Wednesday, December 3, 2014

TEXTILE/FIBER ART AT THE CAROLINA DESIGNER CRAFTSMEN SHOW

It was a busy weekend full of packing , traveling, visiting, setting up and tearing down. Here are some photos from the Carolina Designer Craftsmen Fine Art and Craft show which took place over Thanksgiving weekend.

  This is what greets us when we arrive to set up for the show.  It is actually quite amazing how quickly this bare space turns into a warm, inviting area for people to come meet artists and shop for art and gifts.

Mary Kircher's booth.  Mary creates contemporary weavings.  She does custom dyeing and has a wonderful eye for combining colors.  Some areas of her weavings are left open creating a sense of mystery through the warp.  She has a studio at Artspace in Raleigh, N.C.

Michael Smith's booth was a rainbow of color and texture.  Who wouldn't feel good wearing one of these shibori dyed designs?  For a closer look at the intricacy of the dyeing visit Michael's website by clicking on his name above.

Teresa and Mike work in bookbinding using leather with a sense of character.  They create one-of-a-kind designs.  You can hardly wait to fill the pages with your  adventures, thoughts and dreams. 

Lisa M. LeMair incorporates Morse Code and other hidden messages in her stitched clothing. Her use of contrasting fabrics make for a bold fashion statement.

Jill Wagoner is a master of marbled fabric.  Each of these ties has its own original pattern created through the dye process.  She also designs clothing with marbled fabric.

Jen Swearington uses screen-printing and shibori techniques to create stylish clothing.  Her styles have a definite feminine flair.  They are shaped well leaving any woman feeling great about herself.  Jen has also authored the book "Printing on Fabric: Techniques with Screens, Stencils, Inks and Dyes"

Nancy Raasch designs jewelry using various fiber materials and wire.  Her creations are unique works that would make great additions to anyone's collection.


 Liz Spear weaves fabric that just begs to be touched.  She has recently added felting to the garments she creates with her woven cloth.  Her clothing is soft, comfortable and adds an aura of class to the woman who wears it.

Neal Howard weaves scarves and shawls.  She also hand-dyes yarns into some luscious colors where one hue blends beautifully into another.  I used one of her combinations to whip the edges of a piece I showed at University of Connecticut's Art Gallery recently.  It couldn't have been a more perfect fit.  Thanks, Neal!

Here I am Sunday, getting ready to pack up and head home.  I had a great time at the show meeting old and new friends and seeing pieces find a new home.

Check out the shows in your area and have a great day.

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