Provo Craft's device designers have a single goal in mind—to help their customers fashion whatever their imaginations can create without having to rely on industrial craft services. Throughout their 40-year history, they have created systems that print designs on clothing, emboss T-shirts, make precise paper cuts, and create edible artwork just as well as a big-box system. Their efforts have garnered them industry awards and shelf space in retailers across the country.
As she grew up in the Salt Lake Valley, Kamille Bauer gradually honed her skills with a needle and yarn. Working diligently throughout the years, she eventually started to teach her craft to other interested people, but something was missing—without a local yarn store, her options were limited. That’s where the idea for Kamille’s was born, and in 2007, she flung open the doors to her shop, knitting needles clutched proudly in hand. Today, she stocks the store with a variety of fine alpaca wools and organic-cotton yarns, as well as books and accessories and leads classes for all skill levels in both knitting and crocheting.
A hub for sociable quilters, Elaine's Quilt Block hosts classes and get-togethers alongside a stock of more than 5,000 bolts of fabric and armfuls of notions, patterns, and books. Inside the homey space, which Quilt Sampler magazine lauded as "a beautiful setting for inspiring quilters" thanks to its 19th-century style and scenic location near the Wasatch Mountains, a massive baby room mingles bright hues among pale pink and blue fabrics. Books and patterns teach sewers to arrange geometric strips of fabric into trees, birds, or mime outfits using various stitching styles, such as appliqué and strip piecing. Sociable events including Sew & Tell gather quilters to show off ongoing projects and glean inspiration and information from others. During Civil War–themed classes, history-minded staffers and crafty time-travelers celebrate the heritage of their hobby with patterns that showcase old-timey arrangements and commemorate women's struggles during the war.
Visitors to the Utah Arts Festival stride across concrete promenades and grassy lawns sprawled out between fountains and modern buildings, which have glass walls that reflect the fest’s vibrant paintings and eclectic sculptures. Since its inception more than 35 years ago, the four-day festival has taken over a multiblock radius to accommodate hundreds of visual artists, musicians, performers, and culinary artists, each celebrating modern art and the local community. Throughout indoor and outdoor exhibitions, visitors explore varied works of visual art represented through special exhibitions and hands-on workshops with featured artists. A marketplace also gives artists a place to sell their paintings, wearable art, and sculptures to help disseminate their crafts and raise enough money for van Gogh’s ghost to move out of their basements.
Musicians score the festival throughout its days with worldwide genres on several outdoor stages, and storytellers and other literary artists tickle ears with eclectic tales and recitations of the UN staff directory. Across the grounds, festival staffers recycle the fete’s discarded plastic, aluminum, and cardboard as well as food scraps and vegetable oil, and promote eco-friendly practices with a protected bicycle lot and bike valet.