Patchwork Indie Craft Fair: Shop handmade in Long Beach on Sunday

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patchwork-craft-fairThe popular Orange County indie arts & crafts fair Patchwork is creating a second venue in Long Beach this Sunday, November 29 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Patchwork is the brainchild of local clothing designer Nicole Stevenson and her aunt Delilah Snell, owner of eco-boutique The Road Less Traveled. The two native Orange County ladies wanted to celebrate local handmade goods, and so transformed Buffalo street in Santa Ana’s Museum District. Starting in 2007, the event now attracts over 800 people with over 70 vendors and covered by NPR and the OC Weekly.

“What started as modest showcase of local talent, has blossomed into a huge event,” says Stevenson. “the demand is huge — we have had to create a second location in Long Beach.”

The large vendor response has created a second holiday event in Long Beach on November 29th from 11-5. Located at the Marina Stadium parking lot, close to popular 2nd street. Almost equal in size to their Santa Ana event, they have had a strong early response and have partnered with popular community-based non-profit We Love Long Beach.

“It seems like a perfect match,” says Snell. “Patchwork is a community arts event linking creative folks with business and the public-We Love Long Beach is a community-building organization in Long Beach…perfect!”

Much of their success has been the result of collaborating with local, independently owned businesses and non-profits. In addition to We Love Long Beach, the event has also partnered with other popular businesses like Le Creperie, Toorak Coffeehouse, {open} bookstore, Taco Surf and art galleries. By working with other small businesses, the event has now transformed into an alternative networking and marketing tool for everyone involved. The community-building event has created such a turnout for local artists that this year’s holiday show had the ladies turning away half the applicants because of space constraints.

“What started out as a craft fair is now a great networking event for businesses and artists as well as the customers,” says Snell. “People are making connections in their community and stores are starting to look at the event as a way to scout interesting products for their stores.”

Patchwork showcases over 70 vendors featuring clothing for men, women and children, accessories, art, culinary treats, paper goods, and home goods as well as services from the county’s most unique businesses. There are Do-It-Yourself (DIY) stations and kid’s crafts hosted by Anarchy In The Garden and Inspyrd Arts.

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About the Organizers:

Delilah Snell is the owner of the Road Less Traveled, an environmentally friendly store based in Santa Ana, California. Living in Santa Ana, she has served on various local non-profit boards and community groups. A Master Food Preserver, she teaches classes on food preservation throughout Southern California and lectures on food sustainability and green living.

Nicole Stevenson: While attending graduate school for creative writing in San Francisco Nicole Stevenson started painting. After her first art show sold out, she headed down to Los Angeles to make a go of it as artist. She made the switch to wearable art creating Random Nicole, her line of art-inspired clothing for men, women & children, which is carried at over 250 locations worldwide. She is now the head of The Craft Kitchen, teaching unique crafts all over Southern California

We Love Long Beach (WLLB) is a non-profit (501c3) community organization founded by Scott and Robin Jones in 2008. As fourth generation residents of the City of Long Beach, the sibling pair started the organization after extending a breakfast invitation to fifty of their neighbors. WLLB recognizes that the city has benefited for decades from the work of quality organizations and individuals who desire to see its residents flourish in safety, equality and greater opportunity. In the years to come WLLB will look to partner with like-minded organizations, city departments, local businesses and community leaders to produce unique events that further these goals and give each the chance know and serve one another. Website:

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