About US

Hand to Heart

The Big Crafty revives the tradition of the community bazaar, a lively celebration of handmade commerce, featuring local food, music, and fine wares from a juried group of select indie artists and crafters.
We’re so grateful to have been voted Best Arts/Crafts Fair in the annual Mountain Xpress readers’ poll for the 9th year in a row! (Thanks, Asheville!)
Our guiding principle is that buying handmade is good for the community, and our aim is to make doing so fun.
Our fun-for-all-ages events are held twice annually in the heart of beautiful Asheville, NC.
We extend warm welcome to Asheville’s rich pageant of basement and backyard artists, its juried prize-winners, and those who delight in them.
We’re grateful for the hearty support of the community, and in particular the Asheville Area Arts Council, the City of Asheville, and Asheville Art Museum, for their support of The Big Crafty and for their promotion of a creative and culturally-vibrant Asheville.

Who we are

Big Crafty founders Brandy Bourne & Justin Rabuck crafted the first Big Crafty in 2008. In the years since, the event moved from the Grey Eagle to the Asheville Art Museum to Pack Square Park to Asheville’s U.S. Cellular Center. Bourne is a librarian and microentrepreneurship advocate, and Rabuck is a visual artist. They have also produced the Big Love Fest (in collaboration with the Asheville Grown Business Alliance) and The Big Day, indie wedding fair. They also own Horse + Hero NeoAppalachian Art Gallery in downtown Asheville.

Artist, supporter, collaborator?
Let’s Work together! 

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