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Announcements and Events 37.2

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THE AMERICAN CRAFT COUNCIL hosts its San Francisco show from August 8–10 in the Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center. More than two hundred twenty-five artists representing all the major craft media will be present, in addition to ACC’s special sideshow events. Many of the West Coast’s best handmade craftspeople make it out to this show.



THE CONTEMPORARY CRAFTS MARKET presents its twenty-ninth season at its new location at the Pasadena Convention Center from June 20–22. All the work in the show is made in the United States by the participating artists. View and purchase handmade craft by skilled artisans from across the United States. In particular, catch the opportunity to see the craftsmanship of West Coast locals.



THE PASADENA BEAD AND DESIGN SHOW takes place July 24–27 at the Hilton Pasadena. Over three hundred exhibitors make it the largest show of its kind, offering handmade merchandise, tools and materials. The product list includes lampwork beads, handcrafted artistic polymer and silver clay beads, vintage and antique beads, artisan resources, components, and boutique arts such as handwoven textiles. The show typically hosts one hundred fifty hands-on workshops. These classes offer instruction in beadmaking, wire, jewelry creation, chain mail, metalwork, glass, polymer clay, riveting, soldering, hatmaking, and clothing design.



THE RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR holds its San Francisco show from July 19–20 at the Fort Mason Center’s Festival Pavilion, followed shortly afterward by Renegade Los Angeles from July 26–27 in Grand Park. Check out the work of young entrepreneurs and makers in a variety of media.




THE SOUTHERN JEWELRY TRAVELERS ASSOCIATION hosts the Atlanta Jewelry Show from August 9–11. The Handcrafted Studio returns, bringing together emerging and established jewelry designers, all produced by hand. There will also be a selection of seminars and Gemological Institute of America classes.



THE AMERICAN CRAFT EXPOSITION presents its thirtieth anniversary show in Evanston from August 22–24, with a preview party on August 21. One hundred sixty-four of the nation’s craftspeople will deliver their handmade creations in all the traditional media. The event is presented by the Auxiliary of NorthShore University HealthSystem, and show proceeds go to breast and ovarian cancer research.



PARADISE CITY ARTS FESTIVAL features its Northampton show from May 24–26. Two hundred sixty American craftsmen and artists show their latest work in the traditional craft media. The event also features live performances from a variety of musicians and various edibles.



ARTRIDER presents its Crafts at Lyndhurst show from May 2–4. The event has been held semiannually for twenty-nine years, and this outdoor festival features the work of two hundred seventy-five artists and craftspeople in all media. Proceeds benefit the National Trust for Historic Preservation.



TEXTILE EXCHANGE hosts its 2014 Textile Sustainability Conference from November 10–12 in Portland. The conference is segmented into four key topic areas, Design and Materials, Chemistry and Processing, Industry and Product Integrity, and The Big Picture.



SUGARLOAF CRAFT FESTIVAL presents its Timonium show from October 10–12 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. More than two hundred fifty craftspeople will display their handmade wares in the traditional media. There will also be live demonstrations by artists, such as wheel thrown pottery, wood turning and metal spinning.



THE HANDWEAVER’S GUILD OF AMERICA holds its Convergence 2014 Conference from July 14–19 in Providence. Join thousands of fiber enthusiasts and hundreds of vendors from all over the world, exhibiting and sharing their knowledge. The conference’s classes include novice to advanced instruction in a variety of fiber techniques, such as weaving, spinning, dyeing, basketry, and feltmaking, among others.




THE BELLEVUE ARTS MUSEUM presents its ARTSfair on July 25–27. The show will have over three hundred juried artists from around the continent showcase handmade craft and fine art. In addition, there will be community activities such as KIDSfair, BAM exhibitions and public installations.


URBAN CRAFT UPRISING hosts its summer show at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall from July 12–13. Over one hundred fifty indie crafters will sell their handmade work in clothing, jewelry, as well as accessories and household items. The show focuses on offering a venue for local artists and makers.




THE WORLD SHIBORI NETWORK announces its ninth Annual International Shibori Symposium taking place from October 31 through November 4. The event will be co-hosted with the China National Silk Museum in Hangzhou. Participants will be able to attend various exhibitions, tours, lectures, workshops, and a fashion show.



THE TEXTILE SOCIETY OF AMERICA holds a TSA study tour entitled Textiles of Laos & Cambodia: Traditions and Transitions from May 24 through June 5. Textile artisans throughout the world face challenges in honoring their rich cultural traditions while also engaging with new domestic and international markets. In Laos and Cambodia there is the opportunity to see the old and the new and to engage with artisan organizations that are achieving balance between the two. In this small-group tour, specially organized for the Textile Society of America, ten days are spent exploring the vibrant textile traditions of Laos and Cambodia in cultural context—past and present.



THE KOREA BOJAGI FORUM, organized by bojagi ambassador Chunghie Lee, will take place this year from August 24–28 on the environs of Jeju island, in the southern part of Korea. Bojagi is the traditional method of Korean patchwork that has been passed through generations, and now has an international presence and following. The forum will feature leading experts on the subject of bojagi as well as contemporary practitioners of the technique. There will also be an exhibition on Korean and international bojagi, with the work of over one hundred artists on display.


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