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Workshop Showcase

Common Deer is excited to announce the second year of the Vermont Makers Workshop Showcase! We at Common Deer recognize that there are many talented yet unsung Vermont makers that are crushing the creation game -- and we’d love to open our doors to these up-and-coming makers, emerging artists, manufacturers, and creators that have been waiting for their chance to shine.
This is a CALL TO MAKERS and MANUFACTURERS! Looking for insight/ advice on how to market your goods and tell your story? Been perfecting your craft, and looking for an opportunity to test the retail market? Or maybe you’re just dying to get your Vermont Made product into Common Deer. Now’s your chance to pitch and showcase your work! This unique retail opportunity is open to makers, manufacturers, and artists of all sorts, from experienced to brand new.  Potters, artists, metalsmiths, craftspeople, woodworkers, artisans, seamstresses, printmakers, and more from around the state are encouraged to apply-- Vermonters only, please!
Common Deer will purchase an opening wholesale order from the selected Workshop Showcase finalists. For a month this spring, Common Deer will showcase this chosen work in our retail shop. Workshop Showcase goods will also receive special attention from our sales staff and on our media outlets, and when appropriate, the makers will receive direction from the Common Deer team.


How to Apply -

  1. Post a photo to Instagram or Facebook of your Vermont-made product and caption with your favorite thing about being a Vermont Maker/Artist (and a short explanation of your work if necessary), before January 31, 2020.
  2. In the caption, you must include #vtworkshopshowcase and @commondeer.

There is no application fee, but please note finalists will be asked to enter a wholesale purchase agreement with Common Deer, as selected work from finalists will be for sale in our retail store. 



Rules and Regulations:

  1. Your product must be your original work
  2. Your product must be made or manufactured in Vermont
  3. Your product must be able to be sold at Common Deer i.e. does not require refrigeration, fits within our retail setting
  4. Product needs to be semi-reproducible,( i.e. one of a kind oil paintings are hard to fit, but a wooden spoon that varies from unit to unit might work just fine!)
  5. Must post photo between January 6 and January 31 on Instagram or Facebook; Applicants can apply up to 3 times.
  6. Maker must be open to receiving feedback/ branding/ product advice and be willing to adjust products to be “Common Deer ready” if selected.
  7. Additional application details will be forwarded to applicants. Only semi-finalists will be asked to submit samples, which will be due to Common Deer by February 10.  Please do not drop off samples without us requesting them! You must be able to have a sample ready to submit by this date to be considered for showcase.
  8. Wholesale orders will be placed with finalists by February 10th. Your finalized products must be ready for Workshop Showcase by February 29th. 
  9. Production, packaging and all preparation will be the responsibility of the artist. 

Share with your creative friends by tagging them here: www.instagram.com/commondeer!

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