New York Handmade Collective Back at 2018 BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
Back for an eighth season, the New York Handmade Collective (NYHC), a vibrant community of local artisans, was again selected to be the sole merchandise vendor for BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, the premier outdoor summer concert series in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.
From June 5th through August 11th, show attendees will get exclusive access to NYHC’s carefully curated pop-up market chock full of quality goods made by local artists – who are also the friendly staff during all of the shows! Visitors can come in and talk shop with any one of them to find out more about the handmade collective, the techniques that go into producing their wares, or just to say hello.
With this season’s vendors, many completely new this year, one can adorn themselves, get their eco-conscious, buy-local, ethically-made self on as well as find some original and affordable gifts. This year’s selection includes a variety of jewelry and accessories for all tastes featuring natural gemstones, textured enamels, funky, go-anywhere chains and sleek, animal-inspired pieces. One can also become a better version of themselves with any of this season’s small-designer, upcycled, chic and versatile apparel and accessories, unique screen-printed tees and elegant NYC-inspired scarves and bandanas. For the kids, there is an excellent selection of cute, cool and creative onesies, tees, and felt accessories as well as coloring and craft kits to keep the kiddos happy during the show. The guys, and those that love them, will want to come check out the booth’s new, stylish handmade leather goods, including wallets, key fobs, man bags and pouches.
Shoppers thrilled with so much to peruse will also no doubt be inspired to treat themselves and others to some self-love with a beautiful array of all-natural body products, yummy fragrances and skin care, as well as indulge their love of place and moment with a great variety of hand-sewn picnic blankets, linens and other gifts including artist-drawn Brooklyn and NYC prints, greeting cards and bags.
Whether Brooklynite or visitor, anyone attending the BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival this summer will be delighted to stop by and shop as they enjoy great music and support local handmade artisans by picking up some cool, one-of-a-kind gifts to mark the experience.
And what an experience it will be! Headliners for the free (yes, free!) concerts this year include Branford Marsalis, Los Lobos, Aimee Mann, Fischerspooner, Antibalas, and Anoushka Shankar. And that’s just a few! There will also be a handful of terrific benefit concerts to attend throughout the season, including Common, the Decemberists, Grizzly Bear and Spoon. These benefit shows, spaced throughout the season, help to raise vital funds to provide for all of the other free world-class performing arts programming that happens at thanks to BRIC.
About BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
In its 40th season, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival is one of New York City’s longest running free outdoor performing arts festivals. Launched in 1979 as a catalyst for a Brooklyn performing arts scene and to bring people back into Prospect Park after years of neglect, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival was an early anchor in the park’s revitalization. Over its history, the festival has presented thousands of artists and ensembles reflective of the borough’s diversity. Most BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival performances are free!
About BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn
BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn is a multidisciplinary arts and media non-profit dedicated to presenting contemporary arts, performing arts, and community media programs that are reflective of Brooklyn’s diverse communities, and to providing resources and platforms to support the creative process.
About the New York Handmade Collective
Created in the summer of 2007, the New York Handmade Collective (NYHC) is made up of over 200 artists, designers, and crafters based in the metro New York area who create and sell handmade items on Etsy.com, a global marketplace for handmade goods. The group was formed to provide a forum for local, Etsy-based artisans to support one another in their business endeavors and to promote the beauty and availability of locally made and carefully crafted products to the public. To learn more about the New York Handmade Collective, visit nyhandmadecollective.org.
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