I just returned tonight from exhibiting at a classic, old American Craft Fair in Deerfield, MA. It was a beautiful summer weekend, loaded with plenty of Pioneer Valley birkenstocks & good old folk music. For the most part it was a nice vibe. But something, other than the large crowds of the past, was missing. The demographics of the American Craft world have changed. I exhibited at Deerfield and at other similar shows over 25 years ago and have just recently returned to this world.
Although I could be mistaken, it seems that the people coming out to this market are now a much older group of folks. I saw very few young adults and families and only a handful of teenagers. I just hope that the interest in and the value of handmade American Crafts is not eluding our young people today.
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