Craft Buzz: Pop Up Craft Village
Craft Buzz’s Pop-Up Craft Village showcased a plethora of authentic Jamaican works of art at the Campion College auditorium earlier this month. From collectors items, plants, and even beauty products, vendors ventured from near and far to debute their creations within the Craft Village. With a vibrant stream of onlookers moving from one booth to the next, the Pop-Up Craft Village was a flurry of excitement.
“We have one goal in mind and that is to showcase our local craft to the rest of the world,” said Marcel Norman, CEO of Craft Cart Jamaica. For this event, Norman, along with his team, decided to gather all their vendors into one central location. The village had approximately 40 vendors on display along with presentations from TPDCo and the Tourism Enhancement Fund. “We just wanted to get everybody in the same place and really push Brand Jamaica,” he said.
Norman admits that the preparation for the event was extremely hectic.
“I’m just blessed to have an amazing team around me because there was no way I could pull this off by myself,” he said. The proceeds from the event were donated to the Jamaica Autism Support Association. A large part of Craft Cart Ja, is focused on giving back and building the community, or as Norman explained, “crafting the community”. “Whenever we are doing events like this, we will be having a direct foundation that we are linked to that we will be raising money for. We really believe in building those around us,” he continued.
The village featured booths which displayed handbags, potted plants, accessories, hair, skin, and body care products. “Our next step is to continue to build on that community and camaraderie that we have witnessed at this event. We have vendors supporting other vendors and other people coming to support Brand Jamaica. I believe our motto is very well displayed here, ‘Out Of Many, One People’. There are people from all over who have visited with the same vision,” said Norman.