Arts and Crafts - From Lake Leelanau to Uganda!
No street fair would be complete without a selection of arts and crafts from around the county and around the globe. Here are a few of the great artisans who have signed up to display their wares and YES, we're still taking applications so if you'd like a spot at the Lake Leelanau Street Fair then download this applications today!
Kids First Uganda (KFU)
Lake Leelanau's Mary Taylor will be at the fair selling crafts made exclusively by a group of women in Uganda, members of KIDS FIRST UGANDA (KFU). This is a way for these women to support their children. Many Ugandan women take in orphaned children in addition to their own family and may have as many as 6-8 children living with them who are not their biological children. It's a situation of epic proportions -- there are 2.5 million orphans in Uganda and 50% of the population is 14 years or younger.
The sale of KFU crafts goes directly to support the programs of KFU. To learn more please visit their web site. Read Mary's updates from her recent trip!!!
badpony is a small studio in Lake Leelanau that specializes in one of a kind handcrafted accessories. They beneficiaries of these beautiful crafts -- humans, horses and hounds.
Among the crafts they carry are their iconic badpony saddle pads, dog collars and leashes and original handbags. The story is filled with colorful pieces and they'll be bringing that delightful beauty to the street fair. Stop by and see how Kathy crafts from vintage textiles as well, using every opportunity to reduce, reuse and recycle.
If you're a horse or dog lover celebrate the beauty of your pets when you bring them home a present from this unique booth.
Baskets and Bags by Nancy
Basket and Bags by Nancy Groesser features one-of-a-kind hand crafted items including:
Purses, Hipsters, Hobo Bags, Hand Woven Reed Baskets and much more!
Nancy does her crafting from her home in Omena. Some of her specialties include bags using materials with pop culture themes -- everything from Elvis to Mickey and Minne Mouse to Frozen. Sports fans will love her Red Wings theme pieces. There's truly something for everyone.
Point Betsie Creations
Lapidary Steve Brunger began working with stones in 2006 when he took his first lapidary classes. He began selling jewelry the following year. For his Point Betsie Creations he uses Petoskey stones, horn coral, Charlevoix stone, beach glass, Leland blue and Frankfort green. Steve also designs and creates using semi precious stone. He's won a number of awards at regional art shows.
Emily Pierce of FernCreations will be bringing her textile art to the Lake Leelanau Street Fair. She describes herself on her Etsy shot page as "a simple geek who loves to make things by hand."
She began her handcrafting snitching fabric scraps from her mother's fabric stash to make doll clothes. From there she went to pillows and then to clothes. She studied fine art in college, concentrating on fiber and fashion design. That's where she began working with screen printing and learned about drafting patterns. Her creations are made in her home studio and her goods are made with non-toxic, water based inks and dyes.
Traverse City photographer Jeff Simonis photographs incredible landscapes and nature shots in addition to his special event and custom photo work. He also works as a custom home builder and remodeler so his stunning work is created during his free time.
He's a favorite a interior designers looking for art for local businesses. An active member of the Traverse Area Camera Club, his photos are sure to please street fair attendees. To see a selection of his work click here to visit his website.
Jaffe's Resale and Consignment
Established in Lake Leelanau in 2003, Jaffe's Resale and Consignment features women's fashions and accessories, men's clothing, household items and furniture all contained in 3,500 square feet of display space in a beautiful 1883 building right on Meinrad Street.
Jaffe's will be right at your entrance to the Lake Leelanau Street Fair. It's a great place to stop on your way into the fair and on your way out. Beautiful items carefully selected and ready for you to repurpose in your closet or your home.
Crafty Angels Creations
Dody Logeman, watercolor artist
Gill's Pier Ranch
Heartfelt by Gail
Hollyhocks & Vines
Lake Leelanau Community Church
Lisa Siddall DDS
Maryanne Kirch Sculptors
Narrows Yacht Club
St. Mary's Quilters
Susan's Inky Fingers and Cram's Images