Fabulous Crafters at the Southern Vermont Art & Crafts Festivalcomments (0) August 14th, 2008
This is really one of those Mother-Daughter events that I wouldn't miss. A chance to escape with my mom and sister and her best friend and daughter...who I grew up with. In addition to the craft festival, we see a go out to dinner and see a play. There is also wonderful shopping at the outlets in Manchester VT. This year I found all sort of crafty stuff to share with you.
The craft festival is alway our first stop...you can smell the kettle corn before you even get out of the car! Of course, I have my favorite crafters that I visit year after year. My first stop was at Teresa Girzone Jewelry. She has a new studio in Albany, NY where she crafts her silver jewelry. Her designs can be described as simple elegance--combining pearls and other stones with silver in a way that accentuates the beauty of both. After meeting you, she has a gift for picking out pieces that reflect your style. If you're looking for something unique, it's worth a trip to her studio where you can sit down with her to design a special piece.
Then I spied the most amazing soft sculptured hand bags and accessories designed by Irene C. Reed. She lives right down the road from me in Hartford, CT. She combines crocheted shapes with quilting and other techniques to create dimensional purses. If you want to take your crocheting and quilting to the next level by mixing it up with some new techniques and live in the area, she offers workshops. (Irene C. Reed, 157 Zion Street, Hartford, CT. 06106 (860) 525-1065. I was especially taken with her red shoe purse.
Lugging my heavy tote bag with me made me appreciate the cool bags from Albano Bags. Check out their website to see the many ways you can wear this bag--If you want to make your own, they have kits available. Zehn Naturals had 100% certified organic tees and reusable shopping bags for the whole family. The tees are printed with water based ink and there are lots of eco-friendly designs to choose from. Then I met Ellen from Yellow Dog Farms spinning yarn from the mohair fibers collected from Angora goats that are raised on her farm. (The little boy in the background was very interested in the whole process until I decided to take a picture--I think I scared him away.) Visit their website to check out beautiful yarn, shawl pins and hand knitted items.
Outside the big tents there were lots of crafters on the lawn. I really thought the recycled ski furniture was clever. I sat on a snow board bench for a picture with the owners of Green Mountain Ski Furniture. If you're into skiing and have a collection of old skis, consider having them made into usable art (complete with your own memories of past ski trips!). Check them out! They also take donations if you want to recycle your old skis.
Finally, I loved Lids by Melissa. Each of her hats is a unique work of art. If you're into fancy hats, these are for you! I think the reason why I liked them so much is because they are crafted with the most amazing marbled silks, felted wools and other unusual fabrics.
I wish I could have blogged about every crafter at the festival! I love to support the creative efforts of talented artists--I hope you enjoyed it!