Craft fair offers wearable art

February 25, 1993|By Vida Roberts | Vida Roberts,Staff Writer

For the first time in many a moon, the worlds of fashion and the crafts are in convergence. Designers and manufacturers are having a virtual love-in with the trappings of the hippie generation.

That hand-made look, so current now, was always the defining spirit of the ACC Craft Fair, which opens at the Convention Center tomorrow. The annual show, a major draw in Baltimore for 17 years, brings together 600 of the nation's best crafts artists working in furniture, quilts, ceramics, glass, toys, jewelry, clothes.

Tanya Laurer, a fabric artist from Monroe, N.Y., who will be selling silk clothes and accessories at the show, is more pleased than surprised at the way high fashion has turned to her way of thinking. "I started doing flowing and loose chiffon things some years ago," she said, "and now that look is all over the pages of Vogue."

Ms. Laurer works in hand-dyed and painted silk, which she turns into tunics, scarves, shawls and caftans. The cut of her clothes is traditionally simple, and she hasn't changed her basic designs to suit the trends.

Jeweler Larry Seeger, from Westchester, N.Y., has been working since the '70s, as have many of his colleagues. "We have developed techniques and a level of professionalism which is a high and far cry from the artsy-craftsy stuff we were seeing then," he said.

CRAFT FAIR

What: The ACC Craft Fair.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. tomorrow; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: $6; children under 12 free.

& Call: (410) 962-1122.

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