Philadelphia's Art Star Craft Bazaar Shines

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Fanciful prayer flags from Flederhaus were among the gorgeous things on offer at the 5th annual Art Star Craft Bazaar
Designer Kathrine Duncan with her flags at her Flederhaus booth.
Bright, fun and handmade was the order of the day. These jewelry rolls from Holland Cox fit the bill.
Holland Cox designer Valerie Williams got crafty while manning her booth at the bazaar.
Some attendees really got into the spirit of the event!
Though overcast, the weekend was warm. These hand-stuffed whales took a dip in a kiddie pool while waiting to be purchased.
Can you believe Cara Taylor makes these delectable purses out of recycled grocery bags?
Local and regional rock bands kept the energy level high during the weekend-long craft fest.
Designer Shana Luther, of SML Bags, imported her wearable art to Philly from Brooklyn for the weekend.
We felt the love when visiting Reesha Grossos Requited Love booth
Best Friends: This outdoor fair was incredibly dog-friendly. Lots of vendors had left out water and many had their pups with them.
Designer Holly Hue has been sewing since she was 12. Her high quality hoodies, dresses, t-shirts and tank tops often incorporate recycled materials.
Fanciful prayer flags from Flederhaus were among the gorgeous things on offer at the 5th annual Art Star Craft Bazaar

Fanciful prayer flags from Flederhaus were among the gorgeous things on offer at the 5th annual Art Star Craft Bazaar

Photo: Laurel Tuohy

Even a stormy weekend couldn't keep East Coast crafters and shoppers away from Philadelphia's Penn's Landing last weekend for Art Star Craft Bazaar's 5th annual event.

Over 150 vendors turned up to sell everything from pottery to handmade dresses. Rock bands scheduled on a full-size bandshell kept the tempo up on the high-energy event while treats from Philly's Soy Cafe kept the shoppers' munchies at bay while they browsed.

Among our favorite crafts were handmade papers from Tory Franklin's Trychine Frosting Press; perfect handbags from Brooklynite Shana Luther's SML Bags; Reesha Grosso's lovingly crafted headbands and accessory cases for her Requited Love label; urban prayer flags, housewares and accessories by Katherine Duncan for Flederhaus; "handmade classics" from sewn business card holders to jewelry rolls by designer Valerie Williams' Holland Cox ( the only person we saw actually crafting at the event) and Cara Taylor's eponymous line of handbags crocheted from recycled plastic bags (!)

We had a blast, as did the crafters, attendees and organizers - Art Star "cutting-edge craft store" and gallery owners Megan Brewster and Erin Waxman - the true stars of the Philly crafting scene.

Who knows, maybe you can visit us next year at ASCB at a CraftStylish booth?

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