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.
One glance at Jen Violette’s mixed-media wall sculptures reveals her constant sources of inspiration—the rural Vermont countryside and the fruits of her garden. Violette cultivates vegetables, berries, shrubs and small trees as long as the region’s short growing season permits. “I love to see the constant, daily changes through the seasons,” she explains. “My garden-inspired pieces allow me to ‘garden’ year round.”
Sometimes inspiration is right under your feet. That’s exactly how jeweler Karen Klinefelter designed her Mesh series. “It all stemmed from a piece of rusted metal mesh I found on the road one day while running,” she explains.
“I have made jewelry for as long as I can remember,” says Molly Dingledine. And she’s not kidding. She started threading necklaces as a child, and by high school had a bona fide business, “Molly Made,” replete with custom jewelry boxes and labels.
Stuart Breidenstein is somewhat of a mad scientist when it comes to jewelry design. “I’ll take something I’ve done and slice it apart, reshape it, add some elements, put it back together and let it evolve from there,” he says.
“The urge to create has always been there, in a compulsive way,” explains enamelist Jenn Bell. Whether she was making floss bracelets under her desk in high school or building intricate models with her dad, Bell has always worked with her hands.
In the colorful fantasy world of Helen Heins Peterson, dragonfly men ride on the backs of fishes, checkerboard cats roll along on wheels, and a knowing sun smiles on all.
Among the Maori, the word “taonga” has special significance. It can be translated as a “treasured thing.” So when Hawaii-based glass artist Edward Clark opened his own studio in 2005, he named it Taonga Glass…