Reported by Sarah Moore
Those in the know about indi-crafts and the DIY movement are aware that Chicago has one of the greatest crafty communities around. We also host a ‘whoo-ha’ load of great music in our fair city. It’s really more than a girl tuned into the craft scene can keep up with. When I first became familiar with the Pitchfork Music Festival I dismissed it… I had heard of several of the bands, but despite my bright red hair and tattoos I am quite the suburbanite really. My ipod is filled with 80’s music and a guilty pleasure’s worth of Justin and Britney (don’t hate).
Then I saw an ad for Pitchfork in ReadyMade magazine… which you should be reading btw. They were going to be there, and sponsored by Benjamin Moore paints nonetheless! I called my musically aware younger brother and asked him about the festival, and he was all: “totally crafty, lots of crafts, craft SHOW in fact.” What the hay?
The Pitchfork Blog said nothing about craftiness, art, DIY, upcycle… none of my favorite buzz words. Under the vendor section there was nothing, na-da. Despite the lack of crafty marketing I took my brother’s advice and signed myself up for a day of music ‘festing’.
I only was able to make one day of the festival… the last, but according to the crafters it seemed to be the busiest of all three days. It was a small but meaty craft show. Coordinated by Coterie Chicago, the artists were all top notch. I really wish I had space here to cover them all. I encourage you to visit this page on Coterie’s website to check out more of the artists for further inspiration. I also apologize to those artists we were not able to include in this report. It wasn’t because we didn’t love your work.
Another topic of note: crafters are getting friendlier and are more willing to share ideas than ever before. In years past when you would ask a crafter HOW they made something or what inspired them even they’d clam up and give you that “oh, she’s going to try to make this herself” look. Nowadays they will tell you where they bought their supplies.
I think DIY artists have perhaps come to realize that there are two types of shoppers at a craft show; crafters, and buyers, and that even a crafter will occasionally buy from another nice crafter. 😉
So on with the inspiration… a lot to see here, so pour yourself a cuppa whatever and settle in.
Heather’s work can be found at Girl With a Hook. I loved this free-form hat… I think it’s a hat I could actually wear. And I am not a hat person.
If you don’t love Duct Tape then you are no friend of mine. Eliza Bangert’s work is whimsical AND well crafted. I love these totes!
Oh wow! A random act of crafting! Jocelyn Lally was knitting in a non-designated craft zone! She works with another great charity, the Arts of Life. They provide arts programs for people with developmental disabilities.
Light and pretty… and just sophisticated enough. These are porcelain coasters and other goods by Amy Carolyn Allison of SODA.
So much thanks to the very extra nice Coterie crafters. Despite Pitchfork’s lack of marketing on your behalf I think the event was wonderfully coordinated. All the crafters had quality goods to offer and the show was strategically placed to help traffic flow in and out safely, despite the madness going on outside the show.
Not covered in this story: Poster Row… and I am so sorry. I just don’t have room (in my brain) before CHA to give this topic the coverage it truly deserves. So stay tuned for part two of Pitchfork and the inspiration that the wonderful artists of Flatstock displayed at the show.
Oh, and there was music too… but if you want to read about that you will have to visit my blog in a few days. Better yet, just pop over to Venus Zine to read about what they thought, because they are cool chicks and Craft Critique loves them.
I will have my photos uploaded to my Flickr after I sleep awhile… gimme a day or two. Suffice to say it was an awesome show… in short: I ended up backstage at the Flaming Lips and was able to shoot photos in the pit with some amazing local photographers. Awesome!