West Coast Craft Summer 2017

Well hello there! I didn’t mean to take such a long break. But *SIGH* the world news got depressing and overwhelming. Then some behind the scenes bits from my website broke. Now I’m back up and running and feeling more motivated to post 🙂

I’ve shared my love for the West Coast Craft fair many times before! (see tagged posts HERE)

I absolutely love going to this show because it features artisans and makers that are based out of the West Coast (as the name explains) and it just so happens that MANY of them also happen to be out of the Bay Area/San Francisco! So as a new one quickly approaches the week of November 18th, I thought I would reminisce over some photos I took of WWC over the Summer break! Seeing the artisans is quite inspiring for me to even create the things I have in my own mind. From fashion, to ceramics, jewelry, art, candles, etc. this craft fair is just so beautiful!

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft 2017

West Coast Craft winter 2015

These holidays are really gearing up, and it’s the perfect time to attend a craft fair again! It really lends a hand with inspiration for upcoming trends, potential gifts, but also gaining hope to create/improve my own crafts. And the West Coast Craft show really cannot be beat for this – showcasing artisans from the West Coast really gives this show a local flare that sets it apart from other craft fairs.

This isn’t my first time at the rodeo, follow this category HERE to see the other times I have gone!

West coast craft 2015, holiday craft show, san francisco craft show, Thrift Eye

Loved the pocked ceramics! It reminded me of lava
West coast craft 2015, holiday craft show, san francisco craft show, Thrift Eye

There were SO many interesting textile manufacturers this time, it was interesting to see people creating fabrics again! These were by Dym.
West coast craft 2015, holiday craft show, san francisco craft show, Thrift Eye

This booth was selling rugs and throws made in a traditional Mexican style by actual Mexican artisans!
West coast craft 2015, holiday craft show, san francisco craft show, Thrift Eye

Whereas this booth had some awesome textured woven pieces. I LOVED that little watermelon purse. She also had these awesome cowhide sandals I’m still lusting over (too bad we get very little sandal weather in SF)
West coast craft 2015, holiday craft show, san francisco craft show, Thrift Eye

Local SF favorites, Half Hitch Goods and their little wagon always seem to make a nice appearance too
West coast craft 2015, holiday craft show, san francisco craft show, Thrift Eye

I think I’m ready for the holidays 🙂

West Coast Craft 2015

This is not my first time at the rodeo, you may recall that I previously documented going to the West Coast Craft show way back in 2013! I like attending this show not because I’m on the hunt to purchase more things, I actually love going because it inspires me to create!! I like to sew (still learning), exploring embroidery, trying to kickstart my calligraphy again, crochet, home decorating, and crafting in general – that I get to see trends and just get inspired. I have been to several other craft shows as well, and definitely felt that for a few years some creators were relying heavily on jumping on a bandwagon of making things out of canvas and leather – I’m happy to report that bandwagon  has scaled back significantly finally.

So here are some fun photos of things I enjoyed!

A cute hanging shelf with a hole for your small planter – I can see one hanging by the window at home.
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

This booth had a lot of embroidered clothing – something I have been hoping to do (currently on the hunt for some vintage Levi’s!)
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

An up close photograph of one of the wool weavings we saw – the tufts are very large and billowing, unlike many of the structured weavings we’re used to seeing. Once I get the right materials, I’m definitely going to try this!
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

I absolutely loved the leather products at this booth! The aged leather had a gradient of color that was so beautiful in person. The black and brown leather together was just divine.
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Who can resist a flowery print?
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

We saw a lot of ceramics – these marbleized ones were very cool
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

This booth consisted of rugs created by students who just used their imagination to create – I say that the results are actually really creative and artsy!
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Not the best photo unfortunately, but I loved the printed silks inspired by nature at this booth
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Hovering above one booth, they were really trying to make a point I guess, this giant shirt loomed over us 🙂
West Coast Craft San Francisco 2015

Hope you enjoyed the pictures and get inspired to create too!

exploring West Coast Craft!

This past weekend I was able to attend the West Coast Craft show that came to San Francisco for the weekend! It featured booths for artisans and makers living or working out of the West Coast. So it was an interesting collection of materials!

It inspired me to start creating again – and I picked up this embroidery project I’ve been contemplating for just about forever. I’ll be sharing it very soon. Many times, local or US made products can’t compete with big name stores and the little people often fall out of business. Seeing people who are making things are who we should be supporting and seeking inspiration from to make our own things.

Onto the show!

West Coast Craft

West Coast Craft

I don’t remember the name of this woman’s booth, but she was making her own yarn out of wool from sheep she raised herself, to make these beautiful tapestries/blankets.
West Coast Craft

A booth full of beautiful and fun knitwear by KKIBO
West Coast Craft, kkibo

I loved these very unique and pretty candles.
West Coast Craft, le feau de leau

Local to SF bag and leather goods team Joshu + Vela.
West Coast Craft, joshu vela

Every single piece of jewelry by Yellowsmith was absolutely something I’d wear!
West Coast Craft, yellowsmith

This poster by Book/Shop was made for me right?!
West Coast Craft, book/shop

West Coast Craft

West Coast Craft

West Coast Craft

West Coast Craft

Last but not least, the incredible booth, or should I say deli by Alite – making you a custom bag at their sandwich counter. You picked the parts and colors and they sewed it right then and there for you!
West Coast Craft, alite designs

It was definitely one of the more handmade craft fairs I’ve gone to – lots of knitwear and naturally dyed textiles. So it’s interesting to see people getting back into these lost arts. Have you ever been to something like this?