TWIST returns to Noho with version 2.0

Date: 4/28/2009

NORTHAMPTON - TWIST, a craft show-meets-party-meets-gallery-meets-one-stop-shopping-extravaganza, is a fresh kind of fair, showcasing original handmade goods and art from 60 talented vendors from all over New England. To get a feel of the excitement that is TWIST, see their new two minute teaser video at

The event is taking place May 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. and May 2 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Northampton Center for the Arts, ballroom and galleries, 17 New South St.

Following a tremendously successful launch that attracted thousands of attendees in September 2008, TWIST is returning to Northampton. The spring edition of TWIST, dubbed TWIST 2.0, kicks off with a Market Party on Friday night and will showcase original handmade goods and art from 60 artisans in a lively festival atmosphere, complete with beer on tap for Friday night and a live DJ on both days.

Lexie Barnes, the co-founder and director of TWIST, is a nationally recognized author, accessories designer and entrepreneur. Her first book, "Sew What! Bags" (at, from North Adams-based Storey Publishing, was released in February 2009 and is available in bookstores worldwide. She is currently working on the 2010 Lexie Barnes ( handbag collection and her next book. Her co-founder and business partner is husband Cory Barnes, owner of Spire USA (, a highly regarded manufacturer of laptop bags and backpacks.

TWIST 2.0 would not be possible without the support of its generous sponsors. The Presenting Sponsor is WEBS, America's Yarn Store ( Other sponsors include Valley Advocate/Preview Massachusetts, lexie barnes, WHMP-AM, WRSI-The River, Storey Publishing, Pinch Gallery, Valley Fabrics, Joia Beauty, Dandie in the Underworld, Guild Art Supply, Sticks and Bricks, Sublime Stitching and