Artist: Stu Eichel
Located in historic Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, and amidst the rolling hills of Washington County in upstate New York, Valley Artisans Market is one of the oldest arts cooperatives in the country. Local fine artists and craftsmen work in a variety of hand-crafted media including glass, paper, cloth, photography, oil paintings, pastels, wood, mosaic, sculpture, metal, jewelry, ceramics and more. The Small Gallery features rotating shows by members and guest artists, and the market is always staffed by one of its artisan members.
January 20, 2017 - February 14, 2017
Artist Reception: January 21, 1-3 pm.
An enchanting mixture of the magical, mystical and mundane
Artists Statement by Susan Rivers, Fiber Artist
Welcome to my world!
Since my early days of beloved blankies and swatches brought home to me by my grandfather who worked in the NYC Garment District, fabric has always held magic for me.
Creating with fabric is so much more than cutting material up and sewing it back together. It is personal expression. It can convey a celebration of joy, be a catharsis for dealing with loss, or be meditative with purpose and peace in every stitch. For me, one eight-pointed star quilt led to another and down a path of exploration and discovery with many surprises along the way. I am proud to be part of the fine tradition of quilting and on the forefront of bringing this quintessential folk art forward. The quilting of our predecessors is not fading away. It is an evolving art form that has totally embraced modern technology.
Join me on this journey in pursuit of Quilted Alchemy where I will share with you:
- The magic of putting three layers of fabric together to create something that can comfort and tell a story.
- The magic of what happens when you add the element of fire. You will be amazed at what an iron can do! I can turn straw into gold and other astonishing feats.
- The magic of dyeing fabrics and playing with color and light.
- The magic of technology: starting with the sewing machine and expanding into the digital age. I think it; I can print it on fabric.
- The magic of the mundane. I can shine a light on the enchanted but overlooked.
Each piece in the show will indicate “the magic in me.” It is my hope that some element of this show will speak to you and spark you to create some magic of your own.
Welcome to our newest member, Luann Gilligan of Round Lake, New York, who joined Valley Artisans Market in December of 2016.
Luann has been fascinated and intrigued by fabric all of her life. She has been sewing since she was 12 years old and has enjoyed all kinds of handwork: embroidery, quilting, silkscreen and surface design using paints and dyes. She went to school for clothing and textile design then went on to have an interesting path working as a sample maker for Carter’s Childrenswear, doing theater costuming work and partnering in a small company that designed and produced figure skating apparel. She has also worked doing bridal alterations.
Decades of loving fabric has led to a wonderful collection of cloth. “I’ve collected a lot, mostly in the category of bits and pieces,” she says. She stumbled upon Shibori while trying to figure out a way to make something with all those bits and pieces.
“My current work is dying natural fiber cloth with natural indigo plant dye. I use a technique called Shibori, which involves folding, clamping, stitching, twisting the fabric, then dipping it repeatedly in the dye vat. Everything is then washed, cut and sewn together,” she says.
Shibori is like tie-dye. The way Luann folds or twists the fabric will result in different patterns and designs with some areas of the cloth remaining white from being tightly wound up.
Luann currently has table runners and table toppers for sale at VAM and is interested in new twists on traditional methods for her work. “I’m interested in more experimentation with the circle theme and in moving away from the very traditional examples of shibori to develop more abstract pieces for the wall or for art quilts,” she says. “I’m also quite infatuated at the moment with sacred geometry and the Fibonacci number series for design layout.”
When she isn’t immersed in the joys of fabric, Luann is busy with many fascinating jobs, including working with an autistic child, cooking for an alternative food store, as well as finishing an apprenticeship to become a Reiki Master. She is certified to teach yoga and meditation and is developing a Conscious Breathing course for people who are stressed and overwhelmed. “Everyday is different, and I squeeze the art work in where I can,” she says.
For more information about Luann, check her bio.
- Debra Ann Salat: Embroider and Kris Gregson Moss; “Fiber Artist”
February 17, 2017 - March 14, 2017
- Mark Tougias: Painting
March 17, 2017 - April 11, 2017
- Beverley Mastrianni: “Sculpture”
April 14, 2017 - May 9, 2017
- Jim Schreiner: “Adirondack furniture” & Theresa Breuer: “Handmade lamps and botanical lampshades”
May 12, 2017 - June 6, 2017
- Gigi Begin: “Designs on Wood”
June 9, 2017 - July 4, 2017
- Sandra Hildreth: “Paintings”
July 7, 2017 - August 1, 2017
- Laura Shore: “Painting” & Don Shore: “Ceramic Tile”
August 4, 2017 - August 29, 2017
- Annual Pottery Seconds, Experimental Work and Overstock Sale
August 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017
- Carolyn Kibbe: “Painting”
September 1, 2017 - September 26, 2017
- Lise Winne & Marina Petro: “Inspired by Spirit” paintings, digital art pieces, and 3D works.
September 29, 2017 - October 24, 2017
- Karen Koziol: “Constructions”
October 27, 2017 - November 18, 2017
- Annual Holiday Show
November 25, 2017 - December 31, 2017
We are closed Mondays and Tuesdays until the spring but we will be open on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 10 am-5 pm for all your last-minute Valentine's Day shopping. Grab a sweet card, a tantalizing piece of jewelry, a piece of art, something handmade, something...read more
Where did we go?! Peek inside the locked door and you will see us on our hands and knees scrubbing the floor, cleaning the woodwork, dusting, spackling and painting all our alcoves, and getting ready for a new year. Please be patient with us while we clean and...read more