About the organizers:
Talia Halliday has been helping to organize the Bloomington Handmade Market since 2012. She runs her crafts business (Conduit Press) out of her studio located in the back of her indie craft brick and mortar (Gather) in downtown Bloomington. Talia lives to celebrate local art and the independent maker and thrives in creating the community that helps BHM thrive.
Chelsea Jones is the jewelry artist behind Tactile Melodies, wherein she creates beautiful one of a kind pieces that are classy and fabulous! Chelsea's interest range from space (constellations!), history (Hamilton!), and genealogy. You can find Chelsea's work at the many shows she travels to over the course of the year, and often find Chelsea at concerts all over the midwest, world traveler that she is!
Jaime Minor has been creating art and crafts as far back as she can remember. As a full time mom of two little boys she began looking for a way in which to help with the family income, and JO Designs was born. From handmade books to graphic design to crochet beards, Jaime keeps her hands busy whenever she can.
Jackie (Bea) Howard
The History of the Bloomington Handmade Market
Bloomington Handmade Market founders Mia Beach, Sally Harless and Nicole Wolfersberger saw the need for an artistic venue in Bloomington that would enable contemporary, emerging artists and crafters to showcase their wares at an affordable price. During the summer of 2009, the Bloomington Handmade Market was born and has been going strong ever since!
BHM is a juried show, meaning that participating artists are selected from a pool of applicants. In selecting artists, we look for artists and crafters that are creating quality, unusual work of a type that we don't often see in more traditional craft fairs.
Artists come from both Bloomington and around the midwest to participate, and we are always looking for new artists to apply! In the "Vendors" page is a list of links to artists who have participated in the past, and browsing these can give you a good idea of the types of arts and crafts we seek.
In 2015 we are bringing back the spring show at Fountain Square Mall. Our Fall show in November is at The Convention Center. Admission to the show is always free and open to the public. The first BHM, in November of 2009 was held at the John Waldron Center for the Arts. With an unexpectedly high turnout of just over 1000 people, we knew the next one would have to be in a larger venue, so the Spring 2010 Market was held at KRC Banquets and Catering. Our third event was held at the Bloomington Convention Center, with over 1,600 patrons and 46 artists and crafters. With 7 events under our belt, we've continually had 3,000 people visit our event, spending an estimated $30,000 among our 50 booths! Future BHM events will continue to be held at the Convention Center (for the fall) and FSM (for the spring).
Our next event is Saturday, April 29th 2017 from 10am-5pm inside Fountain Square Small on the downtown Bloomington square.
Admission is free and free parking is available in the 4th St Parking Garage and street/metered parking is also available!