I’ve lived in Halifax, NS for a little over a year now, and I’ve gone out of my way to get to the Crafters Market twice during that time. That’s how good it is. Also, it’s within walking distance of my home. Also there are treats there.
My parents are visiting, so I thought it would be the perfect Sunday afternoon activity. My mama is an artist (zentangle and mandalas), my husband is currently obsessed with knitting, my dad is a small-press publisher interested in bookbinding, and I write a blog about art and creativity (obvs). So we are the ideal audience for a crafters market.
And the Halifax crafters did themselves justice. We talked to Rhonda Miller for a while—a bookbinder and paper marbler (here’s her Etsy shop)—and my mum bought some marbled paper for collage projects and altered book projects. We met a leather worker (a navy man by day) who makes “captains logs”: leather book covers with silver and gold clasps and other pirate paraphernalia (he himself was wearing a pillowy white pirate shirt and a black kilt). We also enjoyed the Edgar Allan Poe motif and the antique photographs used in the work of Isabelle Pineau, and Rita Van Tassel was there with her leafy metal earrings. There was crocheting and knitting, wooden spoon making, and upcycled things extraordinaire (mens shirts turned into aprons, sea glass and pottery turned into jewellry…).
And perhaps the Halifax Mystery Crafter was there with us, meandering the aisles….
If you missed the crafters market, you can find other crafters at the Halifax Farmers Market, open every Saturday (and other days sometimes too).
If you’re not in Halifax, no worries; your neighbourhood has crafters too, and artists and tinkerers, and they need your support. Go find your farmers market or your local craft fair. Craft fairs aren’t just for old ladies these days; knitting etc. is back in style with a vengeance, in tandem with increased awareness about social action at the local level.
Holla fo’ yo’ crafts!