We're excited to bring you a series of profiles to introduce you to a few of our artisans coming to the 8th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show on Saturday and Sunday, November 26th-27th.  This is just one in a series of Vendor Spotlights in which we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do.  The following profile is Stephanie from France France Kids Shop, and her response to a mini-questionnaire.

1). What's your name and what is it that you make?

My name is Stephanie Brewer of France France Kids Shop, and I make clothing for kids!

 

2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?

I started sewing clothing for my daughter about a year ago.  I just really really like that little girl and making her clothes became a sweet way for me to consider her personality and the way she interacts with the world.  I made France France Kids Shop partly as a response to a few nudges to do so, and primarily because I like to feel as if I'm part of a larger conversation.  I like the way an idea takes on a life of its own when it exists within a community, and how powerful and interesting objects become when they become someone else's. 

I received a BFA from Kent State with a printmaking concentration, and I've brought my printmaking background into the mix by screenprinting my own fabric and by seeking out the communal spirit of shared workspace... even though I work alone.  As soon as I decided to work in print I reached out to my friend Annie at Fort Frankie to see if I could work with her drawings, which are so fun and earnest and whimsical and bold - really just a great match and catalyst for my own line of thinking.  (Thanks, Annie.)

3).  What is your best seller? 

Well... I started France France about two weeks before applying to Crafty Mart.  I can't really answer this question, but I can say that I hope my best seller is pixie bonnets (!)

 

4).  How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before? 

Haha, not very long.

 

5).  The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? 

The Rolling Stones

Thank you for answering our questions Stephanie. And, thanks for coming to the 8th Annual Crafty Mart Holiday Show. We'll see everyone on Sat. & Sun. Nov. 26th-27th at Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace.  You'll be able to find France France Kids Shop at the Akron Art Museum.

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