Knit Happens: Patchwork Modern Makers Festival Is Back

Offering its biggest assortment of local, hand-made holiday products.

The holiday season is quickly creeping up on us, and that means a steady stream of craft fairs will be upon us as well. Leading the parade of hand-sewn hats and home-jarred marmalades is Patchwork Modern Makers Festival, coming to Jack London Square (55 Harrison St.) on Sunday, November 16. Curated by an eclectic jury, the craft fair will feature Bay Area makers offering food items, affordable artwork, and handcrafted gifts. The event will include its fair share of knitted pot warmers, but one can expect more of an Etsy-in-real-life atmosphere than a grandmas-in-a-church-parking-lot one.

Complementing the more than one hundred rows of hand-picked exhibitors will also be a vintage record and clothing pop-up shop presented by Oakland’s VAMP Records, which will be putting on DJ sets throughout the day as well. Musical performances will take place both indoors and outdoors, and will include indie-folk band The New Thoreaus. For those wanting to do some crafting themselves, local artist Sienne Josselin will be hosting a free, ongoing DIY studio in which she will teach attendees how to make holiday cards using simple watercolor techniques. And lunch will be on hand as well, with Beulah’s Bean Truck, Fist of Flour Pizza, Docs of the Bay, and other food trucks forming a mini food court outside.

Of the artisanal food vendors inside, organizer Nicole Stevenson said attendees can expect an array of teas, preserves, mustard, and pies. Jake’s Castro Kitchen will be offering its beloved gourmet jams and jellies ranging from “Bacon Balsamic Bourbon” to “Amaretto Pear.” T-We Tea will also be there, peddling its quirky assortment of specialty mixtures with names such as “Grumpy Dinosaur” and “Flailing Princess.”

On the artistic end, attendees can expect a solid assortment of handmade jewelry. Popular Etsy shops Tangleweeds and Bottle of Clouds are two to look out for. The former makes rustic, hand-forged brass jewelry with accents in turquoise and crystal, while the latter is known for its intricately painted, laser-cut wood earrings. Fair-goers can also expect hand-tailored children’s clothes with adorable appliques by Ana Apple, screen-printed linens from The Heated, and affordable paintings on wood panels by Maggie Hurley

It’s been a while since craft fairs were about humoring the hobbies of bored housewives, because the handicraft economy has now re-emerged to battle corporate consumerist ubiquity with renewed technique and flair. Patchwork is about supporting the local creative community, escaping the corporate consumerism of the holidays, and finding innovative, high-quality products without the machine-made aesthetic.

11a.m.–5 p.m., free.


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