Craft Revolution!

This weekend is the St. Louis Craft Mafia's spring craft show called the Indie Craft Revolution. "Over 65 vendors will show off their fabulous wares within the historic and beautifully preserved St. Louis Artists’ Guild and Galleries. The event takes place Saturday March 13, 2010 from 10am to 6pm and Sunday March 14, 2010 from 10am to 4pm."

I will unfortunately be unable to attend but there is an amazing roster of vendors, many of whom I have either seen before or worked with at other shows in the area. Indie Craft Revolution is also going to be the first collection event of 2010 for Upcycle Exchange!

I thought I would showcase a few of the vendors I'm familiar with and admire.

South City Studio is obviously very proud of her roots in St. Louis as the necklace above reflects. She's a member of both the St. Louis craft mafia and ShowMe Etsy. She sells cute jewelry as well as fine art prints many of which were taken here in the St. Louis area.Courtney of TwIsTeD makes the coolest bracelets out of 100% upcycled telephone and data wire. They are so colorful and fun especially when you wear them in a bunch. At the last show I did, the Big Ass Indie, I watched her go through her inventory with piles of her wire jewelry in bundles stacked up all around her. I was going through my scarves at the same time so I understand how much work goes into keeping her inventory up to date. Her booth at the Strange Folk Festival was also the most memorable and interesting of all I saw. It was a real inspiration to me and I hope I will be able to up my game for next year's show.

Beqi clothing is probably the most prolific and recognized crafter in the St. Louis indie community. She makes colorful creations in gorgeous color combinations and isn't afraid of bold patterns. I'm always amazed at how many different mediums she works in . I've helped separate inventory at three of the indie boutique style shows now and her pile is always the most varied at the end with pieces coming from the accessories, clothing, and even housewares sections.

The lotus at dusk top is a hand made kimono top with sizes up to XL, not just the tiny sizes you see in most handmade clothes.
She sells her jewelry line on etsy as Beqi.

If you are in the area I hope you will come out and support the St. Louis handmade community. I'm always so inspired by the talent and creativity on display at these events.


South City Studio said...

Aren't you the nicest? Thanks for the feature and so bummed you can't make the show!

South City Studio

Courtney Chesley said...

You rock my socks! Thank you for including Twisted Handmade in your post. (:

Ann said...

Too bad I don't live in that area, sounds like fun

Kristin at My Art and the Mom in Me said...

OOoooh! I love those wire bracelets! Too bad you can't do the show, I am sure you are bummed about it! :(

WillOaks Studio said...

It sounds like a total blast and so sorry you're still not really back on your feet...but it's fun to hear about it (St. Louis wasn't nearly so cool when I lived there in the '70's!)

Beqi Clothing said...

Thank you so much for the kind words! I am blushing over here. :)

Lin said...

Dang! I wish I lived closer!!!

Got It From My Mama said...

It's a shame you can't make the show it looks like a cool place to be

Anonymous said...

I love Beqi's work too. I was scrolling through some of her jewelry, it's lovely!

Anonymous said...

Wow...that necklace is stunning! It is very bold and looks like a piece that you either love it or hate it. I happen to love it!


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