Strawberry Swing is crafty as fuKC: Best of KC 2018
This month, we published The Pitch‘s annual Best of Kansas City issue. You can browse the results of the readers’ poll here. The issue also included a list, compiled and written by our editorial staff, of some our current favorite things about Kansas City in 2018. We’ll be publishing these items online throughout October.
We’re not the first city to start a craft fair, nor will we be the last, but KC’s love of shopping handmade, local, and small is a movement worth celebrating. So is the Strawberry Swing Indie Craft Fair, founded in 2011 and now curated and owned by Katie Mabry van Dieren. We’ve discovered so much we cherish at the Swing — everything from Carly Rae Studio’s whimsical, floral watercolor prints to Charley Forsyth’s printmaking (check out his “bye, son” bison print) to Mackenzie Becker’s bad-ass, metal jewelry about menstruation. The other great thing about Strawberry Swing is that it’s not just one fair, and it’s not just one space. The events are held year-round at rotating spots like the Alexander Majors Barn, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Union Station, and more. Shopping small in a big way, all across the city: craftiness, KC style.