Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Crafty Bastards

Two Deadlines for two dates:
Spring Deadline: April 16, 2008 (RECEIVE) & (Online)

Fall Deadline: Not yet disclosed visit website for details

Crafty Bastards(sm) Arts & Crafts Fair
Saturday, June 28, 2008, 10am-5pm
Sunday, September 28, 2008, 10am-5pm

Now in its 5th year, Crafty Bastards(sm) Arts & Crafts Fair is an exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper. The fair is all-day, outdoors, free to attend, and will offer goods for sale, food, entertainment, prizes, and more! There are two shows in the DC metro area this year: Saturday, June 28th in Silver Spring, MD and Sunday, September 28th in Adams Morgan DC.

Saturday, June 28, 2008, 10am-5pm at the Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center at 8230 Georgia Ave. (Google Maps) in artist-friendly Silver Spring, MD.

Sunday, September 28, 2008, 10am-5pm at the Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming (Google Maps)in the hip Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Why are we doing it?

As DC's premier alternative newsweekly, City Paper promotes underground art and strives to connect the voice and vision of the indie craft community with our readers. In our Classifieds section, in print and online, we have a special Crafty Bastards advertising section through which craftspeople can sell their wares and throughout the year we post craft related info on the Crafty Bastards blog, Cut the Craft, where we invite talented crafters to share their knowledge and expertise with the public. Every fall we hold the fair which creates an experience where the urban consumer can discover unconventional, hard-to-find arts and crafts, meet the artists, as well as enjoy an outdoor event with fun and entertainment! In 2008 we are adding a spring show that will have a focus on learning, an emphasis on craft workshops, and highlight up-and-coming artists, and those newer to the indie craft scene.

What kinds of crafts will I find?
You won't find mass produced or imported goods here. You will find talented vendors handpicked by a select jury for their DIY chops and singular vision selling things you never knew existed and that you may never see again! There'll be surprises at every booth including reconstructed clothing, punk rock baby clothes, handcrafted jewelry, whimsical and demented plush toys, handspun yarn, screen-printing, avant-garde art and much more!

Am I eligible?
We require that all artwork sold at the fair must be original and designed by and made by hand by the individual artist and the artist must be in attendance to sell their wares.

How do I apply?
We’ve set up an online application process and while we encourage everyone to apply through the website, you may submit an application in person or through the mail. Contact for more information.

What is the jurying process?
The jury judges applicants based on their artwork and looks for high quality, handmade, alternative items. The competition for booths is steep. While we’d love for everyone to participate, we are limited by space and want to ensure a high quality, unique event. There are 50 vendor spaces available at the June 28th show.

Application & Booth Fees:
The application fee is $10. If accepted through the jurying process, vendors will pay a $65 booth fee. Both fees are non-refundable.

Anything else you want to know?
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