The Park Silly Sunday Market has been a summer staple in Park City for a decade now. Every Sunday, the lower portion of Historic Main Street becomes a lively, colorful, and eclectic mix of vendor stalls, music, food, and kids' activities. It would be quite an undertaking to visit each artist who's there to share their talents, but if you stop and talk to these creative souls, you'll often learn something interesting. Here we'll introduce a few of Park Silly's lovely and artistic ladies who've made their mark by taking something old and making it into something new and unique.
The Queen of the Loom
The journey to Park Silly began 35 years ago for Diann Pap when she took her first class at the Pioneer Craft House in Salt Lake City. Prior to then, she'd never woven a single thing in her life, but the experience turned out to be love at first loom. Soon after completing the short course, she purchased her own loom (a number that's expanded to three over the years). "Considering how much space my looms take up, I'd say I have a pretty tolerant husband," Diann chuckles. "I keep reminding him what good exercise it is working a loom."
This is Diann's fourth year at Park Silly and she's there only in July selling at her stand Rugs By Diann. "By the time the month is over," she says, "I will have already have sold-out of the rugs that I spend the entire winter making (about 64)." But it's not the weaving process that's most time consuming, it's preparing all the fabric. All of the material she uses is reclaimed, salvaged from old jeans (the most time-intensive), flannel scraps, and leftover ends of cotton from clothing mills. Diann saves all the fabric and, with some help from her sister, creates her rugs, each one of them a one-of-a-kind piece.
The Terrific Trio of Tablespoons
Hailing from Mountain Green, a tiny Utah town north of Park City, two sisters, Ashley Dobson and Burgundy Rentie, and their mother Laura, have found their niche in the art world in a very unlikely place: old spoons. Their stall, Up-Cycled Antiques easily catches you're eye, a wonderful mix of antique pots, knives, and spoons crafted into bracelets and hanging pieces. This trio has always been creative, but it was this silverware art idea that's really caught on. In fact, their spoon art is so successful that, in addition to the Park Silly Market (which they've attended as vendors for the past five years) they expanded into several similar craft markets from California all the way to Washington and Chicago, Illinois, as well as online.
Their crafting material comes primarily from estate sales and antique shops all over the country. "What's most important to us is repurposing something old and unwanted into something entirely new," they say, "especially in a world that seems to glorify throwing things away." You wouldn't immediately think of putting a spoon around your wrist, but as it turns out, it sits there quite nicely after a bit of crafting from these ladies.
Don't forget to stop by the stalls of these lovely craftswomen at this week's Park Silly Sunday Market. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the market will be popping with people, food, and a live performance by Brian Ernst, who tours the country is his solar and veggie-oil powered bus.