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Borderland beyond the music

A lineup of artisans as stellar as the artists onstage

Courtesy of Borderland


We’re used to seeing vendor lineups and food trucks at big music events, but the offerings at Borderland Music + Art go far beyond anything we have seen locally. Most of these artisans are stars in their own right.


They include:


Stitch Buffalo

This nonprofit creates economic empowerment through the textile arts. Founded in 2014, it has focused on employing refugee women who create beautiful, handcrafted textiles for fair wages. There are now more than fifty-five women sewing handcrafted goods that are sold throughout the community.


Brian Trzeciak/Buffalo Maritime Center

One of Buffalo’s less-known treasures, the Maritime Center is dedicated to boats and boat-building. Trzeciak is creating a wooden canoe as part of Borderland. 


Thomas Pafk

This Roycroft Master Artisan is known throughout the region for his handmade furniture. In addition to demonstrating his craft, Pafk educates attendees on the history of Roycroft traditions.


Scott Bye

This multimedia artist has become well known for his intricate found-object constructions, often built of salvaged wood. He is building one during the Borderland event.


Terry Jolls

See a certified journeyman farrier transform horseshoes into works of art. Blacksmithing is very close to Knox Farm’s heritage as a place for horses.


Get more information of additional artisans here.


Borderland happens September 21–22 at Knox Farm State Park. Visit borderlandfestival.com for more info and see our interview with Borderland cofounders here.



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