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Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013 Featured Artist: Sally Stang and Her Floral Mosaics

BigOfeather by Sally Stang.
BigOfeather by Sally Stang.

Lambertville artist Sally Stang creates pressed flower collages, which she calls “Fleurage.”  She also calls them “floral mosaics” because that is what they truly are – an arrangement of floral bits and pieces with the addition of some butterflies, feathers and the occasional cicada wing. Sally has been making pressed flower pictures for about 35 years.  She was inspired by a cover of “Horticulture” magazine which featured the work of Harry White who did portraits and other unusual designs using pressed flowers. She had always loved floral arranging, so the idea of arranging “flat flowers” was attractive.  Her first pressed flower entry in the Philadelphia Flower Show won a 2nd prize, which propelled her to do more work.

Flower 1 by Sally Stang.
Flower 1 by Sally Stang.

The biggest hurdle with pressed flower art is that the flowers fade. If she piled flowers on top of each other, as Harry White did, they would eventually fade into mass of beige and dull greens, losing most of that beautiful color. So, Sally has spent much time experimenting with how to preserve color. None of the books on flower pressing had good ideas, but one British woman (the Brits love pressed flowers) said that she used a Q-tip and applied tempera paint powder (the kind we had in elementary school) and that gave Sally the idea of using pastels, which are pure pigment. Each petal and leaf is rubbed with pastel “dust” – she uses the softest pastels, so there are no hard bits to tear the petals.  The colors hold fast for decades. After she applies the pastel, each bit and piece of flower is then glued on acid-free matboard, then framed up under glass.

Red Wing Up by Sally Stang.
Red Wing Up by Sally Stang.

Sally Stang has an eye for making the spaces in between the materials as beautiful as the flowers themselves, and I love her undulating shapes. Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013, Hopewell Train Station, Hopewell, NJ.

Transformations Featured Artists:

Connie Bracci-McIndoe(pottery)

Susan Nadelson(hand dyed and handspun yarn)

Bernard Hohlfeld(artistic woodturner)

Amy Turner(weaving)

Ron Dombrowski(wood carving)

 

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013
Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013. Hopewell Train Station, NJ
Ron Dombrowski Green Bird

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013 Featured Artist: Ron Dombrowski and His Carved Wooden Birds

Ron Dombrowski Wood Carving
Ron Dombrowski Wood Carving

Ron Dombrowski starts out with blocks of wood using Jersey white cedar, pine and basswood and after much cutting, grinding and sanding he then paints the piece using acrylic paints and applying protective finishes.

 

Ron Dombrowski Green Bird
Ron Dombrowski Wood Carving Green Bird

Ron has won numerous awards, including best in show in both the shorebird and fish decoy contests held at the Tuckerton Decoy Show in September each year.

 

Ron Dombrowski Wood Carving Owl
Ron Dombrowski Wood Carving Owl

Ron carves old style gunning decoys, duck decoys, ice spearing fish decoys and decorative fish. He also carves folk art owls and fish.  Who could resist this wide eyed owl?

Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013, Hopewell Train Station, Hopewell, NJ.

Transformations Featured Artists:

Connie Bracci-McIndoe(pottery)

Susan Nadelson(hand dyed and handspun yarn)

Bernard Hohlfeld(artistic woodturner)

Amy Turner(weaving)

Sally Stang(pressed flower mosaic)

 

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013
Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013. Hopewell Train Station, NJ

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013 Featured Artist: Amy Turner and her Weaving

Traditional wool rag rug by Amy Turner.
Traditional wool rag rug by Amy Turner.

Amy Turner grew up in an artistic household, with both parents accomplished painters, and her father had a large ceramics studio. She has been weaving for over 35 years. Her father gave her a loom when she was in high school and she has been weaving every since

 

Rayon shawl woven in lace weave with hand dyed yarns by Amy Turner.
Rayon shawl woven in lace weave with hand dyed yarns by Amy Turner.

She does all her weaving in her home studio in Doylestown, and has 5 looms, a spinning wheel, and an enormous collection of related equipment, yarns, spinning fibers and fabrics.

Rayon scarves with painted warp, tapestry inlay and beaded fringe by Amy Turner.
Rayon scarves with painted warp, tapestry inlay and beaded fringe by Amy Turner.

She combines traditional and contemporary styles, often with muted and neutral colors, using her own hand-spun yarn and hand-dyed fabrics.

Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013, Hopewell Train Station, Hopewell, NJ.

Transformations Featured Artists:

Connie Bracci-McIndoe(pottery)

Susan Nadelson(hand dyed and handspun yarn)

Bernard Hohlfeld(artistic woodturner)

Ron Dombrowski(wood carving)

Sally Stang(pressed flower mosaic)

 

 

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013
Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013. Hopewell Train Station, NJ

 

 

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013 Featured Artist: Bernard Hohlfeld of Roundwood Studio

natural edge Red Mallee Burl Bowl
Natural Edge Red Mallee Burl Bowl by Bernard Hohlfeld.

Bernard Hohlfeld is wood turning artist from Doylestown in Bucks County.  He is a member of the Bucks County Guild of Craftsmen, the Bucks Woodturners, the American Association of Woodturners and a Juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen.  Bernard is a retired cabinetmaking teacher but is mostly self-taught in regards to wood turning.  In 2003 Bernard began “Roundwood Studio” to explore the wonderful world of Artistic Woodturning.

Natural Edge Oak Burl Bowl by Bernard Hohlfeld.
Natural Edge Oak Burl Bowl by Bernard Hohlfeld.

In 2010 his first book, “Turning Natural Edge Bowls”, was published by Schiffer Publishing.

Natural Edge Box Elder Vases by Bernard Hohlfeld.
Natural Edge Box Elder Vases by Bernard Hohlfeld.

Bernard Hohlfeld’ has expert ability to incorporate the texture of the tree burls into the graceful design of his bowls.

Roundwood Studio Website
 Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013, Hopewell Train Station, Hopewell, NJ.

Transformations Featured Artists:

Connie Bracci-McIndoe(pottery)

Susan Nadelson(hand dyed and handspun yarn)

 Amy Turner(weaving)

Ron Dombrowski(wood carving)

Sally Stang(pressed flower mosaic)

 

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013
Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013. Hopewell Train Station, NJ

 

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013 Featured Artist: Susan Nadelson and her Hand Dyed, Handspun Yarn

 

Susan Nadelson Dyed Roving
Susan Nadelson Space Dyed Roving

Susan Nadelson loves texture and color, and she plays with their unlimited possibilities to create one-of-a-kind handspun yarn. To begin, she finds the softest fleeces from special breeds of sheep. She cleans them by hand, removing bits of twigs and hay, then washes the wool in hot water with gentle natural soap. While the fleece air dries, Susan selects mohair, silk, bamboo, and other luxurious fibers to combine with the sheep’s wool. She then chooses her color palette  and dyes each component separately. As she cards the wool and other fibers together the textures blend and the colors come alive.

Susan Nadelson Dyed Yarn
Susan Nadelson Space Dyed Yarn

Once she has found the perfect blend, she spins the fibers into yarn by hand. Each bundle of her yarn represents a unique exploration of texture and color inspired by the feel and hue of the natural world.

sweater hand spun and hand knit from space dyed yarn
Susan Nadelson sweater hand spun and hand knit from space dyed yarn

One of the pleasures of doing shows  is meeting talented makers of craft, and as a knitter, I am glad to be at close proximity to Susan’s vibrant yarn.

Susan Nadelson yarns and sweaters on display
Look forward to Susan Nadelson yarns and sweaters at Transformations.

Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013, Hopewell Train Station, Hopewell, NJ.

Opening Reception Friday November 8th, 6-8 pm.

Transformations Featured Artists:

Connie Bracci-McIndoe(pottery)

Bernard Hohlfeld(artistic woodturning)

Amy Turner(weaving)

Ron Dombrowski(wood carving)

Sally Stang(pressed flower mosaic)

 

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013
Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013. Hopewell Train Station, NJ

 

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013

Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show Featured Artist: Connie Bracci-McIndoe

Transformations Art and Craft Show 2013
Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013. Hopewell Train Station, NJ

Stratoz and I are pleased to be participating in the 40th Annual Transformations Art and Craft Show November 8-10th, 2013.  The sale ran for 25 years at the Princeton University bookstore and has been in the Historic Hopewell Train Station since 2002.  Artist Connie Bracci-McIndoe has been there since the beginning.  She and her husband Ken live in a converted wood storage and workshop building, and we got to see this amazing place at the organizational meeting for 2013.  We were enveloped in art on all the walls, and looked out the window to the brick kiln, a raku kiln, and pit firing equipment in the backyard.

 

Leaf Plates by Connie Bracci-McIndoe
Leaf Plates by Connie Bracci-McIndoe

Her stoneware leaf plates use real leaves of different sizes and kinds for impressions. They are one of her most popular items, even appearing on television as part of the set for Cristina Cooks,” the PBS show from Philadelphia.

Vessel of Leaves by Connie Bracci-McIndoe
Vessel of Leaves by Connie Bracci-McIndoe

Connie Bracci-McIndoe creates bowls ,vases, vessels and sculpted pieces which are well known for their warm and subtle earth tones.

Birdhouse by Connie Bracci-McIndoe
Birdhouse by Connie Bracci-McIndoe

Transformations 40th Annual Art and Craft Show, November 8-10, 2013, Hopewell Train Station, Hopewell, NJ.

She also has an eye for the whimsical, as in this expressive clay birdhouse, complete with a feathered roof.

Check out more of Connie Bracci-McIndoe’s work at Hopewell Pottery.

I will be featuring an artist from the Transformations Show each Thursday:

Susan Nadelson(hand dyed and handspun yarn)

Bernard Hohlfeld(artistic woodturning)

Amy Turner(weaving)

Ron Dombrowski(wood carving)

Sally Stang(pressed flower mosaic)