Hey Iowa makers! You know Market Day is working for the maker community in a big way — every month we raise awareness for shopping local, buying handmade and building a community of vendors and consumers. All. Good. Things.
Cat Rocketship got on her (very creative) soapbox to say a few words about the topic over at Bravo Greater Des Moines. Check out what she said:
Why is creative businesses important?Not that long ago, the only people who purchased art were wealthy patrons who often had a strong hand in their artist’s finished product. Other creative goods — baskets, clothing, toys, food — had huge markets because, well, everyone needed them and neither injection molding nor the assembly line had been invented. We now live in a world where almost everything we touch is made in a factory-far, far away. We don’t know what’s in it, we don’t know who made it, and we’re sending our money away to buy it.
It’s time to bring creative goods back to life — to keep our money in our neighborhoods and encourage the craftsmen living nearby.
I can tell you from personal experience and from the hundreds of contacts I have in the creative economy — using our dollars for the cultural good is an important way to support the city. If just 50 people committed to buying paintings, ceramics, photographs, sconces, stuffed animals, and irreverent posters in the $20-$300 range more often, Des Moines would skyrocket onto the national creative scene. All of this is why we put on Market Day.