Wrap Up: The 23rd Annual Washington Craft Show

23 Nov

The 23rd Annual Washington Craft Show was in full swing Friday, November 19 through Sunday, the 21st, bringing together many talented artists from all over the country. This is not simply a “craft” show, it’s fine crafts with the type of artisan work you see at gallery shows. Works ranged from wearable and decorative fiber art, ceramic, beaded and wall sculptures, fine jewelry, unique furniture designs, lighting, glass wares, and even fiber paintings. Every artist’s booth held something inspiring and gorgeous and we tried to snap as many photos as we could.

The first booth we visited was that of Laura Baring-Gould. A sculptor from Somerville, MA, who works in cast bronze.

Susan Levi-Goerlich who produces gorgeous fiber artwork. Needle felted silk paintings and stitched impressions. She “paints” these fiber art works with dyed silk and free-motion machine embroidery which lends a fluid effect to the pieces. She has been been working with embroidery and hand-painted silks since 1986. You can see her work on display at the ACC Craft Show in Baltimore in February 24 – 27, 2011.

Fun felted hats from Acme Hats (Lauri Chambers).

Kina Crow sculptures.

Crow has always been interested in the face & figure , she believes this almost primal attraction has led her to question and analyze what it is, and means to be alive. She portrays this experience in the form of, often childlike figurative objects. The raw and rudimentary quality of her works also reflect a youthful naivete and are intended to display the inner and most basic nature of all people. Although technically inanimate, they are typically narrative, & therefore take on a life of thier own. (We wanted everything in her booth!)

A circular motion – 31 ” x 16 ” x 16 ” Ceramic, metal and wood turntable.
The carousel in the head of this big boy does actually move. It sits on a 30″ high wood pedestal that also comes with the piece

If I only had the balls – stoneware figure in mixed media panel, 24″ x 48 “

Sculptures by Julie Girardini.

Peter Harrison – The Lavassa Line

It features exposed polished stainless steel fasteners, concrete, metal and wood.

The Helium dining table features an intense woven stainless steel cable grid that dips in the center. The glass top sits upon the cables creating an optical illusion that is certain to be the focus of your dining room. The tables corners are joined by four machined aluminum brackets.

Reina Mia Brill Knitted Wire Sculptures. Click here to read about the entire process for the sculptures.

Elissa Farrowsavos sculptures. Every piece she makes is about storytelling, each a narrative of some woman somewhere, and every woman everywhere.

Beaded vessels by Tristyn Albright. These are all handmade.

Michael Baxley mixed media art. Baxley first starts out with a photograph, and uses a transfer process to get the image on a wood surface. Inspired by the photo, he hand forms blossoms from porcelain. The blossoms are individually glazed and fired to a high temperature. A background color is created on the wood using many layers of acrylic paint. In the final process, the porcelain blossoms are arranged and cast to the wood using a casting resin. The final work reflects the colors, lines, and formations that nature gives us.

The booth of  Chris Roberts-Antieau felt like you just stepped into a circus sideshow. The lighting worked beautifully in the booth, but unfortunately it hindered the ability to take proper photographs. These are “fabric paintings” composed from freehand-cut cloth shapes, hung behind glass in hand-painted frames.

Peruvian artist Nebiur Arellanos silk paintings. Most who visited the booth immediately thought of Kustav Klimt when looking at this piece. She is inspired by Peruvian culture and the geometric shapes.

Akiko Sugiyma creates texture-rich wall-hung assemblages of various hand-colored, painted papers and other materials. She began creating works of art with paper and other materials that she would find on the ground during walks, such as wire, wax, gold leaves, dried leaves, and whatever else she would find that inspires her.

She cuts, rolls, coils, and layers the paper, adding just a few touches of other organic materials to enhance her work. Her works are wall-mounted but very definitely three-dimensional.

Marianne Hunter Estate Jewelry

The diamond piece in the center of the piece below is over 100 years old.

Nancy Kubale Ceramic Sculptures

Before the show came to town we did a write up on Nancy’s work and couldn’t wait to see her pieces in person. They did not disappoint. The pictures do not do her work justice due to the lighting.

Christine Originals – Framed Dioramas

Miniature figures against a photograph backdrop. Custom made with a photograph from a client or chosen by Christine Originals.

Starr Hagenbring Wearable Art

Designer Starr Hagenbring creates spectacular jackets, gowns and other “wearable art” by painting, cutting, piecing and stitching fabrics into different patterns.

If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the show we highly recommend making a point to attend next year or find a fine art craft show near you.

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