How to craft a craft room for art, craft and craft products
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It’s a time-honored tradition at this time of year, and you may have noticed it popping up all over Washington.
You know those crafts you’ve been wanting to make?
You may have also noticed, in the days leading up to Christmas, craft vendors popping up in every neighborhood.
What you may not know is that a big part of the art market is made up of small, independent shops and craft studios that specialize in the creation of custom artworks.
It’s one of the reasons why art aficionados flock to these venues, and how they’ve become so popular in the District.
They’re not just another “art space” anymore.
They are full of creative individuals and small groups working on unique works of art that are designed to captivate and delight the senses.
“The people who work at these venues are all just artists,” says Jana Hirschman, a local art curator and one of a handful of local artists who are working at The Washington Craft Gallery.
“They’re just like artists, and they all have different styles.
They want to be able to come in and create something unique.”
Hirschman describes her experience as a curator at The D.C. Craft Gallery as a “very personal, very personal” one.
The gallery has been around for almost a decade and is housed in the same building as the D.T.C.’s Art and Arts Museum.
It was the first and only art gallery in D.N.C., and Hirschmann, who is African American, grew up there.
She remembers the neighborhood’s cultural significance to her.
“We lived there as children, and it was just so magical,” she says.
“We were taught in the neighborhood that we were a part of it, that we belonged there, and we wanted to be part of something.
That was one of my first memories of living in the D.”
It wasn’t until she was in her late 20s, when she started working at the gallery, that she realized how much she loved the work of local African American artists.
“I thought, Wow, these people really care,” Hirschmans says.
“And I realized, they care about art, and that’s just the best feeling in the world.”
Hirschmans was inspired by her experiences as an African American artist at the Art and Design Museum, where she was a visiting assistant curator.
The DTC has been in operation since 2006, and is home to some of the city’s best artists.
Holloway says the gallery’s success is thanks to its collaborative and creative approach to art.
In fact, Holloway says, it has become one of Washington’s biggest success stories.
“[It’s] a wonderful mix of different genres, but also, the art of the community, the people who are in it,” she explains.
Art galleries are the only places where artists can actually express themselves in the public spaces.
They can be in the gallery itself, but they can also interact with the public through art projects or performances, Holloways explains.
They have a great opportunity to interact with people from all over the city and all over this country, she says, adding that the DTC’s approach to collaboration and creativity is one that will continue to be embraced by art-world artists and curators for decades to come.
The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an open-air stage that’s perfect for small and large events, as well as other types of events.
If you’re interested in working in a D.W.C.-designated craft space, the gallery is looking for creative people with an interest in art and crafts.
Find out more about The Washington DC Craft Gallery here: www.washingtoncraftgallery.com.
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It’s a time-honored tradition at this time of year, and you may have noticed it popping up all over Washington. You…