There was a time that I battled with the fact that I loved to cook and sew; it felt un-feminist to love these pastimes that were traditionally seen as “women’s work”. Over time I came to realize that being feminist didn’t mean rejecting cooking or sewing, it meant not feeling burdened by or obliged to do those tasks.
As we move towards a more gender fluid society, doors are opening for “women’s work” to be redefined outside of the home. In the past several years we have seen craft fairs grow from small local events to national markets, providing vendors an increasingly large and interested audience.
Women are reclaiming crafts that would traditionally be seen as “women’s work” and starting their own businesses. Whether it is badass feminist embroidery, sewing, dyeing, or something else entirely, our negative perception of what “women’s work” symbolizes will change to mean opportunity for entrepreneurship. Instead of being a limitation it can open doors and allow women more freedom outside of traditional work environments.
Check out small local craft fairs in your area and continue to support local artisans!
Below are some awesome craft fairs to keep an eye out for; some a little larger and some smaller.
The Good Craft–located in San Francisco
Artists & Fleas–Several locations in NYC, Brooklyn & Venice
Bouquet Market–Berkeley, CA (check out their mini market in Wallflower in San Francisco)
West Coast Craft–San Francisco
Renegade Craft–Various cities
Echo Park Craft Fair–Los Angeles
Unique LA–Los Angeles
Photo from West Coast Craft