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MacKenzie-Childs, the American heritage home decor brand, is excited to announce the confirmed roster of 140+ artisans exhibiting at the first annual MacKenzie-Childs Artisan Craft Festival that is taking place on September 30 – October 2 at the brand’s headquarters in Aurora, NY (3260 State Route 90, Aurora, NY 13026).
The outdoor event will highlight inspired art and design talent specializing in one-of-a-kind handcrafted goods. This inaugural artisan market will feature unique handmade art from various disciplines, including ceramics, jewelry, textiles, fine art, and many more. The festival will include hands-on craft experiences for attendees, demonstrations, original pieces for sale, shopping in the expanded MacKenzie-Childs store, food, and music.
The centerpiece of this first-of-its-kind handmade market is the curated collection of artisans from across the country who craft everything from wall art, home goods, wearables, and furniture. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect directly with 140+ makers while shopping for their distinctive goods.
Provided below is a snapshot of a few of the many diverse artisans that will be showcased at the craft festival:
- Amy Carson Smith — whimsical and charming pet portraits
- Glad & Young — fun-loving leather goods that are dreamed up and created by hand
- Hands to Work — heirloom-quality functional textiles that enhance the beauty of any home
- Laura Michelle Kids & Home – classic and cute home accessories
- Le Moné – a lighter, livelier, low ABV apéritif
- Lumineux Chocolate — small-batch, European-style chocolate of the highest quality using the best ingredients and time-honored techniques
- Nest Homeware – beautiful, smooth-surfaced, cast-iron cookware
- Sadie James Hat Co. – custom handcrafted Western Weight Fur Felt Hats
- OUT OF MY MIND – watercolors of animals dressed as whimsical characters
- Loudee’s Jewelry – hand-crafted wearable pieces of art made in New York
“We are and have always been, a brand built from artisan-inspired pieces and currently employ more than 150 artisans at our Aurora headquarters,” said Rebecca Proctor, Chief Brand Officer and Creative Director of MacKenzie-Childs. “Elevating artisans of all disciplines is extremely important to us as a brand and will continue to be a focus for us in everything we do. Celebrating the happiness that unique designs can bring to someone else’s life is the heartbeat of our brand, and we look forward to watching that magic unfold for all the artisans and attendees this fall.”
Tickets are available for purchase at $10 per day or $20 for a 3-day weekend pass, including a 20% discount during the Festival at the expanded MacKenzie-Childs Aurora store. Additionally, the brand is offering an exclusive and limited seating Welcome Dinner & Weekend Pass ticket experience, which will be held on September 29 from 6 -9 pm at Inns of Aurora (391 Main St., Aurora, NY, 13206) and will feature:
- Farm-fresh local foods
- Handcrafted cocktails
- Silent auction for items pulled deep from the MacKenzie-Childs archive
The weekend festival also will offer hands-on craft experiences that guests can book in advance, such as:
- Pie dish painting
- Mug painting
- Eucalyptus wreath decorating
- Pumpkin flower arrangement
- Flower Pot arrangement
MacKenzie-Childs is a fully integrated designer, manufacturer, and multichannel merchant of high-quality, hand-decorated ceramic and enamel tableware, furniture, and home and garden accessories. The brand is best known for distinctive designs that combine vibrant colors and pattern-on-pattern surface decoration to create a fresh, original aesthetic best described as “tradition with a twist.” For more than 30 years, the brand’s talented designers and artisans have created beautiful, original products that add joy and grace to homes great and small throughout the world. Handcrafted MacKenzie-Childs products can be purchased from the company’s retail stores in New York City and Aurora and through distinctive fine retailers in the U.S. and worldwide. For more information, visit MacKenzie-childs.com.