ACC Baltimore!
It's probably no surprise that weaving and winding through the American Craft Council Show at the Baltimore Convention Center is like a dizzying daydream for anyone with a "taste for the crafty." Each year, more than 650 of the most talented American makers gather in one, huge room to sell their goods. But it's about more than simply buying and selling. This experience is one that transcends the typical pick and purchase of shopping in a store or online. Here, visitors have the good fortune to meet each artist, hear their stories, and personally thank them for their remarkable work.

The Obsidian Wind Chimes booth was a world unto itself. Each set of chimes is made from obsidian shards - called needles - that occur naturally in the Eastern Oregon high desert. They have a lovely, almost fragile sound. Coupled with seed pods, antlers, pieces of wood and bone, no two are alike.

I told Ayn Hanna that while I wouldn't dare do it, I kind of wanted to run and jump into this pile of pillows! The fabrics are hand-dyed and incorporate a variety of surface design techniques (painting, screen printing, discharging - to name a few). Every piece was warm and vibrant in its own right and altogether reminiscent of a sunset.

Okay these two - Tianna Meilinger and her mom - were so supremely cool. If you're in the market for a messenger bag, you should seriously consider purchasing a Vaya Bag. It's actually an investment. Each one is made with waterproof marine canvas and recycled bicycle tubes, so it'll probably outlive you. Also, they're just plain gorgeous.

The Towson University Metalsmithing and Jewelry Program is one of the best in town, and here, students and professors demonstrated some pretty wild jewelry making techniques.

Jennifer Wilfong of Yummy & Company (and if you look closely, you can see Annie Howe of Bmore Papercuts in the background). Baltimore, represent!

This awesome yarn bomb installation, done by artists affiliated with Baltimore Threadquarters, greeted thousands of visitors. Can we please get these on every corner in the city?

There's one more day left of the ACC Show: Sunday, Feb. 23: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.! Purchase your tickets in advance, or at the door.

All images © Christy Zuccarini