I used to be very uninterested in keeping up with social media (slash, also not too tech savvy). About a year ago I decided I needed to make an effort to become more literate in social media tools, if only because it was really important for my work. So I set up accounts on twitter, Instagram, and tumblr. A year later, the tumblr is languishing in obscurity (I forgot the password and didn’t have much to post anyway) and I use my twitter account mostly to lurk (I have a hard time keeping up with the #critlib convos over there, so I usually wait till they’re over and the good folks over at critlib.org post a summary of the conversation).
My Instagram account, on the other hand, is still going strong. I know a lot of crafters (and users in general) have a love-hate relationship with Instagram, especially in light of the recent announcement about their new algorithms. I love it though. It’s a perfect place to find inspiration and get bite-sized updates from my favorite companies and organizations. It’s been a great way for me to connect with fellow crafters, librarians, museum lovers, and friends.
Here’s a list of my top 5 (ok, it’s actually 6–I couldn’t choose!) Instagram faves:
- Elise Blaha Cripes (@elisejoy): Elise is a crafter-extraordinaire. She’s got a great podcast (Elise Gets Crafty), a blog, and she recently launched her Get to Work Book (a perfect planner for creative types!). Her photos are always so vibrant and fresh, and she frequently includes sweet pics of her family life as well. I love that her posts are upbeat and inspiring, while also being real and down-to-earth
- Abby Glassenberg (@abbyglassenberg): I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Abby Glassenberg is fantastic. As a crafter her focus is stuffed animals (“softies”), but she is also a powerhouse writer, podcaster (While She Naps), and the co-founder of the Craft Industry Alliance. If you haven’t read her blog yet, go do it. Now. Abby writes about the sewing industry, blogging, and creative entrepreneurship–even if you don’t have plans to go into business yourself, you’ll love her writing style and how she tackles controversial issues in the craft world.
- Amanda Niederhauser (@jedicraftgirl): Amanda’s Instagram is just a total delight. She’s a quilter, and posts gorgeous pics of her latest projects (and includes tutorials to some on her blog!). I also love that she goes all-out decorating for every season and holiday–it’s so fun to see what she’s going to do next! I especially loved her Easter and spring-themed projects.
- Jody Rice (@craftnik): Hands-down the best cross-stitch designer out there. Her designs are bright, colorful, and so much fun to stitch. If you like the art of Mary Blair (and who wouldn’t?!?), you’ll love Jody Rice’s Satsuma Street designs. Jody’s Instagram includes photos of finished projects based on her designs, as well as pics of other crafty projects she’s working on.
- Lorelay Bove (@Lorelay_Bove) and Brittney Lee (@Britsketch): I cannot express how much I love these artists’ work! I discovered them after reading Lovely: Ladies of Animation, a book featuring female animators working at Disney. I love the retro/old-Hollywood vibe of their work. I’ve got this piece from Lorelay Bove hanging in my apartment, and bought this piece by Brittney Lee for my sister last year.
I hope you’ll check out these ladies’ blogs, etsy shops, and Instagram accounts! Am I missing some really awesome crafty Instagrammers? Let me know! I always love discovering new sources of inspiration 🙂