In 17th century America, creators were making a living creating on one-of-a-kind goods, still years out from the industrial revolution. When machines took over – mass producing ceramic bowls and textiles, once exclusively by-hand industries – “artisan” became synonymous with “hobbyist”. The 1880s saw a backlash against the machine, a fight for “visible artisanship” and celebration of the craft. Enter William Morris and the birth of the Arts and Crafts movement which in turn gave birth to the Arts and Crafts Show.
Things made by hand are meant to be experienced by hand. No technology can replace the one-to-one contact with the artist behind the masterpiece, or replicate a tactile encounter with a macramé plant hanger. The value for both the maker and the customer is obvious. Artists love crafts shows because they:
On October 26, 2019, TC Christian will host the TC Handmade Market: A Celebration of Handmade Crafts and Originals. The interior of the school will be filled with vendors and customers buying, selling, and sharing. It’s a terrific experience. If you’re an artisan with an interest in displaying and selling your handmade crafts and originals, we’d love to have you join the show. Click here for an application. And for you shoppers looking for the ever-elusive unique gifts for Christmas, make sure you plan on attending the show. It’s going to be worth the effort.
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