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Craft Masters: Meet the Artists of Craft Lake City, Part I

Yesterday, I told you about the third annual Craft Lake City–an outdoor arts festival showcasing the talents of more than 180 Utah artists and crafters–taking place this Saturday, August 13 at The Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City.

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned a few artists-to-watch, especially for brides and grooms on the hunt for homespun goods and crafty finds for their weddings. Today, I have a closer look at some of those artists and new artists who struck our fancy.

Adri Nye, Adri Apparel – Adri Apparel designs hoodies, dresses, and jewelry. I love this Utah-shaped necklace with a cut-out heart marking SLC–what better way to show your love for your home state! This necklace would make a fun bridesmaids’ gift or a gift for out-of-town guests.

Adrian Prazen – Adrian Prazen designs jewelry and upcycled toy sculptures. We’re especially fond of his chunky rings–a cool, new twist on classic cocktail rings. Wear one on your right hand at your wedding or pre-wedding parties.

Amy Redden, Vintage Fern – Amy Redden crafts fabric wallets, appliqued dish towels, and stitched notebooks, to name a few. We’re particularly fond of her colorful fabric banners–they’re just begging to be strung on a fence or across a guest book/gift/cake table at a backyard wedding.

Arash Mafi, Paisley Dreams Jewelry – Arash Mafi specializes in handmade necklaces, earrings, bracelets, cuffs, belt buckles, and more, featuring chunky stones and materials like sterling silver and brass. We love his chunky turquoise cuffs–pair one with your wedding gown for a funky, 70s-spin on your “something blue.”

Ashley Gammill, Bagsy Blue Co. – Ashley Gammill is known for her handmade fabric flowers. Choose a selection of colors and patterns to create a unique alternative to a traditional floral bouquet. The flowers can also be worn as hair accessories or shoe clips.

Brooke Mortensen, Ritzy Misfit – Brooke Mortensen’s hand-melted and hand-stamped wax seal metal pendants are great gifts for your BFFs. Select their first initial, pick a cool font, order it from Brooke, and voila! Instant bridesmaid present.

Debbie Thompson, Tom Design – Debbie Thompson designs bright and bold vintage-inspired jewelry and hair accessories. We’re digging her rosette earrings and hair pins–perfect for securing loose strands on flower girls, bridesmaids, and brides.

Diana Smith, Lily Love Designs – Diana Smith specializes in colorful paper goods and prints. We like this fun “I love you more than Diet Coke” poster. Wouldn’t it be cute hanging at a reception (perhaps above a decorated cooler packed with Diet Cokes) or in your newlywed nest?

Eva Jorgensen, Sycamore Street Press – Sycamore Street Press has made a name for itself with cool cards, art prints and other paper goods printed on a vintage letterpress using sustainable inks and papers. This modern love-themed art print looks great framed and would jazz up the walls at your reception or in your abode. Be sure to check out Sycamore Street’s awesome thank you/love/anniversary cards, too.

Jeni Shirley, Stitched – Jen Shirley specializes in handmade stitched cards for every occasion, from birthdays to bar mitzvahs. For weddings, we like her collection of love cards including this blank “Heart You” card–perfect for penning a messag to your fiance on the eve or morning of the big day.

Julianne Best, Made By Jewls – Julianne Best designs darling fabric-covered button earrings, crocheted moustaches on a stick, and other handsewn accessories in dozens of fabric patterns and colors. We especially like these heart-patterned button earrings and pink-and-white-striped button earrings. Gift them to your bridesmaids or flower girls for their walk down the aisle (and at about 5 bucks a pair, you can’t beat the price!)

Did any of these local artists strike your fancy like they struck ours? If so, be sure to check out Craft Lake City this weekend.

Part II of our Craft Lake City artists’ spotlight is coming up Friday–get ready for more rad Utah-made goods, including decadent marshmallows, jeweled headbands, beer soap (guys will go gaga for it), and the coolest new centerpiece idea (you’re just going to have to wait to find out what it is!).