[title size=”2″]The Small Town of Tieton, Washington is being Revitalized by Art [/title]

When Ed Marquand serendipitously passed by some empty warehouses in Tieton in 2005, he envisioned a community of artisans, coming together to share space, ideas, and inspiration. Seven years later, Mighty Tieton has become an integral part of the Tieton community. At least a dozen businesses have sprung up from the collaboration and cooperation of Mighty Tieton artisans.

[title size=”2″]The Mighty Tieton Mini Maker Faire[/title]

The Mighty Tieton organization also sponsors events that engage the community and further the arts. Their most recent success was the Mini Maker Faire on June 29th. A maker faire is designed to inspire people to build, create, and design with their own two hands. In some respects, it’s like a craft fair, showcasing the work of artisans and designers. However, the goal is not to sell, but to demonstrate how to create these products yourself. At the Mighty Tieton Mini Maker Faire, makers showed how to create crafts and products like mosaics, jewelry, letterpress and screen prints, pots, and cider. The Mini Maker Faire welcomed over a thousand visitors, including many local children. One of the main goals of the faire was to connect with the next generation, inspiring them to step away from screens, use their imaginations, and get their hands on some tools. Watch this video for footage of the event and a more thorough explanation from Ed Marquand: Mighty Tieton’s Mini Maker Faire

Working on Paper Hammer products at the Mighty Tieton warehouse in Tieton, WA.

[title size=”2″]Mighty Tieton & Paper Hammer[/title]

Some of the businesses formed by Mighty Tieton now sell their products at Paper Hammer in downtown Seattle. Paper Hammer shares space with the Marquand Books design office. Paper Hammer products include handmade art books, letterpress goods, jewelry, apparel, and other gift items. Visit their store in Seattle or online.

Mighty Tieton is always looking to connect with other designers, producers, and manufacturers who are outgrowing their urban production facilities. If this sounds like you, contact them through their website.

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