Several Artisan Economy articles caught my eye this week:
The Guardian's Toy Choice Gets Wider as Internet Inspires Playtime Revolution covers how the Internet and networked business models are enabling a growing number of artisan and boutique toy producers. Key quote:
"You may have noticed it, here and there: more smaller brands, more toys with an eco angle. More craft-oriented, or retro toys. Maybe more unusual toys, tech-enabled toys and toys that teach ... But why is this happening now? All roads lead to the Internt and its democratising ability: networked knowledge, networked contacts, networked marketing and even networked manufacturing."
PSFK's Artisanal Food Hall Brings Gourmet Food Vendors Under One Roof covers All Good Things, a restaurant and food hall in New York City. The is yet another example of the growing influence artisan foods is having.
Artisans Spin Up a Good Time in Wren covers a fiber arts and spinning festival in Corvalis, Oregon. Key quote:
Some came to sell their wool or finished products, but most came to share their joy of spinning with like-minded people.
Creative Conference Focuses on Southwest Virginia Assets covers an event focused on artisans in Virginia. The state's Round The Mountain artisan network has over 400 members.
We continue to be impressed and excited by the growth of the Artisan Economy.