A Cut Above Design
"Let’s start with the obvious. I love wood. From sorting through huge boards and trees, to the fine art of combining grains, colors, and textures, there is a calmness and purpose ...that removes all other distractions from my life as I cut and combine, cut and combine, and ponder. That dying ash tree up on the hill – what beauty can I coax out from inside her hollow core? I don’t know today, but you can be darn sure I’ll know soon…. And wood has taught me a bit about letting go – while the client gets art to last a lifetime it is often hard to watch the creation of my labor leave my sight. But the creative process once again calls, and it’s back to the shop for another round of calm. Part of the joy of making also resides in the joy of sharing, which has become so much more difficult during the pandemic. How do I look you in the eye and describe my process over the Internet? How to I convey my love of wood through a mask? I miss people. I miss talking the talk and, and the end of the day, sale or no, I’ve made a new friend and am better for it. Please know I will always welcome your call or visit, whether to buy a current piece, or discuss your own idea for a future creation! "Stephen began crafting boards in 2001 after years as a carpenter. His often-said mantra “the right tool for the right job” quickly expanded his basement wood-shop. When he inspired his wife and children to join him in the creative process A Cut Above Design was founded. Selling at his hometown farmers market led to larger craft fairs, products in gift shops, and an online store. In 2019 he was honored to have his work featured in the Boston Globe.
aKresse Jewelry Design
"I make jewelry out of alternative materials: epoxy resin, silicone rubber, printed paper, polypropylene, polyester. I'm always searching for the next 'new' thing that can be turned... into earrings or a necklace. Besides being a jeweler I'm a printmaker and graphic designer. I love paper, so it's no surprise that I make paper jewelry! "For many years Alice worked in the news and publishing industries as a designer, art director and illustrator. A chance visit to a museum exhibition of a well know jewelry artist ignited the desire to learn jewelry herself. She took classes at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. Upon leaving the corporate design world, she became a full time artist with a practice in jewelry, printmaking and design. Alice has a BFA in painting and printmaking from Ohio University.
Alloys by Arnold
"I like to focus on three things as a jewelry maker: That the jewelry be satisfying to make, that it looks good, and that it feels good. The first is (selfishly) all about me! I... find that if I’m excited to make a piece, somehow that joy lives on in the completed jewelry. The second is about the piece of jewelry itself: the design should be interesting, unexpected even, but also clean and deliberate. The last one is all about you: a particular piece of jewelry may be the shiniest, cleverest, most fashionable thing, but that's the less important part of the job. It also has to be physically comfortable to wear and help you be seen in the way you want to be seen. "Elizabeth is a graduate of Oberlin College, where along with a studio art degree she picked up the rudiments of making chainmail-based jewelry designs. After designing and selling chainmail jewelry for several years, she expanded her jewelry making skills into goldsmithing with a degree from North Bennet Street School, and worked as a bench jeweler for three years with Melanie Casey Jewelry. Now she is building her own jewelry fabrication and design business Alloys by Arnold. Alloys by Arnold supplies necklaces, bracelets, rings, and custom-fit unpierced earrings in original and customer-commissioned designs to those who enjoy jewelry with an organic modern aesthetic and classic quality.
"Using traditional techniques and materials, I create minimal contemporary jewelry pieces. To me there is beauty in the simplified, leaving a pause for reflection and space for the... wearer to shine. Jewelry is an accent to help the wearer express their emotions and personality, mine seeks to complement but never overwhelm that relationship. My work flirts with stillness, movement and rhythm through a contrast of pattern, texture or material. On a pair of earrings, a line on one side might be at a slightly different angle than the other, an invitation to notice the small details all around and a nod to it’s handmade nature. I believe that wearing jewelry is personal, intimate, and tactile. When jewelry is worn, it travels through the adventures and lives of others, changing and evolving with their experiences. Each object I lovingly handcrafted to connect and evolve with others. "Ever the avid reader, Amalia came into metalsmithing through browsing in a bookstore craft section. Upon learning it possible to create interesting and beautiful objects with some tool and her own hands, she signed up for a weekend jewelry making course to learn the basics. She then pursued and refined her craft for many years through a series of apprenticeships, workshops as well as working under award winning designers. Originally from sunny California, she moved to the chilly East Coast to finish off an art degree in Metalsmithing. After completion, she set out to run her eponymous studio brand and has participated in several juried art shows.
Emanuela Aureli Jewelrywork
"I am an object maker. I work out of a need to give shape to my feelings and ground them in matter. Metal inspires my work as a material..... solid, hard, sometimes heavy. Yet, so... soft, flowing into liquid, then melting into a new form... My jewelry work is a constant fascination with minimal shapes, infused with the hues of high desert, with the simplicity of bare details, through relationships of color to metal, and into a continuing questioning of the "wearable." I make work for a bold, contemporary and ageless style; I offer everyday jewelry stances with personality. I suggest possibilities; I invite the wearer to dare. And subtly, I tease."Born in Italy and raised in Germany, Emanuela Aureli blends traditions with and simple design into jewelry for a bold, colorful and contemporary style. Working mainly in silver and copper, Emanuela fabricates minimal shapes, cubes, spheres, and strips of metal into earrings, rings, or pendants with striking impact. She heat-colors her pieces into yellows, oranges, deep reds, or blacks, infusing her jewelry with warmth, irresistible to touch. Mostly self-taught, Emanuela started making jewelry as a teenager, selling her work at flea markets and concerts throughout Europe. She apprenticed with goldsmiths in Italy and the US and holds a BFA in Sculpture and Experimental Media, from California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC), Oakland, CA. Her work has been shown in major national and international galleries, and published in numerous publications and books, both in the US and abroad. Emanuela lives and works in Santa Fe, in the enchanted land of New Mexico, with her dogs and a goldfish.
Baby Sweaters by L'Agneau
"I believe in the artistry of hand knitting. This craft allows for individual creativity of pattern, texture, and design. Hand-knit items should be made to withstand the test of tim...e, and my original designs draw upon generations of classic style interpreted with timeless combinations of patterns. These sweaters are created to fit little bodies and allow for growth. I use only the finest quality natural fiber yarns that are resilient, warm, and washable. Each little sweater is a work of art but don't be fooled, each one will withstand your child's rough and tumble play and survive to be passed along to siblings."Following a rewarding career as an Elementary School Principal, this teacher, Mom, and Nana, built her website and business practicing a craft she learned when she was 10 years old. Gaylene Heppe finds creating and designing baby sweaters both challenging and rewarding. She hand-knits each sweater with attention to detail, style, and fit, so that the Baby Sweaters by L'Agneau label assures finely crafted quality. Gaylene personally hand-knits each sweater with the finest quality natural fiber yarn at her home on Cape Cod.
Berri Kramer Textiles
"As a quiltmaker for many years I celebrate the thought that “The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” A love of textiles, construction, and function make time in the te...xtile studio a joyful pursuit. I work on a vintage Featherweight sewing machine, a beautiful tool made of metal, not plastic. There is great satisfaction in working with simple, well-made tools. From repurposed vintage Japanese cottons and silk, I create ”Komebukuro.” These traditional offering bags were once carried to the temples filled with rice. I practice “Mottainai” (meaning: too good to waste) in that I use every scrap left on the cutting table. Often these tiny pieces find their way into a wall piece where even the smallest of snippets can be appreciated. In deconstructing damaged kimonos, futon covers, and furoshiki, the steam of my iron releases a whiff of foreign aromas. Traces of flowers, cedar, or incense add an unseen and timeless element to the process. My goal is to design not only functional work, but pieces that can hang as engaging compositions, in honor of the centuries-old dyeing and weaving techniques, now virtually lost."Berri Kramer grew up in Lincoln, Massachusetts and was greatly influenced by classes at the DeCordova Museum. She earned a BFA in Design and Crafts from Kent State University in Ohio and a Masters in Fiber Exploration from Lesley University in Boston. Berri learned how to express stories in clay, metal, and color, but most importantly, she observed people making their way in the world as artists. Her art career began as a designer for Better Homes and Gardens and lasted lasted over 20 years. That venture became not only an opportunity to discover new materials and techniques, but one that involved continuous creative problem solving. She founded Heartwood College of Art in Maine, and for the past 25 years she has been its President. Berri also taught Color and Design, Exploration of Crafts, and Service to Humanity at Heartwood.
Bethany Montana Jewelry
"I design and fabricate jewelry with precious metals, gemstones and cast elements. My inspiration is derived from Victorian Era jewelry in addition to the overwhelming beauty found ...in botanical specimens and nature itself. I continue to grow my body of work with the innate desire to create and spark joy in others."Bethany Montana has been fabricating her own designs since her introduction to jewelry making in high school. In 2009, she graduated from Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania with a BFA in sculpture and a concentration in jewelry. She has gained experience by working closely with professional artists, and has broadened her techniques through experimentation.
Beyond the Fringes: Blankets, Throws and Tableware
"Each day I am drawn to my loom with the challenge of creating combinations of traditional and unique materials. Bits of gold, paper linen yarn with a stainless steel core, silk, le...ather, or copper provide texture which make tableware not only functional, but unique and distinctive. I have been developing luxury handwovens utilizing blends of exotic materials from around the world to create textures for your table; a spectacular venue that begs flowers and your loveliest and favorite vase. These mats and table runners are both washable and sustainable. Wedding blankets and bed runners, both boho and traditional, are created to provoke a dramatic emotion of warmth and invitation. Your most personal space. I chose weaving to help me inspire you to create special personal spaces whether they be industrial or classic. "Beyond the Fringes is a Boston-based handweaving studio specializing in high-end luxury textiles. Master weaver Debra Stewart has produced fabrics for department stores, design houses, and private clients, working in silk, angora, alpaca, mohair, and exotic fibers including leather, paper, and gold. Debra’s life as a weaver began during her studies at Emerson College, when she rescued an old handloom from an attic in Vermont and restored it to working condition. Experimenting on that small loom, she fell in love with the art of textile design. Her passion for weaving was further inspired by her experience studying with master textile craftsmen in British Columbia. She founded Beyond the Fringes as a line of elevated handwoven accessories and materials for the home. Beyond the Fringes offers a full range of interior fabrics, from Moroccan-inspired wedding blankets, pillows, and brushed mohair throws, to luxe tableware. The new collection of oversized placemats, crossmats, and table runners offers contemporary statement pieces inspired by classic handloom patterns.
Bonnie Bishoff + J.M. Syron
"In our collaborative work we study the intersection of two aspects of a piece and the power of that meeting place. In this union we learn more about the essence of each aspect as i...t joins and opposes the other. This could be two different materials or different colors or textures. We experiment with ideas of balance, challenge, and multiple points of view with small and large sculptural objects. We explore pattern and form, with patterns reflecting the exuberance of life force and growth in all its iterations, and form defining the beauty of structure and supported interrelationships. We choose and transform specific materials to create tactile and curious objects. We aim to create work that projects an expansive notion of art and creative pursuit to be shared by the wearer with the world. "Bonnie Bishoff and J.M. Syron have been collaborative artists for 33 years. Initially as furniture makers they explored the use of polymer as a decorative surface and illuminated form. Their work now focuses on sculptural objects and art jewelry, combining polymer, their own original fabricated metal surfaces and armatures, and wood. Their exhibitions range from galleries in the United States and abroad to fine craft shows with the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Museum exhibitions have included the Peabody Essex, The Museum of Art and Design in New York and the permanent collection of the Racine Art Museum.
" I created the Linoleum Series because I am conceptually intrigued by flooring. We are surrounded by others’ designs and inventions, which play a crucial role in our everyday... lives. Flooring is thoughtfully designed, yet as a society, we don’t slow down enough to notice. It is often overlooked, discarded and eventually forgotten in landfills. Flooring holds history and memory. As a way of honoring the linoleum, I laser cut, arranged, glued, drilled and sewed the linoleum together to create an array of repetitive motifs and decorative patterns. In addition, I fabricated sterling silver elements and attached the lightweight linoleum with glue, a needle and thread. The linoleum becomes the artificial gemstones. Some look like granite, others, like precious gemstones or hardwoods. In this series, I want to challenge the idea of preciousness and the perceptions of what we view as valuable versus what is easily discarded."Arielle Brackett is a metalsmith and educator based in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA in metals at the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2017. She has shown nationally and internationally, including Canada, Romania and Russia. Brackett was awarded best in metals at the Colorado Gallery of the Arts and the Art Center of Estes Park. She received two scholarships to paint in Le Barroux, France and Grand Junction, Colorado. In May 2016, Brackett was granted a full ride scholarship to attend a two-week glass workshop at the Penland School of Craft. Brackett is published in Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG), Jams 2018 and How Art Heals, by Andra Stanton. In 2019, she had a piece in a runway show, Shift in Portland, Oregon. Brackett showed work in SNAG’s Exhibition in Motion in 2019 and 2021.
Carol Press Handwoven Designs
"I started weaving over 40 years ago when we were living in Sacramento, where I took a weaving class from a friend. It didn't take long to become fascinated with the creative possib...ilities within the textile world. When we moved to the coast several years later, I worked for a small business making handwoven garments sold to high-end stores around the country. It was operated as a cottage industry, with warps and weft yarns farmed out to weavers in the community. We wove them off at home, delivered the finished fabric back to be cut and sewn and were paid by the yard. That experience taught me a lot about how to make good, wearable cloth, so much so that I wanted to make my own pieces. Along the way, I took a couple of workshops from the weaver Randall Darwell who was an inspiration to me in creating art to wear. Being a member of weaving guilds on both coasts has also been part of my learning process. Over the years I have made garments, scarves, wall hangings, rugs, and table linens. Now I make mainly chenille and bamboo scarves which I have sold in a handful of stores. I work out of a studio behind our house on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. "After majoring in Fine Arts in college, Carol got an MSW and began a career as a social worker. However, once she discovered weaving, she came full circle and went back to the arts where she has been working ever since. While living in California, she and a group of other weavers opened a cooperative shop in Pt. Reyes Station, Black Mountain Weavers, still in business many years later, now as Black Mountain Artisans. Carol's own business is small enough that she can make everything herself. She especially enjoys the process of designing and working with endless color combinations. Carol finds it very satisfying to have a product one can see and feel at the end of a day in the studio.
Cat Haus Designs
"Originally from the Northeast, I blew into this part of the coast of North Carolina after Hurricane Florence devastated the entire area to help rebuild people's homes and studios. ...While rebuilding, I was inspired by the resiliency of the landscape and the people here, slowly recovering after that severe beating. My artistic focus naturally turned to the sculptural forms that survived in that inhospitable environment, BUGS. Through the generosity of local ceramicists who shared their kilns and allowed me to fire my new work I was able to create the BUG OUT WARE line of hand-painted ceramics featured in CraftBoston. I would often ask the students in my 3-D Design class, “What is the most beautiful sculptural form?” The students might answer “Michelangelo’s David” or cite great architectural achievements. My personal answer to that question is a sculptural form that is found almost anywhere on Earth. They have multi-surfaced complicated shapes, scale that is seemingly impossible yet perfectly balanced, mind-blowing patterns, and colors so deep, rich and varied as to be almost unbelievable. Yes, bugs are the most beautiful sculptural forms and that’s why I represent them on my ceramic wares. Plus, it’s the only pleasant way to have a bug on your plate."Cat Manolis began her career 25 years ago, self-taught, in the commercial art world where she designed and created commissioned wall hangings, sculpture, wallpaper designs, and painted large-scale corporate murals for interior designers and architects. Since then, she earned an MFA and has shown craft, sculpture, and paintings on traditional canvases as well as on ceramics and many other surfaces. For the past 4-5 years her focus has shifted to creating and selling jewelry and hand-painted ceramics. BFA- Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington DC. MFA- UNC Chapel Hill, NC. She sells her work through Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC and Priskorn Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark. She recently had solo exhibitions at Brown Gallery, Duke University and Gallery 100, Golden Belt Arts. Her art and illustrations have been published in many publications nationally. She taught 3-D Design at UNC, Chapel Hill and has taught art classes for corporations and individuals. Cat sells her jewelry and hand-painted functional ceramics at multiple art/craft shows nationally, this year culminating with CraftBoston.
Ceramics by Kiara Matos
"My favorite qualities about clay are its versatility and its expressiveness. Over the years I have developed an extensive glaze palette. I like to create pieces with a strong con...trast between colors and textures. My shapes tend to be simple because they are meant to be canvases for my often intricate glaze applications. I marvel at how all the steps of the ceramic process transform inside the kiln: the quality and texture of the fired pieces, the contrast between glazes, and the stone-like durability. Finally, there is the contribution of my geographical origins. Venezuela is a colorful and tropical country, with lush vegetation and a wide array of mid-century modern architecture. These are aspects that have always inspired my work, and which along with the shaping and glazing techniques I use, come together to make my work what it is. "Kiara began making ceramics in a studio her mother had owned. Between 1994 and 1998 she apprenticed with ceramicists both in Venezuela and the US. In 1997 she began producing pieces mainly for her mother's interior design clients in San Cristobal, her hometown. In 2000 she moved to Caracas where she started a studio to produced work for galleries, museum stores, and private clients. She has lived in New Haven, Connecticut since 2010, where she has a production studio and continues studying and refining her craft.
Chloe Leigh Designs
"Growing up surrounded by the ocean landscape of Cape Ann, I find inspiration in my natural environment. My inspiration stems from my love of the sea and its complex habitat of plan...ts and flowers. I am drawn to circular forms, a warm palette, and hidden features that are often overlooked. Having a deep reverence for nature, I value and implement eco-friendly and sustainable methods in my jewelry practice. I use eco-friendly solutions, outsource reclaimed metal, and source conflict-free and ethically-sourced gemstones when possible. I individually handcraft and thoughtfully create each piece in my studio. I work with argentium silver, tarnish-resistant sterling silver, 18K gold, and precious gemstones, and I use traditional metalsmithing techniques such as hand-fabrication, lost wax casting, forming, fusing, soldering, hammering, and stone setting. Each piece is meticulously hand-polished to a bright finish or hand-textured with my signature, sparkling, sand-like texture. "Chloe Leigh is a fine jeweler from Cape Ann. She has a BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from MassArt and an AJP from GIA, the world’s largest and most respected institute of gemological research. She also sought additional training by attending Alchimia Contemporary Jewelry School in Florence, Italy; Davide Penso Glass Jewels classes in Murano, Italy; Marchutz College of Art and Design in Aix-en-Provence, France; and The Glass Furnace in Istanbul, Turkey. After graduating with her BFA, she established Chloe Leigh Design Studio in Gloucester, Massachusetts and she continues to participate in a variety of craft shows throughout the East Coast. She has been awarded for her excellence in jewelry and showcased by several prestigious organizations such as International Precious Metal Institute, Women’s Jewelry Association, and Smithsonian Institution.
Cindy Liebel Jewelry
"My work reflects an attention to detail, combining bold contrasting textures and shapes, creating repetition in geometric forms. My designs are hand-fabricated from start to finish... using sustainable precious metals. Every element of design starts with a sketch, then translated into printed paper elements. I use this visual design process to gather ideas of size and composition. I create jewelry that combines the relationship between contemporary and mid-century design, with a focus on simplicity and everyday adornment. "Cindy Liebel is jewelry for the individual, the ever-curious woman, man, or them who actively engages with the world and thrives on exploration. We strive to empower our customers by making style easy and timeless, offering them a special treat that aligns with their worldview. Designed specifically for comfortable, everyday accessorizing, our designs are lightweight and wearable. We make jewelry to complement an authentic and thoughtful life. Inspired by geometric forms and patterns, architecture, raw materials, and both mid-century modern and Art Deco aesthetics, Cindy handcrafts her pieces using a fusion of traditional and modern processes in her Virginia studio.
Liz Clark Jewelry
"Flowers are more than objects of adoration, they embody a forceful tenderness influenced by impermanence. My work engages a floral language that questions the value of flowers’ f...leeting beauty. Fabricating these pieces in sterling silver allows the ephemeral quality of flowering plants to become a perennial presence. "Liz’s work investigates and celebrates the language of flowers and their meaning. Often incorporating kinetic elements, her work creates a symbiotic relationship between it and the wearer. The jewelry relies upon the wearer for movement that sets the kinetic elements in motion. Without the wearer, the work remains dormant. Flowers mark occasions in life, both joyous and melancholic. They have an immediate impact on our happiness, calmness, intimacy and wellbeing. They awaken our inner garden of emotions as we experience them in the wild or as we navigate interior spaces. Their impermanence is a reminder to be attentive and to take in life’s moments of beauty and stillness.
"I strive to create unique and beautiful things that are as much of a joy to use as they are to make."
Ian Buchbinder seeks to create lighthearted, joyful ceramics that are sturdy eno... ugh to be a part of your daily routine. He finds endless fascination in process and repetition and enjoys discovering subtle ways to refine his craft. The "Astronaut Animal" series and the "Fossil" series are part of his current mission to explore the meeting place between his illustrations and his pottery. Each of Buchbinder's pieces is handmade either on the potter's wheel or from clay slabs. Once the pieces are fired, he paints designs onto each one by hand, ensuring that no two pieces are exactly alike. In avoiding stencils and stamps, he gives his designs room to grow organically while staying true to the overall theme. Ian Buchbinder received his BFA in ceramics from Rhode Island School of Design in 2011. During his time at RISD, Buchbinder focused heavily on both functional pottery and illustration. After graduating, he worked under Dwo Wen Chen of Three Wheel Studio in Providence, Rhode Island. After three years at Three Wheel Studio, he left to open his own business under the name Coywolf Studio.
Cultured Critter Collective
"A good portion of my current work consists of three-dimensional Steampunk assemblages, typically miniature in size. These assemblages incorporate rare and unusual vinyl figures, as... well as vintage toy cars and other recycled objects. They also include both new and found items, such as vintage clock and watch parts, vintage jewelry and jewelry castings, brass and copper hardware, wood, leather, semi-precious gemstones, vintage coins and transit tokens, and glass taxidermy eyes. What is Steampunk? Put your goggles on and think back to the Victorian Era in England (1837-1901), add some H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, and the fact that everything is powered by steam. While constructing my pieces, I imagine that they are powered by a combination of technical elements (gears, wind-up keys, propellers) as well as elements of nature (flowers, animals, gemstones). They often contain vents and exhaust pipes for their steam to escape. I spend a great deal of time aging the vinyl and wood to look like oxidized metal. "Born in NYC, Valerie currently lives and works in Houston, TX, where she creates creatures with unique and sometimes complex personalities. She began her training studying ceramic sculpture and pottery with June Woest at Urban Artists Studio in Houston. Around the same time, she was introduced to vinyl toy customization and assemblage art, and utilized her background in sculpture to create new work combining these two processes. During the past few years, Valerie has shown her work at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo, TX, and at d’Art Center, in Norfolk, VA. Her work has also been featured in the Houston Press, Culturemap, The Leader, the LA Beat, and the OC Register, among others.
Cyd Rowley Jewelry
"Jewelry vessels have always fascinated me - their purpose and mysteries of what they contain. This fascination led me to create my own vessels using both ancient and new technique...s, including steel stakes and hammers as well as the hydraulic press. There are many things I love about making and wearing vessel pendants: one is exploring the ways that precious metal can be used to create sinuous, sculptural forms, often associated with ceramics, glass and other media. Secondly, the surface of each piece is like a blank canvas allowing me to experiment with pattern and texture. Lastly, each vessel is made individually (not as a production line) and has its own unique energy and personality. The longer they are worn and handled the more meaningful is the energy they hold."Cyd lived in England for many years after college and following her move back to Maryland she retrained as a jeweler at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She now runs a jewelry studio where she does her own work and provides space for other jewelers. She has created the studio as a destination for workshops, classes, demonstrations, guild meetings, events, parties and meetings with customers. Her work is constantly inspired by her travels around the world, museum exhibitions, and her garden. She derives the greatest enjoyment from conceptualizing and creating her jewelry and from meeting customers and other artists.
Danielle Cadef Designs
"I’m a designer and maker of sterling silver and mixed metal jewelry, focusing on utilizing unusual materials and found objects. I am fascinated with the ways in which people ado...rn themselves. Creating wearable art using a variety of materials lets me connect with people of different cultures. I am self-taught, apart from a few night classes at a local gem & mineral society. I have a collection of jewelry making, silversmithing and goldsmithing books that I draw most of my teachings from, and a lot of experimentation. "Danielle Cadef Designs is committed to the adornment of those that appreciate individualism. Each piece is created to be an extension of the wearer. The inspiration for each piece is connected to nature and its gifts, which serves as a reminder to appreciate and respect what nature has given us. Each jewelry collection utilizes recycled metals (when possible), unique stones, recycled gemstones and materials that are sustainably sourced. Materials consist of sterling silver, gold, copper and brass; precious and semi-precious gemstones, pearls and mother of pearl, found objects and other unusual natural materials.
"Gravity and a penchant for large earrings trashed my own pierced ears so I created virtually weightless embroidered earrings. No two earrings are identical, but close enough. And n...o two ears are identical either. So there."Self-taught embroiderer. Obsessed with color. Kay Denmark paints with thread. No patterns. No stencils. Always freehand. She embraces imperfections. Her current credo: You can never have too many skills or too many earrings.
Jeffrey Lloyd Dever
"All my works are sculptural studies – explorations of where the material world of my daily life intersects my naturalistic musings. From the early days of my childhood, the hills..., orchards, streams, and woodlands of my small New England home infused my aesthetics. It is to that natural world that I retreat when I seek inspiration. In those still, quiet moments, my mind takes wing and soars as I dialogue with my Creator. "Jeffrey Lloyd Dever holds a BS degree in Fine Art from Atlantic Union College, 1976. He is a founding partner and creative director of Dever Designs in Silver Spring, MD. He served on the contract/adjunct faculty of Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland for 20 years, where he taught illustration and graphic design. Sought after as an instructor, he has taught classes across North America and in Europe. He enjoys sharing his pioneering techniques with others as often as his schedule allows. Mr. Dever's polymer vessels, jewelry, and sculptural objects have been shown in many national and international invitational exhibitions, and his works are represented in numerous private collections, galleries, and museums.
Divine NY & Co.
"I’m a mixed media textile artist, crafter and surface designer. What started as a fun silk painting class that I took as a high-school student has turned into a lifelong passion ...and interest in textile art and design. I love working with textiles because there are a variety of techniques that can be used to bring new life to a plain piece of cloth. I’ve been working with fabric paints and dyes for years, constantly adding to my repertoire of hand painting and dyeing techniques to produce unique patterns and prints. I am inspired by bold color, abstract elements, handmade crafts and global travel. My aesthetic leans towards blending whimsical design with East-meets-West inspired motifs. My design process starts with a sketchpad, pencils and markers, where I create my inspiration and color palette. Next, I transfer my design idea onto fabric by silk painting, dyeing, block printing or hand painting. I also create original prints on paper with watercolor, gouache and markers. Once a print is complete, it is scanned, digitally enhanced and modified to create a new sequence of patterns. Through my artistic endeavors, my mission is to inspire others to explore their own creative potential. "Rekha Krishnamurthi is the founder of Divine NY & Co, a design studio & online shop that specializes in hand painted artwork, patterns and unique handmade products. She works with a variety of mediums such as silk paints, fabric dyes, watercolor and digital tools to produce a series of colorful and artisanal creations that include hand-dyed kitchen and table linens, sari quilts, craft kits, wall prints and more. Her artwork has been displayed in the Textile Art Center Digital Gallery Exhibition, her products featured in the Etsy Seller Handbook and she was selected as one of the 15 finalists in the Amazon Handmade Anniversary Awards. When she is not in her studio, creating a new art kit or designing new patterns, she is working on craft tutorials for her YouTube channel or experimenting in the kitchen trying out new recipes!
DMG Designs Metal & Jewelry
"I create jewelry and homewares that last, using traditional hammering techniques to create 3D form, organic texture and contrast. Growing up in the woods gave me an appreciation fo...r the outdoors, and my mission is to create beautiful, nature inspired items for you and your home. Forming metal to reflect nature and bring the outside in is incredibly rewarding, as is creating something that someone will either live with or wear."Danielle Gerber of DMG Designs creates long-lasting and modern metalwares and jewelry using traditional smithing techniques. “While studying at Maine College of Art, I took a metals class, fell in love with the practice, and never looked back.” Danielle says. Now the artisan uses the techniques she learned and honed—including cold forging, raising, and chasing and repoussé, to craft pieces inspired by Maine's flora and fauna. Danielle crafts jewelry, vessels, and bar, dining and homewares; available for sale on her website and select stores nationwide.
"DSARTPROD is the result of life's learning, of all the knowledge accumulated throughout my professional career as a textile designer and illustrator combining know-how and creativi...ty. The construction and composition of my necklaces are done exactly like my paintings, the art of assembling elements to find a balance between shapes and colors in reference to different cultures I am inspired by fashion and events around us At the heart of my art is a desire to tell stories and to participate indirectly in your life. A bit of surrealism, dadaism, pop art. Humour, irony and derision are important components in my work. I put a lot of fantasy into my necklaces to make people smile, life isn’t always funny is it? I never stop, ideas run through my head. Creation is my life. Each necklace is unique, consider Art and Necklaces as collector’s item. "Danielle was born and raised in Paris where she built a career as a textile designer for the world of fashion and interior design. She worked for publishing houses as an illustrator, created children's activity books and also collaborated with women's magazines. In 2007 she decided to move to New York City to pursue and realize her dream work as an artist without constraint in her creativity and take up the challenge of building a new career in the city of all possibilities. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker and Sony hired her to design the windows for their Madison Avenue Stores. Her work has been featured in several galleries in New York and Brooklyn. Now, she lives in Philadelphia where she can explore and work freely to express all her fantasies and creativity with different media and materials under these three names daniellesiegelbaumart, dsartprod, plusaverty.
Edna Madera Studio
"Like an accumulation of pencil marks illustrates a picture, I draw with razor thin wisps of 24 karat gold to convey soft and subtle movement within stillness. "
Edna Madera is a f... irst-generation American studio jeweler working in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Metalsmithing from the School of Fine Art at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She also graduated from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning a Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing while gaining experience as a jewelry instructor through a teaching assistantship. Edna continued to hone her craft at the workbench by maintaining a studio practice while working as a bench jeweler and studio assistant, executing repairs, stone setting, and small batch production. Her technical experience opened opportunities in the jewelry industry. Hired as a product development manager and jewelry designer, focusing on artisan handmade looks, Edna learned the ins and outs of global sourcing, product development, and supply chain. In 2014 Edna opened her namesake studio where her mission is to meld design and technique in fine jewelry.
Elke Van Dyke Design
Elke Van Dyke
"I believe we are a product of our environment, and jewelry is a reflection of artistic expression within it. Living in New York City and with a wanderlust for nature, I create ster...ling silver, gold, and copper mixed-metal jewelry inspired by the symbiotic, beautiful, and sometimes devastating relationship between nature and industry. My aesthetic incorporates natural, organic textures and sleek, architectural lines. Each design seeks to redefine the purpose of the “statement piece” by offering one-of-a-kind wearable art that tells the story of the organic relationship between nature and man – leaving something elegant, powerful, and with a non-conformist sentiment for the individual wearer. All pieces are created ethically and sustainably, with materials sourced in the United States and made in NYC. Each collection incorporates a fusion of metalsmithing and oxidization techniques of sterling silver, copper, and 14K gold and rose gold (solid and fill). I use 100% recycled metals as often as possible, wholly supporting the mindfulness of the environment and the legacy we leave behind. Additionally, I encourage the incorporation of synthetic gemstones as they are real gemstones with a significantly lower impact on the environment, and also source conflict-free natural stones. Through my travels, I have forged personal relationships with small, fair-trade, family-run businesses to handpick conflict-free raw stones which appear in my one-of-a-kind pieces. "Elke Van Dyke, a theatre professional, designer, and environmentalist, specializes in the creation of handmade jewelry collections for a greater consciousness. Each piece is individually handcrafted in Elke's studio in New York City. In addition to creating limited edition and one-of-a-kind jewelry, Elke works extensively with clients on custom bespoke projects. Elke has been published in Belle Armorie magazine and has attended such shows including Grand Central Holiday Fair and Bryant Park Holiday Shops.
Eric Reeves, Woodturner
"As a woodturner, I’m continually seeking the perfect balance between the form I create and the natural beauty of the wood itself. Because all my profits go to humanitarian organi...zations, I always feel that the more perfect a woodturning, the more beautiful, the more I’ll be able to alleviate suffering with my contributions. I turn wood because I believe it is the most beautiful way to let wood express itself, even while I am ultimately imposing a form that is fully and consciously designed. A perfectionist, I find the tantalizing possibility of perfection in woodturning elusive, but at the same time yielding beautiful work that has been taken as far as I can in any given woodturning. I move in smaller dimensions than many turners, but these dimensions permit unusual techniques, including true inlaying of wood and metal in turnings, detailed lamination of woods, delicate finial designs, and hollow-form turning requiring only the smallest of openings. "Eric has been turning wood professionally for over 25 years, with a continually-evolving aesthetic and range of technical skills. His work has been featured in some of the finest art and craft galleries in the country. He regularly exhibits in juried shows including CraftBoston. His newest work features many turnings from two extraordinary woods: Buckeye Burl and Australian Burl caps, with their eye-catching natural edges. He has also begun creating mobiles turned from Buckeye spheroids—exceedingly time-consuming to make, but yielding fascinating woodturning in motion. His finishes are a source of special pride, and after sealing woods that require it, his finish is a mixture of beeswax and carnauba wax, mixed in a very gentle solvent. The result is a lustrous but fully transparent finish, soft and pleasing to the touch.
Erin E. Castellan
"I design and knit fully-fashioned, one-of-a-kind and small batch clothing with virtually zero waste. Each piece is handcrafted on a hand-powered knitting machine using quality yarn...s made from natural fibers. Some pieces also include hand-embroidery and painting, offering an additional layer of intimacy and tenderness to the wearer. These painted and embroidered garments reference transient phenomena observed in nature: water, fire, shifting light and atmospheric mists."Erin holds a BFA in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA in Painting from Indiana University. She was a 2012-2013 Artist-in-Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and a 2016 Society for Contemporary Craft LEAP Award finalist. In addition to knitting, Erin enjoys teaching workshops at craft schools across the country and maintains an active studio art practice creating embroidered and beaded paintings.
Fair Winds Jewelry
"I’m a jewelry artist and educator in Philadelphia. I’m inspired by the traditional sailing ships, the forms of boats, and the interaction of wind, waves, and water. I work in t...raditional jewelry processes in gold and sterling silver and also use computer-assisted technology like CAD (computer-aided design) and 3D printing."Barb Baur is a Philadelphia-based artist, maker, and educator. She primarily makes art jewelry, however she has been known to belly dance, repair musical instruments, and sail the East Coast of the U.S. Barb’s artwork interacts with the body and is created using traditional gold/silversmithing techniques combined with modern fabrication tools like CAD (computer-aided design) and 3D printing. Drawing on her time on a sailboat, Barb’s artwork is inspired by sailing vessels, wind, and water. Barb also manages the TaconyLAB Community Arts Center in Northeast Philadelphia and is an adjunct professor at Tyler School of Art.
Found: in ABQ
"Of course, I am overcome by all of it—this entire world full of wings and things, garden petals drying in books, sticks and stones, fossils and sand, odds and ends of this and th...at. But it is especially the place where the so-called natural world interfaces with the trappings of humanity that inspires my work. Fascinating and collectable gem and mineral specimens, tiny machine nuts and bolts, wings and petals, and acrylic rescued from the waste stream, it all alludes to the human inclination to both worship and exploit nature—to preserve its beauty and obliterate its inconvenience. Clear acrylic angles recall power-lines fragmenting the moving sky. Faceted gems and water smooth granite are like robins chortling in the gutter after a big rain. Multi-layered and multi-colored vitreous enamel surfaces evoke the chimerical character of a desert cityscape. Many of the wings and petals that I use come from this borderland between the city and the wild space. They are cultivated in places like my own backyard garden, lush with hose water. Or, I find them smashed onto the front-end of SUVs, sprouting from sidewalk cracks, and lifeless under streetlights come morning. Many are weeds or agricultural pests—unwelcome in civilization. How do we decide what is precious? There is exquisite beauty everywhere, if you only know how to look."Like you, Jessica deGruyter has always collected the ephemeral—those things that turn to dust in time. From a studio tucked into the back of a rambling garden in Albuquerque, NM, deGruyter works with traditional jewelry making tools and techniques, crafting modern-day curiosity cabinets, meant to display object and to hold space for memory. Her grandmother’s acetylene torch and chasing stamps handmade from rebar remnants inspire her work as much as the strange and lovely found-objects that distinguish it. As a self-taught and self-guided artist, she studies her craft through workshops, books, and experimentation with unusual materials. deGruyter opened her Etsy shop, Found: in Albuquerque, in 2010. Her work has been published in Belle Amore Jewelry Magazine (Winter 2017, Spring 2018), and she was invited to exhibit at the American Craft Council Show in St. Paul, MN for the first time in 2018.
Genevieve Flynn Studio
"The fluid lines and sensuous feel of the Art Nouveau era along with the beauty of nature is reflected in my work. Using nature as my inspiration, I endeavor to create expertly cra...fted heirloom jewelry and vessels. As an artist I receive gratification from working in noble metals that someday will be owned, displayed, utilized or worn by clients in their everyday life. I hope to have my artwork passed down from generation to generation. Over my 45-year career I have worked in gold, sterling silver, Argentium silver, precious stones and copper. I fabricate all of my work and use ancient metal techniques such as repoussé, granulation (a process that fuses gold to silver), saw piercing, Keum-boo a gold leaf application and many others are incorporated to add detail, interest and beauty. I am a self taught silversmith continually striving to learn and hone my techniques and skills. I was trained as a goldsmith and moved into designing and creating my work in silver and gold in the late 1980's. I have particiapted in the American Craft Council shows as well as coordinated a national craft show in the Baltimore area for 10 years. My studio allows me to teach silversmithing workshops as well as bring national and international instructors in to offer workshops in their specialty of metals."Award winning silversmith, Genevieve Flynn, has been working in precious metals for 45 years creating hollowware and art jewelry family heirlooms. Flynn has been invited to create numerous private commissions, including an intricately repoussé hand mirror presented to music industry personality, Paula Abdul and a commemorative 1985 World Series pin for the late Ewing Kauffman, of the Kansas City Royals. During her seven year employment as a bench jeweler she perfected her construction skills and went on to study the repoussé art form working under the Italian master instructor, Fabrizio Acquafresca and Valentin Yotkov, top artists in their field. Genevieve has won many awards including a Saul Bell International Design Award in Hollowware/Art Objects as well as exhibiting her work across the world. As a master chaser and silversmith, Flynn has dedicated a major portion of her career to teaching students the technical intricacies of working with precious metals.
"I make two styles of work. One is furniture, wall panels, and platters with carved and stained imagery that is inspired by photographs that I take. The other is furniture inspired ...by everyday objects. These styles lend themselves to two, equally fulfilling, modes of work: intense concentration on one-of-a-kind pieces, and having fun designing and making limited production furniture. I grew up in Needham, Massachusetts in an area of town that is walking distance from the Charles River, fields, and woodlands. This experience has affected the way I look at nature. I consider how to capture it with a camera and then translate the photograph into a carved and stained image on a wood surface. Asian pottery and prints, scrimshaw, and illustration techniques all influence this body of work. I enjoy finding alternative functional uses for objects. My intent is to find an object whose form can be re-interpreted as a piece of furniture, perhaps with a few tweaks. I often find inspiration going through old barns, antique stores, or stumbling upon something around the house. This body of work shares the basic forms of Early American folk art and uses several construction methods, including mortise and tenon, metal work, turning, and both hand- and machine-shaping. "Duncan Gowdy earned his BFA in Furniture Design from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and his MFA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University. He has exhibited his work throughout the United States for thirty, at venues such as Fuller Craft Museum, Ohio Craft Museum, SOFA Chicago, and Wharton Esherick Museum. Duncan’s work is included in private and corporate collections. Duncan lives in central Massachusetts with his family. In 2012, he had his studio built by the timber frame company in New Hampshire where he worked for several years.
"The morphology of vascular plants provides endless opportunities for capturing tiny fragments of nature’s brilliance. By applying a combination of moisture, compression and heat,... the natural pigments and shapes from selected botanicals can be transferred to silk. I experiment with all kinds of plants from my surroundings in the wilderness, mountains and lakes of Maine, as well as eastern Massachusetts. Each project is a great surprise to see what plant mysteries are revealed on the silk. "Suzanne grew up in upstate New York where she was exposed early to the world of color, dyes and pigments through her dad’s work as a color research chemist at Kodak. With advanced degrees in botany and plant ecology, Suzanne has combined her scientific interest in plants with her love of nature and experimentation into creating her “Collections from Nature on Silk.” Most of Suzanne’s career has been in biotechnology but she has been devoting ever increasing time to her botanical print creations. She also works closely with plant conservation organizations to help preserve and monitor rare plant species throughout New England.
"I am continuously learning how to be still and present, to deeply listen to myself and others, listening for the unsaid. I don’t always like what I hear because it can feel scary..., challenging me to get out of my comfort zone. And those are the times I know I need to go deeper, even when I resist. Glass allows me to connect with people on an emotional level, by sparking curiosity and drawing the viewer in. Glass, as a medium, embodies my personal and artistic journey and evolution, learning to trust my voice and give breath to that voice to speak my truth, as an artist and human spirit."Hethre Larivee, a second-generation glassblower, has been creating with glass since 1996, exploring glassblowing, flameworking, scientific/lathe practices, coldworking, slumping, kiln casting, and stained-glass techniques. Her glass has been published in the New Glass Review and The Flow Magazine, and has been exhibited with the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, Harvard University, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Hethre has also published several artist interviews in The Flow Magazine. She has taught flameworking classes in both public and private settings, including the Corning Museum of Glass. Hethre is also a 200-hour certified Kripalu Yoga teacher and provides guidance in a variety of yoga styles. She believes in making yoga accessible to everyone and shares yoga for artists, specifically glass artists, on Instagram and YouTube, and at events, including the Michigan Glass Project and Glass Vegas.
Hokanson Dix Glass
Bengt Hokanson & Trefny Dix
"Our sculptural forms incorporate vibrant color washes and vivid murrini patterns making our minimal forms come alive. The colors, patterns and surface texture play off each other c...reating a sense of movement. Many of our pieces have murrinis and cane applied to the surface of the form creating texture and light refraction. This casting of the light creates colorful patterns and reflections on the surfaces surrounding the piece, expanding its presence. Our work is influenced by the natural landscapes around us, marine life, modern painters like Rothko, Kandinsky, and Richter, urban graffiti, textiles, music, and life. "Bengt Hokanson graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Glassblowing. Trefny Dix graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a B.F.A. in Sculpture and a B.A. in Art History. They met while working together at Studio Inferno, New Orleans, LA. In 1996 they opened their first glass studio in Greenport, NY. After living and working in NC and CO, they now reside in East Hampton, NY. Bengt and Trefny have exhibited their work at museums, galleries, and juried art shows nationally and regionally. Their work is included in many public and private collections across the US, Canada and Europe.
Ilene Schwartz Jewelry
" I use line and negative space when creating my jewelry. I strive for simplicity in classic feminine forms; always keeping in mind the piece is meant to be worn. My work ...is a combination of 18k gold, sterling silver, and a variety of beautiful gemstones. Clean contemporary earrings and pendants suggest a happy movement that is figurative and playful yet infinitely wearable. My jewelry is a juxtaposition of the unusual and unique beauty of gemstones nature has created (sparkly druzy, patterned fossilized stones, multi-colored opals) with simple classic settings. My pieces are hand-fabricated. I love the transformation of sheet and wire into dimensional form. Bezels are individually constructed for the unique stones I use. Much of the work is given a soft matte finish and additional texture is added by chasing or engraving on small elements in the different pieces. This use of combining texture and color is my version of painting."Ilene Schwartz has been making jewelry in one form or another since she was six years old. She holds an associates degree in graphics and a BFA in metals from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Schwartz worked for a number of years at small family-owned jewelry businesses developing her skills before striking out on her own. For the past 30 years Schwartz has maintained a studio, designing and making jewelry. She exhibits at craft shows and sells online.
Intertwined Original Art
"I am self-taught and utilize weaving and sculpture techniques to create original works. My extensive travels, life experiences and sewing ability greatly influence my work."
Once, J... ill Heir's days were filled with data and specifications but her daydreams were of artistic forms. She felt alive whenever she contemplated the beauty of nature and she saw a new path. The artist behind the desk was freed. Reed and sustainable natural elements fascinate her. The inter-play between left and right brain stimulates her creative process and leads her work in new directions.
" My creative process is a combination of instinct, discovery and letting ideas evolve and come to fruition as I work. The act of creating jewelry in itself is often where new ideas... are born. I create sculptural jewelry that is balanced, bold and luminous. Using fabrication and forming techniques, I combine precious metals, minerals and gems. I am inspired by clean simple lines, natural geometry, elements of ancient and tribal design and the play between positive and negative, dark and light and masculine and feminine."An award winning jeweler, Thea Izzi has been designing and creating her signature jewelry for more than 25 years. She is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 1991) and is currently a resident of RI with her studio at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket. Thea's versatile, modern designs range from fluid and sculptural to powerfully bold and mesmerizing. Many of her signature pieces are hand made using Sterling Silver that is fused with a layer of 22K Gold, adding a luminous glow from interior spaces as it catches the light. What sets apart Thea's distinctive adornments is that they evoke a strong feeling of balance and well being which originates from her creative inspiration to incorporate subtle yet powerful geometric, archetypal and iconographic references.
J Shannon Floyd Glass
J Shannon Floyd
"My hand-blown glass forms are simple, clean, and elegant. I draw inspiration from Scandinavian and Mid-Century Modern Design to create work meant to enhance your home and your life...style."J Shannon Floyd is a Boston based glass artist and a 2015 graduate from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has spent the past five years working in a variety of glass studios in the Boston area while also traveling to work with glass artists around the country. She has received scholarships to take classes at Pilchuck Glass School, Penland, Haystack, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Additionally, she has been awarded the Rosenberg Residency for emerging glass artists at Salem State University. In the past year she has settled down to focus on developing and marketing a production line of hand blown glass pieces that range from functional to decorative at her studio in Cambridge MA.
Jeung-Hwa Park Textiles
"My knitting is inspired by Yin and Yang Philosophy. In my artistic interpretation, life is transformed into a combination of opposites: tradition and modern, hand-craft and mac...hine technology, East and West, sky and earth, dream and reality, seen and unseen. These combinations restore continual harmony and balance between the opposites. By doing my best to marry the spirit of Yin and Yang, traditional handicraft and modern machine knitting, I create contemporary knitting that brings new sculptural and textural aesthetics. In searching for new aesthetics of knitting, I combine machine knitting with traditional handcrafts: dyeing and felting. These harmonic fusion of combinations expand to three dimensional surfaces beyond the traditional aesthetics of knitting. My philosophy in crafting knitting is to convey visual poetry by offering my artistic expression and handcraft performance. Through my knitting, I want to share my philosophy toward harmony and balance to others. "Jeung-Hwa Park is an educator and textile artist who showcases her work in museums, galleries and respected craft shows in the US and abroad. After earning the MFA in Textiles at RISD, Park continued to vigorously pursue a career as an artist in the professional field of craft. She has exhibited her innovative sculptural knitted work in exhibitions and has received awards from nationally recognized associations for artistic achievement. In addition, her knit work has been purchased for prestigious permanent fashion and textile collections by the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Fidelity Investments Art Collection in Smithfield and the Hong Kong Design Institution Museum Collection. After more than a decade of teaching at RISD, she rediscovered her love of teaching and gained confidence in her own teaching philosophy. Jeung-Hwa continues to balance her career in the field of textiles and education.
"I first hand-dye my yarn, then I knit using hand-manipulated techniques on a knitting loom. Each piece is knit in such a way that gives the scarf a sculptural effect when worn. I f...inish the knit by felting each piece. I use premium, eco-friendly, fibers such as merino wool, silk, bamboo, and Tencel."After graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree is Textiles, Kristin Gereau moved to Waukesha, WI, to found K.Gereau Textiles. In 2005 Kristin participated in her first trade show and has been creating unique and one of a kind hand-made scarves and gauntlets ever since. With a passion for "playing around with the materials," Kristin pushes the limits of her Brother Knitting Machines. Each piece is organically hand-loomed using luxury natural fibers.
Kaden & Kai
"My work is inspired by a lifetime working in the green sector. My mission through Kaden & Kai is to extend the useful life of materials that can be recycled and repurposed while cr...eating something beautiful and unexpected."Kaden & Kai Bicycle Tube Necklaces, Bracelets and Earrings are designed and produced by Lisa Romano Cassidy. Lisa introduced the Kaden & Kai line to the Boston market in August 2021. Prior to that, Lisa worked as a marketing consultant in energy conservation, power generation, recycling and printing & imaging to promote sustainable business practices. Kaden & Kai is headquartered in Lexington, Massachusetts where Lisa lives with her husband Parker, her two pugs and her children. Kaden & Kai are the two middle names of her two boys.
Kathryn Bowman Studio LLC
"At first, I explored beadwork, drawn by the endless colors. After acquiring metalsmithing skills each design became unique to my vision. Beadwork gives each piece texture and color.... The metal mechanisms repeat the rhythms of the design creating overall harmony. In the end my work is about the making and not so much about the media. Floral imagery has become my expression of universal energy and hope. Flowers come and go, but eternally provide hope and joy. Flowers also provided a vehicle to communicate our need to be conscientious stewards of our planet. "Kathryn Bowman started life on a farm on the plains of Colorado. The vastness of this perspective rooted Kathryn with a sense of partnership with nature and wove its way into her artistic vision. A love of making started early by drawing, painting, and stitching before starting school. As a young adult, Kathryn wanted to see the greater world and found the perfect career for her wanderlust as an international flight attendant. While wandering the halls of the greatest museums of the world, she was inspired by the works of the great masters. A deep love of travel is in her bones to this day and serves as a great source of inspiration. Now living near the confluence of the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers, Kathryn’s artistic focus is to tap into the abundant beauty of the natural world. By using floral imagery in her work, her intention is to plant a desire in the wearer or observer to preserve our planet. Her purposeful balance of metal and woven glass gives each piece the solidity, variety of texture and joyous color from our natural world while coaxing a smile with her whimsy.
Kelsey Simmen Jewelry
"I am a jewelry artist making handcrafted one-of-a-kind pieces and small production batches that are influenced by type 1 diabetes. I have been living with diabetes for over 20 yea...rs. I explore sugar through my work using traditional and non-traditional jewelry techniques: growing, casting, and fabricating sugar in forms from molecule to large-scale sugar crystals. I use fine metals, color, repetition, scale, and other materials as I play with making something beautiful from this disease."Kelsey Simmen is a jewelry artist who fabricates her work by hand in Northern California. She graduated with her Bachelor’s of Fine Art in San Francisco in 2009. After earning her degree she worked under several notable women in the jewelry field accumulating a diverse toolbox to start her own jewelry studio. Kelsey’s work features sugar as a main theme. She creates textures in her pieces by growing, manipulating, and building with its crystals, from tiny sanding sugar to large rock candy. Her intention is to create beautiful pieces that are distinct and thoughtful and become part of both your everyday rituals and your unique experiences.
Kent Oaks Pottery
"Polka dots, stripes and curves. Earth, energy, and color. Most of my current work is influenced by modern artists from the 20th century. From Gene Davis’s stripes to the geometri...c forms of Bauhaus and Suprematism artists, I seek to embrace this aesthetic in functional pottery. Most of my work is slab built using a tan speckled stoneware. Many of the pieces are hand painted with underglazes, so that each kiln opening is filled with an abundance of color. Trying to enhance everyday with something useful and beautiful guides my work and hopefully brings joy to others."Pam took her first pottery class in Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1979. Over the years, wherever she lived and worked, she sought out a local pottery studio so that she could continue to learn and create pots. Now, she is fortunate to spend many uninterrupted hours working in her home studio. Her work is sold in a number of galleries in the DC metro area and the Philadelphia Art Museum Store. She has participated in a number of national, regional and local shows, including the 2021 American Craft Council Baltimore Week Virtual Show, the James Renwick Alliance Holiday Show since 2016, and the Glen Echo Park Holiday Show since 2008.
"I was curious from a young age about the relationship between nature and craft. Growing up in Kyoto, Japan, my family has manufactured kimonos for three generations. The richly-p...atterned textiles that surrounded me from childhood always showed fine descriptions of natural beauty. I became particularly interested in their backgrounds: the beautiful colors of the sky, and the colors of light that were brought to these garments had a visceral effect. After working as a sales representative for the family business--traveling the world and exposed to a great variety of natural environments--I began working on lighting pieces from my maturing imagination. I discovered my home in Seattle in 2008, falling in love, primarily, with the sublime, peculiar type of light. I am attracted by the abundant beauty of the Northwest, which deeply influences my work. I am interested in ways shape, volume, texture, and color may be brought to an interior space, drawn from natural phenomena. I stitch, dye, sew, fold, and shape organic materials by hand, to create pieces that are individually fashioned to their environments. I design them to be playful, simple, unique compartments of light, with hidden surprises. My work is an attempt to bridge earth and sky, Eastern and Western culture, and to evoke the beautiful relationship that is possible between interior space and the great wonder of nature."Born In Kyoto, Japan, Yuri graduated with honors from Osaka Fashion Institute, Department of Interior Design. After traveling around the world, she settled in the U.S. to expand her artistic skills and passion for lighting design. Now based in Seattle, Yuri works with organic materials to create small and large scale sculptures of ‘Interwoven Lights’. Her site specific installations continue to explore the interrelations of play between light and shadow within her medium.
"My pieces are sculpted - built instead of sewn. My designs are decidedly feminine - I seek to drape the body with the same beauty and grace of the traditional Indian saris I use in... my work. I consider each piece a composition, inspired by a single vintage silk. I then respond to that by adding my own hand-dyed silks and loose wool fibers, using traditional wet felting methods to build both the fabric and the finished garment. As a creative practice, I am driven by the constant problem-solving presented by repurposed silks. Ethically, it allows me to have near zero fabric waste in my studio."Janice Kissinger has exhibited her work at fine craft shows across the country since 2011. Her love of South Asian textiles inspires her work, allowing to indulge in rich colors and gorgeous silks. Based in South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, Kissinger has received the Ornament Magazine Best in Wearable Art Award in the Philadelphia Museum of Art show as well as the Distinction in Fiber Award at CraftBoston.
Kit Burke-Smith Jewelry
"The shapes and textures in my work come from everyday moments, like watching birds, afternoon shadows, or the feeling of coarse sand. I use traditional hand fabricated metalsmithi...ng methods to create new minimalist and sculptural jewelry. Materials are silver, 18k gold, neoprene rubber, and the occasional Peruvian opal and Tahitian pearl. I enjoy making work where the process informs how the shapes turn out. One example is my line of asymmetric paired loops; earrings that start from the same piece of metal, then split apart to make two elements that are not identical but relate to each other through the way they were made. Picture a long strip of linguini being cut lengthwise in a wavy line with each half becoming a looped earring and you will get the idea. I keep my methods relatively traditional but use them to create pieces that feel fresh, minimalist, and sculptural. "Kit Burke-Smith began studying jewelry and metalsmithing as a teen at the prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts, and went on to study it more formally, earning a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from SUNY New Paltz. She currently lives and maintains a studio practice in New York’s Hudson Valley. As a maker, her goal is to help facilitate a world where we can all experience, interact and live with well made, hand crafted, and thoughtful items.