The rabid enthusiasm of Baltimore shoppers for locally made and hand-crafted products is exceptional. Nowhere is that phenomenon more prevalent than at the craft fairs produced by Baltimore-based artist collective Charm City Craft Mafia.
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Kacey Stafford is an independent, mixed media artist in Baltimore, creating beautiful patterned paintings filled with color and texture. Her one-woman art business, Found Studio, offers her own hand collaged paintings featuring uplifting sayings, botanical and animal imagery, and Maryland themes. She manages an aesthetic that could fit in at Anthropologie, as well as it could a pop-art exhibit, or child’s playroom.
The holidays are a great excuse for DIY shopping, but it’s not the only time Charm City Craft Mafia organizes a big browse-a-thon.
Want to gain a whole heap of new skills in one delightful evening? That’s the idea behind the Charm City Craft Mafia’s latest venture: the Tiny Workshop. It’s a quick and dirty (okay, not that dirty) intro to three different art forms as practiced by some of Baltimore’s favorite crafters. All supplies are provided, and the level of instruction is perfect even for those with little or no experience. And did we mention the workshop is being held at Artifact Coffee? That means you can sip on some of the best java in town or snack from their always-delicious menu while you master your new found craft skills.
Every holiday season, we wait with bated breath for the Charm City Craft Mafia’s Holiday Heap—our very favorite of the holiday season craft fairs. We go early, we buys snacks, and we shop ‘til we drop. Sure, we say it’s all about finding gifts for loved ones, but rare is the year that we don’t come home with gifts for ourselves. It’s impossible not to! The Craft Mafia does such an outstanding job of finding the coolest, most masterful vendors for their craft fairs that even the most restrained shopper often can’t resist the unique (and gorgeous) offerings that abound. But, like we said, that all happens in December. Alas. Thankfully though, each June, they also bring us Pile of Craft, a summer time craft fair just as rockin’ and chock full of amazingness as their Holiday Heap—and the best part is, it’s almost here.
Oh, we so, so, so love the Charm City Craft Mafia’s annual Holiday Heap. We go every year, expecting to get a good portion of our gift shopping done, since there are treasures galore, and it’s all the super unique, handmade stuff that you won’t find anywhere else. But what we didn’t expect this year was that they would have read our minds. See, last year, we went to the Heap, because we always do. But honestly, it was so crowded with other handmade-gift-enthusiasts that it was kind of hard to shop. Plus, with handmade wares, it’s nice to actually be able to talk to the artisan, find out some of the background and be generally, you know, relaxed about things. Well, this year, for a mere $15, you can purchase a ticket to their Early Bird shopping Extravaganza! No crowds, more elbow room, more schmoozing. Yes.
So, it’s not exactly, Christmas in July, but it’s close. Every holiday season, the Charm City Craft Mafia puts on their famous Holiday Heap—one of our very favorite craft shows around. “The Mob,” (as they’re known) put on great (if too-crowded-with-shoppers-to-navigate) craft shows that always feature some of the best crafters and artisans from around town and away. What I like best about The Mob’s craft shows is that they always feature a great variety of wares. There’s something for everyone and every budget, and there are always local foodie favorites like Kinderhook Snacks around to provide the fuel you’ll need to shop. The Mob keeps it simple by only organizing a couple of craft shows per year—and one of them is this weekend.