The following information was provided by Enchantments.
Joining more than 200 retailers and art institutions nationwide in celebration of American Craft Week, Enchantments located at 234 South Ave. in Fanwood will present a Local Crafter Showcase from October 4 to 15.
An invitation is extended to general public during American Craft Week to visit the store features handmade pottery by New Jersey residents as well as many craft items from across the United States. Handmade Jewelry will also be presented, unique pieces made of flora, sea glass or recycle silverware, to name few . There will also be hand blown glass by well known artists Daniel Reed and Rick Hunter. The items featured are not only collectible but also functional such as natural wood frames, kitchen utensils, and handbags ect., all made by American crafters .
American Craft Week, now in its third year, is the annual coast-to-coast recognition of the makers, retailers, collectors and exhibitors of handmade craft.. “We’re passionate about the exceptional value, enduring quality and cultural significance of handmade American craft,” says Diane Sulg, co-chair of the campaign. “In a society so filled with machine-made things, we need to support the talented and dedicated people who create decorative and useful goods by hand.”
Enchantments supports American Craft Week because public awareness of the local craft scene helps sustain jobs for artists and their businesses. There is a local return on that investment,it helps promote downtown shopping. Helen Ling owner of Enchantments hopes this event would also be an eye-opening experience for consumers: “ Take a look the crafts made by gifted fellow Americans who are working hard everyday to produce for us. When make a purchase, instead of buying merchandise made overseas, why not spend money on things made in America?”