The Age of Crafties Has Dawned

Crafts never really go out of style. In dark times, the craft industry lurks at the edges of our social awareness as being the sole province of grannies and Girls Scouts. But the truth is, the crafties are true artists, seamstresses, painters, haberdashers, sculptors, and knitters. And nowadays they’re often covered in tattoos and piercings. Maybe it’s the sad job market encouraging young entrepreneurs; maybe it’s the rise of crafty sites like which make selling ones wares easier; or maybe it is simply time for crafties to rise up and to take to their rightful place. Whatever it is, crafts are cool and if you don’t believe us, find out for yourself. From 1 to 6 p.m., the Indie Craft Bazaar will take over Cinema Paradiso on Saturday. Ever socially conscious, the crafties will also be collecting pet supplies to be donated to local animal shelters, and donating will earn you two extra tickets for the day’s raffle. Admission is $4, and the first 100 guests will receive a sweet swag bag. So get a henna tattoo, make a DIY ornament, enjoy a vegan cupcake, and join the craftastic revolution. Cinema Paradiso is located at 503 SE Sixth St. in Fort Lauderdale. Visit, or email
Sat., Dec. 18, 1 p.m., 2010
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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