The American Society of Interior Designers at Indiana Wesleyan University is hosting its third annual Craft Bazaar Nov. 22, calling all crafty people both in the community and on campus to sell their wares in the Commons.
The event is the largest fundraiser for the IWU chapter of ASID. Still a young organization at the university, ASID remains a mystery to many students, as does the major behind the bazaar: interior design.
Nationally, ASID exists “to inspire and enrich its members by promoting the value of interior design while providing indispensable knowledge and experiences that build relationships,” according to the official ASID website.
But at the local school level, Lauren Johns (jr), interior design major and president of ASID, said the IWU chapter seeks to connect interior design students with one another, with students at other schools and with design professionals in the state and country.
The group meets every other week for activities and learning about upcoming events both nationally and statewide. Events have included a scavenger hunt in Marion, an ASID and interior design information meeting and now they have their largest event coming up: the annual Craft Bazaar.
Unlike other craft bazaars, the event hosted by IWU’s ASID is cheaper per table, which Johns believes helped fuel the popularity of the event during its first two years.
Tables were $20 until Nov. 12 and are now $25 until Nov. 19, and crafters are allowed to keep all of their profits.
The event also attracts crafters from the Marion community who “may not come on campus for any other reason,” Johns said.
Each year the event has grown, and this year ASID has reserved not only the Commons but Century Dining Room for tables as well.
“I know I’ve heard a lot of people on campus saying that they’re excited for it. I think that because it was so big last year that even more people are going to show up this year,” said Erika Reed (so), interior design and business major.
While the main purpose of the event may be a fundraiser, the craft bazaar also serves as a way to connect with the community, as well as students, who may not otherwise know about ASID or the interior design program.
Any students interested in the organization, the major or hosting a table at the bazaar may visit ASID’s Facebook page: facebook.com/ASIDIWU; or email them: email@example.com.