It's Five on Friday .. this week, let's look at some of the biggest and best craft fairs in the world.
Have you been to any of these? Plan to attend? Leave us comments and let us know!!
The Tasmanian Craft Fair: This one has a special place in my heart because I attended as a vendor for many years before I moved overseas. Nothing I have seen here rivals this show for quality of products. If you are not Australian, but planning to travel down under, and you're there in November, you should do yourself a favour and visit this craft show. The event is held in 16 locations around the picturesque town of Deloraine in Tasmanian's north. Showcasing at least 240 exhibitors it is run over a period of 4 days, from Friday to Monday. You don't have to drive from venue to venue, you just arrive, park your car and hop on one of the shuttle buses that continually run from venue to venue for the duration of the fair. Plan to spend more than one day there if you want to truly see and enjoy everything. The vendors are self representing artists and many perform demonstrations on site. When I was exhibiting at this show, I used to have to work all year long to prepare, and I came home at the end of the event with hardly any stock remaining. People come to this show from all over the country, and the world - they come for quality hand made items and the show organizers have never waiver when it comes to ensuring that is what is on offer here.
The event enters its 31st year this year and will be held on Friday November 4 - Monday Nov 7, 2011. If you attend this year, go see my mum, she still exhibits there. Artful Aussies will be stall 741 at the Deloraine Showgrounds Meander Pavilion
The Festival of Living Crafts: There is a wide selection of both contemporary and traditional art and craft on display at this event. Living Crafts will be celebrating its 38th Anniversary in 2012 with hundreds of the finest craftsmen and women from all over the British Isles taking part. The work on display must be made by the exhibiting artists and must be produced in Great Britain. The product must not be mass produced but be original and authentic and show a significant element of handcrafted originality.
The next show will be held on Thursday 10th - Sunday 13 May 2012
In The U.S.A.
American Craft Council, Baltimore: The American Craft Council Show in Baltimore is arguably the country's largest craft show, (in fact the largest juried, indoor craft show in the country) with more than 700 crafters attending. Normally held during the last week of February, the show just celebrated it's 35th year. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center in the Inner Harbor, craft artists present handmade creations to the public.
Next show: February 2012
Circle Craft Christmas Market is Western Canada’s largest craft fair: Now in its 38th year, this market is an enormous collection of B.C. and Vancouver artisans who produce a wide range of high-quality products. Circle Craft Christmas Market was started in 1973 in Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada. It features the works of local artisans and is run by the Circle Craft Co-operative, which has a gallery year-round on Granville Island.
Next event: Wednesday, Nov 9th to Sunday, Nov. 13th, 2011
India is renowned worldwide for its art and crafts. The Surajkund Handicrafts Mela is one of the biggest art and craft fairs of India. Suraj Kund handicrafts fair has been showcasing Indian arts, crafts, culture and tradition, for the past 25 years at Suraj Kund, Haryana, 8 Kilometers (4.9 miles) from South Delhi. Surajkund Crafts Fair is organized every year at Surajkund in Haryana from February 1 to 15. There are a total of 525 stalls from all over the country showcasing ethnic wares at the fair.The theme, which changes each year, is specific to a state of India, is depicted at the entrance to the Mela grounds and provides an ambiance of that particular state.
The next event is in February 2012.