The Contemporary Crafts Market, billed as one of the West Coast’s premiere events for functional and decorative crafts, will return to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, 1855 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday, June 10 through 12.
This year’s market will feature the works of over 250 of the nation’s finest craft artists, ranging from intricate jewelry, unique glassware and ceramics to hand-painted textiles, custom furniture, mixed-media creations and more, event organizers say. All items on display and for sale have been selected for their exceptional quality, according to organizers.
Roy Helms, founder of the Contemporary Crafts Market, said he has continually sought to raise awareness of fine crafts as a serious art form by highlighting talented artists whose works can be found in national and international museums or galleries.
“Each year, the Contemporary Crafts Market provides shoppers and collectors with some of the finest craft pieces from across the United States,” Helms said. “This year will be no exception, as these artists have provided visitors with a truly extraordinary array of pieces that are perfect gifts for friends and family.”
Among the craft artists featured in this year’s market is Patricia Shypertt, a hat maker who creates millinery through traditional hat making techniques. She says her inspiration for the hats comes from the “elegance” of the 1940’s and her notion for the unexpected and elusive.
Her hats are created through free-form sculpting, and many of the hat straws are hand dyed. Some materials include organza, French ribbons, silks, satins, grosgrains and various hand cut laces with pieces of veiling, hand curled feathers and beading.
Admission to the market is $8, or free for children aged 12 and under.
Information, (310) 285-3655, or www.craftsource.org.