[MACFest Mesa]

Men in uniform, pin-up girls, mermaids, comic strips, anime, skulls and crossbones, and various fruits are some of the enticing patterns Alexandria Padilla uses to create her hand-sewn aprons.

You can find her Trinity Infinity booth Saturday, March 8, at MACFest, a free street fair where all of the booths are manned by the artists who created the products they’re selling.

Each of Padilla’s aprons has two layers of fabric, a 44-inch circle skirt and long straps in front to secure it in a bow.

Padilla is a Phoenix native who has been selling her products for years. With three children and a very ill spouse, she needed a way to support her family while staying home to take care of them. She started by making diaper bags with matching wipes cases and changing pads, and has since added to her repertoire: crocheted earrings, bracelets, headbands, purses and grow-with-me dresses for girls.

This is her first season at the MACFest.

You, too, can display your creations at MACFest. Booth registration is still available for $20 per event. Volunteers are also needed to help keep the festival flourishing for the community. To become a vendor or to volunteer, email info@macfestmesa.com.


What: MACFest, an arts and crafts street fair

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 8, and again March 15, April 5 and April 19

Where: On North MacDonald from Main Street to Pepper Place in downtown Mesa

Cost: Free admission

Information: (480) 644-6500 or MACfestMesa.com

• Jessica Laughlin, a communications major in her senior year at ASU, serves on the MACFest Organizing Committee.

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