“If you haven’t attended a Small Craft event, you need to!”
– Amber Sarker, handleber
Since 2011, Small Craft has been providing opportunities to meet friends, make crafts, and share skills. Craft-A-Way Camp is the most in-depth and well-loved of these gatherings, but it is far from the first! For three years, Small Craft hosted a monthly series of creative workshops, which featured crafty vendors, vegan treats, and special surprises. Participants enjoyed every comfort, from a kids’ lemonade stand to a French pop concert, and practiced every craft, from healing with herbs to dyeing with rust. These events had something of a cult following, and are still fondly remembered for their adventurous spirit and relaxed atmosphere. (Not to mention their delicious apple cider donuts!) Now Small Craft focuses on a once a year camping event in the woods of Michigan. Craft-A-Way Camp is a weekend-long crafting experience like no other, and you can find more information here.
Small Craft is the creation of Amy and Ethan Cronkite. Amy was a founding member of Handmade Detroit, and an organizer of the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, Michigan’s largest and longest-running indie craft fair.
Ethan has brought a librarian’s viewpoint to his many years of participation in Detroit’s DIY counterculture. He’s known for having co-founded the Idle Kids and Trumbullplex zine libraries. And for having booked numerous all-ages punk shows, that also included crafts, food, and coffee.
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