We held our first IE in 2007 in the Mathews Warehouse in Tulsa’s Brady District. From our humble beginnings of 36 lovely vendors, 10 gallery artists, and 5 runway designers, our event has grown to showcase hundreds of artists over the years from all over the US, gallery artists from around the world, and featured some of the region’s top fashion designers.
Since our first year, IE has chosen to support the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma through canned food drives. With the help of our generous vendors and patrons, we have provided tens of thousands of meals to our neighbors in the Tulsa area. Our 2016 show will again have a canned food drive and fundraiser for the Food Bank to help ensure those in our community have access to food during the holidays (and all year!), and you can help; bring canned food goods with you to be donated.
A little more about the folks behind Indie Emporium and what we’ve been up to
In December 2011, Indie Emporium opened a one month Pop Up Shop in downtown Tulsa, carrying handmade goods from a selection of our vendors. The success of this pop up shop led to the opening of our permanent shop, made : The Indie Emporium Shop at 5th & Boston in the Deco District Shops. We will be opening a new location in the Brady Arts District in early 2017. Until then, if you can’t wait for our event to shop, or if you are interested in taking a DIY or craft class, stop by our sweet little Deco District shop, or visit us online at www.shopatmade.com.
In 2013, the Indie Emporium team collaborated with a dear friend and long time Indie Emporium participant and designer, Renee Justus of Busted Trumpet, to plan and host an indie bridal fair. Marry Me Indie was a dreamy success we hope to do again in the future..
We also just happened to be featured on Martha Stewart Living’s “American Made” segment on Sirius Radio! If you’d like to take a listen and learn a bit about Tulsa’s handmade movement, you can do so here.
Indie Emporium is organized by husband and wife team, Christine Sharp-Crowe and Thom Crowe. Christine plays shopgirl at made : The Indie Emporium Shop most days and runs her other business, weather&noise, a line of illustrated and screen printed homewares and artwork. She’s an adoptive mama to Elise, who was born this past February. In 2013, Christine was awarded the Tulsey Award for Young Entrepreneur of the Year. She travels to indie craft shows across the country selling her wares and meeting other makers. Christine (with much help from other makers!) is behind the scenes of many of Tulsa’s art & DIY events and happenings, including Swap O Rama Rama (annually at Philbrook Museum), Tulsa’s Etsy Craft Party, numerous classes & workshops, bi-weekly Craftastic segments on Good Day Tulsa, DIY classes at Youth Services of Tulsa, Yarn Bomb Tulsa street art projects, the Tulsa Art Studio Tour, and other various projects and events. You can follow her day-to-day life in photos on instagram @christinesharpcrowe
Thom works in community and customer marketing by day. He is deacon and a youth director at St Antony’s Orthodox Christian Church. Aside from spending all of the free time he can with his precious baby girl, Thom works with Christine at their stores, likes to cook, read and make stuff. You can follow Thom on instagram @thomcrowe.
Indie Emporium is inspired by the current handmade revolution.
Please join us on November 25th + 26th in Tulsa’s new Bond Event Center!
To see photos from all 9 years of Indie Emporium, visit our photo page.