SAN FRANCISCO — New People, the San Francisco entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, teams up with Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco to celebrate the 45th annual Cherry Blossom Festival and present the New People Artist Village Vol. 5 — a fun and festive vertical arts and crafts show to be stationed throughout the spacious Japantown venue for two consecutive weekends, April 14-15 and 21-22, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
New People is located at 1746 Post St. between Webster and Buchanan.
The free event extends the Bay Area’s yearly celebration of Asian tradition with a dozen unique artists and merchants, stationed in colorfully decorated kiosks throughout the building, offering an eclectic mix of works by local artists. Visitors are invited to browse the many pieces for sale and explore the colorful, pop-inspired New People environment.
Artist Village merchants include:
Our House Vintage and Design: Handmade feather bow ties, earrings, and necklaces that combine bold colors, natural textures, and crystal accents.
Atelier: a selection of colorful pop-inspired artwork and stationery featuring whimsical characters created by Eunjung June Kim.
Daily San Franciscan: Beachy Jewelry made from hand-cut gemstones cut locally in San Francisco. Pieces are also offered alongside Double Infinity Jewelry, which features vintage crystals from around the globe incorporated into a modern, industrial design
Animezingworld: A must for any hipster or anime fan. Custom designed T-shirts based on themes of Japanese anime/manga/gaming.
nerd JERK: With a nostalgia for all things retro, nerd JERK inspires the geek in all of us by crafting old-school video game imagery into tangible textile art that includes cute crochet plush sculptures by designer Steph Cortes.
Korrupt Label: An independent clothing line produced in West Oakland. Apparel includes edgy and deconstructed T-shirts and jackets influenced by old school punk and speed metal designs.
SOOMKA: Apparel and interior accessories and toys made of materials that come from nature. All items are handmade, wet-felted of natural fibers in their natural hues and shades, or hand-dyed with plant dyes.
Zazu Faure: This artist creates stuffed animals from repurposed sweaters and organic cotton stuffing from original patterns. She strips down her plush designs to the essential form — rendering each animal’s essential characteristics in a limited amount of moves.
Cuddlefish Press: Art and gifts for children (and kids at heart), handmade and hand printed in San Francisco by illustrator Erica Sirotich.
Dandy Craft: Handcrafted ceramic jewelry produced since 2006. The inventive line includes cuffs, bracelets, rings, necklaces, and earrings.
Binary Winter Press / Cody Vrosh: Binary Winter Press (artist Cody Vrosh and writer Sheatiel Sarao) creates original art, books and artist-designed shirts, scarves, and ties inspired by the things they love best, from Art Nouveau to robots, Steampunk to satellites.
Buluchu: Handmade handbags, scarves, and fashion accessories created with passion and care. It’s a place where passion meets creation. The Little Red House loves to keep doing art and spread the happiness through her art. Her mission is to bring everyone back to his or her cherished childhood moment.
Now celebrating its 45th year, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the state’s most prominent celebrations of Asian culture. Each year, over 200,000 people attend this display showcasing the color and grace of the Japanese culture and the diversity of the Japanese American community. More details on events are available at: http://nccbf.org.
Bazaar Bizarre began in 2001 in Boston as an offbeat entertainment extravaganza to showcase the DIY (do it yourself) movement and handmade goods. It has spread across the nation to places such as Los Angeles, Cleveland, Maker Faire Bay Area and Austin. Bazaar Bizarre San Francisco is a handmade market, indie entertainment extravaganza and DIY festivals all under one roof. More information at: http://www.bazaarbizarre.org/sanfrancisco.
New People Inc. (www.newpeopleworld.com) offers the latest films, art, fashion and retail brands from Japan through its unique entertainment destination as well as through licensing and distribution of selective Japanese films. Its film division, New People Entertainment (www.newpeopleent.com), strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the “Kingdom of Pop” for audiences of all ages, especially the manga and anime generation, in North America. Some titles include “Death Note,” “Gantz,” “Kamikaze Girls,” and “The Taste of Tea.”