We got the opportunity to visit BUST Magazine Craftacular 2012: a fun crafts and food fair that was held in SoHo, NYC on December 1-2, 2012. We were adamant about finding the most quirky, fun, and creative designs from vendors at the craft fair and while we were overwhelmed by the sheer creativity of the craft fair, we managed to narrow our favorites down to 5 special vendors in this feature roundup. Check out our favorite sustainable and creative designs below!
1. Mistura Timepieces
We featured the gorgeous wristwatches by Mistura Timepieces earlier today as our Eco Monday feature! These watches are quite affordable for high quality timepieces (with a typical $200 price range – we have friends who usually buy high end watches for $500 and up!), and the the best part: Mistura has been stringent with their dedication to sustainable quality control, making sure to use recycled materials. They currently have a pop up shop in NYC’s Union Square Holiday Market for New Yorkers who would like a chance to purchase the Dallas-based company’s designs!
2. Lynn Goodman Porcelain
Brooklyn-based artist Lynn Goodman has been working with ceramics for over 30 years, and you can really see her expertise with porcelain in all of the intricate detailing with her pieces! While Goodman has experimented with many intricate designs in her porcelain tableware, her most recent minimalist looks were our absolute favorites. From her tall and short mugs, to her tumblers and 8-figure bowls, we were ready to buy up everything! Luckily for New Yorkers, Goodman is showing her favorite pieces at the 2012 NYC Clay Festival throughout December.
3. Evolving Habitat
We would have missed Evolving Habitat‘s wonderful vendor table at the craft fair if we weren’t drawn to the tree lamps on her table! Evolving Habitat lives by the mantra: Reclaim, Reuse, Relive, and it truly shows through in her unique works!
While talking with the mastermind behind Evolving Habitats about her light boxes, we learned that she was inspired to find a creative solution to her need to have a nightlight in her bedroom. We definitely think the beautiful light boxes are worth the $75 – and lucky for people who can’t visit her in NYC: she is selling them on Etsy!
4. Mondays Projects
Mondays Projects is the creation of 3 friends – Jennifer Fiore, Nina Lalli, and Signe Yberg – who met at their Monday night ceramics classes. They now continue to meet in their ceramics studios on Mondays and create these unique, one-of-a-kind handmade ceramics products. We loved the tumblers they showed at the fair but were especially intrigued by their free form planters.
5. Belle Helmets
And last but not least are these whimsical helmets, all hand painted by Danielle Baskin of Belle Helmets! Baskin had an interesting story that explained how she was inspired to start her company. While in college, she was an avid bike rider but absolutely detested wearing helmets because of their unattractive looks. She decided to commit to wearing a helmet, but not without painting a unique helmet for herself. She was surprised to garner the attention of so many strangers who were interested in getting a helmet similar to hers, and deciding that there was a market, she launched her own company post-graduation!
She’s created a series of designs, like her fruit series you can see above. She also does custom paint requests!
That’s it for our roundup. We’re definitely going to the next craft fair BUST Magazine hosts!