Unravel the Threads of Creativity - Stories, Insights, and Inspirations from Global Artisans.
Introduction Empowering entrepreneurs is not just about providing resources – it’s about offering a lifeline, a guiding light for small business owners navigating the turbulent waters of entrepreneurship. The Starter Company Plus Program is a beacon of hope, equipping aspiring entrepreneurs with the tools, knowledge, and support they need to thrive in today’s competitive landscape. […]
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Introduction Do you know that despite the rise in artisans selling crafts online, many struggle to find platforms to showcase their handmade crafts for free? This begs the question: Where can artisans make handmade crafts to sell for free? This article will delve into this pressing issue, offering solutions and insights catering to artisans’ needs. […]
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First off, I extend my gratitude to Andrea Hildebrand (a talented creator and owner of the RisingMoon Gallery in Kitchener, Ontario) for inspiring me to delve into a topic that lies at the intersection of tradition and technology – the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) in the handicraft sector. My conversation with Andrea has prompted […]
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Table of Contents Introduction Harmonized System Code, or HS Code (sometimes called Commodity Code or Tariff Number), is a globally recognized alphanumeric code assigned to products. This code systematically categorizes goods for international trade, facilitating smooth commerce between countries. For artisans, understanding the HS Code is crucial. It simplifies the complex world of international trade […]
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Introduction Web3 technology emerges as a beacon of transformative possibilities within the handicraft sector, breaking free from the long-standing tether to traditional marketplaces facilitated by Web2 technology. Beneath the surface of creativity lies a complex ecosystem grappling with challenges that stifle the growth and sustainability of artisans. Centralized control, exorbitant fees, and transaction opacity have […]
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Introduction Marketplace vs Personal Website – this remains a dilemma faced by countless artisans seeking to adopt the transformative power of bringing unique handmade products to a global audience. My countless interactions with talented artisans have unveiled the complexities surrounding this choice and prompted the realization that the path an artisan chooses can significantly impact […]
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Welcome to the Artisan’s Revolution! As the founder of the world’s first artisanal marketplace leveraging the power of decentralization, I embarked on a quest to redefine the norms of governance, fairness, and inclusion. While skeptics may dismiss these as buzzwords, my journey delves into the heart of decentralization, where possibilities and challenges collide. On paper, […]
Read moreCan decentralization foster governance, fairness and inclusion in the creative sector?
Table of Contents Introduction Like many, I grapple with finding unique gift ideas for friends. This year, Michelle (my Co-founder) and I adopted a strategic approach, intertwining our quest for exceptional artisans across Ontario, Canada, with mindful gift shopping for our loved ones. Embarking on my artisanal journey throughout 2023, I, as a founder and […]
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Introduction Welcome to the Ultimate Guide for Fine Artists seeking to elevate their revenue through the dynamic world of digital prints! As the founder of an artisanal marketplace, my journey has led me to intimately engage with numerous talented individuals within the fine arts realm. These interactions have unveiled a poignant narrative of struggles, primarily […]
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Table of Contents Introduction: Navigating GST/HST for Artisans Embarking on your artisanal journey, the creative path converges with the practical realm of taxes, where the acronyms GST/HST (Goods and Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax, respectively) take center stage. Far from mere bureaucratic jargon, these two critical elements intricately shape the landscape of your business. […]
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Table of Contents Introduction Embarking on this exploration of co-operatives (also known as co-ops) in African handicrafts feels like unravelling a profound tapestry. As a founder deeply entrenched in the world of crafts, my fascination with co-operatives is more than professional – it’s personal. Witnessing the resilience of small business owners in the handicraft space […]
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Online selling, particularly on marketplaces, has become a pivotal question in my role as the founder of the AFOMA Marketplace and an advocate of equitable income for artisans. I ponder why artisans in Nigeria and even Canada – a place I call home – do not or are reluctant to harness the transformative potential offered […]
Read moreElevate Your Craft: 5 Compelling Reasons Artisans Should Embrace Online Selling in 2024
There is something extraordinary about receiving handmade cards in a world filled with digital communication. Picture a moment frozen in time, where a carefully crafted paper captures emotions. I remember the first time I got a gifted handmade card – a beautiful piece of art that spoke volumes beyond the words written inside. This exploration […]
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Table of Contents Introduction A fascinating shift is underway for Nigerian artisans in the vibrant landscape of craftsmanship, where creativity meets commerce. According to Expert Market Research, the global handicraft market stood at USD 787.85 billion and is projected to soar even higher by 2024. Picture this: intricate beadwork, vibrant textiles, and masterfully crafted artifacts, […]
Read moreTop Online Marketplaces for Nigerian Artisans: 2024 Edition
The Artisanal Marketplace is where artisans build a unique narrative as creativity converges with commerce in a bustling digital space. The artisanal market is projected to grow to USD 74 billion by 2031, signalling renewed appreciation for handcrafted treasures. Imagine a space where craftsmanship is a skill and a thriving ecosystem. Let me paint a […]
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Introduction In Nigeria’s vibrant markets and sun-soaked streets, I remember being captivated by a vibrant community of artisans who breathe life into the nation’s cultural tapestry. Nigerian artisans are not just crafters; they are storytellers. Imagine a young Lagos artisan skillfully shaping raw materials into mesmerizing art – a testament to the delicate dance between […]
Read morePassion or Necessity: Unveiling the Motivation of Nigerian Artisans
Imagine entering a world where vibrant colours narrate ancient traditions, intricate patterns testify to the creativity of past generations, and every thread weaves cultural significance. This world exists in African Fabrics, a treasure trove of heritage, craftsmanship, and artistry that transcends borders and spans continents. Did you know that African fabrics, with their kaleidoscope of […]
Read moreA Deep Dive into 5 Iconic African Fabrics and Their Versatile Applications
In the swiftly changing terrain of the digital era, decentralization has emerged as a transformative force, reshaping traditional paradigms of commerce, governance, and trust. At the heart of this revolution lies the utilization of tokens, also known as cryptocurrencies, which enable novel ways of establishing fairness, transparency, and trust in online marketplaces. This blog delves […]
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In today’s world of endless consumer choices, the decision between purchasing handmade or mass-produced items has become increasingly significant. The allure of artisanal products lies in their uniqueness, quality, and the undeniable touch of human craftsmanship. On the other hand, mass-produced items offer convenience and affordability. For small business owners selling online, like on AFOMA […]
Read moreHandmade vs. Mass-Produced: Unraveling the True Value and Appeal of Artisanal Products
In a rapidly evolving digital age, the concept of artistry and craftsmanship is finding a new home on the online landscape. AFOMA Marketplace, the world’s first artisanal marketplace powered by blockchain technology, is leading the charge in transforming how artisans and creators connect with their customers. This innovative platform tackles artisan challenges, introducing a paradigm […]
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In today’s fast-paced and cluttered world, where excess and overwhelming visual stimuli abound, minimalist art stands tall as a breath of fresh air. It’s a movement that believes in the power of simplicity, striving to present only the essentials and nothing more. As a form of self-expression, minimalist art involves stripping away unnecessary elements, leaving […]
Read moreUnleashing the Power of Minimalism: Exploring the Fascinating World of Minimalist Art
In today’s interconnected digital landscape, an artisanal platform provides a fertile ground for talented craftsmen and craftswomen to showcase their unique creations to a global audience. However, amidst the sea of offerings, standing out becomes essential. Crafting a brand identity on an artisanal platform distinguishes you from the crowd and forges a lasting connection with […]
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Your living room is the heart of your home, and you want it to reflect your personality and style. Wall decor plays a significant role in creating a cozy and inviting ambiance, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With creativity and smart shopping, you can transform your living room with budget-friendly wall decor […]
Read moreBudget-Friendly Living Room Wall Decor: 10 Creative Ideas on a Shoestring
Introduction Embark on a captivating and enlightening journey into the fascinating world of African clothing and its profound influence on modern fashion. Africa’s diverse heritage offers traditional attire, vibrant colors, and intricate patterns, each narrating unique histories of identity. From the flowing robes of West Africa to the beadwork-adorned clothing of Maasai warriors, they symbolize […]
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Introduction When it comes to skincare, choosing a suitable soap is essential for maintaining healthy and radiant skin. Artisan soap has recently gained popularity with an increasing interest in natural and handcrafted products. In this article, we shall delve into the fundamental distinctions separating artisan and commercial soap, aiming to discover the superior choice for […]
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Are you tired of wearing the same old jewelry that everyone else has? It’s time to unleash your creativity and personalize your jewelry collection with handmade bracelets. Handmade bracelets are not only a unique and stylish accessory, but they also allow you to express your individuality and showcase your personal taste. Whether you’re looking for […]
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In the world of fashion, trends come and go, but some styles have the power to transcend time. Ankara bags are a perfect example of this fusion of tradition and contemporary fashion. Crafted using Ankara fabric, a traditional African textile known for its bold patterns and vibrant colours, these accessories are vibrant and eye-catching. With […]
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Interested in learning the art of leather working? This comprehensive guide is perfect for beginners looking to discover the essential tools and skills needed to get started. Whether you’re interested in making wallets, belts, or other leather goods, this guide will provide you with the knowledge and resources to begin your leather working journey. Essential […]
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Transforming a house into a home requires attention to detail, and handcrafted candles can truly elevate your décor. Beyond their soothing glow, they offer a unique sensory experience through curated fragrances. Whether you’re creating an inviting ambiance for guests or seeking a moment of relaxation, these candles infuse your space with captivating scents. From the […]
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Discover the vibrant world of African waist beads, where colourful accessories become powerful symbols of femininity and empowerment. Originating from various African cultures, people have long cherished them as more than just decorative items. They hold deep cultural significance, representing a woman’s journey, beauty, and spirituality. As we delve into the fascinating history and meaning […]
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In the ever-evolving landscape of fashion and home decor, designers and artisans continuously seek versatile materials that blend beauty, sustainability, and functionality. Among the myriad of options, woven raffia stands out as a true gem. Derived from the leaves of the raffia palm tree, this natural fiber holds an intrinsic allure that has captivated creative […]
Read moreDiscover the Versatility of Woven Raffia in Fashion and Home Decor
Get ready to soak in the truth about bath bombs! These fizzy delights have taken the self-care world by storm, transforming ordinary baths into luxurious spa-like experiences. But amidst all the excitement, one question lingers: do bath bombs have an expiry date? Is there a ticking time bomb hidden in our bathroom cabinets? Fear not, […]
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If you possess the skill to create handmade crafts and are interested in transforming it into a lucrative online venture, this guide is tailored to your needs. Explore the most popular crafts to sell online and acquire the knowledge necessary to launch your own thriving online business. Start your journey towards success today. Research popular […]
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In a world dominated by technology and mass-produced goods, there’s something truly special about receiving a handmade card. Crafted with love, these unique creations evoke a sense of nostalgia and bring joy to both the sender and the recipient. But handmade cards offer more than just sentimental value; they also have numerous benefits for both […]
Read moreCrafting with Love: The Beauty and Benefits of Handmade Cards
Are you a passionate jewelry maker with a knack for creating unique and stunning pieces? Have you ever dreamed of turning your hobby into a thriving business? Look no further! In this guide, we will show you exactly how to transform your handmade jewelry skills into a profitable venture. With the right knowledge, strategies, and […]
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Introduction In the digital age, online marketplaces have become the gateway to global success for artisans from emerging markets and even high-income countries. These platforms provide unique opportunities for talented individuals to scale their craft and reach a wider audience beyond their local communities. In this blog, we’ll explore how emerging market creators leverage e-commerce […]
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Introduction In a world where creativity knows no bounds, artisans and artists have long been the heartbeat of vibrant cultures and rich traditions. Their handmade crafts, infused with passion and skill, have enchanted the global community for centuries. Yet, despite their profound contributions, many artisans face numerous challenges, from lack of exposure to unfair compensation. […]
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