Story by Meghan Jackson | Photography courtesy of The American Craft Council
The word craft has come a long way since the days of implying finger painting or building popsicle stick houses at school. With the explosion of Etsy, Pinterest and an entire DIY culture fostered by a slew of brands and personal blogs, the maker community has become more in demand than ever, and the annual American Crafts Council Shows serve as the ultimate gathering for artistic inspiration.
The Atlanta show returns March 13 - 15, and you can guarantee that the creative community of the Southeast has it written in impressive calligraphy or embossed on their handmade calendars. It’s the perfect platform for artists to gain exposure and network with the industry, all while selling their pieces or taking home an Award of Excellence and the accompanying recognition.
Hosted at the Cobb Galleria, thousands of craft lovers will be able to purchase tickets to see and buy the work of 230 accepted vendors specializing in art, jewelry, fashion, furniture and more. Tickets are $12 per day and grant art appreciators access to endless displays of organically crafted goods.
The shows take residence in a quartet of cities throughout the country: Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Paul and San Francisco. Across the span of the four shows, more than 50,000 attendees are accounted for yearly. Each location offers a different region of makers the opportunity to showcase their work, a different region of shoppers the chance to feast their addiction and a different region of businesses the chance to customize the overall experience. Local companies SweetWater Brewing, Crafted Westside and The Preserving Place are just a few partners of this year’s Atlanta run.