How to make a living through teaching your craft

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Madeleine Dore

Workshops sharing skills are big business. Master teaching and you can build a reliable revenue stream to support your creative practice.

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Amy Constable Saint Gertrude Letterpress finds teaching letterpress rewarding. Image: supplied

If the plethora of workshops held anywhere from art galleries and museums, to pop-up stores and entire organisations dedicated to skills sharing and training are anything to go by, our appetite for getting hands on and learning new skills is driving us into the ‘Experience Age’.

At National Gallery of Victoria’s recent Parallels conference, Helen Souness, Managing Director, Etsy Australia and Asia, ​observed teaching craft has become an enormous trend,  benefiting makers who teach workshops and sell supplies to complement their commission income.

‘There is a desire to escape our modern racing lives and make, and there is huge opportunity in that for professional crafts people.'

About the author

Madeleine Dore is a freelance writer and founder of Extraordinary Routines, an interview project exploring the intersection between creativity and imperfection. She is the previous Deputy Editor at ArtsHub. Follow her on Twitter at @RoutineCurator