Homemade for the holidays
Shop for handcrafted stocking stuffers at a slew of seasonal gift marketplaces
Thu Dec 15 2005
CRAFT SINGLES Giftable artwork can be found at La Superette's Deck the Walls exhibit.Photo: Rachel Rednor
BUST Magazine's Holiday Craftacular
Cheeky feminist magazine BUST's domesticity bonanza brings together the crme de la crme of the crafting community. Eighty DIY vendors (all prescreened by BUST'sstaff to ensure top-notch loot) hawk such homespun wares as stockings embroidered with headphones and skull-shaped holly berries ($60) from accessories label My Imaginary Boyfriend, or Yarmulkebra's riotous bikini tops, constructed from two well-placed yarmulkes ($55--$65). Providing entertainment while you're crossing off your shopping list are over-the-top dance troupe the Dazzle Dancers, a DJ lineup of 12 lovely, beat-spinning ladies, and book signings byBUSTeditor-in-chief Debbie Stroller, author of Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook,and the Style Network's Brini Maxwell.The Warsaw. 261 Driggs Ave at Eckford St, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (718-387-0505, www.bust.com/craftacular). Subway: G to Nassau Ave, L to Bedford Ave. Sat 17 noon--midnight.
A holiday shopping destination since it made its New York debut in 2001, Parisian art fair La Superette is a two-day fete that showcases affordable, functional art in the form of clothing, accessories, toys and housewares. Browse the work of more than 100 artisans, whose goods include felt wallets adorned with monsterlike eyes and ears by artist Aaron Freshour ($20) and toy maker Letha Rodman-Melchoir's handmade felted stuffed animals ($45--$70). What's more, the fair's host space, Exit Art, has set up Deck the Walls, a curated mixed-media exhibition of works from up-and-coming artists, all of which are accessibly tagged at $350 and less. Musical performances by local bands PG Six, Fire in the Kitchen, Rhizome and Water-sports are welcome alternatives to ye olde carolers. Exit Art. 475 Tenth Ave between 36th and 37th Sts (212-966-7745, www.lasuperette.org). Subway: A, C, E to 34th St--Penn Station. Sat 17 2--10pm; Sun 18 1--6pm.
IT'S A GIFT A Spragwerks belt and Granny Takes the Strip tee are among the goods fromcraft bazaar Artists & Fleas.Photo: Rachel Rednor
FIT Creative Enterprise Designers Holiday Showcase
You'll find no sewing-machine hacks at this fashioncentric bazaar, where the 22 participating clothing and accessories designers are all Fashion Institute of Technology alums preapproved by a panel of judges before being allowed to peddle their goods. Play Santa with one-offs such as handbag designer Liz Shaw's line of guitar-shaped carryalls ($125--$175) and a rainbow-striped hand-knit belt with a vintage '70s buckle ($25) from accessories maker Linda Cohen. Should your eggnog-addled mind need extra style inspiration, catch the designers strutting their stuff at the fashion show on Sat 17.John E. Reeve Great Hall at FIT. 28th St at Seventh Ave (718-501-1349, www.designmavens.com). Subway: 1 to 28th St. Sat 17, Sun 18 noon--6pm. Fashion show: Sat 17 at 3pm.
Artists & Fleas
L-train riders are familiar with this year-round source for locally made goods, but indoor arts-and-crafts fest Artists & Fleas' rotating cast of 30 NYC-based vendors has upped the holiday ante by expanding their hours. Bestow your friends and family with such singular loot as a pair of handwrought gold-wire and black-stone earrings from jewelry line Vain Girl New York ($25) and long-sleeved kids' tops that proudly proclaim native new yorker ($18) from T-shirt company Granny Takes the Strip—which are sure to make quite the impression on the relatives back in Kansas.129 North 6th St between Bedford Ave and Berry St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (917-541-5760, www.artistsandfleas.com). Subway: L to Bedford Ave. Thu 15, Fri 16 5--9pm; Sat 17, Sun 18 noon--7pm; Wed 21--Fri 23 5--9pm; Sat 24 noon--6pm.