I was part of a wonderful arts and crafts fair last weekend in New Manila. Over twelve indie artists and crafters, including myself, set out our handmade items ranging from fabric art to jewelry to magic wands.
It was the second Alabama Art Exchange where the rules were to buy art or simply exchange it for another handmade piece. The venue added to the indie feel of the fair-–a converted 1950′s home that now houses two ventures: Resurrection, an upcycled and found-objects furniture store by architect Leah Sanchez, and the Hausbesetzer Laboratory, brainchild of documentary director and photographer, Jet Rafael (whose Van Gogh is Bi-Polar restaurant also has a cult following).
I displayed my felties, but ended up getting more inquiries about the buntings, so I’m sewing more now for the next fair. It seems like people are looking to use it for children’s rooms so I was thinking of calling it Baby Bunting–what do you think?
Check out my pictures below. Thank you to Robert Alejandro for completing my display with your lovely banner!
my little display at the fair with a sign drawn by Robert on-the-spot
other artists included Nikki (seated, left) with her upcycled jewelry, and Ginny (black shirt) who makes the most awesome portraits using black thread
Gaby, Marty, and Lucas (all under the age of 13) made super fun wands from chopsticks and other art materials
fantastic wall art made of pencils by another artist at the fair