This year’s American Craft Council show, August 13-15, marks the group’s 35th year showing in the Bay Area and to celebrate, they’re shaking things up. In addition to showcasing 250 of the best artisans in the country, the ACC is offering AltCraft – 14 local and visiting artists who create one-of-a-kind objects often made from recycled materials and including jewelry, clothing, hats, shoes, lamps, and greeting cards. Among the chosen is Oakland artist Susan Eastman.
Susan is right on trend with her colorful silk scarves. In the SF Bay Area, scarves are a year round accessory and we ladies can never have too many. Susan hand sews and dyes her richly-colored scarves and she sometimes incorporates pieces of vintage fabric. She finds inspiration everywhere. “I am constantly intrigued by the possibilities of color, texture and form,” says Susan. “I’m usually thrilled by peeling paint or old walls or billboards, rust, grease, graffiti – it all interests me.”
Visit Susan and the other AltCraft participants, not to mention 250 artisans offering the best in jewelry, clothing, home accessories, furniture, and artwork. Try your own hand at crafting at Friday evening’s 5 After 5 event. Show up after 5pm and have fun at the Etsy Craft Bar, taste some fabulous wine and shop the show, all for a mere $5.
The American Craft Council Show. August 13 - 15, Fort Mason Herbst & Festival Pavilions, Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, San Francisco. Friday, 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm. Admission $12.