HandMade: The Western North Carolina Craft, Architecture & Design Expo
The two-day event invited the public to join artists, architects, builders, and designers to share and learn about successful collaborations between craft artists, homeowners, and industry professionals. Drawing from the tremendous craft resources that are a unique and vital part of Western North Carolina, the event emphasized craftsmanship, architectural elements, and design for both high-end and mid-range home markets.
Have you ever wondered why some homes so clearly reflect the personality of their owners? How do you create a home that looks like it belongs? What makes a home original and unique? Can a home be sustainable and luxurious? Incorporating handmade components in your home can do all these things and more. It's easier than you might think to work with local artists to design and create your own special living environment. It's also good for the local economy and adds meaning and value to your home. When you build a relationship with the artist who builds your dining room table, turns your ceramic sink, or forges an iron handrail, you bring the creativity and personality of that artist into your home; you make it your own.
HandMade: The Western North Carolina Craft, Architecture & Design Expo puts you in touch with artists, designers, architects and landscape architects who can help you tap into the extensive resources for craft in our region. Model rooms help you visualize how you might use craft to freshen-up your living space or create a unique environment in a new home or renovation. Workshops and conversations with the experts give you tips on how to get it done.
The 2010 Craft, Architecture & Design Expo took place in June. You can experience the energy and get ideas from the slides and video. Visit the Design Model and Artists Showcase pages to see more examples of creative teamwork.
Plans for the 2011 event are underway. Check back for dates and details. Join the e-mail list to get quarterly newsletters with profiles of participants, ideas you can use, and news on craft events and upcoming opportunities.