Gift ideas from the American Craft Show

August 14, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Great gift ideas for any occasion! Lisa Quinn shows you the latest in fun and unique gift ideas from the American Craft Show.

Products featured in this segment:

  • Eileen Goldenberg: 12 x 12 wall piece, made with beeswax, a renewable resource ($1200)
  • Joy Imai: Ceramic fountain made with natural bamboo; $175
  • Sonya Lee Barrington: 2 18" x 18" pillows ($200 each); 48" x 72" quilt ($900); each item made with 100% recyclable wool.

American Craft Show

The Evolution of Craft: American Craft Show in San Francisco showcases new hand-made work, eco-friendly artists and interactivity.

New green craft, interactive demonstrations and a selection of 'AltCraft' created by emerging 'indie' artists reinvent the American Craft Show in San Francisco, presented by the American Craft Council, August 15 - 17, 2008 at Fort Mason Center. The largest juried craft show in the West, the event is a rare opportunity to discover one-of-a-kind designs in home décor, furniture, fashion, jewelry, children's toys and accessories created by 250 of the nation's leading craft artists. Visitors can enjoy live art demonstrations, taste fine wines and shop a diverse array of limited edition pieces crafted from clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, mixed media, found objects and sustainable materials. The American Craft Council also hosts a special evening reception featuring a panel discussion that explores new trends in craft.

250 artists from the Bay Area and across the country to showcase new work, including:

GREEN JEWELRY ARTIST - Amy Faust of San Francisco, CA creates eco-friendly bracelets, rings and pins out of salvaged beach glass, vintage bottles, Mason jars and pottery shards, as well as recycled silver and gold.

FURNITURE ARTIST - Roger Combs of Atascadero, CA hand selects domestic and exotic hardwoods in a variety of textures, colors and grains to create distinctive furniture that combines Asian style with Danish simplicity.

FASHION ARTIST- Jenne Giles of San Francisco, CA designs sculptural fashion accessories made of felt and wool.

HOME DÉCOR ARTIST - Former graphic designer Susan Kinzig of South San Francisco, CA designs one-of-a-kind lamps that feature stands combining brass and copper with hand-blown glass and embroidered silk lamp shades. Kinzig will also show her line of three-dimensional jewelry.

GREEN FASHION ARTIST - Paul Mathews and Molly Grant of Bedford, NH design custom-fit shoes that are hand-sewn, fully leather-lined and free from toxic glues and synthetic materials. Worn soles are hand-stitched and shoes are refinished to create a one-hundred-percent recyclable product.

DEBUTING THIS YEAR: Green Craft - New category highlights craft created with eco-friendly materials and sustainable processes. Designated "green craft" booths help visitors shop for style and for the environment.

AltCraft - New in 2008, the American Craft Council opens the doors of the prestigious San Francisco show to artists that utilize DIY ("Do It Yourself") practices and creative repurposing of materials. The AltCraft section of the San Francisco show will feature work from 10 artists, who will be selected through a special jurying process.

Location:
Fort Mason Center, The Herbst and Festival Pavilions. Located between Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge on San Francisco Bay; entrance is at the intersection of Marina Boulevard and Buchanan Street, in the Marina district.

When:
August 15 -17

Tickets:
$12 one day pass; $18 for a two-day pass.

For more information, call 1-800-836-3470 or visit www.craftcouncil.org

About the American Craft Council
The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit public educational organization founded in 1943 by Aileen Osborn Webb. The mission of the Council is to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. Programs include the bimonthly magazine AMERICAN CRAFT, annual juried shows presenting artists and their work, a leadership conference, the Aileen Osborn Webb Awards honoring excellence, workshops, seminars and a research library.

About John Talbot
John Talbot creates distinctive wood bowls from tree trunks collected from 'tree surgeons,' who are generally hired to cut down and dispose of trees growing on private or state property. For more, visit www.jctwoodwork.com.


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