We attended the Holiday 2012 Patchwork Indie Art & Craft Festival in Downtown Santa Ana yesterday. I have been to the last several shows in the past couple years and this was by far the biggest one with the best selection of goods. The vendors lined the streets selling everything from paintings to hand crafted jewelry to organic honey. Read more after the jump…
Booths lined streets from 1st through 3rd Street in between Main & Broadway, which is the heart of the Downtown Santa Ana Artist Village.
The show was packed with people, more than I have ever seen at a Santa Ana Patchwork Fair. Luckily the streets in Santa Ana are wide so it didn’t get too crazy with people pushing their way through the crowds.
Artists and crafters where selling everything from posters and tee shirts…
…to giant plush dolls.
Of course there were a few oddballs in the group that probably didn’t belong there. As the character Samantha from Sex and the City said, “Someone should tell crazy that owning a hot glue gun does not make you a hot purse designer.” One thing I saw WAY too much of was succulent terrariums. Please…enough of this trend already!
We will spare you images from those not-so-awesome crafters and just stick to the stand out designers from the show.
First up! We loved the hand screen-printed posters designed by The Poster Shop! They reminded us of GigPosters.com with a more “local” feel.
Make Smith had genuine leather goods including wallets and card carriers.
For the younger kids and babies…Sass & Pearl sold onesies and teeny screen-printed tees with unique designs.
These wooden hand stamps caught our eye as well. I loved the positive messages they conveyed, but would have liked to see some edgier sayings in the mix as well.
The booth by Sweet Perversion had some fun screen printed canvas carrying bags.
Not sure of the brand selling these metal word stamped utensils, but we thought it was a perfect gift for the holidays.
Lastly, there wasn’t just crafts at the fair. There was live music too! We checked out this experimental music group for a few minutes. Not really my cup or tea…but hey…everyone is entitled to their own taste!
All in all this was an amazing show and I HIGLY recommend that you check out the next one. There are 2 Patchwork events in Santa Ana each year and they have events in Culver City and Long Beach as well.
I have to say that the event in Santa Ana is by far the best. I know there are still a lot of naysayers out there who are too scared to step foot in Santa Ana. I got a tweet last week saying “Ew, Santa Ana is gross. I would never step foot in that town. What about the crime and gangs?” Trust me on this…the Artist Village and North Santa Ana is a beautiful, cultured, historic area. There are a lot of great things going on here so please give it a chance and come out to the next Patchwork event. Better yet, check out the artwalk this coming Saturday, December 1st!