Featured Artist – Esther D’Abate

22 Aug

Esther D’Abate – My sewing skills started with my mom and probably about the time of my Girl Scout badge, but I really can’t remember my first project.  There are a few projects that I do distinctly remember though!  The one piece swimsuit I had to make 3 times before I got it right.  That was when swimwear fabric first came out. The first try I got the stretch going the wrong way, the second one didn’t fit (too short), the third one I remember changed from the original yellow color to magenta and the pattern changed, but that’s about all I remember.

The second project that I specifically remember is the plaid bomber jacket with the sheep fur collar that I made in Home Ec and wore in the junior high fashion show.  Don’t ask me why I remember that project.  I’m sure it was so stylish.

I eventually moved on to quilting in high school and the early years of college.  My grandmother pieced quilt tops, then had someone quilt them.  Each grandchild got one when they graduated from high school. When I look at my first projects I see how far I and the industry has come.  The cardboard template I used for a maple leaf applique quilt. Not knowing the importance of using all cotton fabrics.  I made a quilt for my husband when we were dating and it is now the quilt I use in my quilt class that shows the things of “what not to do”.  He still treasures it, but it is half faded due to using some polyester blend and 100% cotton fabrics, then there is the bearding from the polyester batting and limited quilting.

My dad also did upholstery so I have some of those skills.  I have recovered small pieces of furniture, made cushions, draperies, pillows and not afraid to give it a try, but also know my limitations.  I recently came into possession of his industrial sewing machine, but still need to take the time to get comfortable with it.

I got away from garment sewing after being frustrated about patterns not fitting.  A few years ago I decided to make fitting a sewing goal for that year.  I took a tailoring class at a local fashion school, but was unhappy with the instructor and not learning what I wanted.  Then I found a GREAT mentor, teacher and friend, Megan at Stitch Cleveland. She taught me how to design my own patterns and how to fit garments before I make them.  I’m now happier with the garments I make and create.

Sewing is my passion and fabric is my addiction.  I am a fabri-holic and there is no 12 step program.  Thank god!

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Featured Artist – Matthew Richards

21 Aug

PictureMatthew Richards lived in Japan for 18 years, after graduating from Penn State. It was in Japan that art became more prominent in his life.  During his youth he was exposed to the arts through his grandfatherʼs pottery, his motherʼs graphic arts and his own eager interest.  In Japan he continued with pottery, studied Japanese calligraphy, began photography and woodworking as well as taiko (Japanese drumming).  All of these contributed to the development of his current artwork. It was serendipitous that during some free time at a show of his photography and pottery, while sketching, that his abstracts, “Ryu no Sakebi” were born.

“My interest in pottery came from years of watching my grandfather throw pots.  When I moved to Japan I had the good fortune of studying the craft with a Japanese master potter.  Pottery has become another form of fulfilling my need to express myself artistically.”

“Ryu no Sakebi abstracts are works of art I just recently created.  When I first started learning Japanese I was intrigued by the complexity of Japanese “Kanji” or characters.  As an artist and a student of Japanese I naturally became interested in “Shodo” (Japanese calligraphy) and studied under the tutelage of a variety of “sensei”.  These creations are not necessarily a “letter/character”.  They reflect what is in my mind, my spirit, my heart, when I set the brush down upon the paper.”

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Win this Wagon! Full of Art Supplies!!!

18 Aug

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There’s no doubt anyone would love to have this wagon full of art supplies and creative outlets.  Below is a list off all the things we put in the wagon.  Raffle tickets will be available at the Raffle booth/tent at the Berea Arts fest, Sunday Sept. 10, 10a-5p.  Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.  Don’t miss out on this wagon and our donated art work at this years Raffle booth/tent.  The value of the wagon is still being tallied, but it worth hundreds, and hundreds of dollars! A special THANK YOU to Cathy for putting this wagon together!  She did a great job!

Art and Crafts Wagon, 2017

97 Piece Wooden Sketch Box Easel Set
12 tubes each of acrylic paint, oil paint, and water color paint
12 each of color pencils sketch pencils, oil pastels and soft pastels
1 each:  plastic palette, black line canvas, portable wooden easel, water color pad, drawing pad, pencil sharpener, eraser, color wheel
9 brushes
3 spatulas

Cutting devices
12″ paper trimmer and scorer
8 pairs of scissors, each with a different decorative edge

Adhesives:
glue sticks, Darice permanent glue runners, glue dots, and texture dots; corded, cool glue gun

Scrapbooking materials:
large empty scrapbook; “‘Gameday’ Albums Made Easy Kit”; 1 Flip/Fold Out Photo Display “album”; 1 4×4 album Kit
Papers:  36 DIY Patterned Paper tablet; 5 packs of colored cardstock; 1 package (12 count) of white smooth A2 cards and envelopes
Stamping supplies: 3 sets of small, wooden stamps; 6 ink pads; 30 dual tip art markers

Paints:
6 bottles of finger paints; 6 bottles of glitter paint

Sculpey products:
24 color sampler Premoi Sculpey Oven Bake Clay; 8 piece Sculpey Clay Tool Set

Miscellaneous:
Origami Home Decor Kit
2 packages of buttons in assorted colors and sizes
3 packages (4 per package) of sidewalk chalk
1 box (24 Ct) of Crayola crayons
1 metallic Eyelet Starter Kit
6 packages of decorative twine
assorted sheets of stickers, sequins, rub-ons, etc.
5 piece Metallic Pumpkin Markers
Gently Used and New Book Titles
Craft-a-Day
Aleene’s Big Book of Crafts
Art Fun
Coloring and Drawing
An Introduction to Mixed Media
Paper Magic

Martha Stewart Products
Tools:  heating tool, fringe cutter, pillow envelope gift box

Punches
Lever type:  Deep Edgetrim Nested Petal; Flourish Frame Layering Dual Punch;
Star Layering Dual Punch; Heart Garland Punch

“All Over the Page”: Aspen Flurry Snowflake Pattern; Heart; Cut and Fold Dahia

“Stamp & Punch Sets”: 
Circle Punch; Stamp sentiments:  “Love,” “On Your Special Day,” “Thanks,”
“Congrats”

Flourish Punch; Stamp sentiments:  With Love,” “Hand Made With Love,”
“Warmest Wishes,” “Thank You”

Starter Sets:
Stamp Around the Page Floral Set
Learn With Martha Book Binding Kit

Featured Artist – Brigitte Matchett

17 Aug

Brigitte Matchette – I have been making jewelry since my teen years. It all started with a rock tumbler that did not work which lead me to learning how to cut and polish stones. The variety of colors and patterns found in stones encompasses the colors of the rainbow and the patterns range from snowflakes in obsidian to bold stripes in banded agate! I also like to use pearls, shell and coral from the sea! Later I experimented with soldiering copper, brass and sterling silver. I really enjoy creating and making filigree jewelry! The best part of making jewelry is learning new techniques and ways to create new items like hand made beads or a new style of earrings. Since I enjoy a challenge, feel free to contact me for custom work!

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Featured Artist – Jeneen Hobby

16 Aug

Jeneen Hobby – My interest in photography began with the study of nature. The beauty, grandeur, and complexity of life on this planet are my subjects. From the grand vistas of the Rocky Mountains to the rocky coastline of Maine, I have been enthralled by the majesty of nature. But I am as captivated by a small detail as I am by a sweeping landscape. Indeed, you may see in some of my images an interest in exploring the patterns nature makes in an abstract way, from a close-up of the bark of a Rainbow Eucalyptus tree in south Florida, to a reflection of the Everett Covered Bridge and autumn leaves in Cuyahoga Valley National Park. 

          But my love for photography extends also to humanity and what it has created. In addition to traveling the United States, I have spent time in Asia and the Middle East—from China, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Laos, to Yemen and Dubai. On these journeys I aim to capture the essence of a place, which can occur in the smile of a novice monk on the Tibetan Plateau; or in the art and architecture of an ancient civilization, such as when the Cambodian jungle overtakes the Angkor complex, or when the sun warms the top of a 400-year old “skyscraper” in Sana’a, Yemen.

          My most recent body of work comes from Ohio, where I live and work. In revisiting familiar places to photograph them, I always discover something new. I have been exploring close-ups and abstractions lately, including the bark of a London Plane tree in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, the steel curves and shapes of the Peter B. Lewis building designed by Frank Gehry on Case Western Reserve’s campus, and the brightly colored glow of Christmas lights at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron. It’s the magic of “writing with light” that I continue to explore. 

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Featured Artist – Denise Donaldson

14 Aug

I’m Denise Donaldson, the artist behind Sticks and Glitter.  In 2011, my husband Rick and I started a jewelry design studio to showcase our combined talents.  Rick excels at putting together eye-catching color palettes, while I have a feel for stones and metals.  This site will show you some of our regularly changing portfolio, describe the services we offer, and give you the opportunity to purchase our work.  As artists, we’re always excited to be part of new and exciting projects!

For each of us, jewelry is an expression of our creativity.  To keep our designs fresh and interesting, we continually seek to expand into different techniques and materials.  We like to find unusual uses for standard components and to search for the “wow” elements that make our pieces stand out.  My first love was semi-precious stones, and they remain at the center of much of my work.  I use other materials as well, including several types of metals, fused glass, and even fibers.  Rick focuses on crystals, furnace glass, lampwork glass, and similar materials.  We consider our work to be earth centered.  In our studio overlooking the huge old trees of our back yard, we hammer, bend, string, rivet, wrap, emboss, solder, and otherwise contrive to produce signature pieces, while our dogs snuggle at our feet and our cats preside over the work table.  Our process is very personal and individual; our necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pendants are made one at a time, not churned out in mass quantities.

In addition to our original design jewelry pieces for the general public, we do custom and commission work.  We can craft a necklace to match a new outfit or dream up a stunning piece for a special occasion.  Our custom skills also extend to repairs.  We can re-string that necklace your grandmother gave you, attach a new clasp, or handle other kinds of repairs so that you can wear everything in your jewelry box.  Whether we’re designing just for you or fixing something you already have, we provide reliable, timely service with professionalism and attention to detail.

Please browse through our pages and see what we’re all about.  Each piece we make is one of a kind, created for the wearer who will appreciate it, the person who doesn’t want to simply look like everyone else.  Feel free to leave us your comments and suggestions or to ask what we can do to make you sparkle!

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Thanks for coming, and enjoy your visit!

Featured Artist – Paulette Baker

9 Aug

Paulette Baker – Always a work in progress, my passion is a search for purity. Simple clean lines will accentuate color and pattern. Natural fibers such as chiffon, georgette and charmeuse silks along with blends of bamboo and various weights of linen and wool provide the back-drop for my hand felted, dyed and painted designs. The overall effect may be different but only slightly…just enough to be unusually pleasing. My color pallet can be worn by most but with special attention to the woman who has lived enough to know her style. As a person once trained in the precision of science, I have retired into the freedom of many wonderful colors and textures where non-conformity is embraced.

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