Most days, Angela Brown wears a piece of jewelry, clothing, or art from an alum of Craft Lake City, the DIY festival she founded seven years ago.
Yes, her fashion sense is uniquely crafty. But adorning herself with these daily wearable treasures from local artists showcases more than her style. She lives and breathes the DIY and craft movement that she's worked diligently to foster in Salt Lake City.
Brown founded Craft Lake City, because the community needed a place to collaborate, share ideas, and sell their DIY goods, she says.
“I remember thinking that there were so many people leaving Salt Lake City—so many artists and creatives,” Brown says. “It felt like a mass exodus. They were looking for opportunity to make a living with their art, and it wasn’t here.”
Prior to founding Craft Lake City, Brown was inspired by craft festivals she attended in larger cities, such as The Renegade Craft Fair and Bazaar Bizarre. She thought that a DIY festival would not only fit well here, but would help the local crafts thrive.
So she took matters into her owns hands to build a marketplace and community hub for craft arts. It's now a viable launchpad for would-be entrepreneurs and craft vendors. It's also one heck of a good time for patrons and a killer place to buy one-of-a-kind goods from your neighbor.
Craft is contagious. The excitement of the annual festival has inspired would-be artists and DIY dreamers to go home and get crafty themselves.
“My hope, and I think we are doing this, is that we are inspiring people to create,” Brown says. “When I create I feel a certain meditative state. I feel relaxed and excited. I feel healthy emotion and positivity. It’s exciting to see other people experience that, too.”
Aside from her work with Craft Lake City, Brown is the publisher for SLUG Magazine, a publication dedicated to local culture, music reviews and previews, and state-wide coverage of skate and snow sports. She's also a renowned photographer and a belly dancer. Obviously, creativity knows no bounds.
Craft Lake City will be held on Aug. 7 & 8, 2015 at the Gallivan Center.
Photographer's note: This story was originally produced for Visit Salt Lake and adapted for 13% SALT. Read the full story.
Photographer and award-winning journalist Austen Diamond specializes in creative portraiture, commercial photography and editorial photojournalism. For booking inquiries and to view his portfolio, go to www.AustenDiamond.com.