Probably my favorite thing about running Ivy&Branch is discovering great new shops and the creations of talented makers, which is why the Andie Craft Fair at Anderson University was such a treat for me. AU only launched this event for the first time last semester around Christmastime, but it was so wildly popular that they’ve hosted it again this spring. As a small but prestigious School of the Arts, Anderson University has plenty of reason to show off their talented, artistic students and the beautiful creations they make.
Andie Craft Fair is an outlet for student artisans to showcase and sell their handmade wares, whether that’s art, jewelry, woven goods, or anything in-between. Many of these products are the result of skills acquired in class, such as ceramics and photography. Others are the product of long-practiced hobbies that have been transformed into marketable goods.
In college, when funds are notoriously short, it is so important for students to be given resources for using their incredible artistic skills to make a profit. Last semester, at the first Andie Craft Fair, several of my friends said they were able to make a few hundred bucks off of their sales–that goes a LONG way for a college student!
Andie Craft Fair–and similar student markets you may very well find at other universities–are far from half-baked events with trinkets for sale. These students churn out beautiful, carefully-crafted goods that are a credit to their skill. Here’s hoping that Anderson University keeps up this fun and beneficial event, supporting their talented students and providing an excellent shopping outlet for everyone involved!