John Lamb, Published February 20 2013
Annual Unglued Craft Fair growing in size
What: Unglued Craft Fest
When: 9 a.m. –
5 p.m. Saturday
Where: Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo
Info: Free admission. (701) 205-1597.
FARGO – The comedy show “Portlandia” may be giving crafters a bad name, but you can make your way through the Unglued Craft Fair this weekend without having some anxious etsy artist chirping “Put a bird on it!”
The third annual installment keeps growing with more than 65 regional vendors spread through the Plains Art Museum.
Not only has the number grown over the years, but so have the range of wares and the skill set.
Moorhead wood-worker Ben Kandel will set up his Turning Pro stand, showcasing his lathe work, from pens featuring the beautifully rich texture of spun burl to turned boxes, bowls and plates.
These vessels could nicely hold Petite Treat Jewelry. Moorhead jeweler Heather Murray serves up tasty bits of necklace bling in the form of savory sweets like a donut and coffee, a cupcake and even a slice carrot cake.
Grand Forks screen printer Michelle Brusegaard brings down her line of decorated leather earrings, dish towels, cards and scarves.
Her graphic designs set her work apart from Sharon Higley’s own print wares. The Bismarck-based b.haven spells out her spirited style on pillowcases, towels and other household items.
For more wearable fashion, check out Fargo artist Ashley Dedin’s table, where she “upcycles” old material into nifty neckties for men.
There are even more options for fashionistas, with Minneapolitan Julie Meyer’s eye-catching, folded-fabric handbags and purses or mini-hats, bows and other headgear by BabyCakes Designs from Cottage Grove, Minn.
If you want to count your scents, check out tins of cologne and perfume or tubes of lipstick by Aromi. And, of course, there are more candle vendors than you can shake a wick at.
The market starts in earnest at 9 a.m. Saturday and closes at 5 p.m., with demos, music and snacks available throughout the day. The hardcore shopper, however, will want to take advantage of the preview gala from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday night, allowing for a first grab at the best crafts for a $10 ticket.
Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533.