Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SUGARLOAF Craft Festival 2016

The Sugarloaf Craft Festival at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds was amazing this year! If you've never been to a craft fair...this is the one to attend. With over 100 vendors, food, live music and on-site craft demonstrations, Sugarloaf is like Woodstock for handmade artists. And don't be fooled by the name, the festival isn't strictly reserved for the folks up on Sugarloaf Mountain....they get around -- spreading the joy up and down the east coast.

Personally, I have a soft spot for handmade art and carnival food -- deep fried funnel cakes + fresh squeezed lemonade. The weather was fantastic, the company was even better and the crafts? My photos are just a fraction of what was on display. I must have wandered in and out of the barns for at least six hours...11-5pm? Let's just say my legs were like jelly when I finally collapsed on my sofa with armloads of goodies from Joyful Bath Co. and Berkshire Bags!

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Carl Mateo was there representing my newest favorite dress collection by Sharon London. You have to try them on to believe how beautiful + feminine + flattering these dresses are. 

Handpainted nesting dolls.
Traditional Mexican leatherwork by MexicaCrafts
Handmade Berkshire Bags
The pottery displays were filled with gorgeous colors. These mugs make me want to cozy up with a gigantic bowl of coffee ice cream and binge-watch Netflix!

The best part about visiting craft events like Sugarloaf is that you get to meet the artists face-to-face and learn about their processes. Hannah specializes in heated brass hair ornaments and sculptural jewelry inspired by anthropology + nature. She also teaches metalsmithing workshops in Grantsville, MD at the Spruce Forest Artisan Village. Hammers + torches? I'm there!

Hannah Jean Metalworks

Watercolors by Priscilla George

Jewelry by Volang Boutique

Scarf Wraps by Cloz's

Jewelry stands and wall mounted mosaic jewelry holders.

Wooden flowers 

xoxo jamillah

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