I regularly attend art and craft fairs – not just to see what others are doing but also to chat with artists and make some purchases!
On Friday we attended the Crocker Art Museum‘s annual holiday art and craft fair in Sacramento. A few booths in particular caught my eye. The first showcased the work of Nora Daniel, the Color Muse. She designs and hand paints and hand prints on fabric, something I’ve always admired. Nora’s colors and patterns were beautiful! She graciously agreed to let me take some pictures. (Thank you, Nora!) Here’s Nora holding my two favorite scarves!
The second booth showcased hand felted wool hats by Vi De Cou. One word for her hats: Wow! It was hard to get a good shot near her booth (the lighting wasn’t the best for the shot), but here is a picture of Vi wearing my favorite hat. Notice the “leaf.” She hand-pleated it out of shibouri silk! Gorgeous!!!!
Now it’s not just fiber arts and crafts I am interested in seeing. (Even my dishware is handmade.) The third booth I wanted to share with displayed Maki Sushi Ki handcrafted by Ron and Norene Iwamasa.
I regularly hand-roll sushi for us. I had seen these little wooden boxes before but assumed they were for people who didn’t know how to make handrolls. I was wrong. I intently watched Ron’s demonstration as Thor pulled out his wallet. 🙂
Last but certainly not least is the work of two of my favorite ceramic artists – Shizuko & Toshi Shichishimas. I have purchased several of their pieces over the years. The picture at the right is of one of their plates that currently sits on an end table holding knitting notions, awaiting to be relocated to the dinner table where it becomes a serving platter.
If you happen to be in San Francisco March 9-10, 2013 there’s a MUST GO TO art and craft event at the Fort Mason Pavilion: Contemporary Crafts Market. (There’s a limited number of free passes available at this site!)
Do you have any favorite art and craft fairs that you would recommend? I would love to hear about others’ favorites!