Tuesday, February 26, 2013

American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, the good stuff

It all started with that I went to the Philadelphia Craft Show about two years ago and met the quilting artist Erin Wilson, whose work I love.  PP bought a little piece of her work for me (thanks) and from there it went down hill (which is a good thing!).  We saw her work again in May in Morven in Princeton, with several new pieces, including a quilt in green, browns, and reds that I am now the happy owner of!  I look at it every day. Here is a piece of it as a taste for you all.
A new amazing art quilt by Erin Wilson

And now Erin was exhibiting her new work again in Baltimore, at the American Craft Council Show.  I really have been pulled into the craft world through that first visit in Philadelphia. (Well, we also went to Baltimore to feed AREA who is in art school there :)

So, the American Craft Council Show is a giant thing, with maybe a thousand selected exhibitors. Everybody that is someone in the craft's world in the US is apparently there.   Everything is small-scale, handmade, and based on craft techniques.  Not everything has to be utilitarian, but I think the idea is that it has to be built on the idea of crafts in the past.  I am not sure, and I think the Craft Council isn't really sure either, because some things that I expected to see at this show are totally lacking.  More on that later some other time.  Now on to the good stuff.

new amazing quilts by Erin Wilsonnew amazing quilts by Erin Wilson
Two new amazing quilts by Erin Wilson.  The white one reminds me of winter and fog...  What do you see?

Great art in felt! Flower and rock brooches
I love the felt art by Danielle Gori-Montanelli. She cuts and glues felt together as legos, licorice pieces, flowers, rocks, and all kinds of other fantastic things.  Chocolate too!

glass art by Gayla Lee
Gayla Lee's glass pieces were fascinating. 

painted bowls (geranium, grapes, apples, etc.) by Sherwood Forest Design
And this photo is for EH, look a bowl with painted geraniums! The bowls are made by Sherwood Forest Design. I think this was the only painted wooden bowls I saw there.  There was plenty of turned bowls in plain wood, but not much in this 'old-country' style.

Michel Michaud metal designs from botanical objects
This I like!  Michael Michaud takes nature's designs, mostly botanical, and cast jewelry pieces out of them.  I own several and love them!  Actually, right now when I write this I am wearing his lilac flower ear rings.

And here is my new find!  Andrea Haffner's designs, jewelry with natural twists and turns.  She collects natural objects, mostly plants, dries them them embeddes them in resin inside small metal boxes.  It is all handmade, unique, fantastic and gorgeous.I bought one of her small pendants, a darkblue box with a tiny mussel and three pearls inside, like a piece of a moonlit beach. [images from Andrea Haffner, used with permission]

There were many more interesting things to see, but I was running out of battery in my camera.  If you want to explore some more things we liked, check out: 
 Bryan Hopkins, Functional and Dysfunctional Porcelain
Deborah and Richard Bloom, obsidian windchimes
Holly Tornheim, wood carvings
Liz Alpert Fay, hooked rugs and much more
Wendy Stevens, metal handbags
Laura Baring-Gould Studios, bronze sculptures
JAK designs and their tulip scarves

The not so great stuff gets a separate blog post at some other time, maybe, maybe not.  We will see.


EH said...

Thank you for the pic of the lovely painted bowls. I also admire the jewelry by Michael Michaud, great-looking. I haven´t seen anything like it here in Sweden.

Katie H said...

Just met a quilter in Lidköping the other day, I'm going to check out her work in May, during the art vandringar in that area. http://www.kullekvilt.se.

Apparently the barn where she hangs her quilts is quite remarkable.

LS said...

Thanks for the link Katie - I looked upp the works of Kullekvilt and they are gorgeous. Both traditional and not, and I like some of that unexpected in a quilt. Nice! I hope your visit will be fun and interesting!