Once upon a time in Atlanta, Shannon and Christy were vendors at a monthly craft market called Kraftwork at Young Blood Gallery in Grant Park. It was the first time they'd ever met, but by the end of the evening they had decided to make a trade, a necklace made by Christy for a shirt by Shannon, and to keep in touch. A few weeks later they ran into each other at Sevananda, the local natural foods store in Little Five Points. During this chance encounter they decided to set up their booths next to each other at Chomp N Stomp in Cabbagetown, where they were both selling their handcrafted creations the following weekend. By the end of the festival, they were most definitely friends ready to make some big things happen the following year.
In January 2005, they set out to organize an indie craft market in Atlanta with their friend Susan (she later moved to Brooklyn). Inspired by the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago and Stitch in Austin, Shannon and Christy wanted a market where they could sell their creations in their hometown. On the patio of Elmyr in Little Five Points, they came up with the name, Indie Craft Experience (ICE). The first event was in June at Eyedrum and drew 800+ attendees. And so it began.
Today, the Indie Craft Experience produces craft and vintage markets throughout the year: ICE Spring Market (April), Summer ICE (June), ICE Fall Market (September), ICE Holiday Shopping Spectacular (November) and ICE Holiday Market (December). ICE events feature talented crafters, artists, makers and vintage sellers from all over the country with an emphasis on the Southeast. A wonderful selection of local food vendors, DJ Zano, and swag bags for the first attendees are also signature ingredients of our super-fun markets!
ICE's mission is to provide opportunity to craft and vintage sellers. Educating shoppers on why they should buy handcrafted is a big component as well (Why? Because you are using your money to directly support someone using their talents to make a living, instead of a big box store and a chain of middle-men. What you buy will be unique instead of contributing to the sameness threatening to dominate society today). Encouraging people to craft is another important aspect of ICE's mission through workshops and retreats.
Photography on the site is by Bonnie J. Heath, Revelry Photo House, David Bardis, Step Right Up Photo, LeahAndMark.com, Isadora Pennington and Indie Craft Experience, unless otherwise noted. Photos on vendor lists are provided by the vendors.