Team Craft Test Dummies showed up at the recent Winter CHA show en force. We had four reporters as well as “mama” Craft Test Dummy herself.Â We all had a great time, laughed like crazy people and learned TONS!
While most of Team CTD goes to the show with a Media badge I am the only team member who is registered on my own as a CHA Designer Member. In order to become a CHA Designer Member you need to fill out an application proving that you are a professional crafter (i.e. have been paid to teach, have been published and other criteria), you pay dues each year and get to the shows a day early to attend Designer Education Seminars and Workshops. You also get to be a part of one of the most supportive and professional crafting groups around.
I thought I’d share my views of Winter CHA by sharing a little of what it is that Designer Members DO at CHA.
Demonstrations and Make n’ Takes
My friend Theresa Cifali, ofÂ The Altered Canvas, demos for Impress Art – a company that makes metal stamps.
Here is a photo of yours truly in the process of setting up my table for the Designer Showcase. There were 60+ CHA Designer Members who set up tables with examples of their work along with information about what services they offer. The event was held 2 days this year and was open to all CHA Show attendees.
This is a time when manufacturers, publishers and other craft industry professionals see what kind of work is “out there” and gives the Designer Members an opportunity to connect with the industry professionals who are seeking designers. Sort of like speed dating for designers and the manufacturers and publishers!
I, along with 5 other Designer Members also presented a panel discussion on Trends for 2012. I covered the HOME DECOR section and you can find my report on my blog The Creative Goddess as well as a list (at the bottom of my report) of the other CHA Designer Members who participated.
There are lots of other workshops, seminars and classes lead by the CHA Designer Members during the show. I didn’t sit in on a single one that wasn’t valuable in many ways.
I had meetings most of the day, every day, with some time to visit the show floor in between.Â I worked hard, laughed a lot and got to meet “Craft Celebrities” that I normally wouldn’t get to meet. All in all, a great opportunity!
If you think you’d like to become a CHA Designer Member leave a comment on this post (our blog will capture your email address automatically) and I’ll send you information about how you can apply.
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