No ticket to Outside Lands? No problem, because there's an almost cooler event going down the same weekend: the American Craft Council show at Fort Mason. It's a celebration of all things handmade and one-of-a-kind, and there's so much to take in, there's no possible way you could do it all in one day.
The main attraction is the showcase of talented up-and-coming artists from around the country who excel in making uncommon creations, like upcycled jewelry made from LEGOs to "trashion" pieced together from weird materials like fish skin and fruit bags.
Fabric flowers will blossom and plushy robots will belly up to the Craft Bar at Museum of Craft & Folk Art Thursday, June 3.
Yep, it’s that time of the month again -- time to get your craft on. Every first Thursday for the last six, MOCFA SF has hosted a Craft Bar, along with Etsy Labs, and the event appears to be gathering steam among the Bay’s many manic DIY-ers. The event, which began life as a humble Stitch-and-Bitch gathering of around 30, assembled 250 the last time around. “That was our biggest Craft Bar yet,” says MOCFA store associate buyer Amelia Strader, who co-organizes the event with the store’s manager and head buyer Kpoene Kofi-Bruce. “They keep getting bigger each time because word keeps spreading.”
The decorating style over the past few recession-racked years have been all about slapping on a coat of paint, wallpapering, reupholstering – basically any way of prettying up the less-than-perfect without breaking the bank. Here's hoping the new year brings more prosperity than the past one, but let's also hope that the upcycling, DIY mentality that's been prevalent stays put.
If the thought of holiday shopping makes you want to gulp down a big drink or forsake the mall forever (or both), we've got the event for you. Etsy, the web's marketplace for everything handmade, is coming to SF for their first ever Bay Area Handmade Ho Down. Over 55 handmade and vintage vendors will be on there to help you check off that holiday gift list in record time. But what separates this from all the other holiday craft fairs that are a dime a dozen this time of year? Well, to start with, there's booze. Yup, this ain't your mama's craft fair... unless she prefers a stiff drink with her needlework, in which case, bring her along!
In yesterday's post we ruminated on the joys of crafting, so it seems only fitting today to look at its more shameful side. Yes, as Henry van Dyke said "the great woods would be very quiet if no birds sang but those who sang best", but there are some birds that should perhaps be put out of their misery. Case in point, the handmade objects found at Regretsy. Spend enough time searching craft fairs or Etsy stores and you're bound to come across some truly beautiful work, or - every so often - a true abomination.
Lucky for us, a slew of beauty products come into our lives each week. Some we’ve discovered during our all-too-frequent San Francisco shopping missions, while others have come to us from both local sources and those farther afield. Some are splurge items available at major stores, and others are downright steals available on etsy.
So away we go with seven of our current beauty obsessions:
It's easy to get swallowed up into the fantastic source that is Etsy; with so many shops and new items posted all the time, you can end up spending hours searching through pages upon pages of owl-themed tea towels (or what have you) until you find the gem you were looking for. To make the process a little easier, here are a few local sellers whose work we love, so next time you can go right to the good stuff...
One of the best features about Etsy, the popular website that lets you buy and sell all things handmade, is the different ways to explore the site. You can shop by color, by editors' picks, or by my personal favorite, locally. Through Etsy, I discovered Kate Durkin. A San Francisco artist who creates playful home items such as original works of art, pillows and tote bags, all under $65. Kate works with a palette of subtle muted colors to create wonderfully original pieces that would be an excellent addition to any home. To see more of her work, visit
Local illustrator Hannah Stouffer, daughter of wildlife documentarian Marty Stouffer, finds inspiration in a “grand array” (also the name of her online Etsy shop) of pop-culture emblems, which are neatly disorganized into graphic mash-ups emblazoned on everything from posters to pillows.