Craft fair to honor Earth Day, highlight recycled materials

Over 30 vendors will bring their wares to Craft Your Environment craft fair this Sunday. -- photo courtesy of the Salvage Barn
Over 30 vendors will bring their wares to Craft Your Environment craft fair this Sunday. — image courtesy of the Salvage Barn

Craft Your Environment Vendors

D&J Creations
Perfect Pouch
Boxerlady Prims
Purple Pincushion
Goody Two Shoes
Rebecca Hawkins-Valadez
Brandy Cupcakes
Green Earth Glass
Whispering Winds Home & Yard Art
Every Day Creations by Jeni
Eclipse Trading Post
Bone Fide
The Folk Art Gypsy
Emajo Designs
Sweet Repeat & She Told Me Sew
Izzy’s Treasures
Solid Surface Crafts
Cellar Door Shoppe
Berlyn Designs
CFM Designs
The Bent Alkhemist
Hanuman’s Coat
Custom Woodcraft LLC
Jayne Marie and Melanie
Synergy Metalworks
The Purple Wagon
Fashion Funward
Soaps for Everybody
Dennis Stockman
Tanda Naturals
Whitewater Timberworks
Designs by Larken
Rustic Junkies

Craft Your Environment 2015

East Side Recycling Center (2401 Scott Blvd. S.E.) — Sunday, April 19 at 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

As part of its Earth Day celebrations, the Salvage Barn will host its second annual Craft Your Environment this Sunday — a craft fair featuring artists who incorporate reclaimed, repurposed or recycled materials into their work.

This year, the fair will include over 30 artists and crafters who sell a wide variety of products like jewelry, home decor, kitchen items, furniture and clothing.

In addition to highlighting the work of artists who incorporate recycled objects, Craft Your Environment seeks to further the Salvage Barn’s mission of keeping materials out of the landfill.

“Landfills take up our limited land and contribute to land and sometimes air pollution,” said Alicia Trimble, Executive Director at the Friends of Historic Preservation, which operates the Salvage Barn. “There is no reason to throw most things into a landfill, as almost everything can be recycled.”

Throughout the day, workshops will raise awareness around sustainability and environmental consciousness. Area individuals and businesses will lead workshops, which include bicycle maintenance with Broken Spoke, clothes mending with Becky Ross and home composting with New Pioneer Co-op’s Scott Koepke.

During Craft Your Environment, folk-rock duo Jeff Capps and Tara McGovern will perform original songs, and food and drinks will be available from Wake Up Iowa City and Local Burrito. Those who walk, ride a bike or take a bus to the event will be awarded gift cards and offered free return bus passes. Craft Your Environment is strongly encouraging those who do choose to drive to carpool with others.

Admittance to this year’s fair is free and open to the public.

Scott Koepke will present a workshop on home composting at 2:15 p.m. -- image courtesy of the Salvage Barn.
Scott Koepke will present a workshop on home composting at 2:15 p.m. — image courtesy of the Salvage Barn

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