For 3 days the Marin Center will be turned into an Arts & Crafts Market --25,000 sq ft and 150 exhibits offering handcraft of design -- products devoted to traditional artistic forms and techniques –luminous color, careful detail, romantic symbolism, devotion to nature, and the rejection of soulless, mass-produced decorative arts.
Each artist, artisan, handcrafter, merchant, jewelery maker, designer, gemcutter, and beadmaker is juried on the orginality of their work. Many have spent over forty years reviving lost styles, using hand tools, techniques, and an imagination that brings life to comtemporary handcraft of design.
The show is a rare opportunity to shop for wonderful handcrafted objects, and buy direct from the people who create them, at excellent prices. Many high-quality, original, artisanal works are one-of-a-kind and offered for sale here --for the first time.
The show offers an outstanding variety of handmade accessories, antiquities, and unusual items such as hand-dyed silks, felted hats, nomadic articles, antique textiles, tribal beads, collectible silver, Australian opals, and rare kilims.
It is open to the public, as well as to designers, retailers, and boutique owners --there is something for everyone who appreciates handcraft of design.
The exhibits encompass a vast list of artisan categories and products that are offered only at this show. Featured products include:
Clothing and Accessories: handmade clothing, wearable art, hand-sewn accessories, fashion design, art-to-wear apparel, boutique clothing, felted hats, retro fashions, alpaca knitwear, collage pendants, art couture, head pieces, and natural-dyed silk scarves.
Artisan Textiles and Weaving: hand-loomed fabrics, traditional low-warp tapestries, woodblock fabrics, hand printed fabrics, handspun yarn, felting, upcycled vintage fabrics, nomadic textiles, and bead knotting.
Jewelry, Gems, and Minerals: handcrafted jewelry, necklaces, gemstones, crystal & mineral specimens, 14kt gold jewelry, sterling silver jewelry, bracelets, rings, pearls, amber jewelry, fusion jewelry, brooches, metalwork, enamel pendants, glass making, ceramic arts, hand tooled leather, beadmaking, and metalwork.
Home Goods and Furniture: handmade household goods, handcrafted lamps, conceptual art clay pieces, ceramic pottery, furniture, sculptural garden items, stained glass art décor, candles, designer textiles, handcrafted handbags, wood working, custom bowls, gourd art, painted tiles, and recovered wood and iron.
Vintage, Antique, Ethnographic and Collectibles: silver and gold items, glassware, vintage jewelry and clothing, artifacts, estate sale finds, art nouveau designs, vintage signs, vintage Hollywood jewelry, sacred textiles, collectible glass, ethnographic pieces, Taxco silver, and nomadic costuming.
Paper, Fiber, and Fine Art -- hand printed paper, paper arts, handmade cards, woodblock art, print making, natural-dyed fabrics, canvas oil paintings, fine art crystals, water color paintings, photography, and handspun fibers.
Findings and Craft Supplies: aged brass filigrees, ornamentals, vintage findings, one-off handcrafted jewelry parts, re-purposed jewelry, handmade clasps, project finds, creative components, sculptural pieces, shells, glass beads, and handmade earring findings.
Artisan Gifts: handcrafted gift cards, gourmet teas, handmade chocolate, pastries, traditional toffee, natural soaps, handmade lotions, ceramic artwork, enamel gifts, lacquered boxes, candles, and unique artisan gifts.