Since 2010, MCA has offered a Mentor Booth Program at the New England Made (NEM) Spring Show; alumni of the program have grown the wholesale aspect of their craft business, or have made an educated decision about wholesale in their business plan. Beginning in November 2019, we will replace the Mentor Booth Program with the Wholesale Resource Hub, allowing us to serve all MCA Professional-level Members who are considering wholesale, and/or registered for NEM as a first time exhibitors, as well as MCA Professional-level Members who have a wholesale component to their craft business.
Wholesale Resource HUB is designed for MCA Professional-level members who are curious about wholesale and need guidance getting started, and/or are registered or planning to register for NEM or other wholesale shows, and/or looking for ways to expand the wholesale aspect of their business. The program shares MCA, Maine Made, New England Made Shows and other resources. Offerings are ‘a la carte’ and may include presentations, panel discussions featuring MCA Mentor Booth alumni, workshops hosted by MCA, NEM, SBDC and other related organizations, PDF samples of linesheets, order forms, other successful print materials, advice on booth design and selling/best practices for interacting with buyers. Programming may be free or fee-based.
We are planning another panel discussion geared for professional-level members who are new to wholesale in early January 2020, and more educational events throughout 2020. The January panel will focus on preparing and best practices for the New England Made Spring Show Please look for details in our December e-newsletter.
Panel Discussion: Are You Ready For Wholesale?
Monday, November 18 at 5:30pm | Creative Portland, 84 Free Street, Portland, ME
If you are considering wholesale, interested in expanding the wholesale area of your business, and/or applying to the NEM Spring Show as a first time exhibitor, join MCA for an informative hour with MCA NEM Mentor Booth Alumna Anna Low (Purplebean Bindery), Danielle Gerber (DMG Designs) and Lisa and Scott Cylinder (Chickenscratch).
To register, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All MCA Professional-Level Members: FREE
All others: $25
NEM Mentor Booth Program Alumni
JAMES MCLAUGHLIN, 2019
33 by Hand
James McLaughlin is a Portland-based artist and owner of 33 by Hand. He creates hand made everyday and lasting accessories primarily in leather and canvas. Through a past life as a recording engineer and music producer in Vancouver, BC and Los Angeles, CA, James always held a deep passion for visual and three-dimensional work of all kinds. He established 33 By Hand in 2015, offering high quality, made-to-order leather products with a focus on forward-thinking design. During this time he also worked with Black Point Mercantile, crafting hand painted canvas floor coverings and bags. After leaving BPM and running 33 By Hand for a year, he took a position in the research and development/design department at Hyperlite Mountain Gear in Biddeford, Maine.
ANNA LOW, 2018
Anna Low’s passion for book-binding was born in college, where she studied photography and art education. She makes sturdy inviting blank books and limited edition artists books in her one-woman Auburn, ME home studio. Her signature buttonhole binding is one of her favorite ways to stitch together a book – the exposed spine sewing uses no glue and is both decorative and functional. Low’s books have rigid cloth covers and heavy paper that hold up to all types of writing and drawing, and lay open flat without breaking the spine for ease of working. Her collections include accordions, accordions with pockets, coptic bound books with recycled covers, and ‘funky notebooks’ made with ‘stuff that had another life’. She believes that every book she binds is an ongoing collaborative art project between the artist and the viewer/writer/artist who fills its pages.
EBENEZER AKAKPO, 2017
Akakpo & Co
A native of Ghana, Ebenezer Akakpo of South Portland, ME earned diplomas in Jewelry Design and Stone Setting from Le Arti Orafe in Florence, Italy before moving on to the Maine College of Art (MECA) for a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry. A deep-seated desire to solve problems through art led Akakpo to pursue an MFA in industrial design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Akakpo specializes in using 3D computer modeling and rapid manufacturing processes in conjunction with traditional jewelry making techniques to produce work that explores the intersection between technology, the machine and the hand-made. Akakpo & Co creates everyday and wearable products in polycarbonate, wood, felt and metal. Symbols rooted in African culture and Maine identity drive the simple, elegant and modern designs offering both aesthetic and identity-based connections to the work.