Asian American Artists Participate in the 35th Annual Celebration of Craftswomen

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San Francisco, CA - The 35th Annual Celebration of Craftswomen, showcasing over 190 female artists, takes place in San Francisco’s Festival Pavilion at the Fort Mason Center on Veteran’s Day Weekend, November 9-11, 2013, from 10AM to 5PM. Admissions are $9 for adults; $7 for students, seniors, and people with disabilities; free for children ages 12 and under; and a two-day pass, good on any of the three days, is $15. Tickets to the Celebration of Craftswomen are available on the website beginning October 15 and all proceeds benefit The Women’s Building. Those interested in more information can find it at the Celebration of Craftswomen’s website, send an email to, or call 415-802-5699.

Chiffon Flower with Gold Layer Headband by  Lydia Choi

Chiffon Flower with Gold Layer Headband by Lydia Choi

Thirty-five Years In The Making 
Thirty-five years of making craft show history is no small feat. Dotty Calabrese, a founder of the Celebration of Craftswomen, exclaims, “This has been an incredible 35-year journey of growth for both The Women’s Building and the Women’s Fine Craft and Art community.” What started as a small craft fair at the Old Wives’ Tales feminist bookstore on Valencia Street, featuring 22 craftswomen, has now grown into the largest women’s fine crafts show in the United States.

How It Works
Each year artists apply and are competitively selected to showcase their work. The jury is committed to creating a diverse group of artists, new and returning, with a wide range of expertise, including clothing, home décor, jewelry, bags, ceramics, paper goods, glass, and much more. While discovering these fine artists, show-goers can also enjoy music, food, and learning more about women’s organizations in San Francisco.

The Women’s Building
Over the Celebration of Craftswomen’s 35 years of existence, the show has become the largest fundraiser for The Women’s Building—a multicultural community center where women and girls can achieve self-sufficiency and pursue their dreams. So far, the Celebration of Craftswomen has raised over $1.9 million to nourish the ten diverse community groups The Women’s Building houses and the 160 female focused programs and initiatives it has launched.

Social Media
The Celebration of Craftswomen loves the world of social media. Keep track of the latest news, explore artists’ profiles, and much more when you like the Show on Facebook (, follow it on Twitter (@CraftsWomenSF), pin artists’ work on Pinterest (, and explore the newly designed website (

Asian American artists are again well represented at this year’s 35th Annual Celebration of Craftswomen. Among the 21 artists, two standouts are:

·      Taught by her mother, Yan Inlow has been embroidering since she was 10 years old. After high school, she went to the University of Art in China to learn textile design, and later attended Kobe University in Japan to study Japanese Art. Her images have a sense of Japanese style blended with Chinese embroidery techniques. First, she paints an image on silk backing then accents the painting with silk embroidery over the image.

·      Lydia Choi is an emerging artist this year who creates beautiful hair accessories. Her clips create flowers from fabric and feathered her headbands have a modern 20s vibe.

Participating Asian American Artists:

Paula Chang
Jewelry: Mixed Media
San Mateo, CA

Audrey Jung
Fiber: Felt Bags
San Francisco, CA

Maria Koo-Gin
Ceramics: Functional
Oakland, CA

Theresa Kwong
San Mateo, CA

Rose Lee
Ceramics: Functional
Oakland, CA

Carol Mortensen
Jewelry: Gold & Silver
Orinda, CA

Terry Ow-Wing
San Francisco, CA

Joyita Ghose
Fiber: Painted Silk
Milpitas, CA

Roopa Mulchandani
Gourmet Food
Pleasant Hill, CA

Tomomi Hamano
Jewelry: Silver
Los Angeles, CA

Joy Imai
Ceramics: Functional
Palo Alto, CA

Yan Inlow
Fiber: Needlework
Alameda, CA

Hitomi Jacobs
Jewelry: Gold & Silver
San Rafael, CA

Yumi Ueno
Jewelry: Gold & Silver
Rohnert Park, CA

Waka Ozawa
Fiber: Sewn Clothing
Rohnert Park, CA

Shizuko & Toshi Shichishima
Ceramics: Functional
San Rafael, Ca

Itsuko Zenitani
Ceramics: Functional
Oakland, CA

Lydia Choi
Fiber: Accessories
Fremont, CA

Jae Song
Fiber: Sewn Clothing
Benicia, CA

Elizabeth Namnath
Vista, CA

Patricia Wells
Jewelry & Fiber: Sewn Clothing
Carmel Valley, CA

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