Handmade Will Save the World


Hand making is found throughout our daily lives. It’s in the products we choose to buy, to the food we serve at our tables. It’s in our handicraft traditions and is a business opportunity. From the women’s artisans associations in Peru to the Stitch n’ Bitch gatherings in Cleveland, to the FabLab at MIT, to the U.S.’ manufacturing resurgence, creating is part of our DNA.

Making is a special and magical thing. When you create something you can point to it and say “I made that.” It can spark a crafty revolution. With its inherent eco-friendly qualities, abilities to preserve a tradition, and teach a skill, making will ultimately save the world.

Photo by  Sarah Deragon

Photo by Sarah Deragon


Kelly Rand is an author and the Founder/CEO of Handheld Handmade, Inc.

Handheld Handmade helps you discover delightful handmade finds all via text message. Launched in September of 2018, Handheld is an innovative and fun way to buy curated handmade items via your text messaging app. To join text HANDMADE to 202-800-9191.

Rand writes about the intersection of handmade and entrepreneurship. She has published work in Handmade Business magazine and the Craft Industry Alliance; her work has also appeared in Bust magazine, Studios magazine, The Crafts Report, and Etsy. Rand once served as arts editor at DCist (part of the Gothamist group) and as editor of Crafting for a Green World.

Rand is the lead author of Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running and Growing Your Crafty Business (Potter Craft, 2012). She contributed to Crafter’s Market: The DIY Resource for Creating a Successful and Profitable Craft Business (Fons & Porter, 2016). As co-founder and executive director of Hello Craft, a non-profit trade association for independent crafters, Rand hosted the Summit of Awesome, a business conference for crafters and makers, for five years. Rand also spent several years serving on the jury of Crafty Bastards, Arts & Crafts Fair, one of the largest indie craft fairs on the East Coast. She has also juried for Baltimore’s Artscape and served on the jury for Monroe Street Market Artist Studios in Washington, D.C.

Rand has a BFA in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has exhibited her work in art galleries and craft fairs alike. She has lectured on the handmade movement for the American Craft Council and provided guest critiques for students at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Rand frequently consults on elements of craft and sustainable business.

Rand resides in San Francisco, CA with her husband and daughter.