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Dec 9 & 10, 2006 - CRAFTIEST WEEKEND EVER?!

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Written on December 1, 2006 12:02 AM

When I heard the date of a few holiday shows for this year, I was bummed. I like to travel to other cities to be in shows and after hearing how great the Bust Craftacular was last year I had decided to go this year. Then I heard Renegade was starting a new fair in Chicago for the holidays. And I met a nice crew from St. Louis this fall who organize a holiday market. And then I started to hear the dates of all these shows and started becoming aware of other markets happening the same weekend. Dec 9 & 10!!! What?! That's the same weekend as my show, the Indie Craft Experience. So that meant I wouldn't be able to travel to any shows. I also worried that there might not be enough crafters out there for so many shows....would this mean no one would apply to my show? Nope, no need to worry. The Indie Craft Experience has its strongest assortment of crafters ever and looking at the vendor lists of the other shows I see everybody is going strong.

So now I'm rejoicing. Wow, the indie craft scene can support eight shows during the same weekend. That is truly amazing and I love the thought of that much craftiness going on all at once. The first Indie Craft Experience was on the same day as Art vs. Craft(Round 2) and I loved the thought of that much synergy at once. That was two shows though--imagine 8!

And then when you think of all the shows during Craftiest Weekend plus the other great shows that are happening around this time of year--Art vs. Craft, The Handmade Market, Bazaar Bizarre, The Handmade Arcade, depart-ment, No Coast Craft-o-rama, Urban Craft Uprising and Stitch--it is even more amazing ...I'm really proud of all of us. Think about how much holiday shopping is going to take place at all these markets. It's bound to make a dent in the amount of mass produced items bought at the mall this year!!! Wohoo--good for us! I've rounded up some information on all the shows that weekend for you. From Atlanta to Baltimore to New York to Providence to Chicago to St. Louis to Portland to L.A., December 9 & 10 is THE CRAFTIEST WEEKEND ever! Ok, here we go!

Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular * Atlanta -This is the fourth round of the Indie Craft Experience, and the show will feature 50 crafters including the three organizers of the show a bardis (that's me!), dropTROW and Patina as well as Missy Kulik, deli, glue & glitter, Sweet Honey Complex, Urban Medium, Microwave Girl, Hot Pink Poo, a*ray handcrafted, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves and many more. This round mainly showcases crafters from Atlanta and Athens indicating how much the local crafting scene has grown over the past few years. The Indie Craft Experience will be on Saturday, December 9 from noon to 8 p.m. at The B Complex , 1272 Murphy Ave SW in the West End. The admission fee is $5 and proceeds from this will go to Hagar's House, a shelter for women and children in Atlanta as well as the Indie Craft Documentary, a project we hold near and dear...the Indie Craft Experience was the first stop on the documentary's tour after all! First 200 attendees will receive a swag bag with a copy of CRAFT magazine and other goodies. Enjoy a drink, music from DJs Drew and RM and all over holiday festivness while getting all your shopping done!

Squidfire's Holiday Art Mart * Baltimore - Squidfire's t-shirts are fun and fantastic so we can only assume their first craft fair will be the same way! After traveling up and down the East Coast for the past two years attending various underground craft fairs from Brooklyn to Montreal, they decided to start an event in their own city. "Baltimore has many art festivals," says Jean-Baptiste Regnard of Squidfire, "but none really geared towards the d.i.y. crowd." This event features a very select group of crafters and it will be Saturday, December 9 from noon to 6 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church at Charles & Franklin St.

Bust Magazine's Holiday Craftacular * Brooklyn - Organized and hosted by Bust Magazine, pioneers of all things fem-indie, the Craftacular will offer shopping from 60 vendors--including india*romeo, Sublime Stitching, My My, giant dwarf and many others. Have fun and bust a move with music from seven lady DJs and enjoy the overall holiday atmosphere. This event is Saturday, December 9 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Warsaw (261 Driggs Avenue, Williamsburg). Admission is $1, which gives attendees a chance to win the Craftacular Raffle.

Craftland * Providence - This year Craftland opens on Friday, December 1 and goes until December 23. For all of December leading up to Christmas you can shop Craftland for holiday gifts Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The market includes over 50 vendors from all over the country including Flying Fish Design, Jenny Harada, if'n books, misshawklet, The Small Object and many, many more. Located at at 70 Eddy St.

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Show * Chicago - As someone who organizes two shows a year, I was shocked when I found out Sue + Kathleen were adding a third show to their annual rotation! Perhaps they don't ever need to sleep? They explain, "Summertime is fun because it's outdoors and people are out and about, but people are doing a lot of shopping in December and we thought it would be cool to offer a venue for people to buy handmade stuff for the holidays." So this year is the very first Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale. The 110+ vendors include Pink Loves Brown, My Favorite Mirror, Polaire, Qylaar, Textile Fetish, Ex Libris Anonymous and many more. The show will be at Pulaski Park, 1419 W. Blackhawk, on December 9th & 10th from noon to 5 p.m. both days.

Independent Art Market * St. Louis - Since their first show in December 2004, the Independent Art Market has grown each time and will feature 20 artists and crafters this year. "This winter's Independent Art Market event," says Matt McInerney, one of the show organizers, "promises to be our largest, most ambitious one yet." The event will be at Shaw's Gallery, 4065 Shaw Blvd, over the whole weekend--December 8 (6 p.m. to midnight), December 9 (noon to midnight) and December 10 (noon to 6 p.m.). The weekend is full of activity with new artists; a sake, sushi and fashion cocktail reception; poetry readings; a variety show and many musical performances.

Crafty Wonderland * Portland - Portland's monthly art and craft extravaganza is hosting two events in December! The Crafty Wonderland Double Trouble Holiday Extravaganza will be on both December 10th & the 17th with different vendors at each show. "We decided to have two shows partly because we're a little crazy," says Cathy Pitters of Bossa Nova Baby, one of the show organizers, "but mostly because our venue can only accommodate 40 vendors--we have so many fantastic artists and crafters here in Portland, that it would have been nearly impossible to choose only 40 to participate." Organized by the lovely ladies of PDX Super Crafty, the event is located at the Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside. Crafty Wonderland is regularly the 2nd Sunday of every month. The event is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On December 10th attendees can learn shadow puppets with Bre of CRAFT magazine and the first 100 people through the door will receive a goodie bag. On the 17th, attendees can make a free snow globe at the DIY table. There will be a raffle with prizes to benefit Goose Hollow Family Shelter. Admission is free.

Felt Club * Los Angeles - LA's monthly craft market goes extra large for the holidays! Felt Club XL Holiday Edition will be on Saturday, December 9 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 4315 Melrose Ave at Heliotrope. "I'm basically looking at the event," says Jenny Ryan, Felt Club organizer, "as a supersized, expansive culmination of the last 7 months of hard (but fun!) work. The XL Holiday event is about three times as large as our mini-monthlies, and we had to move to a whole new venue in Hollywood to fit 'em all in." Enjoy sweet treats from local bakers, tunes from two DJs, raffle prizes and many surprises. The first 250 visitors will receive a swag bag and the editors of CRAFT magazine will host the Craft: Room where attendees can make holiday stockings and ornaments. Admission is free. The Indie Craft Documentary will conclude their filming tour at Felt Club. Featuring 70+ vendors including Twospace, Art School Dropout, biggerKrissy, boygirlparty, My Paper Crane, Miss Alison and SewDarnCute.

It's a shame I can't go to all the shows--I really would love to! Instead I'll enjoy Saturday at the Indie Craft Experience knowing that I'm part of a great weekend in indie craft history. We can sustain eight major craft events during one weekend. Cheers to everyone; that is progress! This really is the new wave of craft!

Christy Petterson lives in Atlanta where she works in PR, organizes the Indie Craft Experience, co-edits Get Crafty, creates special stuff for a bardis, roadies for her drummer-of-a-husband, eats the yummy food he cooks her, drinks coffee and goes for walks.

comment by West Coast Crafty on December 1, 2006 8:21 PM:

amazing round-up--so cool that there are eight different major craft sales going on! I love your take on it, too--it is a great weekend in indie craft history!

comment by Christy Petterson on December 4, 2006 12:47 AM:


comment by Nancy Flynn on December 5, 2006 11:35 PM:

wow, how exciting for crafty people in so many cities. i wish i could be at ICE at the very least!