Last 2016, we attended the first ever Baguio Craft Fair, and as promised, The Knitting Expedition is at it again with the Second Craft Fair, bigger and better, with more stalls, more workshops, and more crafters and craft-lovers. This year, the fair was held at the historical Casa Vallejo last April 9 and 10.
Casa Vallejo’s event hall held the multitude of stalls featuring local artisans and crafters, as well as major art supply stores. We were excited to see that from just a handful of vendors last year, the number of participants has multiplied.
This just goes to show that Baguio never runs out of supply of creatives, each bringing something new and different to the table. The crafted items that we saw for sale were curated to bring color and whimsy to your everyday living.
From artisan products to accessories and postcards, you can never have enough of these! They’re great to collect or add to your closet or save as a future gift.
And of course, outside, the workshops were conducted, sticking with last year’s spirit of an outdoor learning environment. Some of the tutors from last year came back to teach more people their specializations, like Ayra Galanza on Calligraphy, Asao Shimura on Konjac Painting, and Candy Reyes-Alipio on Knitting.
One of the workshops we were excited to witness was that of Alessandra Lanot (@lifeafterbreakfastph), who’s kind of an Instagram celebrity to us, and she shared her watercolor painting techniques for both beginner and intermediate level painters. Another of the workshops transcended physical crafting and brought in the computer world with Gelo Lagasca teaching digital illustration. Other new workshops this year included doll-making, tapuy-making, paper-cutting, and shibori.
The workshop tables were mostly filled with grown-ups, which just goes to show that no age is too ripe to learn a new trade. But of course, kids were not left out as Workshop Central had them covered with simple crafts and basic water coloring.
The spirit of crafting was simply in the air, so we also joined in the fun and made our own little wallets on the spot.
It’s always an exciting event when creatives come together. In this two day event, there was never a dull moment as we breathed in the inspiration all around us, materialized in the crafts and in the smiles of all who were there. We hope Knitting Expedition heads more events like these, and we can’t wait for the Baguio Craft Fair to be a yearly thing *wink wink.* Unicat hopes so too.