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Feliz Sale poised to cut the clutter, highlight the handmade and offer workshops during 1st annual event

Feliz Sale poised to cut the clutter, highlight the handmade and offer workshops during 1st annual event

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A "next level" craft fair slash art show is coming to town, thanks to local artists Abby Powell and Natalie Davis, who decided that it was time to stop traveling to similar events around the country and produce one of their own in Austin. 

By the time the event rolls around on Nov. 4, Feliz will have spent nearly a year curating the artists whose work the shopping event will feature. 

"[Feliz] is bringing handmade to the masses in a way that's thoughtful and well-curated," explains Powell. "If we could open up a shop, this is what it would be."

"It all started with the idea of bringing in people whose goods we'd want to stock," adds Davis of the duo's would-be shop. "People who create beautiful objects that are useful and also happen to be handmade."

Point being, though Feliz deems itself "a celebration of handmade," that doesn't mean any old knick knack will make the cut. Seek out those doilies for your grandma elsewhere: "We're trying to steer away from items you don't need," says Davis.

Instead, think a wide variety of jewelry, textiles and art that will serve a function in your life, while aesthetically standing out. 

(Of course, here I am speaking as though you will only be self-gifting, which is my first inclination. It's worth highlighting that the pre-Christmas date will provide the perfect opportunity to find something high-quality and unique for the special people in your world. Good for you.)

Aside from the critically curated sale on Sunday, Nov. 4, the event is shaping up to be a three-day celebration, kicking off with a Friday night welcome party at West Elm and Saturday workshops led by visiting artisans at Casa de Luz (the only portion of Feliz that requires a ticket).

"I want people to go away with a positive feeling about people who make things," Powell says of the personal bent she and Davis hope to bring those who attend any portion of Feliz.

"It gives a chance for the artists to tell people what drives them as makers and as people," Davis emphasizes. 

If you're a maker yourself, Feliz is accepting vendor applications until June 30. In the meantime, keep up with the website to see what artists are announced, as well as read creative locals' stories about their favorite places in Austin. 

"[Feliz] also highlights Austin as a place to visit," says Powell. "We encourage people to make a weekend of it!"

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The Feliz Holiday Sale will take place at Palm Door on Nov. 4. Stay tuned for workshop announcements.