WESTPORT, Conn. -- Newcomer Shibumi Silks drew in the crowds Saturday afternoon as it offered visitors a chance to try their hand at an ancient technique called water marbling at the 39th annual CraftWestport fundraiser.
“This is definitely one of the coolest vendors we've had here by far; it is something that truly makes this a craft fair,” said Lesley Volgel, a volunteer at the fair.
Spectators were mesmerized as silk was transformed into artwork by their friends and family, who took the opportunity to try the unique experience.
Staples High School hosted the 39th annual CraftWesport fundraiser. The fair housed 175 fine contemporary artists from across the country, making it Connecticut's largest indoor crafts festival. Vendors were selling anything from antiques and one-of-a-kind jewelry to furniture and specialty foods -- and more.
But CraftWestport was not only about showcasing unique vendors but also about an important cause. Proceeds from admissions will be distributed to local charities by The Young Woman's League of Westport. The nonprofit supports local communities while also giving women the opportunity to bond and find new friendships within the region.
Whitney Foram, the organization's publicist, has helped to create a sense of community for the event by spearheading the new Pop-Up Marketplace featuring affordable gifts for everyone.
“The pop-up helps us put our own little touch on the fair by supporting local vendors and really representing what the Young Woman's League is all about,” Foram said.
A popular stand in the pop-up was K.M. Hutton, who is an attorney by day and seamstress by night. Creator Kate Hutton designs handmade scarves, socks, gloves and more. Hutton, who started her business as a side project, was happy to join the list of vendors.
“The audience here really appreciates a handmade gift and this is the perfect way to bring our communities together,” she says.
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