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Elmwood Park, IL
I create functional or wearable accessories from repurposed clothing, such as, wool sweaters, wool suits, cotton shirts, or leather. I make felt from the wool and then sew and/or crochet.
I slab build using two layers of clay. A thin, pierced layer is applied over a painted layer. The piece is built and incised. Stained black and wiped in bisque stage. Fired to cone 6 oxidation.
Hubler Furniture Co.
The cutting boards and ipad stands I make are from recycled city trees from the Madison/Dane County, Wisconsin area. My birdhouses are made from plywood, scraps of wood and ceramic tiles.
My acrylic paintings incorporate added textured gel mediums and various painting surfaces to create dimensional effects within the scene, giving the viewer a sense of involvement.
Erez Ancient Coin Jewelry
We create handmade pieces of wearable art by combining ancient Greek and Roman coins with hand designed and hand made jewelry in sterling silver and gold using soldering and fabrication techniques.
Each handmade art print is made using the block printing method. Several layers are hand-carved out of linoleum and each layer is inked separately, laid down and repeated.
Mount Prospect, IL
I love creating my own fabrics using different kind of materials, like silk, leather, yarn, wool etc., sewn together in a unique pattern that can not be duplicated.
Transparent watercolor on arches #300 lb paper, usually old, heavy, detailed industrial object like trains and bridges with smaller works of food and flowers, which have a similar texture to old machi.
Johnson Custom Furniture
Lake Geneva, WI
Using figured woods to create furniture & accessories. By repeated dyeing and sanding to “pop” the figure of the wood to highlight its’ natural beauty, and achieve the desired color I’m looking for.
Combination of beach sand, recycled wood, shredded paper, industrial staples and plaster. Techniques include using both hands to apply the paint with almost no brush or palette knife work applied.
Collaborator: Corbett Griffith
With strands of wire and pliers, I curve, layer, and bend metal bundles into abstract sculptural forms. The pieces are not sketched–but inspired by living things, symmetry, and organic repetition.
Hand and Spirit Jewelry
Mt. Carroll, IL
Sterling, 18 & 22kt. gold, precious stones and rare jaspers. Fused and etched metals, reticulation, forming patinas. Stones are bezel, prong or tube set with some inlay.