I made one purchase... wonderful pair of earrings from Mullanium. They also had cute little boxes and pins. I love the layers of elements and symbols.
Wonderfully whimsical -- but in a refined way -- ceramic jewelry from Courtney DeYoung. Gosh, looking at this image again, I wish I would have bought some.
Apparently wood is particularly hot right now. I can see why. Some artists are doing amazing work in work. Check out Michael Bauermeister.
Felt jewelry and bracelets created with 3D printing by Maria Eife.Here is a pretty good video about 3D printing.
I almost bought a coffee cup from Three Wheel Studio. Isn't this super cute?
I almost bought another coffee cup from Justin Rothshank Ceramics.
Kristin and I were both pretty entranced by these bracelets by Jennifer Fecker of is-felt.
We were also delighted to chat with Gustav Reyes who told us all about his innovative process which involves steaming wood then compressing it and slicing off strips which are completely flexible and can be wound into beautiful shapes like this.
The bracelet still retains some flexibility. I was especially impressed with Gustav as he spent lots of time sharing his process and ideas about the possibilities of wood with many people in his booth.
I was happy to see Stacy Lee Webber because I recognized her work from the 40 Under 40 at the Smithsonian. She creates beautiful and provocative work with coins.
We ran into Cathy Kleeman who told us to look for the great designs on floorcloths by Faith Wilson. Wow. She was right. They were awesome. Kristin and I especially liked her repeated use of the phrase, "here now."
Brandon Holschuh is a jewelry designer... and much more. He actually sells his jewelry with the mounting stands all together. This is a brooch... or a beautiful sculptural object. He said he sometimes spends as much time designing the armature as he does designing the jewelry. His booth was beautifully styled and it was very clear he thinks about all the details! Inspiring.
Jewelry combining metal and stitching by Lauren Markley. Of course, I was drawn to anything that involved stitching and fiber.
No wait, maybe this was my favorite. Mixed media by Graceann Warn. I am still swooning over these compositions. I think it's fascinating that each of these 16 pieces incorporate the same basic design, but small changes, adjustments and details make them each unique.
Thanks for the review! how I wish I could have come....
Great review! And now I don;t have to blog about it because i think you said pretty much everything I was going to say. It was great to see so much thoughtful, well made, beautiful work. It was also great to be able to chat with many of the artists and learn a bit about their process, their motivation, their interests. The best part though, was to be able to go with a friend (you) and talk together about what we had seen and our reactions to it. Having a "processing partner" added much to the experience.
Oh man, so wish I could have gone! Thanks for sharing.
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