Now that cold weather is actually here, you might be curled up under a hand-stitched quilt while knitting a scarf by the fire. Or maybe you don’t know the first thing about picking or looping yarn, but you enjoy surfing Etsy to find artfully-created crafts. Now’s your chance to get out from under the textiles and learn from live demonstrations or shop the booths at the 36th Annual American Craft Council Show, which is being held this year at the Baltimore Convention Center.
The American Craft Council Show, running from February 24-26, includes over 700 of the finest contemporary craft artists who design everything from jewelry to clothing and furniture to home décor. Among the new categories for this year are “Foodieware,” described as “fabulous utilitarian objects designed to flatter your fare,” bride-to-be gifts and accessories, and an expanded selection of stuff just for guys. The show is also the debut for the “Blue Chip Club” that consists of “stunning, one-of-a-kind pieces valued at $10k and up.”
Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Past year’s favorite categories, including “Handmade under $100” and “Greencraft,” return. The “green” artists have recycled or repurposed materials to create eco-friendly objects of art, jewelry, and whatever conjured up by imagination. Select artists will share the skills of their craft before audiences at the demo stage.
Ever had a moment when you’ve walked into someone’s house and thought, “This looks just like mine?” Or shown up to a dinner party and not been the only one in the room with that dress and those earrings? Finding unique pieces — and supporting artists in the process — can prevent that looking into a mirror phenomenon.
Advanced tickets can be purchased for $14 for a one-day pass or $25 for a three-day pass online here. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Friday night only the show is running a $5 after 5 special. Children 12 and under and American Craft Council members enter for free.
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