We're getting prepared for the upcoming Mom & Pop Shoppe--Crafty Mart's large, annual Spring Show. We're eager to bring you a series of profiles to introduce you to a few of our makers coming to the Mom & Pop Shoppe on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016. This is just one in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Liz from Liz Sabo Handcrafted Bags and her response to a mini-questionnaire.
1). What's your name and what is it that you make?
I’m Liz Sabo and I make handcrafted fabric bags. My designs are inspired by the idea of functional fashion for everyday life. I use high quality, thoughtfully sourced materials to create bags that become part of your daily routine. I love working with bold hand printed patterns, vibrant colors and simple, clean silhouettes.
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
I am basically self-taught, but sewing has always run in the family. My grandmothers on both sides would sew clothing for themselves and their families, and growing up my mom would often do home decor projects. But learning to sew bags was a lot of simple trial and error: a lot of ripping seams out until I figured out how to do it right.
3). What is your best seller?
My best seller is my Word Tote. People love them, and often come back for more, either as gifts or for themselves. They are the perfect grocery shopping tote: large with long straps, and made of seriously durable fabric. Plus they’re available in lots of prints, so there’s always to right one no matter who you’re shopping for.
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done a Crafty Mart show before?
I started vending at shows in 2011, which sounds longer than it feels. I’m constantly updating how my display looks, and how I approach shows. My first Crafty Mart show was the 2014 holiday event: I was in the Akron Art Museum. I’m excited to be coming back there: it’s a really cool location.
5). Chocolate or peanut butter?
My first instinct is both. But I think I’d have an easier time living without peanut butter than without chocolate.
Thank you for answering our questions Liz. And, thanks for coming to the Mom & Pop Shoppe. We'll see everyone on Sat. April 2nd from 10am-4pm at the Akron Art Museum, Summit Artspace, and Akron Main Library. You'll be able to find Liz Sabo Handcrafted Bags at the Akron Art Museum.