I’m going on vacation next week and really looking forward to having a break after a long and busy summer making bags and working at my Pike Place Market booth.
The first thing I do when planning a trip is to look up where to find good galleries, crafts markets and studio tours. While that could be called a busman’s holiday I love to see the work of other artists around the country.
Each year Pike Place Market welcomes millions of visitors from all over the world, excited to see all it offers. Every day I’m at my booth I hear words of amazement and appreciation for the array of arts and crafts that visitors find here.
Many of those tourists are like me, enjoying locally made art is a primary pleasure on trips. And many of them have arrived at the Market with no idea they would see a collection of world-class arts and crafts.
A major mission of Pike Place Producers is to raise awareness of our crafts community. When you open a guide book or search the internet for things to see in Seattle we want “visit the unique crafts community at the Market” to be up there with the fish throwing, gum wall and first Starbucks.
My trip coincides with the third American Craft Week, which also has the objective of raising awareness about art and crafts across the country and all the good things that come from our work.
Pike Place Market is participating by putting photo and video profiles of some of our crafts community via Facebook and YouTube, including this gallery. We’re sharing much of this on the Pike Place Producers Facebook page too.
I assume you’re reading this blog because you already know about and appreciate the Pike Place Market crafts community (thank you!). So help us spread the word: tell your friends, share on social media, come to see us and shop with us this holiday season.
Meanwhile I’m looking forward to being on the other side of the fence next week, seeing, appreciating and maybe buying some fabulous American crafts.
Emma Roscoe, Red Delicious Bags