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Crafty Chicks ‘Night’ – March

Blame it on ‘bride brain’, but I had the hardest time coming up with an idea for Crafty Chicks Night in March. I figured what better place to find inspiration than at the American Craft Show. So, a few of the Crafty Chicks went on a little field trip!

Returning to Atlanta for the 21st year, the American Craft Show was an overload of inspiration. Showcasing more than 200 of the nation’s premier artists specializing in jewelry, furniture, as well as sculptural and functional works of glass, ceramics, metal, wood, and decorative fiber – it was a feast for all the senses. It was also a great opportunity to meet the artists and to purchase one-of-a-kind creations.

Of the incredibly clever designs that filled the Galleria, the following artists were my favorite. I was drawn to their distinctive creativity and was inspired by their ability to turn what they love into what they do.

I hope you enjoy learning about these talented artists…by supporting them; you’re investing in real art while contributing less to the forces of mass production. Join the handmade movement! 

www.buyhandmade.org/why-buy-handmade  

Chandra Stubbs
www.chandrastubbs.com

Creating a unique partnership between porcelain and felt, this artist designs and develops truly one of a kind art pieces. She throws all of the porcelain rings on the wheel and makes all of felt by hand using felting needles. She also incorporates recycled sweaters into some of her work. Her pieces are incredibly unique and very reasonably priced!

Sonya Yong James
www.modernfiberlab.com

Working primarily with wool fibers and various felt techniques, Modern Fiber Lab specializes in all handmade products made from animal and plant fibers from sustainable sources. It is quite an impressive collection ranging from throws and blankets, wall sculptures, hand knit baskets, and jewelry that combines felt and fiber with metal elements. She is a local artist, based in Atlanta and has an Etsy shop that you can check out here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/modernfiberlab

Christine Terrell
www.adaptivereuser.com

We were all so charmed by the works of this artist. Based in Austin, TX and a true ‘upcycler’, she works with decorative tin cans that she finds mostly at thrift stores. Her line consists of accessories; rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, cufflinks and even belt buckles. Many of the pieces have a retro aesthetic and all of her work is seriously, some of the cutest stuff you’ll ever see. Check out her Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/christineterrell

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