The marketplace at the Great Lakes Folk Festival features hand-made goods with folk wisdom and functionality.

Juried by the MSU Museum staff, the marketplace showcases vendors who specialize in traditional/folk or green arts.  Folk or traditional art is generally learned by example from a family or community member, through imitation and repetition, rather than through formal instruction such as classes or workshops.

Traditional art, as practiced by ethnic, regional, occupational, familial, and religious groups, refers to the traditional expressions through which these communities maintain and pass on their shared sense of beauty, identity, and values.
Green artists take used or recycled materials and upcycle them to make art or functional objects. The products convey the artists’ wisdom, skill and creativity for conserving the planet and using materials in a sometimes recognizable, or a sometimes surprising way.

Anshu Varma – Henna by Design

Henna design applied to visitors hand

Anshu Varma was born in north India and grew up in Calcutta and New Delhi. As a child she was fascinated by the tradition of meh’ndi, a paste of henna used to decorate the hands and feet with ornate patterns, the result being like a temporary tattoo.
Greatly inspired by her mother’s artistic meh’ndi creations, Anhsu learned the art of meh’ndi, sometimes simply called henna, at home.

Henna plays an important role in maintaining cultural and traditional identity in India.

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Capital Area Lace Makers (CALM)

Lace Making
Lansing, Michigan

CALM is an organization for those who enjoy the art of bobbin lace making. Members of the organization come from several states and countries. Those who live close to East Lansing, Michigan enjoy spending time together during the week making lace, sharing knowledge, and encouraging each other as they work on their various projects. Weekly lace-ins are held Wednesday evenings and bi-weekly lace-ins on the first and third Fridays. CALM is a friendly group of lace makers who enjoy teaching those who are new to the art.

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