My heart is full. Our third annual awards show was such an amazing culmination of celebration for handmade businesses. What moves me so much is not the grandness of the event or perfect details but how much people enjoy connecting with each other and how much they feel celebrated-- and celebrate others. It is the generosity of spirit that defines this event from start to finish.
Everyone who attended got a swag bag filled with amazing goodies. You can see some of them in the photo below!
This year we did something a little bit different too. We held a raffle with only donations from #ahasmembers and finalists. The raffle benefitted the work of the Downtown Women's Center here in Los Angeles. They help homeless women become handmade entrepreneurs through their Made by DWC program. I am happy to announce that we raised $247 for them!
Please take a moment to look through the nominees and winners here. The winners were:
Master Maker Presented by CreativeLive
EDIBLE: Sucre Au Lait
LIVING MEDIUM: MV Florals
METAL: Holly Bobisuthi
MIXED MEDIA/OTHER: Remy & Rose
NEEDLEWORK: Sarah K. Benning
PAPER: Ink + Smog Editions
TEXTILES NON-WOVENS: Married + Bright
TEXTILES WOVENS: Mimi Kirchner
WOOD: B Mayorca: Art & Design Studio
Best Supporting Business
The Merriweather Council
Handmade Community Superstar Presented by Aftcra
Danielle Spurge (The Merriweather Council)
$100 gift certificate provided by Paper Mart
Thank You Sponsors!
This year's sponsors were incredible-- everyone of them supportive and generous as much as any one else involved in this event. And I was so thrilled that many of them were also able to join us at the show.
Our generous presenting sponsor is also helping us with printing and prizes for the winners. Thank you!
CREATIVE BUSINESS CIRCLE
These sponsors are very special to AHAS. They are businesses that have been supportive of us year-round and the least we could do is highlight them. They are donors of services and goods for the winners and help make discount tickets for our finalists possible.
These folks have also been incredible supporters of the awards show. We could not ask for better partners.
Thank You Volunteers and Raffle Donators!
So many people gave above and beyond to make this event successful, fun and meaningful! The folks below were involved behind the scenes and were incredibly supportive in pitching in wherever they could.
Francesca Fuges, Loudhouse Creative
Yasmine Diaz, Asphalt Studio
Sienne Josselin, Sienne Josselin Art Studio
Lisa Cookston, OC Chapter Leader
Jared Jerome, Jerome Cycles
Miriam Dema, Miriam Dema Art & Design
Miriam Yvanovich, AHAS assistant
Jenet Morrow, FMD Designs
Shana Tables, Sucre Au Lait
Check Out the AHAS Awards Show Video Recap
This is just some of the fun we had that night! Thanks so much to Alix Spence for capturing it in such a meaningful way.