Florida's Finest Crafters
Festival Crafts showcase the great variety of Florida’s artists and natural resources. Inspired or handed down by traditional ways of the past, or styled with the designs of studio art, Florida’s craftsmen pursue the creative expression of their history and culture. Handcrafted furniture, detailed reproductions of Native American shell carvings, rich Hungarian embroidery, and handmade musical instruments are sold alongside fine jewelry, functional studio pottery, handwoven apparel, and homemade jams and jellies. Craftsmen demonstrate their skills throughout the craft areas, so take a leisurely stroll and visit with the artists whose work helps to support the Florida Folk Festival. All craft vendors contribute a percentage of their sales to the Festival. When you patronize these artists you are supporting both the creativity of Florida crafts and the continuation of the Florida Folk Festival.
We're currently working to plan the 2019 festival. Listed is a sampling of artists appearing at previous festivals.
Bob Andrews, ACL Leather: handbags with native skin inlays (gator, stingray, snake), hand sewn briefcases with calfskin inlays, deerskin backpacks and waist packs, western style vests, leather boxes, pillows, belts, wallets, briefcases, musical instrument straps
Kathryn Basham, Medicine Song Crafts has handmade items using natural gathered and recycled materials including shells, fossils, coral, pineneedles, wild grapevine and bamboo
Katherine Beck of Kat’s Korner offers canned jellies, pickles, hot sauces, raw honey, and pound cakes using traditional food preservation techniques that provide healthy food alternatives from local sources.
Terry and Carol Bodeker, TC Bodeker Expressions: hand crafted art jewelry featuring nature and sea life themes
Rita Beard from Rita SpecialTs offers acrylic-painted nature-scapes on canvas.
Malia Billman of Bejeweling, has hand crafted sterling silver and niobium wire jewelry.
Matt Brabham, Our Pottery: functional wheel-thrown pottery with decorative clay accents
Tom Brown, Ozello Islands Peppers: crafted original pepper sauces, pepper glazes, jellies, and hot sauces
Diane Buz, Intertribal Spirit Designs: Native American dream catchers, gourd-arts, bone-arts, and wood-arts, organic soaps and body products
Bharati Chaudhuri, Creative Arts Studio: showcases her cultural heritage through hand painted pottery, hand printed silk scarves, original designed and printed cards, henna paintings on hands, feet, and some body art
Agnes Czarnecki, Aggie’s Treasurers has quilts and quilted items including handmade purses and bags
Ibiyemi Efuntosin, Ibiyemi’s Afrikan Arts & Crafts: Afrikan styled handmade arts and crafts items: musical instruments; Shakeray - beaded hand drums; Owari – Afrikan chess: dolls, wallets, handbags, scarves, jewelry; Afrikan attire – Shokoto (pants), Buba (shirt), Lapa (skirt), and Gele (head attire)
Antonio Falla, Antonio Designs: handmade jewelry with silver and semiprecious stones
Juanita L. Flager, The Magic Hat Box: handcrafted newsboy style hats, purses and jewelry made from vintage and recycled materials, sewn items featuring Florida photos
Otis and Rosalee Fouraker have grits, cornmeal and hand crocheted items, handcrafted wood items, candle holders, small cedar boxes
Harriett Heywood: Earthwares: retro-styled handmade aprons, clothing, hats, and accessories
Zita Horvath, Hungarian Folk Art: traditional Hungarian embroidery and needlework applied to tablecloths, blouses, dolls, doilies, straw crafts, and more
Michael Howland of Land & Sea Original Acrylics has paintings and matted prints that reflect the Florida Highwaymen style.
Patricia Lynne Hutchins of Suwannee Songs Designs has necklaces, bracelets and earrings jewelry made of natural stone and inspired by the natural environment of the Suwannee River Valley created by the traditional skill of hand-knotting on silk, forging and soldering metals (particularly copper), hand working wire to set stones, along with other handcrafting techniques
Donna Janke of DSO Soapery and Such, LLC features cold processed soaps, lotions, scrubs, lip balm, bath bombs, shaving soaps, diffusers, and essential oils.
Jane Kirk of Worn by the Sea has unique wire-wrapped sea glass jewelry, sun catchers, wind chimes, and sea glass angels.
Susan Kennedy of SwampFires offers handcrafted pottery and spirited apothecary.
Julie Lail of Salt and Sugar Naturals makes organic shower gels, soaps, scrubs, bath salts and oils, as well as dog shampoo and cologne.
Eric Larson, Winter Park Soap: handmade organic skin care products: soaps, lotions, lip balms
Ernest Lee, EM Lee Gallery: original paintings matted prints and notecards of country living, and waterways
Mary Maloy, The Cypress Corner: one of a kind bracelets and necklaces crafted from vintage jewelry
Ruthanne Mason, Mary & Mom, apprentices of longtime festival tie-dye artist Mark Wright, have tie-dye arts, including t-shirts, dresses, socks, shoelaces and hats
Mary McCray of ReVision has potting benches. birdhouses, pallet creations all made from reclaimed lumber from barns and houses built from lumber harvested in Florida's early lumbering hey days, and other recycled and salvaged items
Ethel McDonald, Marie's Home Canning: home canning: jams, jellies, pickles, relishes; handwoven jelly baskets; handmade aprons
Kathie Moehler: Thomas Honey: honey, beeswax
Arssess Moradzadeh from Orchid Cove Unique Gifts creates stainless steel jewelry.
Greg Nason, Earthwares: scroll saw woodwork made on a foot-powered antique scroll saw of pictures, earrings, bookmarks, ornaments, folk instruments made from cigar boxes, tins and other found objects
Nina Raymond demonstrates and applies active isolated stretching and strengthening and massage techniques to help musicians, crafters, and others release tight muscles and improve flexibility and posture.
Leela Robinson of Deep Spring Wellness Arts has demonstrations and participatory classes of yoga focusing on back, neck, shoulder, and arm therapy.
Ben Rogers of Tinker’s Forge demonstrates blacksmithing and sells hand-forged camping, hardware, garden, interior decorating, tools and toy items in the Florida Remembered Area
Robin Sapp of Peace of Glass has stained glass panels, sun catchers, bugs, and pendants influenced by Florida nature
Marvin Sawyer of Early Country Furniture has 1800s primitive and country hand crafted reproduction of household furniture and crafts including wooden totes, benches, wooden foot stools, jelly cabinets, coat racks, craft ducks, chimney cabinets and wooden fire wood boxes.
Ruby Shaw has homemade peanut brittle. A festival tradition for 65 years!
Lita Swindle & Eva Clayton, Clayton & Swindle: demonstrate the spinning and the making of rag rugs using a rigid heddle loom. Demonstrations and sale of rag rugs, cloth and fiber items, handmade looms and belt looms, spinning wheels and drop spindles
Judes Thegenus of Gallery Jakmel has original artwork including sculptures and paintings; prints of original artwork on t-shirts, mugs, bags, posters and CDs of original music.
Nancy Traver demonstrates indigo dye spinning, and knitting has hand knitted items, tatted lace and hand wovens
Edwin Wunderlich has award-winning books emphasizing Florida heritage along with display of Florida artifacts related to the history covered in his books
Experience Old Florida’s history, traditions, and folkways at Florida Remembered. Our newest addition to the Festival, Florida Remembered is dedicated to the robust spirit of Floridians and those from around the globe who have built the foundation of the Florida we know and love. With ingenuity and perseverance, our predecessors have conquered the hardships they encountered to cultivate Florida’s cultural landscape.
Meet characters from Florida’s past. See traditional crafts, tools, and skills, faithfully reproduced by experts. Visit an authentic Cracker Cow Camp. Through workshops, demonstrations, and characterizations, tradition-bearers and interpreters will share their expertise as you explore Florida’s unique history.
Don’t miss the folks who make history come to life at Florida Remembered (by the Old Marble Stage).
John Anderson portrays historic figure, Frederick Douglas. (Fri. & Sat.)
Mark Carpenter demonstrates Cracker Cow Camp living.
Mary Fears portrays an African American Seamstress and quilting. (Fri. & Sat.)
Ethan Forbes demonstrates shingle making and log hewing.
Otis Fourakre demonstrates corngrinding.
Mary and Ruthanne Mason display and sell tie-dye creations.
Angie and Maria Minno demonstrates open-fire cooking and fiber arts.
Azell Nail demonstrates Cracker Cow Camp living.
Kevin Patton portrays a soldier in the Second Seminole War.
Gabby Paxton demonstrates Cracker Cow Camp living.
Allan Ritchie discusses soap making.
Ben Rogers demonstrates the art of blacksmithing.
Robert Steele displays Cracker horse culture.
Nancy Traver demonstrates the use of indigo dye.
Willy the Losen coordinates First Skills Florida traditional skill-bearers.
Robert Wilson discusses fur trapping and trading.