Wrought from Tradition

Young women forming craft mafias and scrapbooking at the pace of Edward Scissorhands might feel like recent phenomena around the U.S., but the attraction of the fairer sex to creating functional art objects has enjoyed a long life. A demonstration of this veteran movement writ large is the Celebration of Craftswomen, an annual event hosted by the local community center known as the Women’s Building, now in its 33rd year. Billed as the city’s largest holiday gifting crafts fair, the focus is on American women artists, and it contains a wide variety of work. Sure you’ll find felted wool creatures, but you also get home furnishings, fine art, jewelry, and clothing. To offset the fact that crafting is often a quiet practice, there are three full days of literature readings including Elana Dykewomon, Marquita Jones, and Alana Nathal, dance performances with Irish, folk, and hula showcases, and female singer-songwriters, including a percussion trio and a solo accordionist.
Nov. 11-13, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 2011

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