Here’s a little City of Craft secret: the show’s three founders – Becky, Leah, and I, have always had the hardest time jurying the jewellery aspect of the show as none of us are big jewellery people. We understand that many folk love to make, buy, wear, and give jewellery – so we have always tried our hardest to ensure that some quality bling is available at the show. Well, I can honestly say that this task is becoming increasingly less difficult as more and more of the jewellery vendors applying express a novel and contemporary sensibility. I would happily sport any of the following on my neck, fingers & ears:
Geometrically pleasing square turquoise necklace by Happy Camper.
...only to be rivaled in hippie dreaminess by Eau Claire's carnation horseshoe collar clip.
Raw and majestic rock, mineral & gemstone earrings by rare specimens.
With these guys and many more amazing makers on the roster, I have no doubt you'll find a piece or two that speaks to you or the people on your list this weekend!
Jen Anisef is a co-founder of this here City of Craft. In a past life she ran the Toronto Craft Alert and is currently semi-retired in Hamilton sewing quilts, making sausages and candy with the Beehive, and hatching new crafty plots.