Amelia’s Magazine | BUST Magazine Christmas Craftacular 2012

Category: Art

Featuring Rob Ryan’s print grotto, Jazz Domino Holly’s Handmade Hangout and a hula-hooping demonstration, London’s hippest craft fair returns with over 75 stalls of the hottest in handmade and a host of DIY activities – plus DJs, drinks, tasty treats. On Sunday December 16, New York-based women’s pop-culture magazine BUST brings its popular alternative craft fair back to historic York Hall with a curated line-up of talented designer-makers – including both household names and up-and-coming businesses.

Urban Cross Stitch Floral Skull BUST
Urban Cross Stitch Floral Skull.

Jonna x Kangan.

With a mix of vendors selling everything from illustrated ceramics to ethical taxidermy, reworked vintage furniture to children’s toys, the BUST Craftacular is a one-stop destination for unique Christmas gifts – not to mention the season’s most desirable screen-printed wrapping paper, signed and sold to you by Rob Ryan himself (and all for only £5).

Cruel Tea.

CatAmongThe Pigeons
Cat Among The Pigeons.

Alongside the stalls there will be a pop-up café selling coffee, tea and lots of cake by Bake & Crafthouse and a fully-stocked bar. Reinvented from its initial incarnation at this summer’s Strummer of Love festival, this indoor, tented area will allow attendees to kick back in style and rustle up a snowflake catcher (aka a wintery dream catcher).

The day’s other activities are as follows:
2-3pm: Fashion a festive fascinator with Hatastic.
3-4pm: Engage in a spot of stitching with Craftivist Collective’s Jigsaw Project for Save The Children’s Race Against Hunger.
4-5pm: Craft a sequined bauble with GranMade at Great Croft.
5-6pm: Join in with hula-hooper extraordinaire Miss Constance Irkles.
Entrance is £2 on the door, with free goodie bags for the first 100.

Jimbob Art

For a full list of vendors, see the Bust Craftacular website. The BUST Holiday Craftacular began in Brooklyn seven years ago. It now also takes place in LA and London. This is the seventh London Craftacular, organised by Victoria Woodcock, editor of State of Craft by Cicada Books and Making Stuff and Making Stuff for Kids by Black Dog Publishing/Guardian Books, and Chloé Burrow, the co-author of The Merry Bobbins blog. Read my review of the 2010 Bust Craftacular event here.