There will be over 200 makers of every imaginable artistic discipline at Crafty Bastards this weekend. That’s a lot of booths to visit! To make it easier, we’ve selected five amazing makers you absolutely have to seek out. You’re welcome.
The talented illustrator-painter’s cheeky ‘n’ charming creature creations can be divided into two distinct categories. Those the 17-year-old from Vienna, Virginia makes under the moniker Kimchi Juicebox are simply adorable animals. When she’s working as Kimchi Juice, her cutesy creatures are all flipping the bird. The pop art vibed critters adorn a colorful array of t-shirts, totes, and pins. Perfect for children and your rebellious inner child.
Baltimore’s Amanda Adams has always been interested in botany and entomology, which serve as the inspiration for her whimsical felt-focused pieces. She handcrafts wall-mountable mushrooms, fruit and vegetable ornaments, cute cacti (no spines!), and insect plushies. All of them are vegan and are made with recycled materials. She also creates charming linoleum cut block prints of geek culture couples and duos, such as Han Solo and Princess Leia, and Agent Cooper and Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks.
A sense of mystical adventurism pervades the works of this Portland, Oregon artist. Inspired by her travels, dreams, and conversations, she creates wistful landscapes, spiritualized creatures, and gem portraits. There’s an undercurrent of tenderness in all her pieces – “I’m all about pushing out hearts and hugs,” she says – which are available as prints and cards.
Working out of her small studio at her Arlington home, potter Heather Lezla creates what she calls, “modern folk art. It’s functional and utilitarian, but it has some aesthetic value to it.” Her repertoire of timelessly charming pieces includes small spoons, oyster-inspired ornaments, garden stakes, mixed media wood wall hangings, and tea bowls that could double as cocktail glasses. Many are imprinted with natural textures – leaves, stones, barks – which she discovers on walks around her neighborhood.
Though Baltimore’s Heidi Shenk has been a passionate illustrator since she was a small child, she decided to major in English by the time she went to college. Both passions are evident on her textually driven cards. Whether they’re celebrating a birthday (“30 is awesome. Just not as awesome as 29”), the holidays (“Santa is a lie. Sorry for ruining Christmas.”), or a new baby (“Thanks in advance for not posting potty training photos on Facebook.”), they contain equal parts snark and charm. Her catalog is filled out with gift wraps, note pads, and pencils.
Crafty Bastards takes place November 11 & 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Nationals Park,1500 S Capitol St. SE, tickets start at $6