I'm sure like many Petworth parents have and still do, my wife and I used to take our daughter to BloomBars in Columbia Heights every weekend (and weekdays) to enjoy their kids programs, music and songs (musician Baba Ras D who plays there is like a Bruce Springsteen for 2-3 year olds. They adore him.)
BloomBars is hosting an "Art of Adornment Spring Craft Fair" on Sunday, May 1st from 1-5 pm. Featuring a mix of artists and creators offering different items like pottery and jewelry, kids accessories and bags and wallets. BloomBars focuses on supporting local talent, especially locally made and hand-made products.
According to John Chambers, the founder and "chief executive gardener" of BloomBars, the craft fair is "In keeping with our mission to nurture local artists and artisans, the Art of Adornment craft fair is the perfect opportunity for local folks to support our vibrant creative community - and walk away with some beautiful one-of-kind gifts to adorn family, friends, or yourself!"
Here are some of the vendors you'll see at the Craft Fair (plus, they said they'll have some "surprise" performances):
Adia: The majority of her work is functional pottery with the exception of a few sculptures. Adia's teapots, bowls, mugs and cups are made with love, from food safe clay and glaze.
Aeren Waters: A scientist by day and a designer by night. Aeren Waters uses her experimental energy to create bold fashion accessories, using new and upcycled materials The limited pieces include handmade clutches, totes and men's wallets.
AfroBaby: AfroBaby uses the bold and colorful afroprints to make modern functional accessories and outfits for global babies, toddlers and kids. AfroBaby is handmade with love in Washington DC.
Emma Dumain Pottery: A collection of wheel-thrown and hand-built pottery made right here in Washington, DC. Her cups, bowls, plates, pitchers, vases, colanders, soap dishes and spoon rests are meant to be used and enjoyed.
Hemp Kettle Tea Company: Beautifully mixed organic herbs, teas, and spices are blended with organic hemp seed to create delicious teas.
Molly Chromatic: Bright, modern handcrafted jewelry and bold, colourful quilted baby blankets made in Columbia Heights.
Treecobar baby blankets: Her new grandson helped her rediscover her long lost love for knitting.
Treecobar makes beautiful hand knitted baby blankets that are warm, cozy and playful expressions of love and delight.
YellowBagDesigns: Jamila strongly believes jewelry should make you smile when you see it! Her line specializes in handcrafted wire wrapped jewelry for men and women: including earrings, necklace sets, bracelets and rings.