Events Photo Credit: Western Front

Craft Fairs Run By Artists Are The Best Craft Fairs

That’s why the Western Front’s annual Toque reigns supreme.

Once upon a time Christmas Craft Fairs were a low-key event , heavy on crochet, heavy on grandmas, a little light on Street Cred. But it seems if we’ve entered peak craft fair—there’s one every weekend, and each one has more distributors than last year—and it can all add up to artisanal overload.

That’s where we come in to separate the macrame wheat from the pot-holder chaff. The Western Front is one of the most thought provoking art institutions (although they’d hate being called an institution) in the country—with genre-pushing exhibits dealing with contemporary art and new music. So when they decided to launch a small craft fair a few years ago to coincide with their annual membership drive, little did they know it would quickly carve out a niche as a place where the thoughtful shopper is matched with dedicated artisans. And unlike some of the other fairs that have expanded and expanded, Toque keeps it supremely well curated: 30 tables, everyone a winner in their genre. Check out a few snippets below:

The full list of exhibitors is here. Toque runs from November 30-December 2. And while you’re at it, buck up for a membership—you’ll be supporting a very cool “institution.”

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