Friday, September 21, 2007

where are the craftspeople?

i know there are craftspeople in nyc but i couldn't find them. there are of course the high end fashion houses with exquisitely made and amazingly expensive one-of-a-kind handbags, scarves, necklaces. there are the street vendors with "handwoven" textiles from ecuador. but i couldn't track down an area in nyc that had shops specializing in locally produced hand made items. the closest i came was to the scattered shop in soho. la petite princess ( made and carried wonderful chunky goldplated and enameled jewelry (it reminded me of jewelry my daughter would draw and colour when she was about 8 years old). i bought a ring and haven't wanted to take it off. i also came across mystic butterfly ( shop owner and designer, liza yu chen, knits the most exotic and humorous and funky hats - shaped and embedded with plastic animals, feathers, flowers and twigs.
i know i missed something - hopefully more research before my next trip will lead me to what i'm looking for.

1 comment:

Robyn said...

I love hearing about your trip! Did you make it to Tender Buttons?

There are craftspeople working in NYC but, given the unbelievable price of real estate (and rents) here, it is nearly impossible to have enough space to work and/or sell it. Most people leave the city and then they are able to do their craft and make something of a living from it. New York is not a friendly place to the crafts, sadly.