What is it?
Now in its 4th year, Crafty Bastards(sm) Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. The fair is all-day, outdoors, free to attend, and will offer goods for sale, food, entertainment, prizes, and more!
Why are we doing it?
As DC’s premier alternative newsweekly, City Paper promotes underground art and strives to connect the voice and vision of the indie craft community with our readers. In our Classifieds section, in print and online, we have a special Crafty Bastards advertising section through which craftspeople can sell their wares and throughout the year we hold craft workshops finding talented crafters to share their knowledge and expertise with the public. Once a year we hold the fair which creates an experience where the urban consumer can discover unconventional, hard-to-find arts and crafts, meet the artists, as well as enjoy an outdoor event with fun and entertainment!
When is this event and how do I find it?
Sunday, September 30, 2007, 10am-5pm at the Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming in the hip Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.
What kinds of crafts will I find?
You won’t find mass produced or imported goods here. You will find 100 talented vendors handpicked by a select jury for their DIY chops and singular vision selling things you never knew existed and that you may never see again! There’ll be surprises at every booth including reconstructed clothing, punk rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, whimsical and demented plush toys, handspun yarn, screen-printing, avant-garde art and much more!
In 2004, City Paper held the first Crafty Bastards(sm) Arts & Crafts Fair at the Columbia Heights Community Marketplace. We featured 150 vendors, food, and bands. In 2005 & 2006, Crafty Bastards moved to the Marie Reed learning Center and featured 100 indie vendors, over 15,000 attendees, food, sponsors, prizes, a b-boy battle, a fire-eater, a fashion show, workshops, belly dancers and more! Our fourth year running, we continue to grow. Expect another exciting display of creative talent, entertainment and fun for all!
Crafty Bastards Buzz
- Style on the Go, Washington Post. (9/29/06)
- Washington Blade Best Bets, Amy Cavanaugh. (9/29/06)
- Wonkette. (9/29/06)
- The Weekend Guide, Daily Candy. (9/28/06)
- Event Highlights, Baltimore City Paper. (9/28/06)
- Northern VA Art Beat, Kevin Mellema, Fall Church News Press. (9/28/06)
- Craft blog, Natalie Zee. (9/27/06)
- DCist.com, Heather Goss. (9/27/06)
- Adorn Blog, Adorn Magazine. (9/22/06)
- American University Eagle, Rebecca Armendariz. (10/03/05)
- Friend or Foe Photo Album, Friend or Foe Industries. (10/1/05)
- University of Maryland Diamondback, Victoria Markovitz. (9/30/05)
- “All Things Considered”, NPR, Neda Ulaby. (12/7/04)
- Mypapercrane.com, Heidi Kenney. (10/3/04)
- Ilikeseamonsters.com, Tina Henry-Barrus. (10/3/04)