Instead of shopping big-time at the mall, why not shop in Mount Airy?
The Holiday Craft Bazaar will feature five of the usual Final-ly Friday vendors, – Crescent Ceramics, Twice Creations, Kaiji, Phoenix Rising Earth Knits and Khinetic Creations.
The event will be held Nov. 30 from 5-8 p.m., and Dec. 1 from noon to 8 p.m., at Sedgwick Theater, 7137 Germantown Ave.
If one has a love for ceramic designs and adding a flair to the home, Crescent Ceramics, created by Anne-Marie Gincley, may be the best bet. Gincley features everyday housewares such as bowls, vases, cups and even teapots, with a twist of various colors and textures to highlight the ceramic creations.
As a graduate of Tyler School of Art, Gincley made sure to apply all she has learned about sculpture, to express it through what she has built today.
"My eclectic interests fostered a diverse learning experience that expanded my understanding of different materials and the ways in which they could be used," she said.
In the near future, Gincley plans to take her talents to the Go West Craft Fest, which will be held Dec. 15 at The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut St. in West Philadelphia.
For jewelry lovers, both eco-friendly and hand-crafted, Twice Creations displays jewelry that evokes change and movement through its unique designs. They have been featured in the Green Bride Guide blog, Vendor Green Light and Kihetic Creations,
Twice Creations was started in August 2011 by Stephanie Mereu. She decided to create the domain name TwiceCreations.com, since Twice.com was already taken, to start displaying what she could proudly produce. After having a dream about the idea, Mereu got her day started and, while eating breakfast that morning, got the bizarre idea that she could make jewelry out of the milk jug in front of her. Despite doubting herself, she still gave it a shot and succeeded by creating a necklace out of the plastic carton.
“As for selling [my creations], I think it’s every artist’s natural ambition,” Mereu said. “In addition, being able to be your own boss by opening your own business is tremendously empowering, especially for a woman. I’ve always been in love with the idea of being able to support myself with something that needed me, and me only, to exist. Each single creative individual should try that.”
Last not but least, if handmade clothing is your forte for gifts for the upcoming winter weather, Phoenix Rising Earth Knits is definitely a vendor to take a peek at.
The collection consists of handmade seasonal accessories for women, men and children, crafted from acrylic, cotton, hemp, wool and soysilk wool.
The owner, Iris Kimbrough, states that Phoenix Rising Earth Knits is a "one-woman show." however, her boyfriend and daughter are her biggest inspirations. Kimbrough started knitting in 2007, and turned a hobby into a self-owned business.
"My motivation is to become a master fiber artist," she said. "I want to continue to learn more about knitting and crocheting. Not just more stitches and patterns, but also spinning and dyeing yarns so that I can one day create my own line of yarns.
"I am an entrepreneur because that gives me the freedom to create to live and live to create," she added.