The Fest begins at noon and will feature several different work shops from everything to publishing a zine to a silk screen printing workshop. Vendors will be selling handmade goods such as prints, drawings, rugs, clothing and jewelry. There will also be a screening of Handmade Nation: a documentary about the rise of DIY art, craft and design.
As if that is not enough coolness to blow your mind - there will be an all day long clothing swap, so bring what you no longer need or wear and pick out some new-to-you clothes to take home with you for free!
In the Netherlands the government was having a tough time with artists inhabiting tough parts of the city illegally. The artist were there because they didn't have any money, but did have lots of passion and vision. At some point the city government leaders got wise and realized that the artist culture was laying the ground work for new life in these tumble down areas. So they created a slogan, "There is no culture with out a subculture" and they began to just look the other way rather than crack down with the law and the "Broedplaats" (means something like "incubator") was born. This is what they began to call the small clusters of artists-urban pioneers that came together to do cool stuff in these underbelly places in Amsterdam.
South Division in the Heartside neighborhood of Grand Rapids can still be considered underbelly by most local residents. What is happening this weekend with the Sass Fest is one pearl on a long string of underground culture events that has our city culture pot moving steadily towards a real boiling point.
For those of you living in Grand Rapids or not too far away these are the coordinates;
The 106 Gallery at 106 South Division, Grand Rapids MI. Go here for more detailed info on Sass Fest.