Meet Mosaic Makers Collective: a retail collective in the Bishop Arts District in Dallas, Texas. Katy ‘Sensenig’ Schilthuis, maker and founder at stationery company Fresh Out of Ink, founded Mosaic Makers Collective in the Spring of 2018 with a clear mission in mind: to create community and opportunity for local, creative women. Mosaic is not a traditional consignment shop. Instead, we call ourselves a “collective” - a hive of creative minds that work together to operate a store and workshop space. Texas female makers make all of the product sold in the store (which includes a variety of paper, gifts, jewelry, clothing, and more), and take turns staffing the shop in an opportunity to meet customers face to face and gain valuable experience.
In March of 2020, Mosaic Makers Co moved to a newer, bigger, and better location in Dallas: on the corner of 8th and Bishop, we opened in a cool, converted garage that offered 4x the retail space of the old location, plus an entire creative workshop studio built for classes and events. In this new location, we support about 50 female creative entreprenuers: who work in the shop, create in the shop, and many whom consider the shop a second home.
We opened our new doors in the new location on March 1, 2020 - and had to close them on March 16, 2020 due to COVID-19. Within our first two weeks, we experienced incredible community amongst the makers, new and old, and greeting many happy customers as they walk through our door. Unfortunately, closing and pivoting to our online platform meant a significant drop in our sales and income, for the shop, and for the shop's makers.
We would love nothing more than to continue to provide a home for these women, and to introduce their incredible work to more of the Dallas community and beyond. While we've worked tirelessly to pivot our business online - selling face masks, handmade by Texas women - starting virtual workshops and classes - and launching subscription boxes, we could still use some help. Funding now ensures us a future where doors can stay open, and we can all support one another, AND allows for the community to experience Mosaic Makers Co through incredible handmade goodies, creative workshops, private events, and more.
*ANY donations above and beyond our $10,000 goal will go straight to the women represented at Mosaic Makers Collective, to help their small businesses as well.*
Thank you for taking the time to consider helping Mosaic!