You’ll notice some changes going on around here, and more are still to come. We bet you’ve changed a bit since 2007, too. The Glasgow Craft Mafia was set up in 2007 by a group of crafty entrepreneurs in the Glasgow area, following the model established by the original Craft Mafia in Austin, Texas. Just as our Austin pals no longer operate in the same way, the Glasgow crowd have followed suit. Membership has changed, with some people moving on, with businesses evolving and some major lifestyle changes along the way. We are currently re-evaluating our membership structure and hope to bring you news on that later this year. We’re also planning a new look website so you can get to know our current members better once we’ve adopted our image change.
We no longer organise or promote our own craft markets, there are lots of opportunities across Glasgow to take part in craft and vintage fairs on a regular basis. However, we will occasionally hold exhibitions, themed sales or crafty socials, where you can meet like-minded souls, or try a new craft.
Some things haven’t changed. We’re a non-political organisation, and we’re not much keen on politics with a small p, either. We’re a non-profit organisation, without paid employees. All our members have independent businesses, with an online presence. Some of our members have day jobs, shift jobs, family commitments and other voluntary roles. This lack of budget and recognition of our members’ competing priorities means that have to be flexible, responsive to opportunities and dare we say it, sometimes do things at short notice, on a tiny scale or without a co-ordinated publicity campaign. We have a strong following on facebook, and reach many people around the world via this website, so to be in the know on everything we’ll be planning, the best approach is to stay connected, you’ll hear it from the horse’s mouth.
Our aims are broad and inclusive. We love independent design, making and businesses. We like to network and share our knowledge. We want to make sure that everyone who wants to do so has the opportunity to buy handmade, local and independent. We encourage our members to collaborate on innovative and creative projects and to learn from each other. We share details of our members shops and websites so you can be a part of our story, too.
Watch this space for details coming very soon of your chance to get to know us better.