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Mace & Crown | March 21, 2018

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Crafted Indie Market Kicks Off at O’Connor Brewing

Crafted Indie Market Kicks Off at O’Connor Brewing

Lysette Rivera-Cortes
Contributing Writer

With food trucks serving delectable cupcakes and savory tacos, cups filled with cold craft beer, live music and dozens of stands selling handcrafted goods, the Crafted Indie Arts and Craft Market was buzzing with excitement.

The event welcomed people of all ages to celebrate all things handmade at O’Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk, Virginia. Over 50 vendors sold a variety of merchandise from stylish handmade jewelry to eccentric local art to fashionable bowties for our four-legged, furry friends.

Crowds were both humored and captivated by Old Dominion graduate Mallory Jarrell’s art: manipulations of 1950s photographs and advertisements and renaissance masterpieces revamped with tattoos, dyed hair, and hip-hop lyrics.

Jarrell describes her work as “a crazy mess,” and with art ranging from a smiling ‘50s era housewife holding beers superimposed over the words “White Girl Wasted” to an inked Abraham Lincoln, it’s hard to disagree. Jarrell works to spread as much laughter as possible when juxtaposing classic artwork with today’s pop culture.

Dubbed the “Best food truck ever!” by numerous patrons, Karnage Asada delivered mouthwatering, Latin-Asian fusion food. They satisfied the long lines with fresh tacos and plump burritos, both garnished with their renowned “Smackdown Sauce.” To appease craft-goer’s sweet tooth, Karnage Asada served a warm chocolate brownie with a hint of Srirachi hot sauce, infused with peanut butter frosting.

A favorite amongst the crowds was a Norfolk based popup shop, Glass Gardens. The shop features terrariums, cacti, succulents and jewelry from the wife of the owner, John Wharton.

Wharton focuses on upcycling by constantly asking himself, “What can I plant in?” In lieu of the traditional clay pot, he utilizes everything from vintage gumball machines to aluminum soup cans.

“Plants just make me feel good,” Wharton said. He strives to spread his passion for plants and create a sense of community.

It’s fair to say that O’Connor Indie Arts and Craft market attendees left pleased with their taco and beer filled bellies and numerous bags filled with handmade items. Market attendants will undoubtedly be returning for next year’s round of local artisans, live performances, and food trucks that fused to create a perfect, mellow atmosphere.