Craft Lake City kicked off its fifth annual, and largest, do-it-yourself festival Friday night at the Gallivan Center with Utah artisans sharing their creative ideas and handmade goods.
“The festival is about promoting local artisans,” said Craft Lake City founder Angela Brown. “The festival is free because everyone should have access to ideas to create.”
Volunteers at Craft Lake City define “craft” as anything made with people’s hands, and the variety at the festival reflects the definition. Local musicians took to the stage, soap makers peddled homemade beauty products, folk artists sold vases made from liquor bottles and foodies sold homemade jams, jellies and chocolate sauce. Ann Lovato made Craft Lake City her open-air market debut.
“I love to sew,” Lovato said, holding a pair of her baby booties. Felt masks and bags also adorned her booth. “I run a day care and have grandkids, so I make whatever they inspire me to.”
Nestled in the center of another row of booths, Jonathon Baker displayed his illustration-like paintings. He attended the last few festivals, but decided to give vending a try this year.
“When you come to look, you see it all really fast,” Baker said. “Working it gives you a more full experience.”
Baker hopes someday to have his own gallery where he can display his work, as well as the works of others. Baker is not the only Craft Lake City artist with dreams of having his own place.
“The festival gives a lot of artists their start,” said Craft Lake City marketing director Karamea Puriri. “It lets them see if their product can work.”
More than 200 crafters are showing off their products at the 2013 festival, hoping for success.
“There’s a lot of great original art,” said Marian Moody. She and her husband Ross own a condo across the street. “I think we’ll come back tomorrow.”
Craft Lake City’s DIY Festival
When • Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.
Where • The Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main St., Salt Lake City
Cost • Free admission