One of the top independent craft festivals is coming right up September 17-18th in downtown Greenville, South Carolina (which happens to be adorable in its own right).
Indie Craft Parade returns to the historic Huguenot Mill featuring southern makers selected by jury, keeping the product mix of handmade goods fresh and relevant. The repurposed mill building is at the epicenter of the Main Street district, chock full of eateries, boutiques, galleries, music venues, pubic art and of course waterfalls (check out my Main Street Cheat Sheet below to visit like a local).
This year marks the seventh Indie Craft Parade and 13 of the 80 artists will debut new product lines. Here’s a peak at three southern makers with new offerings you won’t want to miss:
Christina Boy Design is a one-woman wood and furniture studio from Madison, Virginia. Boy’s background, including a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth and a Fellowship at the Penland School, blends heritage design with functional modernity, all built with locally sourced wood. My pick? Geometric stools that can nest into mandala like configurations.
Fair Isle is best known for its woolen woodland toys as well as cashmere goods for kids, but owner Laura Ray will debut an line of socks and slippers for adults at Indie Craft Parade. Call me excited, I’m making my list and checking it twice because no one crafts luxury sustainable goods like this little company from Camden, South Carolina. My pick? Two tone cashmere socks for everyone!
Modern Folk Project offers hand-printed textiles with an off beat whimsy I find irresistible. Amiee Warner has a style that works for gals of all ages. Original designs are printed onto cotton canvas at her studio in Cumming, Georgia with water based, solvent free ink. They are lined with organic cotton and assembled on site. My pick? The fish print clutch– gonna monogram it– for an updated makeup bag. Hello holiday giving.
Cheat Sheet: Greenville’s Main Street District