As a gallery owner I hear all the time how much people love art, love to come to galleries to see art, want to support artists, but they just "don't have any more room to add any more art". My solution is to suggest that they wear it! And at Art Connections Gallery we have have over 40 artists making wearable art in the form of jewelry, purses and accesories.
Pictured above are three of our artisans who have a passion for what they do and it shows. On the left is jewelry by Cynthia Bloom of Austin, Texas. Her work is inspired by the old-world Czech Bohemian glass and Austrian crystal artisans who inspired avant-garde European designers a century ago. For years, she has collected treasured antique beads, iridescent glass buttons, and rare crystals (many found in original packaging), and infuses these dazzling objets d'art into each of her creations.
The photo in the middle shows examples of screen printed silk scarves made by Kavita Singh of Saratoga, California. She has combined Japanese printing and Chinese brush styles with the French "gutta serti" to create exquisite designs. Kavita has designed clothing for Malaysian royalty and her work has appeared in the White House. Her timeless classics are the essence of modern style with an old world flair. The gallery currently has a lovely collection of her scarves.
On the right are a pair of silk painted earrings by Suzanne Bellows of Florida. Suzanne never intended to design jewelry after her graduation from the University of Florida but began crafting silk jewelry as a way to make ends meet. "What started as a commercial endeavor quickly became a love affair." Each pair of her earrings are a little painting in and of itself. Her use of color and design show her 25 years of experience and can be your very own "art-to-wear".
The artists I have shown above design for the ladies, but we have wearable art for the gentlemen as well from jewelry to wallets and, coming in time for Father's Day, ties.
By the way, I can always help you find room on your walls for more art!