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The Indie Craft Experience

Watch This Is Atlanta on PBA30, Atlanta's PBS StationYou won’t find any macramé wall hangings at Atlanta's Indie Craft Experience. Well, maybe you will, but chances are the person who made them find them as amusing as you do.

The Indie Craft Experience isn’t your grandmother’s kind of craft fair. The crafts at ICE might have a hipper edge or an ironic playfulness that one doesn’t usually associate with traditional crafts. They might incorporate vintage fabrics, goofy graphics, or re-purposed material into designs that feature skulls, superheroes, or robots; it’s punk rock played with needle and thread.

It’s not just the crafts on sale that set ICE apart.Co-founders Christy Petterson, Shannon Mulkey and Susan Voelker envisioned the Indie Craft Experience as more than just a craft market. It offers crafting workshops, vegan baked goods, and a clothing swap benefiting local charities. And what other craft fair has live bands?

Crafting has gained popularity in recent years, and the splash ICE has made in Atlanta’s cultural waters is an extension of that. Some local crafters see ICE and other craft markets as a reaction to mass-produced goods. The opportunity to meet and chat with the person who made what you’re buying is something you can’t get at a big-box store. When the Indie Craft Experience brings together crafters from all over the Atlanta area, the variety and abundance of unique creations is astounding.

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