The renegade craft movement -- wherein just-grown-up hipster types forsake the black-walled clubs in favor of quiet evenings of knitting and needlepoint -- has been The It Thing on the coasts and in the college towns for a few years now. Big fairs in New York and Chicago attract artists from around the world, and gurus like needlepoint diva Jenny Hart (check her out at www.sublimestitching.com) and knitting superstar Debbie Stoller (she co-founded Stitch 'n' Bitch) have ascended to hip-celebrity status. The craft scene in St. Louis may still be stuck in the era of "wind socks and basket-weaving," according to Jessi Kelley, but the first annual Rock & Roll Craft Show aims to give it some street cred.
Kelley, one of the organizers of the juried show and co-owner of south-city retro shop Junk Junkie, says, "Now that we're doing this show, a lot of people have come up to us and said, 'This is really awesome; I've been looking for something like this.'"
More than 50 artists and crafters responded to the call, from the mod-handbag-maker Kling to veteran potter Tom Dykas to comics artists Matt Kindt and Dan Zettwoch (the latter being a frequent RFT contributor; that's his work pictured). But instead of each artist having his or her own table, all items are merchandised by department: dresses with dresses, blank books with blank books. "There won't be somebody staring you down at their booth," Kelley says. "It's so intimidating to me when I go to those places. We're trying to do something more engaging." The show also offers sets from several local bands, along with a hot-dog stand. (Fear not, gentle reader -- the hogs were butchered by professionals.) The Rock & Roll Craft Show takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, October 22, in the parking lot of Junk Junkie (6933 Hampton Avenue). Call 314-353-5556 for more information, or visit www.junkjunkie.com to get a glimpse of some of the participating artists' work.