Make it a handmade-in-the-USA weekend with CRAFT PHILA during the Liberty Bell Fair. On Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2015, head to 6th and Market streets for two days of open-air shopping, circus arts, live music, food trucks, family fun, prizes and games, and much more. The fair route runs along Market towards 7th Street, and along 6th Street towards Chestnut. The fair is free, and is held rain or shine.
This new public arts tradition will feature handcrafted jewelry, accessories and wearables, along with decorative and functional wares, in a wondrous spectrum of styles and prices. Craft specialties will include ceramics, wood, glass, metal, fiber, leather, mixed-mixed, upcycled and recycled. Featured in the visual art category are photography, prints and graphic art. On top of shopping, guests will also meet the invited independent artisans who will show and sell their original, signed creations.
For a full run-down of the vendors – along with other fair fun – check out our top 50 reasons to stop by CRAFT PHILA this weekend. Ready, set, go…
INDEPENDENT ARTISTS AND MAKERS
1) Anastasia Alexandrin – Charcoal on paper, drawn one line at a time to create a textured look.
2) Barri Riley – Hand paint photography.
3) BirdQueen Designs – Handmade plastic jewelry featuring original illustrations.
4) Bovano of Cheshire – Nature wall sculptures crafted in glass enamels fused to copper.
5) Colleen Williams Clay – Hand-colored, patterned, slab-built, decorative and functional work in porcelain.
6) Eastwood Gourd Art – Hard-shell gourds, accents of basketry, wood-burning, antlers, driftwood, paints.
7) Gallery G Glass – Hand-blown art glass.
8) Gift Boxes by Elaine – Hand-crafted fabric-covered boxes, decorated in a wide variety of fabrics, trims.
9) Gilbert & Leona – Handmade, one-of-a-kind items made from recycled/post-manufacture leather.
10) Jasmine Keane – As a lampworker I have created glass beads on a torch for over 20 years.
11) Jean Designs Studio – Expressive jewelry and lockets finely handcrafted in precious metals. Fair co-founder.
12) Jennifer Kerper – Sterling silver pieces that are hand-formed, hard soldered and wheel polished.
13) Kaato Bags – Handmade hand bags and purses using fabrics.
14) Lindafig – Post production, sculptural leather bags, wallets, jewelry, and boxes.
15) Marissa Evans Photography – Urban and landscape photography with a surrealistic twist.
16) Martha Rotten – Edgy lead-free pewter jewelry hand crafted strictly on a craft production level.
17) Muso Masiri – Handmade, African-inspired jewelry using recycled materials.
18) Neal Drobnis – Blown and cast glass both decorative and functional works of art.
19) Philly Word Art – Hand written word art originals. Prints and canvas wraps.
20) Pure Bliss – Jewelry and accessories with soutache embroidery, one of a kind wearable art pieces.
21) Stijfselkissie – Clothing featuring collages made from surface designs and cutting fabric.
22) Susan Meier Jewelry – Semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, leather, gold vermeil and sterling silver.
23) Terry’s Boutique – Handmade scarves and shawls with yarns&fabrics using own patterns and technique.
24) Through the Eyes of David – Printed on matted fine art paper matted, artist canvas stretched onto gallery wraps.
25) Tobi Adetunji Arts – Acrylic painting on canvas with hand crafted threading.
26) Torn Away – Fine art paper mosaic collage.
27) Trenz Leather – Customized leather belts with embossed motifs.
ENJOY CULINARY ARTS FROM TOP FOOD TRUCKS
28) Gigi & Big R Caribbean Soul Food – Ox Tail, Jerk, Curry, Brown Stew and Fried Chicken; Fried Fish Platters, Sandwiches, Tasty Sides And Fries.
29) Lunch Box Philly (Sunday ONLY) – Delicious and rich/creamy PBJ creations.
30) Mom Pops – Ice-pops that are Vegan allergen friendly; gluten, nut and dairy free, and low calorie
31) Oink N Moo (Saturday ONLY) – BBQ that is smoked low and slow over distrinctive hickory, cherry and apple woods right on the truck.
32) Street Food Philly – All different street foods with global influences. Truffle Parm and Sea Salt Fries, Local Dry Aged Burger and Meatball Sandwiches, Citrus Chicken Pita, Chorizo Burrito Bowl, Smoked Chicken Quesadilla and more.
33) Sugar Philly Truck – High-end desserts served street side. Yummy Macaroons, Cheesecake, Crème Brulée, Tarts and more.
BONUS: More food options are only a few feet away and up the steps at Michael Schulson’s Independence Beer Garden. Rotisserie chicken, Mahi Mahi tacos, Beer Battered Fish and Chips, and more are served with craft beers pouring from 19 draft lines.
STREET PERFORMANCES AND FAMILY FUN
34) Live Music – BridgetSet Sound from South Street Headhouse District will coordinate sound and stage both days. Musicians slated to play are Nik Greeley (Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm) and Ken Beasley (Sunday, 12:00pm to 3:00pm).
35) Performance Art – Strolling circus artists will dazzle with stilt and juggling performances. (Saturday, 10:30am to 12:30pm; Sunday, 12:00pm to 1:00pm)
36) Children’s Art Lessons – Young Rembrandts will inspire the next generation of artists and makers with free art lessons both days. Teachers provide materials. (Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am to 3:00pm)
37) Sidewalk Chalk Drawing – Show off your artistic side by helping us create sidewalk art with Historic Philly in the Springtime as your inspiration. (Show hours, both days)
38) Patriotic Balloon Pop – Win prizes by popping the red, white and blue balloons during this classic fair game. Prizes will include CRAFT PHILA Pins, Visit Philadelphia teddy bears, PHL totes and more. Free. (Saturday, 12:00pm and 2:00pm and 4:00pm; Sunday, 11:00am and 1:00pm and 3:00pm)
39) Selfie Station – Souvenir your time in historic Philadelphia with selfies using patriotic props, taken in front of three creative backdrops conceived by festival organizers. Free. (Show hours, both days)
40) The Chocolate Clinic – Enjoy chocolate, community and connection with this curated collection of regionally-made chocolates. (Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm)
While enjoying the festivities, be on the look for MAX, who is inspired from the nearby ‘Dream Garden’ glass mosaic handcrafted by Tiffany artisans. For more information and schedule updates for CRAFT PHILA – Liberty Bell Fair visit www.craftphila.org, www.facebook.com/craftphila, call (267) 679-3121 and Tweet @craftphila. If you drop by, Tweet us your best photos and watch for ours at @phillylovesfun.
Disclaimer: No other compensation was provided in exchange for this blog post. Facebook, Twitter and Google are not affiliated with any Philly Loves Fun giveaways ever. Please confirm all times and schedules with official organizers. Philly Loves Fun is not sponsoring this event.