((Click on the pic to start the slideshow. Photos by Ariel Soto)
Words by Nate Nugent
Quitting your career to make art for a living may not be so bizarre after all.
Clever, off-beat and funky handmade creations drew well over a thousand people to the San Francisco County Fair Building Saturday for an inspiring, eclectic 2nd annual Bizarre Bazaar craft sale. From your sweet old grandma to husbands looking for the ideal gift to the little girl crying because she didn’t want to leave — the fully inclusive crowd packed the house, and their smiles didn’t lose their luster when confronted by $15 price points from most of the 92 vendors. Naturally, the only thing overpriced was Café Gratitude’s raw food.
The event proved there is a viable market for hand-made art, and, more than ever, there is a need to do business face-to-face. The artists and the guests who were only charged one dollar to get into this event renewed my faith in art and more importantly in what people do with art. What better motivation than the success of doing what one desires to do? What greater satisfaction than receiving something greater then what you expected?
I left asking myself:
Why not make “super cute toys and such,” journals made out of old books, and fluffy felt worm flash cards?
What’s stopping you from “saving the world through panties,” handcrafting jewelry from typewriter keys, or fashioning lanterns out of tropical cocktail parasols?
I no longer fear the plushness of my guts, because they can now bear a friendly face and a welcoming exterior to cuddle up with. Promise me, SF, that you will not hold back in turning the characters in your sketch books into dolls. We want to give our money to people for what they do and who they are. Bizarre Bazaar proved this to be true yesterday.
Personal Bias: Female artists give the best interviews.
Random Detail: One girl was very disappointed because she is going to have to wait for the “I Heart Guts” '08 collection to arrive before buying her own plush uterus.
Better Than: Christmas Shopping.
Check out some of the artists: iheartguts.com, laurensmash.etsy.com, atticjournals.com, pantylineproductions.com, brightlights-littlecity.com, NifNaks.com.