Patchwork’s Fall Northern California event in Oakland, the newest location for this arts fair, included a wide variety of vendors not only nationally, but also from the Bay Area’s vibrant artistic community, showcasing the fair’s interest in introducing makers and artists from around the United States to Oakland, and also supporting local artists with opportunities to reach wider audiences in their local areas. Taking place on November 24 in Jack London Square, Patchwork placed itself within an area known for spirited community gatherings: from the weekly Sunday Farmer’s Market also taking place that day to the annual location of the popular Eat Real Festival, and several events in between. Patchwork Oakland is the fair’s largest indoor festival, which included over 150 vendors selling a wide assortment of handmade goods: from jewelry, greeting cards, and fashion apparel to stuffed toys, prints, and fine ceramics. Local arts spaces were also supporting the fair; Richmond Arts Center had a fun booth to make hand-stamped metal key chain fobs and pendants.
Find out more about Patchwork Show, and their next festival in Oakland taking place in Spring, 2014 here.