Today my good friend Carmen and I went to the 36th Annual American Craft Council Show in Baltimore, MD. I had a wonderful time with her company, and wanted to share with you some of the beautiful shops we visited. I hesitate to single out any artisans as with each corner we rounded I discovered a new favorite. But it would be a shame not to pass along at least some of this beauty and creativity.
One artist utilized pieces of used musical instruments to make jewelry. So unique, and beautiful! Another artisan I enjoyed seeing created framed dioramas with HO scale people. The frames were about 10X10 and the scenes were only 2×2 or so. She had these little figurines set up doing things like laundry or camping in a park. Oh, I am not doing this any justice! Please visit the website. I would think it was just me who loved this stuff as my dad is a model rail-roader and watching him paint exquisite details of these HO scale people is a truly fond childhood memory. But her shop was packed! (and deservedly so)
I was also really excited to see some art quilters. The first one I saw was from Westminster, MD (right up the road!) She has a great blog about preparing for the upcoming show, and some beautiful work on her website. Then there was the artist from Columbia, MD (a little further away) who calls her work fiber painting. That is just what it is – all machine stitched and it looks like an impressionist painting. Magnificent! The last artisan I want to mention is just brilliant. She uses all hand-stitching and does such intricate detail – from even a slight distance it looks like a realistic painting. Check out her website!