As you can probably gather from the title, this is about the second annual Crafted Indie Art and Craft Market being held this coming Saturday under one giant tent in the O’Connor Brewing Company front lot.
As you probably cannot gather from the title, the last event like this I attended was when I was 11. I was with my grandmother and it was dull, spiritless and blasé. But Crafted isn’t your grandma’s craft fair (not that there’s anything wrong with grandma… love you, Nana!) I got to chat with the founder of Crafted, and event organizer, Michelle Odom, and she got me more excited for a craft fair than 11-year-old Erika could ever imagine.
Erika: What exactly is an Indie show?
Michelle Odom: Basically it’s an aesthetic, showcasing things that are different than what you would see at a typical art or craft show; little independent businesses all under one roof (or tent). It’s a market made up of independent designers, artists and craftspeople who design and make a wide array of products without being part of large, industrialized businesses.
For me it’s really all about embracing the love of art and craft and sharing it with the community. Building relationships, doing something you love or supporting it!
Why did you start doing this? What got you into crafting? And why did you want to put together a craft fair/craft event?
Well, I’ve been talking about doing this since the early days of AltDaily! Been crafting myself since 2005 or so and have been involved with local art and craft groups such as 7 Cities Crafters and Handmade Hampton Roads. I wanted to create a platform where creatives could come together to set up shop in a market style atmosphere.
A few years ago I sort of did that in the form of a brick and mortar shop called Kitsch, which I co-owned with a few fellow crafter friends. I have since left the shop, but still felt it was important for so many to have a place to come together for a big indie craft show, we just needed a place to do it.
Thanks to the support of Hannah Serrano (who is now part of the O’Connor family), her sister Sarah, and the help of a few friends, Crafted was born in 2014! I honed in with the craft community through a group I created several years ago called Handmade Hampton Roads and felt that there was definitely a want and a need for this around here!
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