Hello Party People!
It’s hard to believe that fall weather is here and the holidays are quickly approaching. Please mark your calendars now for the best holiday shopping in Atlanta. The Indie Craft Experience Holiday Shopping Spectacular will be on November 15 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will feature over 100 indie crafters from all over the country. Our vendor list is on the site so you can check out who will be there. The event will take place in our new venue, Ambient + Photo Studio, 585 Wells St. SW Unit – Atlanta, GA 30312. <a href=”http://www.ice-atlanta.com”>www.ice-atlanta.com</a>
Speaking of marking your calendars, we’d like to tell you about many other events coming up. Go ahead and get your calendar out. I mean it, go ahead. The deadline has not passed for several of these events (Kraftwork, Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa , hand.craft.it and Making It) so please take note if you’re an artist or crafter.
Some Art Fabric’s Annual Fall Fabric Festival will be Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. with a sneak peek on Friday, October 24 from 1-5 p.m. Over 2,000 pre cut items: fat quarters ($1.50), charm packs ($6.00) and one yard cuts ($4.00). Over 500 bolts of fabric. All quilt cotton is $4.00/yard with an additional 10% discount when you finish off a bolt. Books, Patterns, Notions, Gifts and Organic – Eco Friendly fabric will also be available. Located at 2850 Meadow Grove Way – Marietta, GA 30067. Directions can be found here: <a href=”http://someartfabric.com/ads/fallfabricfestfullpage.jpg”>http://someartfabric.com/ads/fallfabricfestfullpage.jpg</a>
All-Targets-Leveled, international breakdance competition presented by Burn Unit, will be Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. at Ambient + Photo Studio. Come get a sneak peek at ICE’s new venue and support a long term ICE volunteer, Severe. Competitors will battle one on one for a $1,000 prize in a custom built arena surrounded by street-themed objects. Admission is $10 and the evening promises to be action packed! <a href=”http://www.alltargetsleveled.com/”>http://www.alltargetsleveled.com/</a>
Kraftwork is our monthly craft market at Young Blood Gallery & Boutique. The event always takes place the first Thursday of the month and applications are always due the last Wednesday of the month. The next two events are November 6 and December 4. Deadline to apply for November is October 29 and the deadline to apply for December is November 26. <a href=”http://www.ice-atlanta.com/?page_id=61″>http://www.ice-atlanta.com/?page_id=61</a>
Day of the Dead Show organized by Tweet Design at Young Blood Gallery & Boutique. Featuring custom works on miniature coffins created by 50+ artists. Opening Saturday, November 1, 7-10 p.m – live music, sugar skulls, sangria and fun! <a href=”http://www.youngbloodgallery.com”>www.youngbloodgallery.com</a> or <a href=”http://www.tweetdesign.com/dod/”>www.tweetdesign.com/dod/>
Chomp and Stomp, Cabbagetown’s chili cook-off and artists market will be November 8 starting at 10 a.m. in Cabbagetown Park. Many ICE vendors are participating! <a href=”http://www.chompandstomp.com/”>http://www.chompandstomp.com/</a>
hand.craft.it at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center in Madison, GA (about an hour from Atlanta and slightly closer to Athens) … the exhibition portion of this event will run from November 18 to January 20 and includes a craft market and music festival on December 13. Applications for the craft market are available now. Many of you know one of the curators of this event – Angela Nichols from GUB. She has participated in a lot of craft markets in Atlanta, including ICE. Early bird discount Deadline to apply is November 1, regular deadline December 1. <a href=”http://www.handcraftitfestival.com”>http://www.handcraftitfestival.com</a>
Handmade Nation, the book, is coming to Atlanta! Come support Faythe Levine as she tells the world how great indie crafters are!
November 20: Book signing at Barnes & Noble, Alpharetta, GA
November 21: Book signing at Young Blood Gallery & Boutique, Atlanta, GA
November 22: Book signing & screening (20 min clip) at Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Madison, GA (part of the hand.craft.it exhibition).
Psst- two of your most favorite indie craft market organizers are featured in the book!
<a href=”http://www.handmadenationmovie.com/ “>http://www.handmadenationmovie.com/</a> or <a href=”http://indiecraftdocumentary.blogspot.com/”>http://indiecraftdocumentary.blogspot.com/</a>
Big Angel Blowout is celebrating 15 fabulous years, November 20 – 23 at Whitespace in Inman Park. Enjoy holiday shopping in a gorgeous, historic home. <a href=”http://www.susanbridges.com/ “>http://www.susanbridges.com/</a>
Athens Indie Craftstravaganzaa will be on Saturday, November 22, 10am-6pm in the parking lot on the corner of Clayton and Pulaski Streets, next door to Agora in downtown Athens. Application deadline is November 1. <a href=”http://athensindiecraftstravaganzaa.com/”>http://athensindiecraftstravaganzaa.com/</a>
Spruill Gallery will host its Holiday Artist Market November 24 – December 24. Located in Dunwoody, the show will feature many local artists. <a href=”http://www.spruillarts.org/gallery.htm”>http://www.spruillarts.org/gallery.htm </a>
Making It: The Art of Contemporary Craft will be an exhibit at Gallery RFD in Swainsboro, GA, December 13 – January 3. Shannon & Christy of the Indie Craft Experience are the jurors for this exhibit. Deadline to apply is October 31. <a href=”http://www.galleryrfd.org/”>http://www.galleryrfd.org/</a>
And on a musical note……
The Ghosts Project, a local band that has volunteered for several ICE events (oh and Christy happens to be married to the drummer!), has two Atlanta performances coming up:
Tuesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. – a musical benefit for Oakland Cemetery at Paris on Ponce.
Friday, December 12 at the Highland Ballroom. For more deets, visit <a href=”http://www.myspace.com/theghostsproject”>http://www.myspace.com/theghostsproject</a>
If you don’t live in the Atlanta area, seek out events in your city where you can buy handcrafted items this holiday season. Many events are listed on Indie Craft Shows and various other websites. Look for flyers for trunk shows and announcements in community newspapers. It is exhilarating to buy treasures directly from the person who made them. Supporting an artist or crafter = spreading some good in the world!
xoxo, Christy & Shannon