Tuesday, November 30, 2010

First Friday December

"Lauren Stutzman is taking traditional craft to unexpected places, especially with Vermont local and re-purposed materials.  Stutzman transforms foam mattress pads into giant puppet heads, or she’ll use native wood and plants for picture frames.  Her unique and unusual hat art is made with Vermont fibers and fabrics.  When she’s crocheting, which is most of the time; Lauren uses Vermont yarn for her baby sweaters, her tongue in cheek high top slippers for adults, as well as for her "heirloom" Vermont fruits and vegetables. 
Ms. Stutzman came upon the Vermont scene in 1995 attending Goddard College.  She loved the area and the people so much she decided to stay.  In 2009, Lauren discovered Etsy.com, an online craft site, and set up shop under her hi guys! label.  She has sold her art pieces all over the world.  She has exhibited in Atlanta, Williamsburg Brooklyn, Montpelier and Burlington. Her one of a kind art is well made and spiced with whimsy and charm. hi guys! products are created to make you feel as if you've just watched a vintage episode of Sesame Street.  She guarantees she will have something kooky and evocative for you, the discriminating buyer."

Come on down and try on some unique hats.  Get your picture taken!  You could be featured on our blog!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

From you to anyone...

Looking for a gift for that hard to buy for someone...what about a Mighty Wallet?!  

"The Mighty Wallet® is tear-resistant, water-resistant, expandable and recyclable. Made from Tyvek® (think express mail envelopes), these cool wallets resist tearing because of thousands of interlocking plastic fibers spun in random patterns, giving them incredible strength.

The ingenious origami construction was and is the original folded Tyvek® wallet designed by Terrence Kelleman. The stitch less design reinforces the materials own strength and allows these very slim wallets to instantly expand and adapt to your own personal storage needs. The Mighty Wallet® will expand right before your eyes (watch the videos).

Because of the slim, lightweight and water resistant features, you can take these cool wallets anywhere. They make great "night out" wallets for a slender silhouette and the writable surface conveniently acts as a quick note pad on the go."

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Veterans Day

One of the artists that we are featuring this month is Jon Turner.  He is a veteran that uses art and poetry as a method of healing.  He is part of the Combat Paper Project, a program that uses military uniforms as a base in papermaking. 

"Most of the artwork is handmade paper using a combination of natural plant  fibers and military uniforms. The plant fibers most commonly used are hemp, sisel, kenaf, flax, abaca and cotton. The combat paper is made from four generations of my families uniforms. Generally, I'll pigment the fibers but a lot of times, with book making, the natural color will be used. My artwork is a direct reflection of my past, my memories, my thoughts and my dreams, I have sought out alternative methods of healing from the tragedies of war and am slowly making progress with papermaking and poetry."

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Saying goodbye...

Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to the wonderful chalk creation that Eric Cram created.  Stop by this Friday and get one last glance...it's truly something to behold. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

November First Friday

We have quite a line up for this month.  We'll be featuring not one but three local artists that manufacture contemporary art products in the Burlington area.  Pictured above is a piece by Lisa Scrivner; she specializes in Victorian inspired brass lockets and filigree rings.  Her work is part of the steampunk movement and incorporates vintage watch movements and clockwork.

We also will have handmade ceramic vessels and wall hangings by Cathy WardJon Turner will be showing his handmade paper journals, books and prints.