Crafts with an edge

When a craftsperson describes her creations first as art, her indie streak is showing.

Second Storie Indie Market, a sale of local, handmade crafts with a twist, will be held Nov. 29 and 30.

Indie art and craft takes a more artistic, edgy approach to handmade craft. The style doesn't shout like two dozen miniature Santas decked out in velvet; it whispers through linen babyware and simple notecards imprinted with retro typewriter fonts. The focus is on the details that emerge—and the spirit that is shared—during the process of making art.

Photograph & necklace by Foundling

Participants in this crafts uprising will hold their next show at Visual Studies Workshop Thanksgiving Weekend. Hours are Nov. 29, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The artists are a tight-knit group comfortable outside the mainstream arts-festival circuit. Most are Rochester-based, but nine are from out-of-town, including Betsy Carr of Asheville, N.C., whose jewelry is shown at left. Among the organizers are Shanna Murray, linen apparel and craft, and Rachel Hetzel, print and book arts. Organizers say gift givers looking for one-of-a-kinds won't be disappointed.

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