Tag: crafts

Event Pick: Yapoma, a local craft bazaar, opens its pop-up store in Belair-Edison

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Baltimore-based online craft bazaar Yapoma is moving from the virtual realm to a brick-and-mortar one—for the summer, at least.

‘XXChange’ Celebrates Female Creators Breaking Down Gender Boundaries

Courtesy BWMC; design by Jillian Erhardt, background by Audrey Van de Castle
Courtesy BWMC; design by Jillian Erhardt, background by Audrey Van de Castle

A new exhibition opening this Friday will explore the power and creativity of dozens of female-identifying artists and makers from around the region. It also gives guests a chance to learn how female artists and makers use their skills to create, particularly in male-dominated environments.

Doors Open at Open Works, Baltimore’s $11.5 Million Makerspace


Open Works

Educational Programming, Memberships, and Studio Space Rentals Open to All

Baltimore Arts Realty Corporation officially opened yesterday Open Works, the highly anticipated $11.5 million incubator for Maryland’s creative economy.

Clay + Beer with Make Tribe



catch of the day fish (2)The folks over at Make Tribe are redefining the term “craft beer.” Next weekend, they’ll be offering a one-evening workshop at Baltimore Clayworks, where participants will create their own ceramic beer stein under the guidance of expert instructor Mary Cloonan. Monument City Brewing will also be on hand with samples of their newest ales. This is a great opportunity to learn all about beer-making, ceramics, and how awesome it is when the two come together. Not a common occurrence, for some reason.

Baltimore Artists Featured at Sugarloaf Crafts Festival


Crafts show

catch of the day fish (2)Once again, the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival is bringing some of the best American artists and artisans to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. For the weekend of April 24-26, you can stroll the fairgrounds and stock up on unique handmade gifts in anticipation of Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, graduations, and weddings. And of course, you can always just shop for yourself. And while the craft show features work by artists from all over the country, a number of Baltimore area artists will be present, as well. Look for 3Clothing by Nikki Gordon, clay monsters by Cat Holt, and great jewelry from Mary DeMarco-Wolfe.

Roots & Leaves Natural Dying Class

Drift Lab Textile Co.
Drift Lab Textile Co.
catch of the day fish (2)We hope that by now you know all about MAKE TRIBE. They’re the super cool pop-up-craft-skill-share-dinner-curator-mavens who’ve been bringing amazing food and really cool workshops to together for a while now. They’ve got their nimble fingers on the pulse of the craft and DIY world, and never cease to amaze with awesome offerings. The only catch? You’ve got to act fast to nab a spot in some of these much sought after classes. So when they announced they’re taking reservations for their upcoming Roots & Leaves class (to be held Tuesday, February 17th), we didn’t waste any time.

Baltimore Fishbowl Weekend



Get Up & Go: Make this Weekend Your Merriest

Sure, there are plenty of us who’ve already checked most people off of our holiday shopping list. But for the rest of us– the more human of us– we’re still, um, working on it. But luckily, this weekend is packed with shopping events, sales, and genuinely fun holiday activities to help you get all your shopping (and merry-making) in with plenty of time to get it all wrapped and under a tree, with time to spare for a cup of eggnog.

If you haven’t yet hit up the MICA Art Market, make that stop #1 thus weekend. Today is the last day to find some of the most unique gifts (for yourself and others) at the art school’s annual holiday craft fair.

For equally indie fare, or for those on your list with a real flair for the artistic, Current Space is showing the (totally giftable) work of ten local artists today and tomorrow.

If you’re desperate for the handmade, but can’t make this weekend work, save this coming Thursday, (December 18th) for the Charm City Craft Mafia’s Last Stop Hops-N-Shop. It’s pretty much what it sounds like, awesome last-minute craft shopping, accompanied by some brews.

Of course, if you’re one of those who can take the weekend off from shopping, since you somehow managed to not procrastinate, why not reward yourself with a relaxing afternoon of Romancing in the Holidays at Galloping Goose Vineyards for a small plate buffet with wine pairings.

Or, stay right in town and keep warm with some specialty seasonal hot chocolate from The Charmery. If you can manage to get it home without drinking it, throw in a splash of locally distilled Sloop Betty vodka and settle in for a quiet evening of gift wrapping.


MICA Holiday Art Market


MICA Art Market

catch of the day fish (2)Baltimore has its fair share of great craft fairs– particularly this time of year. But probably our absolute favorite is the MICA Art Market. We look forward to it every year for a couple of reasons. Firstly, since many of the vendors are students, it’s markedly different from year to year. And we all know that those MICA students can dream up some pretty wild and creative stuff. So it’s guaranteed to not be your usual holiday craft fair. You can find hats and scarves that only an avant garde painting student could dream up, or conceptually designed pencils (seriously), or simply lovely paintings, drawings, and prints.

Shopping Report: Santa, Sales, and So Much More


MICA Art Market

By Kit Waskom Pollard

Bells are ringing and children are singing all over Baltimore this week. With the Monument lit and a chill in the air, the city is in full-fledged holiday mode – which means shopping has never been better.

This week, find sales and events all over the region. Here’s a look at some of what’s happening this weekend and all week long.

  • Santa has arrived at The Shops at Kenilworth, along with the storied annual holiday train garden. Breakfast with Santa, benefiting the Salvation Army, will take place every Saturday between now and Christmas, and stop in frequently to hear local choral groups and enjoy the season’s festivities.
  • Head to  The Village of Cross Keys on December 6th, starting at 9 a.m.,  for special holiday events including the Poinsettia Patrol, a book signing with cookbook author Nancy Baggett and live music at Village Square Café. (updated- Breakfast with Santa was canceled.)
  • Visit Wyndhurst Station on December 6th for the Holiday Spree, including “cheer” and excitement at each Wyndhurst shop
  • The Roland Park Country School Holiday Fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 6th. With food, musical performances and raffles – plus shopping – the fair is fun for the whole family.
  • Becket Hitch, in Green Spring Station, is featuring pop-ups all month long. Stop in on Saturday December 6th to check out Sassy’s Tomato Jam and visit on the 11th to meet local leatherworkers Almanac Industries. While at Green Spring, drop into Cupcake Shop to check out their new digs – the Fells Point shop made the move north just recently – and stop by Panache to catch the tail end of the Blessings in Disguise trunk show.
  • Hampden will be buzzing with events all week long, including a Kinderhook snacks pop-up at Trohv on the 7th and the “Night of the Krampus” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the 12th. The Night of the Krampus will include a book signing at Bazaar, carols and a Krampus-themed ice cream flavor created by The Charmery.
  • Charm City Craft Mafia presents their annual Holiday Heap at Space 2640, in St. John’s Church on St. Paul Street, on December 6th. The fair will feature over fifty local artists and artisans selling all kinds of handmade goods.
  • Find unusual gifts for everyone on your list at the Merry Mart Holiday Craft Show at the Creative Alliance. Taking place on Sunday, December 7th, the show will feature dozens of cool, unique vendors and their wares.
  • On Tuesday, December 9th, shop while you nosh during Federal Hill’s 19th annual Festive Flavors walking tour of shops, galleries, restaurants and bars. Tickets are $55 and include seven food and drink stops throughout the historic neighborhood.
  • The Shops at Ruxton will host a Holiday Sip & Shop on Wednesday, December 10th starting at 4 p.m. Each shop will offer something special – so be sure to make the rounds.
  • On Thursday, December 11th, Midnight Madness makes its second appearance in Annapolis, with shops open until midnight and a whole host of fun events and activities.
  • Catch Liza Byrd and Sassanova, among others, at the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club’s Ladies Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 11th. And from now through Christmas Eve, visit Sassanova in Harbor East to experience the Advent of Savings, including discounts up to 40% off and free surprise gifts.



HonFest Takes Over Hampden


Hon Fest

catch of the day fish (2)What’s better than an abundance of music, food, beer, and crafts? All of that surrounded by a swarm of Hons, obviously. And what, exactly is a Hon? Well, if you have to ask, maybe we have to ask you just how recently you transplanted to Baltimore, hon. But you’ll know them when you see them. They’ll be decked out in sky-high beehive hairdos, feather boas as far as the eye can see, and presumably some cat-eye sunglasses and patent leather heels in all colors. And they’ll be strutting up and down The Avenue (their native habitat) all weekend at HonFest. You can come to gawk or be gawked at—Hon yourself up, or simply snap photos on the iPhone. The Hons don’t judge—they’re just there for a good time.