PATCHWORK IS TODAY, RAIN OR SHINE—PLEASE DON’T BE A WUSSBy Dave Wielenga
The Patchwork Indie Art and Crafts Festival returns to Marine Stadium today—rain or shine, as the event’s organizers and vendors kept emphasizing Saturday on Facebook. Sorry, but going out in a cold rain to do holiday shopping from open-air market stalls is not something I “Like.”
And did I detect a change in the implication of Saturday’s rain-or-shine reminders as Patchwork’s artists and crafters considered the growing but unfestive prospects of a wet-and-windy Sunday: a low turnout, a thin profit and a risk of damaged merchandise? I think so. Early in the day the “rain-or-shines” came across like thoughtful and chipper advisories for planning-to-attendees who might not know if bad weather could cancel Patchwork. But by late Saturday night, I swear the mention of Patchwork’s rain-or-shine policy somehow felt a little ominous, as if it was sort of a value system, and that to-show-or-not-to-show today just might be a question of wussiness.
Or maybe that was a carryover from my own experience a few hours before with my girlfriend’s reaction—definitive, lightly browned with disgust—when I used the words “rain” and “Patchwork” within a span of 20 minutes.
But I like Patchwork—everybody does, except possibly Larry Goodhue—and by that I mean I like every damn thing about it, beginning with:
One of its creators, Delilah Snell, has become a sorta-friend of mine since I met her when she started dating this guy I used to work with.
It’s other creator, Nicole Stevenson, I got to know last May when she was a guest on Greater Long Beach Radio because Delilah was busy.
All the other creative people in the nearly 100 booths, who make and sell clothing for men, women and kids, accessories, home goods like art, pottery and glassware, pet items, jewelry, soaps, candles and other bath-and-body items, craft kits and patterns, knit and crochet items, stationary and paper goods, plushies, purses, handbags and gourmet chocolate with sea salt on it. Among the faces in the crowd:
twig and willow: Clothing, jewelry, accessories, apothecary—all of it either comfy-chic, special or unique and sometimes all three. They’ve got a whole store of this stuff at 3740 4th St. in Long Beach.
C Salt Gourmet: The premier artisanal chocolatier in Long Beach. Yes, it all has sea salt on it—including the butter caramels, of course, which make their debut today.
russell & salguero: cards, cards, cards, both custom-made and unique ready-made, created by a husband-and-wife team out of shared interests in design and everyday things that make people smile.
Yellow 108: Sustainable hats and accessories created according to this equation: salvaged=saved.
Caposhi: Stajia, an admitted fiber addict and thrift-store junkie, makes hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind fiber jewelry.
Oh! And music! Love that!
Fingerprints presents the music, and it’s good.
11:30 – 12:30 DJ Oldboy
1:00 – 1:45 Brook Lee Catastrophe
2:00 – 2:30 Matteran Ghost
2:30 – 3:00 Tess Shapiro
3:15 – 3:45 Jenny Stockdale
I’ll just like it all a helluva lot more if it doesn’t rain.
PATCHWORK INDIE ARTS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL MARINE STADIUM, 5255 PAOLI WAY LONG BEACH 90803 PATCHWORKSHOW.COM FREE