craft fair

Urban Craft Uprising showcases the best in local, handmade crafts and arts including clothing, jewelry, plush toys, felted objects, art, note cards, journals, paintings, bags/wallets/purses, accessories, housewares and more.

urban craft uprising

Indie author signings scheduled include: Susan Beal of Button It Up and Bead Simple, Diane Gilleland of Kanzashi in Bloom, Nikola Davidson & Brookelynn Morris will be signing their new book, Feltique, Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching will also be signing her books and selling her work.

Hourly demos for hands-on DIY fun, will include Becky Stern, Associate Editor for CRAFT and MAKE magazine and indie authors (listed above).

The first 100 attendees each day receive a free “swag” bag filled with items from vendors and sponsors. Throughout both days, attendees can also win gift baskets during the hourly draws.

The Urban Craft Uprising: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall on 1-2 August 11am to 5pm.

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squam lakes rockywold deephaven dining room

squam lakes rockywold deephaven dining room

Squam Art Workshops is an annual, four-day arts retreat whose mission is to offer an inspiring and supportive environment that will nurture creative individuals so that they might produce inspiring original work that both celebrates and expands the imagination. In particular, SAW has been created to support people from all walks of life, not necessarily those who make their living as an artist. It is a chance for people who do not have the opportunity to pursue art full-time to develop and expand this important aspect of their life.

SAW welcomes writers, visual artists, photographers, printmakers, mixed-media artists from all parts of the United States and abroad. As of July 2008, over 100 people from 27 different states and 2 Canadian provinces are coming to this lovely corner of New Hampshire. Part of the allure of SAW is that it couples a quiet retreat of extraordinary natural beauty with the opportunity to share and learn from exceptional teachers and fellow attendees. Some highlights of the evening activities include:
~ Grace Bonney of design*sponge will be our guest speaker on Wednesday night.
~ Bonfire Wednesday night will have live music from NYC singer/songwriter Jonatha Brooke
~ Thursday night will feature a discussion/seminar called “Taking Flight into the Creative Life: an inspiring panel discussion” led by artists Kelly Rae Roberts and Mati Rose McDonough
~ On Friday night, book launch party for Santa Monica artist Christine Mason Miller will launch her new book Ordinary Sparkling Moments.
In particular, there is a Vendor Night on Saturday, September 13 in Sandwich, NH where artists (many of whom have been featured in magazines, books and on websites and sell their work in galleries and on Etsy) will be selling their beautiful handmade work in the following categories: paintings and prints, bags and purses, books and zines, ceramics and pottery, vintage dolls, jewelry, knitting, music, needlecraft and hooked rugs, and paper goods. Information on all aspects of the event are at the website SAW.

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Thanks Jenna for the article on how to enter your projects in a county fair. She says “not only is it a fun summer activity, it’s a learning experience and a chance to meet your local crafty community”.

More: join the county fair revival flickr group

[image c/o benimoto]


The Charm City Craft Mafia is an organization that promotes independent artists, designers, craftspeople, and businesses in the Baltimore region. They are presenting the Second Annual ‘Pile of Craft’ Craft Fair.

Saturday, June 21st from 10am to 5pm at St. John’s Church, located at 2640 St. Paul St, Baltimore, MD 21218. This event is free and open to the public.


The Craft and Quilt Fair (with a bit of beading thrown in for good luck) continues in Perth today and finishes this Sunday, having already been to Newcastle, Gold Coast and Townsville. It then continues across the rest of the nation and over to our neighbours in New Zealand:

  • Sydney – June 11 – 15, 2008, Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
  • Hobart – June 27 – 29, 2008, Derwent Entertainment Centre, Brooker Highway, Glenorchy
  • Melbourne – July 24 – 27, 2008, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank
  • Canberra – August 7 – 10, 2008, Exhibition Park, Mitchell
  • New Zealand – September 18 – 21, 2008, Claudelands Events Centre, Claudelands Hamilton
  • Brisbane – October 22 – 26, 2008, Brisbane Exhibition Centre, South Bank
  • Adelaide – November 6 – 9, 2008, Adelaide Showground, Wayville
  • Go to the website to see a list of exhibitors for each state.

    For you West Aussies, I’m going this afternoon :) You locals get on down and support the fair, in my opinion the best that comes to Perth and it’s only once a year! Looking forward to seeing the ladies from Amitie again.

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