hats by Val, jackets, vests, and scarves by Debra Sweet and
jewelry by Beth Lee Stern. All items in this exhibit are for sale.
|Hats by Val Kupczak-Rios
With a 20 year background in clothing design Val's designs have evolved into hat design. She starts her designs at the crown of the hat by machine or hand sewing, painting, shaping, and stabilizing braid(or woven cording, hollow tubing, and ribbon) at the crown and makes the hat a sculpture as she sews. Add embellishments of beads, buttons, feathers, and/or fabric, often inspirations from nature, and like snowflakes, each piece is unique.
|Jackets, vests and scarves
by Debra Sweet
Interesting fabrics and textiles inspire Debra to make her reversible coats, jackets, and vests. Most are designed for women and by special order for men. Her source of materials is the textile district of lower Broadway in Manhattan, the African markets in Brooklyn, occasional vintage and suburban discount stores, and fabric brought back by friends who travel internationally. She uses techniques of appliqué, piecework, embroidery, painting, and beading to create garments that are truly "one of a kind".
Since 1982 her designs have been available at selected craft shows and galleries on the east coast and in the Midwest. All designs can be made to order, designed so the wearer can truly enjoy both sides of each garment.
Debra will be available sometime in August to measure and discuss your preferences.
|Jewelry by Beth Lee Stern
Although Beth was a sculpture major at the University of Northern Iowa, she found her medium in goldsmithing. She had watched her brother, David Lee, who from age 14 had books and tools on goldsmithing. Her work has evolved into "one of a kind" pieces that can be enjoyed from any angle. Her bracelet's clasps enchant and surprise. Pendants can also be pins, barrettes or maybe even a tie bar. When gem stones are used their shapes and colors speak to the metal, telling it whether the piece is going to be soft and creamy or crisp and clean. Beth states "creating things of beauty is a celebration of life and I hope to share my gift with the people around me".
Photos by Lori Berg
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