Makers Festival fresh and evolving from year to year. 

Instructions for applicants

1. Be sure to read the "vendor information" page, familiarize yourself with vendor fees and what is provided to you day of.

2. Fill out the "application to vend" (Open Call - November 10). Applications will not be received by the hosts until checkout is complete. 

3. Check your email for acceptance/denial of application and if accepted, follow the provided link to pay vendor fees.

4. Your spot is not confirmed until all vendor fees have been paid in full.  

We sincerely thank you for your interest in The Makers Festival. 

 

 

 

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