Wednesday, December 13, 2017

We're Getting in a Holiday State-of-Mind!

Meet Kiran Badola from Mountain Handicrafts...
I am an art, craft and design enthusiast. An alumna of National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi, I also went to Kent State University to complete a course in JacqCAD weaving under the guidance of, Professor Janice Lessman-Moss. A keen weaver and textile designer, most of my scarves have been exhibited and sold at Gail Percy's trunk show, Washington DC; Gallery 143, Lazar's Art Gallery and Chestnut Hill Inc. in Canton and North Canton, and 78th. Street Studios in Cleveland, Ohio. I have designed table place-mats, cushion covers and table runners with the most exquisite digital weave structures using cotton yarns, for Palette Designs Inc., New York. I have been doing this for 20 yrs and this will be my first Avant-Garde show.
I would say that nature, pattern and colors inspire me to create. My education in Science, Art and Design are definitely what got me into crafting. I discovered my talent for this craft throughout my schooling.
I would describe my creative process as absorbing, meaningful and intricate. In 5 years I see myself as an individual label in the field of art and craft.
      Mountain handicrafts is all about originality and authenticity, creating
            handwoven textiles and textile books, whimsical children’s books and       clothing. We believe in hard work and dedication.  

Meet Lauren Heuer from Lauren Heuer Design...
I’m a fine artist focusing on whimsical and rustic signs and plaques. I’m also a full time graphic artist at Giant Eagle Market District. I have a love for cats, astrology, and preserving the environment. I have been doing this professionally, since 2013 and this will be my first Avant-Garde show. 
My everyday surroundings and the idea of everyone having a piece of my art in others homes is really what inspires me. I started making signs at Market District and quickly realized it’s something that people would appreciate owning. My family persuaded me to pursue my art talents since I wasn’t very skilled in Math or Gym ;-)
My creative process is a roller coaster. I get really inspired and then do a few days of researching to process my ideas better. Then I start a bunch of projects at once and that could take me a day, week or even a month to complete my original ideas.  From there, I tweak and readjust my art and perfect my thoughts constantly.
It has been almost 5 years since I started my Etsy store and I have learned so much. So, my hope is to start making more art within the next 5 years so I can have artwork in a consignment shop or a local art gallery. I have been invited to be in a few, just haven’t felt ready to take that next step.

The message behind my work is a simple and fun one...Ohio pride and foodie puns!

Meet Roseanne Rosenberger from RSquared Limited Edition...
Banker by day; beader/crafter by night!  Long time Cleveland area resident.  Married; two grown children. Lovin' life!
I've been crafting since I was a small child.  I remember making Christmas ornaments when I was six or seven.  My mom still uses them on her Christmas tree!   My dad would buy me different craft kits at the craft store in the mall. With these kits I taught myself how to do many crafts.  Many of those skills come in handy with the different jewelry techniques I use.  I have been seriously beading for about five years.  I started with wire wrapping (took a class) and have experimented with many other techniques since then.
I have participated in five Avant-Garde shows already! Everything around me inspires me to create!  My children.  My husband.  My beautiful dog, Senga.  Nature.  Flowers.  Being at our boat on Lake Erie. Everything I see and read.  I'm kind of eclectic in my jewelry making.  Today I might be into leather or suede and tomorrow resin or crocheting, or sterling silver and Swarovski. I have been creating for as far back as I can remember.  
When I started making jewelry for myself (or as gifts) people would comment on the woven bracelets or crocheted necklaces that I wore. They liked it, admired it, asked me to make them one with custom colors or materials.  It's been fun experimenting! 

As far as my creative process...the ideas are plentiful.  I come up with an idea, gather the materials, adjust until I have laid out what I want do.  Combining color theory with breaking the rules seems to fit my process!
Creating Jewelry is a hobby for me.  I suspect it be that until I retire and that is a ways off.  I bead for family and friends and co-workers.  I sell at Advant-Garde shows.  Beading is a stress reliever for me - come home from a hard day at work and there I am, at my beading desk, exercising my creative side!

My message is anything is possible; have fun with it.  That's what I love about doing a custom piece for someone - You really get to be creative for that one person, possibly in a way you might not have otherwise without their input. I have broad interests and I try all sorts of things regularly.  I don't like to stick to one technique so my work varies.  

Meet Brittany Wiegand from BWKnits...
I am a full-time RN at Cleveland Clinic working on the Heart & Lung Transplant unit and certified Yoga Instructor.  Working in a hospital environment can sometimes (most times) be a very stressful environment.  Yoga/exercise and expressing myself through crafting has helped me immensely to relieve stress from my work life.  It has also helped me to separate work and everyday life.  When I am not working, doing yoga, or crafting, I also enjoy cooking/baking, the outdoors, reading, and traveling.
I jump started BWknits in September of 2017.  However, I have been knitting/crocheting for several years prior. This is my first show with Avant-Garde and my very first craft show!
My mom inspires me to create!  She has always been encouraging my siblings and I to express ourselves through arts/crafts and encourages us to make our gifts instead of buying gifts from the store. My mom taught me how to knit at a young age and we made scarves for all my aunts for Christmas one year.  
I started making blankets and other things as gifts for baby showers, birthdays, and Christmas. Every time I gave a knitted/crocheted gift, the recipient was always so thankful and amazed by the handmade item. They appreciated the time and effort I put into their gift and I love seeing the smile on the faces of those who have received my knitted/crocheted items
My family has helped me come up with some ideas.  I grew up watching and playing sports, and am a Cleveland sports fan until I die, so that sparked my idea to launch the GAME DAY ear warmer line!

In 5 years, I still see myself creating handmade knitted/crocheted items and participating in craft shows and selling on Etsy. I hope to one day to sell them in a small boutique.  

Meet Sonja Jones from The Pup Artist...
Hi, I'm Sonja Jones!  Currently I live in the Cleveland area, but I've lived all over Ohio and the Midwest.  We in the Midwest are so blessed with beautiful parks and nature areas, especially here in Cleveland. I love to draw inspiration from the wildlife that surrounds me here, often right in my backyard. 
I think nature is a place we can all go for solace and peace; and not just wildlife, but even our pets bring us that special kind of comfort.  As a wildlife and pet portrait artist, I try capture and bring home for my clients some of nature's comfort. 
I've been a painter for most my life, but in my earlier days it was houses that were my canvas - I started working in my parent's paint contracting business at age 14!  So I guess that's where I developed my sense of color and fine line work. It was the Christmas gift of an art sampler set a few years back, however, that shrunk my canvas; and now the days feel empty if I'm not engaged in some sort of artistic project! 

I work in acrylic, watercolor, and ink, and just started offering my work professionally two years ago - this will only be my second Avant-Garde show and my fifth show overall.  I love the excitement of the shows, seeing what the other vendors are offering, and of course, interacting with the customers!  Please stop by my booth to say hello!

2017 Chagrin Falls Winter Avant-Garde Art & Craft Show

Saturday & Sunday, December 16 & 17, 2017
Saturday - 10:00am-5:00pm
Sunday- 11:00am-5:00pm
Federated Church Family Life Center
16349 Chillicothe Rd.
Chagrin Falls, OH 44023
For more information, contact Becki Silverstein, Event Coordinator at
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