INDIEana Handicraft Exchange 

Harrison Center for the Arts

Oct. 2-3

Sixty-four vendors and a mass of eager patrons packed Harrison Center for the Arts for the INDIEana Handicraft Exchange. Diverse artists from Indiana and surrounding states brought their funky to functionally hip handmade goods directly to customers to sell: letterpress cards, knitted hats, artists books, sewn toys, surreal collages, block-printed tea towels, baked goods and more. Event founders and organizers, Amanda Mauer Taflinger and Neal Taflinger of Indianapolis, modeled the Exchange after Chicago's Renegade Craft Fair. Mauer Taflinger spoke enthusiastically about offering opportunities for "fresh and young" individual artists to meet face-to-face with patrons. The Taflingers succeeded in connecting person to product, a concept that is both old fashioned and upward. Participants were as interesting as their wares. Most juried vendors displayed work in multiple media, making for a charming and quirky, albeit sometimes uncohesive, market-like vibe. I wanted more painting, men's apparel and pottery. Kate Maree (, an Australian now residing in Marion, Indiana, sold sewn coin purses and giraffe toys made with vintage Australian fabrics alongside clever mixed media cards. Less bohemian and more contemporary designs were shown by metalsmith Sara Biniecki ( - including necklaces composed with chunky stones, fossils, and sterling silver forms - and potter Ryan Vincent VanHoy (, both Indianapolis based.

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