We know it's only Monday, but we can't help kicking the week off right by announcing the coming weekend's craft events from around the country. Enjoy!
While we can't write about every craft fair and marketplace happening across the country (or the world), we do like to highlight a handful of notable ones each week. If you'd like more people to know about your craft show or event, list it on our Craft Map and we'll gladly consider it for coverage. You can also email us at email@example.com.
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Creating Her Own Path Exhibit: Museum of Contemporary Craft
Aug 18–Oct 29, Tues–Sun, 11–6
Paper craft artist Nikki McClure slices and dices with her X-acto Knife of Life to create simple black-and-white landscapes and modern silhouettes. The Museum of Contemporary Craft hosts her latest exhibit and just might be the solemn, soulful, craft therapy you need on this 9/11 weekend.
724 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209, 503-223-2654, info@MuseumofContemporaryCraft.org, Museum of Contemporary Craft
ArtWalk on the Bay
Sept 10-11, 10-5
While you won't actually be able to walk on the bay (what a letdown of a name!), this craft event does offer a unique collection of crafts, and we're particularly excited for the hands-on kiddo crafts. Our personal favorites? Bagel Bird Feeders and Wearable Wood Art.
The Waterfront Park at Hilton San Diego Bayfront, San Diego, CA 619-615-1090, firstname.lastname@example.org, ArtWalk on the Bay
The Renegade Craft Show - Chicago
Sept 10-11, 11–7
“Urban epicenters of creative indie-entrepreneurship” — while we couldn't quite unravel this word knot, we were excited by this hip, trendy fair's juried art show, workshops and … marching bands? Intriguing.
Along Division St. in Wicker Park, Chicago, IL. 60622, 312-496-3215, email@example.com, Renegade Craft
Sept 11, 2011, 11-7
For those that would like a little more intimacy in their vintage and second-hand buying.... This unique recycling craft event invites participants to donate and swap wearables. There are also upcycling workshops and even on-site DIY stations for on-the-spot alterations.
Hack Factory, 3119 E. 26th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55406, 612-293-MAKE, firstname.lastname@example.org, Swap-0-Rama-Rama
Fiber College of Maine
Sept 8-11, Class hours vary
A goody basket of learning awaits at this unique compendium of fiber classes. Hosted on a campground overlooking the roaring Atlantic waters, this craft event is all weekend long and offers unique 2-4 hour classes like Shifu (Traditional Japanese Paper Spinning) and Fiber Reactive Dye Workshop. Let the learning commence!
Searsport Shores Ocean Campground, 216 West Main St., Searsport, Maine 04974, 207-548-6059, Create@FiberCollege.org, Fiber College
Mountain Craft Days
Sept 9-11, 10-5
Hoop skirts and hearth baking are the focus of this historical craft event. Over 125 professional artisans will grace this unique event with music and crafts particular to Pennsylvania's unique southwest mountain heritage. You mean, there's more to western PA than just the Steelers? Who knew.
Somerset Historical Center, 10649 Somerset Pike, Somerset, PA 15501, 814-445-6077, email@example.com, Somerset Historical Center
John C. Campbell Folk School
Recurring, Week and Weekend-Long Classes
Some things everybody should know how to do – change a tire, patch a hem and ... forge an iron poker? We're a little fuzzy on that last one ourselves. But take the Blacksmithing Fundamentals for Beginners this weekend, and you'll be shodding that horse in no time. Iron mongering not your thing? Check out the other traditional life skills classes like enameling or basket-ing.
John C. Campbell Folk School, One Folk School Road, Brasstown, NC 28902, 1-800-FOLK-SCH, John C. Campbell Folk School
Ballston Arts and Crafts Market
Sept 10, 10– 4
After you get through the hustle and crush-tle of the crowds at the polished Alexandria Festival of the Arts, head to the once-a-month craft cozy that is the Ballston Arts and Crafts Market. Words like small and intimate will be a soothing salve to your jaded craft palate (and banged elbows).
Welburn Square (The Ballston Circle) at the Ballston Metro, Arlington, VA 202-536-9714, Jessica@iloveballston.com, Ballston Arts and Crafts Market
Image credits, from top: Nikki McClure, artwalkonthebay.com, renegadecraft.com, swaporama.org, fibercollege.org, somersethistoricalcenter.org, folkschool.org and ballstonarts-craftsmarket.blogspot.com