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Open Call for Vendors ~ 2015 Nevada City Summer Craft Fair

2014 Craft Fair

 

Summer Craft Fair Open CallThe Miners Foundry and the Nevada City Craft Fair have officially announced the open call for vendors for the 2015 Nevada City Summer Craft Fair, now through May 25, 2015.

We are looking for craftspeople, artists, and designers who reflect the spirit and fun of the Nevada City Craft Fair.

Whether the medium is wood, leather, food, textiles, or plants, we strive to showcase the best and the brightest of Northern California craft and design.

The Nevada City Summer Craft Fair will be held on Friday, August 7, 2015 at the Miners Foundry.  We will be partnering with DANK and The Nevada City 1st Friday Art Walk for a full day of Fun and Art!

 

We are currently taking applications for:

WinterCraftFair~ Food / Beverage Vendors
~ Designer Clothing
~ Handbags
~ Jewelry
~ Housewares
~ Knit Items
~ Paper Goods
~ Vintage
~ Patterns
~ Children’s Items
~ Ceramics
~ Bath Products
~ Artisan / Gourmet Food
~ Furniture
~ Art / Prints
~ Sewn Accessories

Vendors

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.

The Foundry is a non profit organization, pleased to support the Nevada County theatre community.

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Call to Vendors ~ Nevada City Winter Craft Fair

WinterCraftFairThe Nevada City Winter Craft Fair returns to the Miners Foundry on Sunday, December 14, 2014.  Open call for vendors is July 30 through October 24, 2014.

If you are interested in being a vendor, please click here.

There is a $10.00 application fee.  Booth sizes are approximate and vary from 4′x6′ to 10′x12′.

Booth payment is due upon acceptance to the Fair.

The Nevada City Craft Fair happens twice a year, once in December and once in spring or summer.

 

 

CaraCraftFairThe independent, juried craft fair was created in the summer of 2010 by a group of local young crafters, artists, and social do-gooders inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents in their community as well as the success of the Renegade Craft Fairs across the United States and Europe.

The event showcases the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, and do-it-yourself crafters, featuring unique, handmade, original, and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares.

 

 

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Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationary items as well as children’s things, toys (for the young and young at heart), ceramics, bath products, and more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo by Akim Aginksy

Photo by Akim Aginksy

 

The Mission of the Miners Foundry Cultural Center is to preserve, enhance and utilize the historic Miners Foundry for cultural, educational and social activities.   The Foundry is a non profit organization. 

To support cultural programming and the preservation of the historic Miners Foundry, please become a member or make a donation today.

Nevada City Craft Fair – Region’s Top Etsy Vendors & Top DIY Crafters plus a health dose of Craftivism – April 28 at the Miners Foundry

Nevada City Craft Fair – Sunday, April 28th, 10am-7pm, $5

2012 Winter Craft Fair

“Craft is officially cool and it is not just something that your Granny or weird Aunt does. The indie/DIY/new wave/whatever you prefer to call it, craft movement has been gathering momentum over the last ten years, predominantly in the US, where most major cities now have their own indie craft fairs filled with wares by local makers and shakers,” wrote cultural critic and author Jo Waterhouse.

Three years ago, inspired by the independent entrepreneurship and creative talents in Nevada County, a group of local young crafters and artists got together to organize the first Nevada City Craft Fair, held at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center.  Six craft fairs later and over 5,000 attendees later, the event has grown to be the premiere event to showcase the region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, and their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and house wares.

“The Nevada City Craft Fair is the best place to check in with your local artists and makers,” said Carabeth Rowley, the Craft Fair’s Event Producer, and owner of Lay Swing Boutique.  “With such a rich community to draw from we have a great variety of hand crafted bath and body products, woodwork, clothing, knit items and even chocolates!”

Carabeth Rowley of Lay Swing Boutique

Some of this year’s featured vendors include Cello Chocolates, handcrafted from bean to bar in Nevada City, using Certified Fair Trade and Organic beans.  Poppy Hill Papers line of handmade paper made from 100% recycled materials, with handpicked wildflowers and grasses.  Full Circle Press offering letterpress printed items that they have designed and printed on vintage presses in their shop outside of Nevada City.  Krista Tranquilla’s handcrafted jewelry from sterling, stones, repurposed and found objects. Inspired by her hometown of North Lake Tahoe and from travels afar.

Attendees of past Nevada City Craft Fairs will find an array of new vendors, while new comers will be introduced to not only local artisans but local food vendors such as An Honest Pie serving both sweet and savory pies and Fable Coffee a specialty micro-roaster producing; fresh, small-batch, single-origin, coffee varietals of superior quality.

For many of the crafters and artists involved, the contemporary craft movement is as much about keeping craft traditions alive while embracing emerging artists, crafters and designers, as it is about creating an economy that promotes buying and supporting independently-owned businesses and local artisans.

When it comes to crafting, the personal is the political.  The term “Craftivism” has been coined to describe the idea of ‘making your own’ as a statement against consumerism and the homogeneity of mass production.

Simon Weller Photography & Design

Etsy, the online marketplace website described as “an online crafts fair” connects makers of handmade goods – usually individuals or small businesses – with potential buyers around the globe.  Last year, the site sold $62.8 million worth of goods (after refunds and cancellations) in just the month of March, up 41.5% from the same time last year.  Today Etsy sells over 15 million unique handmade and vintage items from over 800,000 independent, creative businesses in over 150 countries.

“I think consumers, particularly since the recession, have become more selective about their purchases. They want to know who made what they are buying and where it came from. They want it to be personalized,” explains Jesse Locks, one of the Craft Fair’s original organizers. “And they want to know that their money is going towards supporting someone’s craft, passion, or art, not the shareholders of a corporation.”

 

KNOW & GO
What: Nevada City Craft Fair
When: Sunday, April 28, 2013, 10am-7pm
Where: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City, CA
Tickets: $5, Children under 13 free
Information: www.minersfoundry.org

Meet Some of the Nevada City Craft Fair Vendors

This holiday season Shop Local!  The Nevada City Craft Fair returns Sunday, December 16, 2012 to the historic Miners Foundry Cultural Center in downtown Nevada City, CA.  The independent, juried craft fair showcases the local region’s top Etsy vendors, artisans, do-it-yourself crafters, and features their unique, handmade, original and repurposed art, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and housewares.

Attendees can also expect to find letterpress, paper and stationary items as well as children’s things, toys, ceramics, bath products, and more. Over 60 vendors, reaching as far as Reno, Chico, Sacramento and San Francisco. We promise you’ll find something for everyone on your holiday list.

Below, meet some of this year’s vendors and read about their favorite holiday crafts and gift ideas and we’ll see you Sunday, December 16th!

Danielle with Sailors Ravine Studio
Your Craft:  Books Arts, Photography
Favorite holiday art/craft project:  At holiday time any craft that’s not a gift needs to be quick,easy and fun.  Nothing is more simple than making tags and ornaments from last years cards.
Favorite holiday gift to give:  I love giving mandarins from the local farms.  Yummy and good for you!
Favorite holiday gift to receive:  I’m always happy to receive art supplies.
What’s a favorite holiday memory from your childhood:  Making Christmas ornaments one year with my mom.  I was in high school and
they were just inexpensive kits but I’ll never forget that day and now my kids hang those ornaments on our tree.

Briana Reijnen
Your Craft: Letterpress, foil-press, paper goods, pin-back buttons, etc.
Favorite holiday art/craft project: Making gingerbread houses!
Favorite holiday gift to give: Letterpress printed cards and notepads.
Favorite holiday gift to receive: Good company, good food, and good desserts!
What’s a favorite holiday memory from your childhood: Decorating the tree with handmade ornaments, and stringing lights outside. Of course, I can’t leave out listening to the Burl Ives Christmas record over and over!

Miranda Wensel 
Your Craft:  Earrings
Favorite holiday art/craft project: Anything if made with a friend while consuming eggnog and brandy!
Favorite holiday gift to give:  something homemade!  Last year everyone got crocheted coasters.
Favorite holiday gift to receive:  Usually something homemade and edible.
What’s a favorite holiday memory from your childhood:  very carefully, my brother and I would make special sugar cookies for Santa, and ready some carrots for Rudolph.  All that belief in a kind of magic only present in childhood, really made things special around the holidays.

 

Poppy Hill Papers / Gloria Pearson
Your Craft:  Handmade papers including stationary, note and greeting cards, notebooks and other quality  handmade paper goods.
Favorite holiday art/craft project:  I really enjoy making embossed greeting and note cards.  Each card has a unique embossed design, which is fun to choose, but I also do a lot of experimenting with colors and plant textures ending up with a lot of unique cards.  They’re not only a lot of fun to make, but lots of fun to give.
Favorite holiday gift to give:  Cinnamon rolls.  It’s a family tradition.  I grew up having homemade cinnamon rolls for breakfast every Christmas.  When I had a family of my own I made them for our holiday breakfast.  Now I make lots of cinnamon rolls and give them to friends so they can follow my favorite tradition.  I even send one batch of cinnamon rolls to a dear friend in Virginia!
Favorite holiday gift to receive:  Time with my daughters, who are grown and live far away, so we have to make the most of any time we get together.
What’s a favorite holiday memory from your childhood:  It’s not a single memory, more of a family tradition.  As children, we would wake our parents (who I think were probably already awake and just as excited about the morning as we were), and have to wait for my father to get up and shower and shave, and my mom to put the turkey in the oven.  Meanwhile we couldn’t touch any of our gifts except our stockings stuffed with goodies from Santa.  Although we all complained about it every year, I think the excitement and anticipation of the wait made the morning even more fun for all of us.  I continued the tradition with my own kids.

Kiya Rios
Your Craft:  Kiya’s Naturals – Making Up-cycled luxury clothing with cashmere and wool.
Favorite holiday art/craft project:  I look forward to the change in weather to make piles of one of a kind baby-womens clothing and toys. My favorite item to see completed are 4″ baby boots because  you can hold them both in the palm of your hand and marvel.
Favorite holiday gift to give: I love to give something handmade that feels of texture, time, and treasure. If i can’t find that perfect something i settle for chocolate!
Favorite holiday gift to receive: My Stocking filled with tiny packages and chocolate!
What’s a favorite holiday memory from your childhood: The smell of my Grandmothers linens while sleeping over and  the thrill of the day dancing in my head.

Marty May
Your Craft: Screen Printing and Drawing
Favorite holiday art/craft project: I love making the paper dolls holding hands. I usually choose to cut out an animal, though. You know, the one where you fold paper, cut out a character, then unfold it to reveal a string of them holding hands. Great fun!
Favorite holiday gift to give: I usually hand make something. Anything from sculpture, to a simple drawing, to a screen printed item of clothing.
Favorite holiday gift to receive: I like homemade gifts! Anything handmade. Candles are great, sweaters, soaps, preserves, I love them all.

 

Nevada City Craft Fair Breaks Attendance Record

Over 700 people turned out Sunday for the annual Nevada City Craft Fair which featured 60 of the region’s top Etsy vendors and DIY artisans.   From handmade ceramics and jewelry to beautiful vintage clothing and letterpress, there was so much inspiring art and creative wares to see, buy, and enjoy. Elevensies and Fable Traveling Cafe provided delicious crepes and coffee for attendees.  Many thanks to everyone who braved the sizzling temps outside to attend, the incredible vendors and artisans for sharing their incredible art, this year’s organizers Cara Beth Rowley and Jessica Tellander for their hard work and professionalism in organizing the Fair, Stephanie Camp for graphic design, and Jesse Locks of NC Creatives for providing the PR and
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