I am a mixed media artist working in natural fiber, wood, repurposed antique or vintage fabrics, leather, and clay. I use antique, wooden hat molds to create wet and needle felted merino wool or alpaca hats, scarves, bags and pins. I hand carve people and animals from wood or sculpt them from clay to create primitive, mixed media art dolls using salvaged fabrics, leathers and found objects to dress and accessorize them. I use hand tools and traditional methods in all my creations. My felted pieces are functional art, preserving the use of vintage tools and reviving fashions. My dolls are sculptural extensions of my interest in folk art, in preserving worn textiles which might otherwise be discarded, and in maintaining a sense of nostalgia for historical treasures.
Ebru Richsilk Designs- This is our one of a kind hand marbled silk fashion line. We create floating designs using the Turkish art of ebru and the Japanese art of Suminagashi combined with Arashi Shibori pleating techniques as applied to silk fabric. We use only the highest quality silk and specially developed paints. The designs will never wash out or fade. The art of ebru and Suminagashi have for five centuries intrigued, fascinated and inspired the imagination creating soft, warm colored images, laced with exciting never ending patterns and figured images. The Turkish art of “Ebru “and Japanese “Suminagashi” stand alone as the only art forms that create, design and print images applied on water.
Create Your Own Silk Scarf- When applicable, we can demonstrate as well as offer our onsite art program where participants can watch and are offered the opportunity to create beautiful, high quality silk scarves for themselves.
Kid Friendly! Participants create beautiful, high quality, wearable art.
Since 1986, we have successfully developed a unique line of functional and decorative stoneware. We maintain a working pottery studio and enjoy a successful retail, mail order, and commission business.
PIeces are thrown on a potters wheel, pinched, coiled and hand-painted. The relief technique is drawn on with a pencil and clay is excised from leather hardened pottery. Glazes are mixed and applied to the frame the art work and enhance each detail.
Kid Friendly! Clay will be available to children to try making pinch bowls, frogs, mugs, turtles and worms, which will be demonstrated along with carving, etching and relief.