Harper Made: Craft Lake City Vintage Vendor
With the largest number of vendors to date, The 14th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival Presented By Harmons returns to the Utah State Fairpark with an exciting variety of homegrown DIY-ers. In the following pages, we’ve highlighted some craft foodies, inventors, performers, vintage curators and members of the next generation of artisans that will be participating in this year’s bustling event. Check out craftlakecity.com for more information about The 14th Annual Craft Lake City DIY Festival.
As a longtime thrifter, Harper Made’s Jamie Harper fell in love with wearing vintage as a middle schooler in the early 2000s. Ever since then, her passion has evolved into Harper Made, a vintage business born at a flea market in 2016. “I love sewing, quilting and making things. My background is in fine art, but I love functional objects, so using found fabrics, textiles and worn-out clothes and turning them into [new] clothing, bags, furniture [or] something useful is very fulfilling,” says Harper.
Harper is drawn to the clashing of eras, combining softer, modern hues with flashy, ‘40s and ‘50s patterns to explore her sense of style. “I think with found materials, you have to analyze each piece and think about its potential,” she says. “I’m thrilled that so many found and forgotten things are making their way back into our lives. Quilts, afghans and dishcloths that someone long ago put a lot of time and care [into] hold a [certain] weight. Even if you’re not into old things, I think there’s something within those objects that demands reverence.”
To highlight other creatives in Ogden, Harper created Market Market with Soft Ceramics and Chelbie Hunger Glassworks. This project will continue in the fall, so keep an eye on Harper Made’s Instagram @HarperMade and website HarperMade.com. Don’t miss her upcoming pop-up booths at Salt Lake’s Vintage Pop-Up, Market Market and the Craft Lake City DIY Festival.