When you think Idaho, you probably don’t think about the indie craft scene. But I found some pretty cool crafters in this little corner of the US of A. If you like what you see below and what to find some more Idaho crafters, check out the Southeast Idaho Etsy Team and Idaho Indie Works.
This week’s Shop Local post comes at you from the Twist Fair in Northampton, Massachusetts. It’s happening Friday, May 1 – Saturday, May 2 and while not all of the crafters are from Massachusetts, they’ll all be selling their wares at this show!
Meghan Burch creates beautiful, functional home decor, women’s, and children’s clothing. She says, “My work is about playing with simple, two dimensional materials, images, shapes and patterns and transforming them into objects that are comfortable, useful and beautiful.” Her inspiration comes from “nature, the intersections of natural and man-made materials, creative non-artists, patterns of light, sound, food and architecture.”
I’ve been seeing some really great sleek, colorful felt headbands from a few crafters. The Candy Thief is one of them! With short hair like mine, a great headband like this is a must.
Tracy & Justin from Happy Owl Glassworks created “fused glass with a naturalist curiosity.” Their pieces are bright [pun intended!], especially these nightlights. Happy Owl Glassworks works in numerous glass techniques including fusing powdered glass, silkscreening on glass, and using recycled glass.
Last but certainly not least, this Sweet & Salty Pretzel necklace from Twigs & Heather caught my eye. Maybe I was hungry or maybe it was because I live in the pretzel capital of the USA. Twigs & Heather is a twin-sister silversmith duo! Heather creates nature-inspired pieces featuring twigs, birch bark, and those little maple seed helicopters. Kerry Alice, on the other hand, creates funky pieces with skulls & sacred hearts – and the Sweet & Salty Pretzel necklace above.
Alex McCarty, of Blossom Boutique, and I have teamed up to organize the first craft fair of its kind in Pennsylvania’s Dutch country. Crafty by Nature is a monthly indie craft market at the famous Shupp’s Grove in Adamstown, PA.
Crafty by Nature will take place the first Sunday of every month, beginning on May 3 and ending in October. Vendors are currently being accepted. The booth fee is $35 and includes a large exhibition space & two tables but for readers of Try Handmade, we’re extending a $10 discount off your first month’s registration!
Shupp’s Grove is an outdoor antiques and collectibles market, founded in 1962, and has become a favorite stop for antiques dealers and sellers alike, nationwide. Located in a peaceful wooded setting in PA Dutch country, the grove provides an ideal setting for browsing crafts, art, and other handmade goodies.