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Written by Bernadette Noll   
Tuesday, 16 December 2008 19:50

noll-bernadetteIn Austin we are amazingly lucky to be surrounded by a huge variety of artistic talent. Painters, sewers, metalsmiths, crafters, sculptors and more, all making their stuff all year long. They need us—especially this time of year when $$$ is a bit tighter than usual. 

For the past couple of years there has been a pledge going around the internet about buying handmade. It's a great idea—buying directly from the artist or artisan—and this time of year I am always blown away by just how many amazing handmade options are out there. Of course there is the longstanding Armadillo Christmas Bazaar being held this year at the Convention Center through December 24. And though that may be the oldest, it is far from the only or the best—that's a matter of taste and style for sure. Blue Genie Art Bazaar is another ongoing sale that is quickly becoming as steeped in tradition and following as the Armadillo. That one goes until Christmas Eve also and has more than a hundred juried artists showing their wares. There are more out there, too, in churches, temples, neighborhoods in every part of Austin. 

We are lucky too to have stores like Parts and Labour and Moxie and the Compound that feature all locally made clothing, jewelry and gifts for every member of your clan. Find something near you and get out there and support your local artist of choice. And if you can't get out to an art sale, or find a piece you like for that special someone, you can always buy the latest book on the handmade revolution: Handmade Nation which features several amazing Austin Artists such as Jennifer Perkins and Kathie Sever. It will inspire anyone on your list to get creative.


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