I also got a chance to attend Becket Hitch on Saturday—at one of my favorite places: Woodberry Kitchen. There is already talk of a spring Becket Hitch show—but clearly they'll need more room. (Outside? The entire bottom floor?) It was packed. I was a little skeptical about the $10 charge—I can't remember the last time I had to pay to get in somewhere to buy stuff. But it certainly gave it an exclusive element and from the number of folks in attendance it doesn't look like it kept people away. What I truly loved about the show—was the small number of crafters and the true raw talent that went into the items that were for sale.
Even the displays were gorgeous.
Kohli Flick—a co-founder of the event not only makes beautiful jewelry that is sold in places like Terrain and Red Tree—but also comes up with items like beautiful pouches and spools of ribbon. I want to live inside her head.(By the way, Kohli will be featured in the upcoming issue of ReadyMade magazine!)
Gary Godbey creates amazing shadow boxes from items he sources at antique shops and vintage boutiques and yard sales. It's like a piece of history—even if it's not your own. It's such an original craft.
There were a lot of tables that I drooled over. Can there be a Becket Hitch gift registry? Co-founder Katie McDonough Kutil shared table space with her mom who creates amazing pieces for Churchtown Chapeau Co.—including handknit hats and stockings. And I saw a certain soup lady purchasing an unbelievable cable knit throw blanket that was expensive—but worth every penny. And I love Katie's custom fabric flower headbands. If I was getting married I'd her her design all my bouquets. Another favorite at the show was Annie Howe's handmade papercuts. So original and interesting and seriously the perfect custom gift for the holidays or a wedding. I fell instantly in love. And another great addition to the show—Valentina Black's hand poured soy candles. Simple and yummy smelling. And the perfect hostess gift. I'd also pair them with something more impersonal—like a gift card—for a perfect teacher combo.
And lastly—what I would consider some of the best and most original jewelry I've seen in a long time—Ashley Buchanan. Ashley lives out of town—but frequents Baltimore to visit her boyfriend's family and is currently selling her goods at Red Tree. I bought three pieces (one was for me) and I will be a fan of her work for a long time.It's just nice to see something fresh and unique. I love how she mixes metals and chains. I was smitten.
It was a great, small show. I'm excited to see what the Becket Hitch crew dreams up for spring. —Janelle Diamond
(Photos graciously provided by Becket Hitch.)