The weekend after Crafty Supermarket’s Spring Show, check out love+bash, a “badass wedding expo for alternative brides.” Created by Nikita Gross of Nikita Gross Photography and Jen Pritchard of Your Wedding by Jen, love+bash is the antidote to traditional bridal shows. Along with alternative, green and indie vendors, the show will have music, drinks and a fashion show. (If you’re currently planning your nuptials, definitely check out their wedding giveaway, which includes photography, florals and planning.) You can check out love+bash’s featured vendors here.
12-5 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2011
at Leapin Lizard, 726 Main St., Covington, KY
tickets are $6 presale or $10 day-of-show
If you just can’t wait until November to get crafty, check out these awesome shows in the region!
INDIEana Handicraft Exchange
Friday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Harrison Center for the Arts, Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Marie Reed Learning Center, Washington, DC
Saturday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Lodge Bar, Columbus, OH
And, of course, you can find more show listings at Indie Craft Shows.
This discussion can get pretty esoteric really fast, but it’s worth addressing. Crafty Supermarket is an indie craft show—not a craft show, not an art show. What’s the difference?
The lines are fine, but I think of indie crafters as people who work outside the system as much as possible. Making stuff by hand, using unique materials and doing it themselves.
I addressed this very topic in my book, Crafty Superstar, because the “indie” term gets thrown around so much lately:
Some people say screenprinted T-shirts aren’t handmade enough to be DIY. Others include vintage wares under the indie umbrella. Some exclude wares created with mainstream craft kits. Some indie crafts are one-of-a-kind. Some are made entirely from scratch. Some blur the line between fine art and traditional craft. Some blur the line between trash and treasure.
I think of “indie” (stemming from independent) as the visual contradiction of combining granny craft techniques with punk sensibilities. A classic example of indie craft (that’s been completely co-opted by big box stores) is a knit scarf with pink skulls on it.
Indie craft is really similar to indie music in terms of exclusivity. When it’s underground and exclusive, the look has the organic street cred corporate types salivate over. Eventually, the trend catches on with the general public, gets diluted and overdone, and by that point it’s totally over.
When it comes down to figuring out whether you fit in a scene or under the indie umbrella, the most important thing is to stay true to your ideals and aesthetic. Who says you need a label, anyway? (And the indie musicians would totally agree.)
You can learn a lot more about the indie craft movement in Faythe Levine’s documentary “Handmade Nation.” Faythe talked to a lot of the movers and shakers in the craft world, and the film is finally touring the US! (And I interviewed her for my book!)
Cincinnati is gonna get rocked this fall by Crafty Supermarket, the first indie craft show in the ‘nati! Mark your calendars: Crafty Supermarket is going down 12-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.
Craftiness will take over the back room of the Northside Tavern, AND we’ll have copies of my book on hand! A book release party for Crafty Superstar: Turn Your Crafts into Extra Cash, Keep Your Day Job, and Basically Have It All will follow the show.
Vendors will include local and national crafters—watch for application info coming soon.