VVJ Out and About: indiemade craft market

This past Saturday we took part in the indiemade craft market in the town of Bethlehem, PA.  Bethlehem is a city of 75,000 people in eastern Pennsylvania – a city known for its rich colonial and industrial history.  Today Bethlehem is experiencing an economic and cultural renaissance and recently opened a great music and arts venue, ArtsQuest.

So, What is indiemade craft market?  “Indie is derived from the word independent. When you apply this to the art/craft scene you have individuals who stray from the traditional craft establishment by creating their own rules and following their own artistic path. Indie craft is an attitude of self-confidence which manifests itself in original creations and unusual designs.

Indie artists create functional art which often incorporates recycled/upcycled materials. They are not creating a mass number of objects from kits. Their own artistic success is important, rather than the established norm. And they are helping to keep crafting skills alive whether it is knitting, printmaking, screen printing, clay works or sewing.”

The venue for the show was like no other show we’ve been to, it was held in the Bethlehem Ice Rick!  Seeing the ice skates hung and stored away for when weather turns cold again and the ice rink not filled with ice but instead dozens of creative folks reminded us to enjoy the warm months we have ahead of us.  The show featured a lot of local handmade goods and was the first show we have attended that had a waiting line outside the doors for two hours before the gates opened!

We spotted lots of owls, birds, funky jewelry and handbags among other vintage finds and artwork.  DIY events were also taking place — make a book tree, paint your own pottery and rocks — and also a fastest knitting competition!

It was great to be in our element and look forward to attending this show again December 1-2 at the Starlight Ballroom.

Live music, a great venue and lots of creative people, we couldn’t have asked for a better way to spend our Saturday!  Check out the event photos below: