The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design is hosting its annual craft sale in-person this year.
Erica Stanley, the head of entrepreneurship at NBCCD and the overseeing organizer of the craft sale, said she is impressed with the designs and quality of work that will be presented.
The upcoming craft sale will feature local handmade pieces that attendees can pick up in-person.
“It’s a large project that students work up towards throughout the semester. What you’ll see at the sale is works in Indigenous arts, jewelry, pottery and textiles,” said Stanley.
Stanley said this is the first time some students have the opportunity to sell their art or be part of a craft show.
“This is a completely student run show,” said Stanley. “They make the work, they sell the work, they’re there to receive your cash, to do the beautiful packaging of your work on your way out the door and say ‘thank you for coming.’”
Tyson Minard is a second-year jewelry student at NBCCD as well as the owner of his business, Moon Rabbit Jewelry. He describes his jewelry as being fun, whimsical or “anything that makes people smile or laugh.”
He said he and his classmates have been working on this sale since September.
“This craft sale is a kind of symphony, but when it’s done, it’s worth it,” said Minard. “It’s like fireworks. You’re excited, you’re ready to get out there and see people and show off everything you’ve done and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The sale is an opportunity for students to gain the tools to market themselves and their art.
Last year the sale had to be moved online. Stanley said students got a more in-depth look at some platforms to sell their art. Still, she said the community is excited to move back to an in-person craft sale.
“All of our staff and students are just thrilled that this is happening in-person. I think people are hungry to get out and see things in-person,” said Stanley. “There’s something about handmade objects that is unlike a factory-made object. Being able to pick them up, it feels personal.”
Stanley encourages students to come to the sale to purchase their holiday gifts and support New Brunswick artists.
The craft show runs from Friday, Nov. 26 to Sunday, Nov. 28 at the George Fry Gallery.