The winter holidays are upon us but, before you start scrambling to knit an afghan for your in-laws, consider letting someone do the heavy stitching for you.
This Saturday, textile artist Liz Collins will be selling her funky, handcrafted knitwear at Daddy’s Handmade Treasures, a one-day sale inside the bar Daddy’s, alongside a dozen other craftspeople. The yarn-former says that the market is the place to go to find the kind of gifts you cannot get at Target.
“There’s likely to be unique stuff that you won’t find elsewhere,” said Collins.
The cloth creator’s signature style uses sewing machines to fuse knit and non-knit fabrics in bold tones, with exciting results.
“I became a knit enthusiast when I discovered that you could make fabric and form in one concurrent process,” said Collins. “Using machine knitting, I found ways to combine materials that felt alchemical to me.”
When not crafting wearable art, Collins fabricates impressively large-scale textile pieces for art installations and performance pieces. Her work has been featured on runway shows in Bryant Park and at installations in the Museum of Modern Art and on Governors Island.
Debbie Tuch, owner of the jewelry line Glitterlimes, organized and curated the holiday market, which draws trinket makers from states across the country, including Colorado, Rhode Island, and Virginia to sell handmade items such as hand-blown glass jewelry and one-of-a-kind neckties.
Tarot card readings and a hot dog cart will make the daytime pub event family friendly event, even if the market’s name is the tiniest bit suggestive.
“You should have heard the other title suggestions,” Tuch said. “It’s tough to make a PG-rated title with the word ‘daddy’ in it.”
Daddy’s Handmade Treasures at Daddy’s [435 Graham Ave. at Frost Street in Williamsburg, (718) 609–6388]. Nov 16, 2014 1–6 pm. Free.