Learn how-to etch glasses with Homespun in Indianapolis, Indiana.
How did you get started?
Recognizing a need for better artist representation in Indianapolis, our founder Amanda Mauer-Taflinger began the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange in 2007; a contemporary craft fair that consciously celebrates modern handmade goods, the relationship between creator and consumer, and local, alternative economies. Homespun: Modern Handmade is the brick and mortar shop that developed in response to the popularity of this event, opening its doors in 2010.
Where are you located?
Homespun began in a small space in Irvington, a historic neighborhood of Indianapolis. In 2014 we finally outgrew that space and moved to our current location on Mass. Ave in downtown Indianapolis.
Which products do you specialise in?
We sell the work of more than 300 artists, crafters and makers from across the U.S. and Canada. Our products range from jewelry to bath & body products, artisanal foods to stationery, prints to 3D art, housewares to apparel and more.
Do you have a particular favorite product that you sell?
No favorites here! We love it all. Of course there's no denying the temptation of our local edibles like B. Happy Peanut Butter, 240 Sweet gourmet marshmallows, or Best Boy & Co. hot sauces. But then there's the baby section with those little leggings by Vivie & Ash, the soft blankets from bobaloo, and so much more. We couldn't let you leave without a peak at the amazing selection of screen printed t-shirts from People for Urban Progress, oh, and the jewelry...!
What's on the stereo?
We have an ever-changing rotation, but some of our staples include The Decembrists, Beck, and local band Margot and the Nuclear So and So's.
Where else should we visit in your area?
If you're on the East end of Mass. Ave., where we are, don't miss Best Chocolate in Town across the street. Get a delicious freshly made juice and Natural Born Juicers and pick up supplies for your next modern quilt from Crimson & Tate. There is so much more, too, stop in and we'll give you directions!
Do you host any workshops, classes or special events?
Yes! Hosting workshops is a part of our business plan that has finally come into its own since our move to Mass. Ave. We host a variety of classes including knitting, floral arrangement, jewelry making, and even a class on how to start an Etsy shop and product photography. We also have a small gallery space within the shop that rotates with the work of different local artists, so we always have a fun First Friday opening. We're always adding new events, it's great to be a part of the handmade community in such a variety of ways.
Is there anything else you'd like us to know?
Keep rocking, craft world!
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