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The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise, founded in November 2012 and hosted by the Aspen Institute, is a collaborative effort of over 70 artisan businesses, artisan support organizations, corporations, government agencies, and other partners who are working together to promote the full potential of the global artisan sector.  

The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise was created to elevate the importance of the artisan sector, support and grow artisan businesses, and share best practices in a collaborative learning community. 

July 2017

Newsletters Archive

July 2017

Gina Rogari

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Find members of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise at NYNOW this August:

Will your business participate in the 2017 Summer NYNOW trade showLet us know! Find members of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise featured in the Handmade Global Design, Artisan Resourse, and Personal Accessories sections August 19-23, 2017 - be sure to stop by and say hello! 

This summer's participants include:

Artisan Business Coaching: Record Keeping

This July, the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise team hosted the first-ever pilot session of Basic Record Keeping, a business training tailored for artisan entrepreneurs, at the International Folk Art Market | Santa Fe. The training is part of the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise's Artisan Business Coaching program, a series of workshops to support and grow artisan businesses in the global marketplace. 

Learn more about the pilot session on the Alliance for Artisan Enterprise blog! Are you interested in becoming a trainer or learning more about Basic Record Keeping? Please contact Gina Rogari at gina.rogari@aspeninst.org. Additional trainings will be announced soon!

Member updates:

  • Tickets are now available for the Summer 2017 NYNOW trade show, August 19-23 in New York City!
  • Find Heshima Kenya, Mela Artisans, and Sasa Designs featured in the summer edition of the Aspen Institute's IDEAS Magazine - read their stories on the Aspen IDEAS blog
  • This fall, Thrums Books will publish three new books by Alliance members and partners: Embroidering Within Boundaries by Rangina Hamidi and Mary Littrell, Secrets of Spinning, Weaving, and Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands by Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez, and Silk Weavers of Hill Tribe Laos by Joshua Hirschstein and Maren Beck. Congratulations!
  • Join the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Andean Textile Arts, and weaving organizations from around the world at the 2017 TINKUY conference; register online today
  • Annie Waterman talks business, design, and development with Proud Mary's Harper Poe on the AOW Handmade blog
  • Textiil will debut their TablePop! Japanese block batik napkin collection and other products at booth #644 in the River Pavilion at the NYNOW summer gift show
  • Just released! Indego Africa's new collection of hand-embroidered children's clothing; learn more about the Izi Collection on their blog 
  • Learn more about the launch of Meridian NY, a new online artisan marketplace, in the Observer
  • The annual Caravana Americana trade show takes place October 6-8 in Mexico City; meet the designers and register to attend the show online
  • Find behind the scenes images from AOW Handmade's recent visit to Swaziland, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Namibia and discover South Africa's most impressive artisan talent
  • ARTHA Collections has been awarded the Butterfly Mark from Positive Luxury - congratulations! Find an interview with the ARTHA founders on Positive Luxury

Did we miss something? Email gina.rogari@aspeninst.org with updates from your organization to be featured in next month's letter.

Get connected!

The heart of the Alliance community is our network of artisan businesses, social enterprises, non-profits, and more - over 140 active members! Visit our updated member directories and get in touch with Alliance members working across the globe. Find a full list of members here

Check out the full Member Portal (password: alliance2012) to access member directories, host an Artisan Innovation Workshop session, apply for the Artisan Loan Program, explore upcoming events, read past newsletters and more!

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