42nd Annual KPFA Crafts Fair returns to San Francisco December 8 and 9

 

A beloved holiday tradition, the KPFA Crafts Fair offers an intimate and relaxed bazaar style shopping experience with over 200 artisans offering unique handcrafted gifts under one roof. Original and contemporary handcrafted items in all media from wearable art to art for the home will be featured; leather, glass, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, gourmet food, self-care products and more.

EXHIBITORS

Many artists at the fair have come from a long lineage of craft workers that are passing the trade onto the next generation. Karl Schroen of Sebastopol is a 4th generation blacksmith who makes exquisite knives. He uses tools passed down from his great, great grandfather. Rupam Henery of Rupam’s Apothecary is part of a family lineage of herbalists and pharmacists reaching back 13 generations. She creates quality tinctures, salves and herbal remedies for self care. Niko Culevski from Washington State is the 6th generation of weavers originating from Macedonia. He creates hand-woven wool blankets on a loom just the way his parents taught him, a skill he is now teaching his children. David Giulletti, a fine Jeweler from Berkeley, is teaching his two teenagers his craft in expectation that one will take up the family business some day. Supporting artists such as these insures that their skills will not be lost but can continue for generations to come.

 

Creatively using recycled materials in their work is a popular theme for artists at this year’s fair. At least 25% of the exhibiting artisans use re-purposed materials and are “Up Cycling.” Shoppers who care to keep their carbon footprint light will be pleased to find books bound for the trash bin transformed into safes, clocks and shelves by Denise Jones of Cutten, CA. Paul Loughridge of Morgan Hill, CA transforms what most people would consider junk into one-of-a-kind, surreal, cyber/steam punk assemblage sculptures. Nicole Flood of Flood Clothing in Portland buys previously worn clothes by the pound, deconstructs and re-sews them into her fashionable new designs.

 

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS

 

KPFA Crafts Fair and ACCI Gallery Proudly announce their second annual Collaborative Exhibition: CreativiTea. This exhibit will showcase artworks incorporating and /or depicting tea, tea leaves, tea bags and artworks crated for or about drinking tea. After the fair, the exhibit will be on display March 9 – April 8, 2013 at the ACCI Gallery in Berkeley.

 

12×12 returns this year! 12 artists make 12 pieces of art in 12 months. The pieces must finish at 12 inches square. What began as a challenge to get back into exploring new ideas and making art a commitment, a group of artists have been meeting monthly this past year to support their goal of creating 12 new works. Come see the end result and become inspired.

 

FOOD & MUSIC

 

The mezzanine overlooking the fair at the Concourse will host tasty fare and festive acoustic music allowing fair goers to relax, refuel and plan the rest of their shopping.

 

TRANSPORTATION

 

The Fair makes it easy to travel to the event in green style by providing complimentary shuttles from the Civic Center BART/MUNI Station, at 8th and Market and from the Caltrain station at 4th and King Streets.

 

ABOUT KPFA

 

KPFA 94.1FM is the nation’s original listener-sponsored, noncommercial, public radio station founded in 1949. The mission of KPFA is to encourage cultural diversity and pluralistic community expression; to contribute to a lasting understanding between individuals of all nations, creeds and colors; to promote freedom of the press and to serve as a forum for various points of view, and to maintain an independent funding base.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: BART, East Bay Express, SF Weekly, Commonground Magazine.


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