This past weekend, my friend and I popped into The Big Crafty in downtown Asheville to check out local handmade creations. My friend, Teresa, was on the hunt for the perfect earrings for a birthday gift so we were happy to find that almost every other craft booth outside had jewelry.
(Read this post to the end to catch an awesome video of the Big Crafty made by my friends Lauren and Matt, who are starting up their downtown Asheville business in September called Zapow!, an illustrative art gallery and a place for writer and artist development.)
One booth in particular was run by Mackenzie King and here are some pictures I took of her work:
Mackenzie told me these earrings were all made out of various recycled materials like copper wire, window screens, etc. I thought that was pretty cool. And I liked her painted tree, too.
Above shows some copper necklaces by Mackenzie and feather earrings (the feather ones were made by another Asheville artist who was donating a large portion of her profits to charity.)
At left, my friend Shannon bought some earrings
that had hand-drawn bunnies on them and another pair I saw had an illustration of diamonds on them. I thought that was pretty clever and funny.
Also, my friend Amanda was a vendor there selling her adorable felt work. Her pieces were also published in Fa La La La Felt.
All-in-all, I’ve found that craft fairs are a great place to not only support local artists, but also to inspire you to make your own jewelry, art and crafts! … At the last Big Crafty, I got my idea to make my own glass tile pendants. This year, I was inspired by all the handmade earrings.
Check out the video my friends made below to see more work by Asheville artists!