Fiber art is a misleading term for the vessels Emily Dvorin creates. Woven sculpture made from urban materials is more like it. Dvorin rarely strays from plastics when she coils her eye-poppingly bright baskets from bottom to top. Her favorite material? The ultra-ordinary cable tie.
Valentin Yotkov receives the 2011 Florida Society of Goldsmiths National Metalsmith’s Hall of Fame Award, and others.
Virginia McKinney’s clay-and-steel sculptures recall everything from Native American dwellings to Asian passageways.
It’s only safe to make one assumption about Christine Kaiser‘s work: don’t make assumptions. Here’s a clue—it’s not clay. She’s been working with wood for more than 20 years, sanding it so smoothly you can’t tell what it’s made of until you pick it up.
Most of Kaiser’s work is made of basswood, a renewable North American hardwood with a straight grain “that carves, sands and takes paint nicely.” She cuts the wood with a band saw, shapes it with a belt sander and adds carved details with a rotary tool. Then she injects life into the work with multiple layers of water-based paints and graphite drawings, achieving a soft finish with layers of matte varnish.
Crescent Moon at The Cotton Exchange
Joan and Mike Loch, co-owners
How do this year’s sales compare to recent years’? Are you seeing a consistent decline or a slow improvement?
We are below last year approximately 22% and approximately 32% behind 2007. Starting in July of this year we have seen a consistent improvement, and we anticipate making up for the sluggish first part of 2009 during the upcoming holiday season.
It’s nothing new to sell products based on the merits of fine handmade American craft