I can speak for all of us at HandMade in America (HIA) when I say that we are very excited to represent at this year’s Craft Fair of Southern Highlands.  For four days every July and October the US Cellular Center is packed full of fine crafts from over 200 craft artists, selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, metal, and more.  Staff and volunteers of HandMade in America will be at a table to share our latest and greatest news, events, and programs.  This will be our first time representing at the Craft Fair of Southern Highlands.

Did you know that the Southern Highlands Craft Guild was chartered in 1930?  The Guild was created in response to the Great Depression as a way to help craftspeople and generate revenue in the Appalachian regions.  Fast forward 83 years, and the Guild is made up of almost 1,000 craftspeople from 293 counties, spanning 9 states!  They keep busy with many different educational programs, demonstrations, an entire library, 5 craft shops, and 2 of the most highly recognized craft fairs held every year.

 The first Craft Fair of Southern Highlands was in 1948 in Gatlinburg, TN.  It wasn’t until a few years later, in 1951 that they moved the Fair to Asheville, NC.  Back in those days the Fair was a full week-long event that lasted until 10:00 pm every night!  It’s hard to believe that people would’ve been more serious about craft 60 years ago than they are today.  Deb Schillo, Southern Highlands Craft Guild Archivist, explained that back in those days there would be people in lines extending far beyond of the doors to the Fair.  That was one reason the Guild added a second craft fair in the fall of 1960.  They have been offering two craft fairs per year ever since.

 Looking for something fun to do July 18th-21st?  Come down this week to US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC to see craft artistry represent this amazing Southern Highland region that is so rich in craft and culture.  Oh, and say hi to us at HandMade in America too!

Lindsey Mudge,

Operations Manager

HandMade in America

lmudge@handmadeinamerica.org

828-252-0121 x303

Craft Fair of Southern Highlands

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Dates/Times: July 18th-21st

Thursday-Saturday 10am-6pm

Sunday 10am-5pm

Location: U.S. Cellular Center

87 Haywood St. Asheville, NC

http://www.craftguild.org

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EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITY FOR

ART DOLL ARTISTS, CHILDREN’S AUTHORS,

and

         LOCAL SCHOOL LIBRARIANS

 Go Figure Dolls”, a local group of art doll artists, will sponsor it’s first exhibit of Figurative Art and the works of children’s book authors  at the main branch of the Buncombe County Public Library in Asheville, NC.  The event is tentatively scheduled for March 1st– 31st, 2013. 

This exhibit will be a fun way to celebrate National Reading Month, the birthday of author Dr. Seuss, and “Read Across America”.  Our goal is to encourage and inspire youngsters to read and to promote the work of local doll artists and children’s authors.

“Storybook Characters” will be the theme of the exhibit for the Figurative Art submissions  and submissions of new or recent works of participating children’s authors all will  be on exhibit at the library.  The exhibit will be composed of original art dolls, based on characters from children’s literature.  The character dolls must be selected from a children’s book that is available in the Asheville Library.  If the artist chooses to depict a character from a book not in the library, then the artist shall provide the book for purposes of the exhibit.  Each doll will be displayed alongside the book that inspired the artist to create the character and one or more dolls from the story may be depicted.  Dolls may be made using different mediums, including cloth, polymer clay, air-dry clay, porcelain, paper mache’, and wood.  Dolls must be the original work of the exhibiting artist.  Please note, 15 square inches of display space will be allocated for each entry.  The area of exhibit is located behind the library circulation desk and will be secure. 

All potential submissions from artists and authors must be approved by the exhibit committee.  Submissions shall be submitted no later than January 15, 2013.  Please note, this is not a juried exhibit.  All artists and authors interested in participating are welcome.  Submissions are required strictly to prevent duplication of books, subject matter and/or character dolls.  Figurative Art submissions need not be complete at the time it is presented to the committee.  A sketch or photograph of a work-in-progress may be submitted.

Visits from the art doll artists and children’s authors will be available on a limited basis to interested schools and local libraries.  Doll artists and authors will present a short “show and tell” about their work in a small setting environment, preferably the school library or children’s section of the library.   Artists and authors accepted for the exhibit are not required to participate in school and library visits in order to exhibit.

If you are interested in being a part of this fun exhibit either as a doll artist, author, or a school or library or have any questions regarding the exhibit, please contact the “Storybook Characters Exhibit” chairman, Karen Hawkins.

Karen Hawkins

karen@charter.net

(828) 683-9048

July 17, 2012

Hand made in America is happy to announce a new display at the I-26 Welcome Center!

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, American Craft Week + Crimson Laurel, all have new displays, as well as our Appalachian Women Entrepreneurs.

I created a Business Directory for all the members, so visitors know about so many of fantastic women business owners in WNC. Thank you to all the women who contributed work to the display. I think it looks fantastic!

Helen Sullivan
Lisa Gluckin, Linda Labelle
Victoria Rose
Connie Molland, Cathy Green
Susan Seidman
Krista Allison

The address is I-26 @ mile marker 6 Mars Hill, NC 28754 and the phone number is 828.689.4257, if you want to go see it!

 

 

We want to share three HIA

events with you!

There is a big week ahead for February 13th-17th and we want to invite all to come join us at the HandMade in America Gallery Monday for HIA’s Craft Lab series, Wednesday for HIA’s Textile Study Group, and Friday for the Opening Reception of In Our Own Words: Language as Craft.

*Also don’t miss out on the 25th National Grove Park Inn Arts & Craft Conference and the Arts & Craft Heritage Week February 12-18th. Mayor Terry Bellamy recently signed an official proclamation designating the week of February 12th-18th as Arts & Crafts Heritage Week. Follow the link above to find the schedule of Arts & Craft Heritage Week.

Monday Feb 13 Craft lab 6-8pm @ HandMade in America Gallery

How to Tell Your Story.

Telling stories is how we identify, learn, and share our history. If your goal is to educate, persuade, or simply connect in a meaningful way with a particular audience, storytelling is the single most powerful communication tool available to you and can be your best selling tool.

Come learn how to tell your story as a craft maker. Executive Director Gwynne Rukenbrod will teach you the importance of learning how to tell your unique story and hone your skills at story telling. Gwynne will talk about the three steps in a good story and group exercises will lead you through each step of YOUR story.

Wednesday Feb 15 Textile Study Group 5:30-7 pm

Tencel, Bamboo, Rayon, Modal…What are they really?
Led by Karen Donde

Manufactured, regenerated fibers come from natural plant sources, but are extruded as filaments in manufacturing. This presentation will focus on the content of these yarns, how they are processed, and the performance properties of each. It will include samples of the yarns and products woven with them.

Karen Donde weaves garments, accessories, and home textiles for sale and teaches a variety of weaving classes and workshops at Sutherland Handweaving Studio in the Cotton Mill Studios in Asheville’s River Arts District. All are welcome.

Friday Feb.17th 5:30-8pm @ HandMade in America Gallery .

In Our Own Words: Language as Craft Opening Reception

Artists describe finished works with carefully selected language, but can craft depict language when words are chosen before the act of physical expression? Inspiration was found by a community of local WNC artists, by asking just that. February 13 through May 4, 2012, HandMade in America presents a collection with distinctly different artistic process. In Our Own Words: Language as Craft features eleven local craft artists that share the results of this creative experiment.

Personally-resonant words chosen by each artist as the impetus for making the object. “We find not the phrasing to describe our work, but rather the craft to depict our language”, says one of the artists. From fine furniture and woven sculpture to exquisitely created wall pieces, In Our Own Words is a playful exhibit with visual, verbiage and vital messages.

Artists featured in this exhibition are: Fatie Atkinson, Caryl Brt, Hayley Davison, Melissa Engler, Carla and Greg Filippelli, Wayne Fowler, Susan Link, Journel Thomas, Jenna Weston, and Jamie Womack. Opening Reception will be Friday February 17 from 5:30–8 pm at the HandMade in America Gallery at 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101, beside Storm Restaurant on Hilliard Avenue.

Here is a sneak peek of some words and definitions that inspired a few of the exhibit’s pieces

"Inspiration"by Fatie Atkinson and Wayne Fowler

Inspiration: [in-spuh-rey-shuhn] stimulation to do creative work: stimulation for the human mind to creative thought or to the making of art.

"Unfettered" by Caryl Brt

Unfettered: [uhn-fet-er] to release from fetters. to free from restraint; liberate.

"Disclosure" by Melissa and Yvonne Engle

Disclosure: [dih-skloh-zher] To make known; reveal or uncover: allow to be seen; lay open to view: open up or unfold. 

"Fire" by Susan Link

Fire: [fahyuhr] 1. kindle, ignite 2. stir,enliven (the imagination)

Talk to the artists and get their explanations and perspectives at the Opening Reception Friday February 17th, 5:30-8pm.  See you soon!

Unique Inspiration for Craft

HandMade in America Presents a Display of Verbal Expression through Craft 

In Our Own Words: Language as Craft Exhibition

February 13- May 4, 2012

Artists describe their finished works with carefully selected language, but can craft depict our language when the words to describe it are chosen before the act of physical expression?  Inspiration was found, by a community of local WNC artists, by asking just that. HandMade in America is excited to present a collection with a distinctly different artistic process. In Our Own Words: Language as Craft features eleven local craft artists that will each share the results of this creative experiment at Handmade in America February 13 through May 4, 2012.

In a reversal of the usual process of making an object and then explaining it in words, a personally-resonant word was first chosen by each artist as the impetus for the making of an object. “We find not the phrasing to describe our work, but rather the craft to depict our language”, says one of the artists.  From fine furniture and woven sculpture to exquisitely created wall pieces, In Our Own Words is a playful exhibit with visual, verbiage and vital messages.

Opening Reception will be held Friday February 17 from 5:30 – 8 pm at HandMade in America offices at 125 South Lexington Avenue, Suite 101, beside Storm Restaurant. Please plan to join us as we continue to support craft artists living in WNC.

Here is a sneak peek of some words and definitions that inspired a few of the exhibit’s pieces

"Inspiration"by Fatie Atkinson and Wayne Fowler

Inspiration: [in-spuh-rey-shuhn] stimulation to do creative work: stimulation for the human mind to creative thought or to the making of art.

"Unfettered" by Caryl Brt

Unfettered: [uhn-fet-er] to release from fetters. to free from restraint; liberate.

"Disclosure" by Melissa and Yvonne Engle

Disclosure: [dih-skloh-zher] To make known; reveal or uncover: allow to be seen; lay open to view: open up or unfold. 

"Fire" by Susan Link

Fire: [fahyuhr] 1. kindle, ignite 2. stir,enliven (the imagination)

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Talk to the artists and get their explanations and perspectives at the Opening Reception Friday February 17th, 5:30-8pm.  See you soon!