Because "mall" is a four-letter word

April 29, 2015
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Studio Spotlight: SwitchHouse

SwitchHouse Studios came into being in the spring of 2013 when painter Jason Craighead and mixed media sculptor Dave Green moved into the old Keyston Brothers warehouse alongside the tracks at the Boylan Bridge. Craighead and Green have a long history of building studios together, having been friends since their college days in Florida, and this was their biggest and most ambitious project yet- transforming a 5,000 square foot bare bones warehouse into a beautiful functional work space for themselves and five other local artists. After stripping out some old wooden corrals, retaining as much material as possible for later reuse, Craighead and Green proceeded to frame out and drywall the entire space, even adding a window to each studio (which involved removing and replacing exterior walls) so that each artist could have some natural light. Once the studios were complete, the icing on the cake was to create a clean, well-lighted gallery area in the front of the building to showcase the work of the studio members. Replacing a garage door with a sliding barn door opened up the room and added another surface for display. The reclaimed wood became a beautiful wall to cover the electrical conduit and add a finished feel to the space, and gallons of white paint really brought the room together. For two years, these artists have worked in this space and flourished in it. Unfortunately the building is to be torn down to make way for “progress” in the form of new railroad tracks and they will be forced to find new digs. The exact date is uncertain, but most likely by the end of this year if not sooner. On that note, all that are interested in seeing this beautiful studio before it disappears should come out for their First Friday events and/or contact either Claire or  Jason if you’d like to arrange a tour- claire@claireashby.com or jason@jasoncraighead.com. Come by the SwitchHouse booth on May 3rd at Handmade Revelry and meet Claire in person and personally sign up for a tour of this beautiful studio.

SwitchHouse Studio artists include:

Jason Craighead
Dave Green
Claire Ashby
Traci Lorraine Farmer
André Leon Gray
Sean Marlin McKinney
Patrick Shanahan
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April 27, 2015
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Artist Spotlight: Wolfie + The Sneak

Renee Garner of Wolfie + The Sneak sums up her work by saying it’s “drawing, painting and playing in Photoshop. Sometimes the prints are for sale.” With a degree in fiber arts, you can see the backgrounds of her pieces explode with patterns surrounding a marked focal point. Her recent work for her “Wall Garden” series features vivid colors tinting intricate drawings of a variety of flowers, fruit and the occasional chicken. Stop by and see the beautiful work of Wolfie + The Sneak at Handmade Revelry on May 3rd.

Permaculture Guild by Wolfie + The Sneak

Permaculture Guild by Wolfie + The Sneak

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April 27, 2015
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Artist Spotlight: Spark Metal Studio

Kathleen Dautel of Spark Metal Studio designs fascinating pieces of jewelry that contain aspects of nature combined with a linear graphic quality. Each piece is laser cut in stainless steel, hand finished and then hand colored with epoxy resin in a combination of beautiful colors. Many of Kathleen’s designs come from the world outside… a flower stem, a dahlia, a zinnia, an elaborately colored honeycomb…but then transformed through her creative mind into delicate shapes contained in a singular line. Step inside the Rebus Gallery at Handmade Revelry on May 3rd and get a look at the new work that Kathleen has been working on.

Double Interlock Necklace by Spark Metal Studio

Double Interlock Necklace by Spark Metal Studio

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April 26, 2015
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Artist Spotlight: Trista Hudzik Pottery

Using nature as her inspiration, Trista Hudzik of Trista Hudzik Pottery creates stunning pieces of both wheel thrown and hand built pottery. She shapes, paints and carves each piece to add life and depth as she explores her medium. She says she is inspired by folk potters from Korea, Spain, Mexico and the Americas but you can also see that a simple bouquet of flowers may inspire her next masterpiece. Swing by her table inside the Rebus gallery at Handmade Revelry on May 3rd to find the perfect Mother’s Day gift or something special for yourself.

trista-hudzik-vase

Large Vase by Trista Hudzik Pottery

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April 25, 2015
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Artist Spotlight: Ablutions Spa

Monica Shelton, the magical wizard behind Ablutions Spa, formulates some of the best working (and smelling) bath and body products on the market. When she co-owned a spa years ago in Atlanta, Georgia, she realized that her clients would enjoy all the high end products that she used on them during one of their facials and then head out to the grocery store for soap and moisturizer. She decided to create her own affordable line of skin care and body products that contained the best botanical ingredients but didn’t clear out her customers bank accounts. Stop by her booth on May 3rd at Handmade Revelry and try one of her French Green Clay Organic Facial Bars. It’s a life changer.

Facial products by Ablutions Spa

Facial products by Ablutions Spa

 

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