Cut the Craft

Posted On November 18, 2009

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Saturday, Nov 21 & Sunday, Nov 22
11am to 5pm
376 Shurs Lane in Roxborough/Manayunk

Dust off your sewing machine, fire up your glue gun and hold on to your once-worn leather mini. Cut the Craft—Sardine Clothing’s celebration of local, handmade, upcycled and sustainable goods—proves the most colorful crafts are made from stuff stored in the basement. Showcased items include Fisticuff’s etched and beaded arm-ware made from old leather belts, baking mittens and dishtowels adorned with silkscreen diagrams of vintage machinery courtesy Girlscantell and soft, colorful, environmentally responsible plush toy by Zoooguu.

As longtime sustainability advocates, Sardine owners Maryanne Petrus-Gilbert and Scott Bills feel a strong connection with the handmade crafts movement. “Upcycling is the next big wave in crafting,” Bills explains. “We’d like to raise awareness that some of the coolest products are in fact sustainable.” He also points out that the best materials don’t have to be purchased. By reusing materials, artists have kept their prices reasonable while getting more creative. “The uniqueness of the products at this events can inspire you how to be creative in reusing the stuff you’ve got just lying around the house, ” Bills says.

True to their values, the Petrus-Gilbert and Bills team create product lines from clothing salvaged from charitable organizations, thrift stores and churches and sell them at local shops. Their Tee-Skirts—colorful, hand-sewn skirts from used t-shirts—are a top seller, taking third place at Baltimore’s Crafty Bastards. Support Sardine and nearly 30 other original vendors, many of them Etsy members, by heading out to Cut the Craft this weekend. With all the eco-friendly affection, you might even score some rare-yet-responsible holiday gift grabs.

– Dana Henry


One Response to “Cut the Craft”

  1. sharon sloane

    Sounds like a great event. Totally agree with philosphy. I recycle art by using vintage silk kimono and obi and turn them into handbags and accessory pieces.

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