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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2951 - December 06, 2012 - ISSN 1539-5065    5 of 5

London Tate Gallery Hosts Etsy Craft Fair

By Ina Steiner
December 06, 2012

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The famed London art gallery Tate is hosting online marketplace Etsy on Friday as part of its Late at Tate special events. The Etsy Christmas craft fair and workshop is the first craft market ever held at the Tate Britain, which is holding its major autumn exhibition, Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde. Friday's event will explore how the Pre-Raphaelites continue to influence art, fashion and music.

The Etsy Market craft fair takes inspiration from the exhibition's elaborately embroidered bedding, intensely colorful paintings, rich tapestries and Victorian fashion. "Leading crafts people from Etsy, the heart of the online art and craft community, offer a sample of their wares," according to the event description

There will also be craft activity. "Inspired by the Pre-Raphaelite exhibition and the Etsy sellers? Join us to make your own Christmas crackers and gift bows using imagery from the exhibition."

The Tate's blog published a post by Etsy artisan, potter Luciene Calabria from 42Pots, on how the work of the Pre-Raphaelites influences her craft. "It's a great joy to see a well curated exhibition at Tate linked to the Arts and Crafts movement. As we still face the same mass production versus crafts dilemma, the exhibition is extremely relevant and modern to present times," she wrote.

In addition to the Etsy seller stalls and Christmas cracker and giftwrap-decoration workshops, the event will feature tunes from Stella Polaris, an interactive video by Japanese fashion designer Miharayasuhiro, and more.

Etsy noted all stalls have been taken and it is not accepting new applications. "If you're interested in working with us for future events, please keep an eye on the UK/Ireland Seller Support Team for announcements, it said.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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