Dilboy VFW, 371 Summer St, Somerville | December 10: 7–11 pm | $2 | holiday-handjobs.com
Three years ago, Greg Der Ananian — one of the founders of Bazaar Bizarre — got the idea to start a showcase for queer crafters. He tapped Aliza Shapiro, who puts on events through Truth Serum Productions. As someone who'd already been staging craft-nights-cum-dance-parties in clubs, Shapiro was happy to help.
They knew they wanted to have their craft fair at night, which provided a great excuse to showcase dirty, sexy crafts. But, Shapiro says, they soon found that even the filthiest of crafters can get hella busy in December, so they broadened their scope: "When we started we wanted to have a salacious sale, but we've opened it up to weird and unique."
The $2 admission gets you a raffle ticket and the chance to win a bag filled with crafts from each of the 20-odd participants. Proceeds will benefit the New England Leather Alliance.
Heliplume Earrings, $54 | Zoa Chimerum | etsy.com/shop/IanHendersonArt
Ian Thomas repurposes electronics materials into jewelry by coating aluminum with rubber. "It's so cool — he uses the liner from electrical wire to make art," Shapiro says. The spiny shapes that emerge — evocative of strange flowers or Edwardian ruffles — are anything but industrial.
"The Gays" T-shirt, $25 | Lollie Clothing | lollieclothing.com
"I'm really excited for Lollie Clothing," says Shapiro. "They make T-shirts with cheeky slogans." Adventurous college students can try wearing this shirt on their next visit home to test if it captures the cartoonish homophobia of people at the gas station.
Dead Cat Head Dog Toy, $16 | Ruff Studio | ruffstudio.com
Shane Ruff knows what dogs want: chew toys in the shape of dead cat heads. The heads, like all of Ruff's textiles, are made from repurposed materials; these are sewn from old jeans. Ruff also makes stunning hook rugs for grownups, as well as charming stuffed animals for tasteful babies. ^