Crafts at the 35th Annual Washington Folk Festival, May 30 and 31, 2015
Anne knits decorative scarves for day and evening and for all seasons. She is lavish in combining different materials and textures using traditional yarns, recycled sari silk, fringe, ribbons including laddered ribbons, "eyelash" and sparkling yarns, and fabric strips. The result is long, lightweight, lacy scarves that, as she says, "lusciously drape around you."
Kelly creates imaginative jewelry that reminds her of the California beaches where she grew up. She uses a very wide variety of materials: shells, natural rocks, and gems from the sea and the earth including wood, abalone, seed beads, mother of pearl, cultured pearls, agate, glass, Swarovski crystals, and azurite.
Melanie creates unique and colorful tableware, glassware, and wine accessories decorated with glass beads and silver wire. In addition to liking the appearance of her decorated pieces, many customers find they are easier to hold than standard tableware.
Charlotte makes elegant high-fired stoneware and porcelain items decorated with Celtic designs that swirl, twist, knot, and glide across bowls, mugs, and other useful shapes.
“Mystic Water Soap”
Michelle creates handmade soaps and other hair and skin care products. Her soaps are made “from scratch” using olive and other natural oils, shea butter, goat or coconut milk, herbs, essential oils, colorings, and fragrances. Many are vegan. She offers a wide variety of special-purpose soaps including shaving soap, sea salt soaps, and shampoo bars as well as other hand made hair and skin care products.
“Old Work, New Hands” – Quilts & Old Fashioned Clothing
Jane sews a variety of items for women, men, and children in both contemporary and historical styles. She offers hats, aprons, bags of various sizes and purposes, dolls and doll clothes, historical garb, and more.
“Beth’s Silver Art”
Beth makes “fine silver (99.9% pure silver)” molded pendants. She designs many of her own molds and accents her pieces with semiprecious stones, silver wire, and glass forms. She also offers earrings and pendants featuring “fine silver” wire work.
Bill Day & Rita Ferrara
“something eXtree” – Woodturning and Pyrographic Art
Bill makes lathe-turned objects, including conventional bowl forms and one-of-a-kind natural-edge pieces, making the most of the wood’s texture, irregularities, grain, and color. Rita woodburns original designs on boxes, magnets, and pendants made of wood and other natural materials. Her drawings feature textured, carved effects enhanced with layers of translucent color.
“Silver Lace Studio”
Nancy’s unusual jewelry includes chain mail and wire work in a variety of metals, as well as intricate off-loom bead weaving.
“Freund 'n' Friends Photos”
From Gloria’s visits to the world beneath the waves, she creates matted and/or framed wall prints of fish, corals, and other animal life. She also offers note cards that share the story of her encounters and a bit about the lives of the animals she meets.
Carl and Kathleen Gotzmer
“June Apple Dulcimers”
Carl Gotzmer has been building musical instruments for more than 30 years. In addition to mountain and hammered dulcimers, Carl and luthiers Kent Hibben, Jessica Smallwood, carver Paul Kilgore, and inlay artist Lee Henson craft obscure European mountain zithers, bowed psalteries, and original design instruments such as the Cellomer. June Apple is the only maker of early American dulcimers in styles that go back to 1740. They have made three mountain and two hammered dulcimers for the Smithsonian.
Iris creates richly decorated and colored pottery in a wide variety of colors and designs. She offers home décor, kitchenware, and tableware including bowls and platters, wine chillers, tea pots, pitchers, and much more. Her style and patterns combine elements from her Spanish and Incan heritage with American influences to produce designs that are uniquely hers.
“Shabana” Origami Jewelry, Kumihomo Braiding
Shawnee folds colorful Japanese washi paper into whimsical origami pins and earrings. For 2015 she has added 3-dimensional Japanese paper dolls. She also makes bracelets and art-to-wear necklaces using traditional Japanese braiding, “Kumihimo”.
Cara makes jewelry in a style that is uniquely hers, including coiled wire necklaces and earrings, pearl lariats, pewter and semi-precious stone necklaces and earrings, and beaded, braided kumihimo necklaces.
“Rosemaling by Christina”
Christina creates traditional 18th and 19th century Norwegian and Swedish folk art hand painted on functional wooden items and ornaments.
Leigh creates wildly imaginative fabric dolls-for-grownups and stuffed toys for children. Her work is richly decorated, amusing, and very sly – a viewer needs to spend time with many of her pieces in order to see all of the wit and humor she has put into them.
Cynthia makes wearable art jewelry using copper, bronze, and other metals as well as a wide variety of other materials. Her designs are inspired by her travels in the American Southwest and throughout the world. She uses metalsmithing, wireworking, and enameling to make her one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, and cuff bracelets.
“Roussell Family Arts”
Lisa and her family make unusual musical instruments including African kalimbas and cigar-box resonator guitars ("dobros"). The also make unusual jewelry which includes natural shapes such as leaves and incorporates scroll-sawed coins, paper "playing card" images, and other objects. New for 2015: Cigar-box ukuleles.
“Wine Bottle Art”
Carol makes useful and decorative items from recycled wine bottles using stained, fused, and etched glass techniques. The items include lamps, cheese platters, dishes, vases, rooting vases, sun catchers, and wall hangings.
Percy Medina & Elizabeth Chanco
Gourds, Musical Instruments, Wall Hangings
Percy creates striking images that are hand carved, burned, and painted on intricately decorated gourds. He also makes Peruvian and other musical instruments. His wife Elizabeth makes handmade quilts and three-dimensional wall hangings.
B. J. Opfer
“Opfer’s Wildlife Art"
B.J. makes original watercolors and limited edition prints of songbirds, raptors, waterfowl, small mammals, and big game. He also paints pet portraits and exotic birds, parrots, and macaws.
“Kathryn Ottman Designs” – Polymer Clay
Kathryn's work includes all-handcrafted designs in polymer clay: jewelry and home décor, precious metal clay and Bronze clay earrings and pendants, and knitted scarves with matching polymer scarf pins. In addition she now offers paracord bracelets and crocheted scarves.
Howard and Audrey Stelzer
Howard makes metal jewelry of all types using silver, copper, and brass along with semi-precious stones. Audrey crochets lightweight spring and summer scarves.
“BriteCloth” – Tie Dyed Wearables
Maria creates tie dyed clothing for men and women, children and infants as well as accessories and other wearables including hats, socks, hair accessories, pet shirts, and much more.
“Sunisa’s Clay Flowers
Sunisa makes handmade flowers of air dried clay, displayed in lifelike, graceful arrangements. Her specialty is orchids, but she also makes many other varieties of flower including roses, irises, calla lilies, bird-of-paradise flowers, and many others.