2015 Participating Artisans:

American Country Rugs
www.americancountryrugs.com


In 2002 I started American Country Rugs.  I began teaching weekly rug hooking classes at my home in Wilton, CT.  I thrive on being busy and love interacting with people.  Thus, I quickly moved into vending at local shows and hosting hook-ins at one of our local historical buildings.  In 2004 my husband, Dave, and I decided it was time to fulfill our life long dream of living in Vermont.  Five years later we are here surrounded by the magnificent green mountains.  There was a great shop / studio on the property we purchased, which I readily turned into my Rug Hooking shop /studio. The previous owner, Addie Werger , was a famous local artist. (Her spirit is abound.)  We made lots of changes to the building, but kept that great aged warm feeling.  A prized possession is Addie’s great old drafting table, which was bequeathed to me by her husband.  
 
Throughout my long corporate career I listened to a multitude of speakers expound on the key to success:  “Do what you love and you will be successful.” I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to not only to do what I love, but to spend most of my days lost in my rug hooking muse.

American Folkcraft

As you travel throughout the countryside and towns of America, you can’t help but take notice of the various weathervanes and whirligigs that grace rooftops and gardens as well as those that have made their way into homes and museums as folk art objects for display. Over the past twenty three years, I have developed an increasing interest and passion for this type of folk art. I began collecting antique originals and then started researching folk art objects to handcraft weathervanes, whirligigs and trade signs in the true folk art tradition. Most of the wood used in my work is over one hundred-year-old heart pine salvaged from various 19th century barns and outbuildings in upstate NY. I also incorporate antique copper, tin and iron into my work. Various tools used to handcraft each piece include chisels, draw knives, handsaws and carving knives.

I want to continue this type of American folk art so that it lives on for many years to come. I hope you enjoy my work as much as I enjoy handcrafting each and every piece.
Andersen and Stauffer Furniture

www.andersenandstauffer.com


At Andersen & Stauffer, we create authentic copies of 17th, 18th, and early 19th century American antiques. How do we accomplish this? By being exacting. And passionate and experienced. Founders Alan Andersen & Tom Stauffer have been working with wood for as long as they’ve been able to hold hammers. Together, our team develops and perfects techniques to construct classic pieces and simulate antique surfaces, as well as conserve and restore cherished pieces.

Ashley Garland Floor Cloths
www.ashleyfloorcloths.com

As a young apprentice to my artist grandmother, I learned the process of creating floor cloths at the age of 13. While studying under my grandmother I was even mentioned in Country Living Magazine.  I am very proud to be carrying on the tradition today.  I love the process of putting an idea onto the canvas and seeing it come to life.  I want my work to be enjoyed in your home as much as I enjoy creating it.
Barking Dog Jewelry Design Studio
www.barkingdogjewelry.com


As a specialist in hand forged and braided metal, I use a mixture of traditional silversmith, blacksmith, and goldsmith techniques and equipment to create historical wearable works of art. I am a native of North Carolina, trained in historical archaeology, with a subspecialty in metals.  I am a trained jeweler and a self taught traditional silversmith.  


I do all the work by hand, one piece at a time, from initial design to final polishing - no mass production.  From time to time I teach this work to apprentices who also help me at art and craft shows while I demonstrate my techniques. 


My knowledge base comes from period texts, paintings, etchings, and techniques which I’ve reverse engineered using methods learned in my training in archaeology and museum conservation and restoration.  I spend hours in museums examining period paintings, etchings, prints, and sculptures attempting to tease out jewelry design and construction.  Many of my patterns are based on archaeological research, published reports, texts, field notes, and interviews with curators at period archaeological sites.  Two of my chain designs are based on artifacts recovered from period (1715) ship wrecks off the coast of Florida.  The button designs are based on two period buttons (one pewter and one silver plated or gilded) excavated in Strasburg, Virginia. I also have fun creating some contemporary or art deco pieces.


As a result, my designs create some of the most accurate  reproductions and examples of historic colonial style jewelry, especially with respect to my hand made chains, hand forging, weaving, repousse’, chasing, and embossing.

Baskets in Nantucket Tradition, Jane Theobold


I began experimenting with Nantucket basket construction about 35 years ago after seeing a small broken one at an antique show. I have been a hands on creator forever, jumping from sewing stain glass window making, weaving, knitting etc. I dabbled in shaker baskets at first but once I saw the Nantucket that was it. I still have my first basket with its handle made from a large twig from a tree in my back yard. My basket growth has been all on my own since in the early 1980s there was nothing available without being on the island. The third edition of the Seeler book in 1981 was my teacher. It however left out a number of salient facts which had to be learned by trial and error if you weren’t out on the island with a teacher. One of the greatest joys of my development as a basket maker has been that when faced with a technical obstacle and no teacher I consistently seem to have solved it the same way the old guys on the island did many years ago. Over the years I have participated in many lovely folk art shows and have been privileged to be included in Early American Life magazine of Outstanding Artists as well as being featured in Country Living. In addition I have had a nest of small baskets included in a show of miniatures at the Nantucket Basket Museum on the island. My baskets are in many personal collections both here and abroad. I have done all my work myself from the beginning. This includes molds, rims, handles, and for the last several years scrimshaw. Much of my work now is custom one of a kind baskets and historical reproductions woven of old cane, sometimes with baleen embellishments. In addition I do restoration of treasured antique baskets in private collections. I still learn from every project and enjoy it as much now as I did with my first homely attempt.

Brad Sears Fine Woodturning

www.turningarts.com

 

Brad Sears Fine Woodturning is a one-person woodturning studio dedicated to the creation of heirloom-quality salt & pepper sets, peppermills, manual coffee grinders, and other distinctive lathe-turned craft.   Using sustainably-harvested hardwoods and proprietary toxin-free finishes, Brad works in “series” founded on classic visual forms such as chess pieces, ancient urns and vases, and even wine barrels.  Each piece of wood is carefully hand-selected to insure that the colors and grain patterns “flow” in ways that harmonize with the intended final form.   Every work is then meticulously hand-crafted “by eye” so that while the pieces in each set match precisely, every piece—and set—is slightly different.   This approach gives Brad’s work its distinctive “voice” while ensuring that the piece—or set—you purchase is uniquely yours.  Brad’s work may be found in every state of the Union and in many countries around the globe.

 

 

Clever Hans Woodworking

When I was a boy, customers would walk right through our kitchen to enter a tiny shop where my grandfather repaired shoes. As I watched wide-eyed, he could magically turn scraps of leather into fine boots! He never turned me into a shoemaker, but he taught me how to work. I try to channel his reverence for honest craft into each of my end grain cutting boards. It's a spontaneous process - no plans, no templates, and no design formulas. First, I gather together a group of harmonious toned hardwoods. Then, after studying grain patterns, I strive to make each cutting board its own entity. A great reward comes when the wood's natural colors glow with the first oiling.

To me, unique means more than “no two pieces of wood are identical”. It means that each board is designed and made individually. My boards are not made by following written plans. They are not sliced like bologna from large wooden constructs. They are the highest form of the art. No less than 5 species of hard wood is in each board. Every part is carefully selected and precision cut to prevent voids and other hidden problems. Waterproof adhesive stronger than the wood is used throughout. An exclusive 12 step sanding process creates a fine, exhibit quality finish unlike any other board you’ve seen. No material will flake off because no lacquer, varnish, or urethane based salad bowl finish is used -- only food safe mineral oil and wax to naturally assure proper sanitary conditions.


You get what you pay for. I am personally responsible for each cutting board and I number and sign each one. If it should ever split or delaminate, return it and I will repair or replace it FREE. In 18 years I have had only one board fail.

Constance Old Fiber Works

Constance Old captures the spirit of the 21st century in her ?work by taking advantage of the excesses of the consumer economy. Old uses the traditional craft of rug hooking to make three dimensional wall pieces. Combining printmaking and ?rug hooking with contemporary materials, her work is both timeless and an index of our time. Although serious in nature, ?one can't help but notice a subtle wink of the eye and sense of humor when looking at the work of Constance Old.

Daniel Bellow Porcelain
www.danielbellow.com


Made by hand on the potter’s wheel, one piece at a time, Daniel Bellow Porcelain is non-toxic, and dishwasher safe, and with proper care should last for hundreds of years. There’s a lot of iron in the new glaze and it will not go over well to have them smoke in someone’s microwave. Things that are made by hand have a life of their own, a spirit, that machine made objects, no matter how well designed, cannot hope to match


I measure the pots with my fingers and adjust the kiln according to the sound of the burners and the color of the flame, so some variation in size, shape and color is to be expected and valued for its is is the whole point of handmade pottery in a machine world where everyone agrees the highest and best use of silica is in the manufacture of microchips for computers.


The clay I use comes from ancient mountaintops washed down into stream beds over millions of years of rainy days. When my bones have crumbled to dust and this website is forgotten, archaeologists yet unborn will excavate my studio and find pieces of pottery with my stamp on them.


I decided that if Paul Gauguin could quit his job to become an artist at 37, so could I. But instead of leaving my wife, two small children and two large dogs and going off to Tahiti to drink myself to death, we all moved back to the Berkshires and established the Daniel Bellow Pottery in Great Barrington in 2002.


My work is sold in finer galleries and in Anthropologie stores from coast to coast. I teach at the Great Barrington Waldorf High School and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires. In the summertime, I fire wood kilns with my friends here in the North Carolina of the North.

De Mon Jardin

Welcome to De Mon Jardin. De Mon Jardin is of French origin and was established in 1994. My business is a combination of my two passions: art and gardening. I was born and raised in the south of France and my work is deeply influenced by the artistic traditions of the Provence. I grow most of the flowers and herbs I use in my garden, and recently designed a fern garden that has ferns from all around the world. 

Deluca Windsor Furniture




Dennis William Stuart 

Mr. Stuart is a nationally recognized artist from Litchfield County, CT. 

"With my paintings, I attempt to capture a moment in time revealing a contemplative interpretation of nature." Farm, field, forest and brook are landscape subjects Stuart is drawn toward.

"My painting interest is emphasis on pattern and color harmony using suggestive texture, color and shape in translating subject to canvas or paper."

His painting career spans forty years. Group exhibits with awards include National Park Academy of the Arts, Connecticut Academy of Fine Art, Hudson Valley Art Association, Stamford Museum and Nature Center, Hammond Museum, American Watercolor Society, National Society of Casein and Acrylic Painting, Adirondack National Watercolor Society, North East Watercolor Society and Connecticut Watercolor Society. 

His college education include the Ringling School of Art, School of Visual Arts and Paier School of Art. 

In Connecticut his art is represented by "PS Gallery" in Litchfield. 
Diana Chamberlain Ceramics


I work in porcelain for its suppleness, delicacy and strength.  Porcelain’s willingness to be transformed, both in form and texture, makes it a perfect medium for exploring the iconic meaning of dress and the concept of shelter. 


My fine art training was at St. Martin’s School of Art, London and Pratt Institute, Brooklyn.  I began working in clay at Silvermine Guild of Artists in New Canaan, CT, where I became a Guild Member in 2002.  


From 2005 to December 2010 I leased a studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.  I remain an Associate Member of the Torpedo Factory, but now work out of my home studio in Woodbury, Connecticut. 

Firecrow Handwovens

www.firecrowhandwovens.com

 

I love sharing my joy through weaving. I draw inspiration from nature and the magical world around us to design and create beautiful, functional scarves, shawls and home goods that enhance one’s home or lifestyle. Specialties are my original “Story Scarves” and “Story Shawls” that share tales and life experiences woven into fabric with vibrant colors and rich textures. I often incorporate novelty yarns and contrasting fibers into the same piece. I weave mostly on an 8-harness cherry Norwood loom and enjoy demonstrating on my portable 4-harness Harrisville. . I spent two years artistically crocheting and selling original scarves; spent a year studying the centuries-old craft of basket weaving with reed, adding found materials collected in the woods; and traveled to the tiny villages outside Oaxaca, Mexico to experience indigenous handweavers’ craft and culture. Traveling provides an endless source of inspiration for me and I look forward to many more adventures!

Heidi Howard, Maker & Painter

www.heidihoward.com


Heidi began to paint historic reproductions of trade and tavern signs when her interest in early American country painted antiques collided with her artistic background. After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Fine Art, Heidi went through a natural progression of nomad, waitress, seamstress, hatter, mother, and, ultimately, historic trade & tavern sign painter. What a wonderful culmination of a life-long interest in art and antiques and the actual (gasp!) use of one's college degree! Her attraction to weathered surfaces and crusty paint began early though, having spent her childhood in rural Vermont, surrounded by barns, rusty farm equipment, and other glimpses of history. Heidi continues to be inspired by her New England surroundings.

Helen Howard, Painter

www.helenhoward.net

 

You may have read something about Helen in one of a variety of publications, including Country Living, Yankee, Early American Life/Homes, or the New England Antiques Journal. Further, what you read may have been something about Helen the antiques dealer, or Helen the wall muralist, or Helen the floor-cloth designer and painter, or about Helen the prolific watercolorist. All of these topics have been addressed in various articles about Helen over the last four decades. As a result, her artwork is displayed proudly on walls and floors of beautiful homes throughout the country. Many of Helen’s clients come to her again and again with a new request, a new space in mind.

Hooked by Lynn

 www.hookedbylynn.com


My background as an antique dealer and water color painter have provided me a wonderful resource for creating unique, yet traditional, hooked rugs. Every aspect of rug hooking appeals to me from drawing the design, to planning the color and texture, and then the hooking of what I have envisioned. All of my rugs are my own designs- inspired by antique rugs, old weathervanes, painted tin and tote ware, and old quilts. I find design elements everywhere. Also, custom made rugs can be ordered to suit a specific wish such as size, color scheme, or even a special scene.

Jeffrey Palmer

www.jeffreypalmerdesigns.com

 

Since 1984 Master Craftsman, Jeffrey Palmer continues to create one–of-a-kind, custom furniture from his small work shop in Central Massachusetts. Inspired by the Shakers, Jeff is a proponent of simple, functional furniture crafted with quality materials, integrity and pride.

Jeff takes special pride in hand selecting the wood for every design; a time consuming task of placement and matching of the grains and the color. Traditional Joinery is a major component of his furniture including dovetail, mortise and tenon which hasn’t changed since the 18th century.

We believe that every piece of furniture interacts with the space around it. Color, form, size, shape and texture contribute to the quality of the furniture and the way it impacts  the space it owns and the human senses. Complete customer satisfaction through hard work and commitment to quality is our primary goal in bringing fine hand-crafted furniture to your home.

Josh Axelrod Photography


Photography originates with light.  Pattern is the form, the symmetry, the composition.  Motion is an expression of time…  I consider these the essential elements of photography.  They are the pieces of the puzzle that is the creation. How and where I choose to place these pieces, a combination of my perspective and integrating elements to form the whole, is where I depend on intuition.  This is where my art is born.  


From the back woods of Vermont, to the western shores of Washington; high in the Andes of Peru and deep into the wild of Alaska, I find inspiration in what is often overlooked- the simple things that blanket the earth.  Magic lives everywhere; the feathered blade of golden grass blowing in the wind, the current rippling in a mountainside stream and the ever-changing light defining the voice of those moments.


I am fascinated by how we perceive reality and how that perception determines what we see.  I seek the poetry of our landscape; the imagery I hope to convey.  The sacred moments where light, sound, color and texture harmonize make me smile…. This moment will never be seen quite the same again.

Judith Brinck Folkart

www.judithbrinckfolkart.com

 

Judy's interest in the American Arts began early. Annual family visits to Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Gettysburg, as well as  to her Aunt's home near Valley Forge helped the interest take root.. It grew with her father, who built the house she grew up in...and her mother, a floral designer who owned a shop for more than twenty-five years where everyone dressed in colonial costume. 

 

Judy holds a Master's degree in Education and Administration. For thirty-one years, she taught Gifted Education and that became her art. When her boys were in high school, however, she knew it was time to come home full time. As they began college she graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in the decorative arts.

 

Judy's work is based on early American design and incorporates, watercolor, gouache, vinegar painting, graining, glazing, gilding and use of various pigments. By designing her own compositions, she is able to create one-of-a kind pieces. Her vinegar painted frames not only enhance the beauty of the paintings , but also keep their creation in period style.

Kolene Spicher


Artist Kolene Spicher has a unique style and flair with her paintings that is easily recognizable. Many of the current design ideas in the market place have been a direct result of her creativity. She has decorated most of the top name department stores with her modern abstract paintings, and her designs have been used by major brands in their advertising campaigns. Kolene’s artwork has been produced and used on a special series of Alicia Klein’s leather “taxi wallets”. And TV shows from “the Sopranos”, “Even Stevens” and full feature films including “Deep End of the Ocean” have requested permission to use Kolene’s artwork in their filming.


One of Kolene’s favorite places is the island of Nantucket, located 30 miles out to sea off the coast of Cape Cod where she showcases her original artwork. Kolene’s originals are regularly purchased by international celebrities and noteworthy names.

Lakonia Greek Products

Daphne Contraros Rioux, founder of Lakonía Greek Products, grew up in a small agricultural village of Stefania. Although Daphne has lived most of her life in the U.S., she rediscovered her roots in the late 1980's while visiting relatives in her homeland. It was then that Daphne encountered Lakonía’s exceptional olive oil, and became intrigued with its high quality and smooth, rich taste. She realized that this locally produced oil was far superior to any available in the U.S. In 1998, Daphne acquired a parcel of land covered with olive trees located on the outskirts of a small fisherman’s village called Gythio. Her first harvests produced a small amount of extra virgin olive oil and Kalamata olives that she shared with family and friends. With time, demand grew and soon Daphne acquired additional land and planted many more olive trees.


In 2006, Daphne began selling her products at the local farmers’ market in Saco, Maine. In 2007, her daughter Melissa graduated from college, and was given the opportunity to start the business. Since then, she has dedicated herself to growing the family business. We now proudly offer our selection of Lakonia’s finest from our family to yours.

Meb's Kitchenwares

Unlike some craftspeople who are simply designers with a factory here or abroad, and a warehouse of stock waiting to ship, Tom and I design and MAKE each piece that comes out of our workshop.  Our simplest piece, the humble cheese knife, takes 11 steps, but most require 20 steps to complete. 

Come to a show to get first dibs on our newest inventions and our one-of-a-kind work. 

No big factory, no outsourcing, no crowds of employees. Just us. Meb and Tom.  And a few friends from time to time. So we DON’T keep masses of product (all the same) ready for purchase. When you want something, maybe we’ll find the one you want waiting here in the workshop. But most likely we’ll make you one, out of the type of wood you want, with special requests (use your imagination) sprinkled in for good measure.
Metro Classics by Catherine Joseph

Nine Patch Studio

www.ninepatchstudio.com


Kathie Ratcliffe interprets 19th century quilts in miniature using historically accurate fabrics and authentic color combinations. Her quilts evoke the regional idioms and fabric trends of the most dynamic period in quilt history.  Her work reflects the change in style from early chintz quilts to the bold graphics of the late 19th century. The vibrant colors and patterns recall the best traditions of American quilt art. "As I work, I sense a connection with the women who made those early quilts, with their creative choices as well as their lives and their historical context. In my miniature pieces I hope to preserve and validate these singular, deeply personal works of artistic expression." Kathie's intricate, signed pieces are offered in handgrained frames with archival mounting.

Nod Hill Soap


In 2009 I started Nod Hill Soap and embarked on my soapmaking journey. With no knowledge of how soap was made or even made from, I set out to learn how to make this alluring substance. Researching ingredients and techniques I began to create the soap of my dreams – a soap to nourish my body and soul – with a luxurious, creamy lather, gorgeous scents, light, fluffy bubbles, amazing skin loving properties and beautiful packaging. The entire experience resonated deeply with my creative spirit – from the artistry of designing the soap to the art of creating the packaging, I found pure joy. 


In 2012 I took my soapmaking out of the kitchen and opened my shop in Wilton, CT where I both create my soapy masterpieces and also display them for sale in a lovely European-style inspired, tiny boutique full of light, soothing music and amazing scents. It's the perfect place to come shop for that last minute hostess gift or special birthday present (knowing it was made right in the next room). In addition to soap, I make wonderfully luscious lotions and lip butters, refreshing rose water facial toners, soothing bath salts, rejuvenating salt and sugar scrubs, lovely scented sachets and room sprays to freshen up your home and so much more. I also offer elegant custom guest soaps, party favors and gift baskets perfect for bridal showers, hostess gifts, teachers' gifts, corporate gifts, holiday parties or any special occasion. 

Sailor's Valentines
www.lyndasusanhennigan.com

The old sailors' valentines are coveted by collectors and demand very high prices at auction. The rest are in museums and prized. Today there are but a few of us who are recreating these treasures in the traditional style.

 

I saw my first Valentine in a museum on Cape Cod as a child and have always been fascinated by them. Several years ago I tried to purchase one but it was too costly. A friend suggested that I create one. It has become my passion and will be tomorrow's heirlooms.

 

A local craftsman makes all the octagon boxes and then I faux finish them to look like the 19th Century ones. My mosaic works are all original designs but they too are modeled after the 19th Century valentines.


Saltbox Press

www.saltboxpress.com


I have been interested in type and printing since I was a girl; my father worked for Mergenthaler Linotype. Growing up I assumed everyone’s dad pointed out good and bad examples of typography. My love for the printed word was always in the background of my life. Raising a family and investing in my home and garden in Connecticut left little room for other pursuits except for watercolor. Now my three daughters are grown and I finally have the most precious gift of time. I started taking letterpress classes. Once I got my feet wet and my hands inky, I was hooked. Slowly and steadily I turned my basement into a Print Shop. So here I am, enjoying a new phase of my life. You could say it all started with watercolor. I love to paint flowers and little still lifes. That led to creating cards and invitations for friends, and that led to Saltbox Press!

Sergio Villaschi

Sergio grew up in the Italian Alps when beauty and function were still part of life. After moving to Rome and an early retirement from a University position as Professor of Surgical Pathology, he moved to Warren, Connecticut. From Rome, the Eternal City, to the woods of Connecticut he has tried to revive the simplicity of alpine life, while not forgetting the classical beauty of Rome and its artifacts. His goal is to craft objects that are beautiful on their own and also functional. From bowls to vases, lidded boxes or Christmas decorations, salt and pepper mills, they must be beautiful but also functional.The forms of the vases are inspired by Greek and Roman pottery, or by classic Chinese art. All his objects are hand turned in his small shop and finished by him with food safe oils and waxes. He uses mostly local woods and occasionally exotic woods for accent and decoration. Some items are lightly embellished with a pyrography pen and/or natural non toxic pigments and inks.

Sergio believes that his best artistic statement will be made by his turnings themselves and by the people who will look at and hold them and cherish them.“I strive to bring out the hidden beauty of the wood with finely executed curves and accents in order to create bowls, vases, and other items with pleasing visual and tactile qualities.”
SKT Ceramics
www.sktceramics.com

Susannah Tisue, founder of SKT Ceramics, lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her furniture maker husband, Michael Miritello and their toddler son, Theodore. Susannah and Michael have been collaborating on projects since their days at NYU, where Michael's confidence and ease with the table saw won Susannah over. Both incorporate their fine art/conceptual art training into their work, and value the well made and carefully considered object. Creating community and ensuring quality over quantity by making and buying locally drives the side by side SKT/Michael Miritello studios, and the low environmental impact they aim for in their home carries through to their studio practices, through the re-use of materials and careful design decisions. 

Spring House Peddler

www.springhousepeddler.com

 

Kay has been making Redware for 30 years and is largely self-taught in both the artistic talents and technical aspects of her craft. The early challenge of making food-safe Redware for her family's use turned into a career with over 19,000 pieces produced to date...and yes, Kay numbers and records each piece she lovingly creates. In addition to her hump molded plates, chargers, trenchers, Kay has lately been creating a variety of animals, including bird whistles, lions, dogs and goats.

 

For the last decade, Bob has been making upright Redware pieces, some thrown on a potter's wheel (mugs, pitchers, pots and bowls) and slab-build pieced (canisters, canteens, coin banks, book flasks, face jugs and table lamps). Most of their Redware is decorated using the sgraffito method and tends to be very colorful.

Sue Brown Gordon
www.gordonfinearts.org

Nature is my primary inspiration. The tides and salt marshes of the Long Island Sound have been an area of contrast for me. Though it provides a sense of permanence, there is always growth and change happening. The sense of energy and freshness completes me, simple marsh grasses swaying skyward toward light.


I create organic textures with my jewelry and my painting. The work is sculptural and emotional, conveying a spirit of Zen-like calmness.

The Art Tramp

www.thearttramp.com


From early childhood David Schump had a passion for all forms of art and creativity. His grandmother taught him how to sew, needlepoint, cross-stitch, embroider and do crewel work. He also learned to weave Shaker baskets, paint and draw, sculpt and eventually found himself in a design career for over 3 decades. 


When he saw his first piece of Tramp Art he knew he had found something special. He took the time to research and study the history of this art form. The level of details, the simple tools and the materials used by the craftsmen who made these pieces of “Tramp Art” intrigued him. 

Each piece he studied seemed to have a soul, a story to tell and a warmth that only comes from something made by one’s hands. While he has always loved creating things with his hands he had never attempted to work with wood, after all, he had no training. It was also very important to him that he stay as true as possible to the origins of Tramp Art in it’s materials and simplicity. 


In 2012, David decided to follow his dream of becoming a folk artist and turned his focus from graphic design to Tramp Art. Making each of his pieces is a labor of love. His work can contain as many as 200-300 individually cut and carved pieces of wood. 

Three Point Design

www.threepointsdesign.com

 

We are a design studio located in Virginia Beach, Virginia and we specialize in creating custom one of a kind art using primarily wood, metal and paint as our mediums. Our focus remains mostly in the realm of traditional folk art, however we can custom create anything from scratch as long as you have an idea.

 

Vaillancourt Folk Art

www.valfa.com

 

When Gary Vaillancourt gave his wife, Judi, a gift of three antique chocolate molds in 1984, neither of them knew it would signal the start of a new family business of "made in America." In the years since, Judi’s collection has grown to over 3,000 vintage molds — one of the largest collections in the world. She uses her molds to make hand-painted collectible chalkware figures for all major holidays — especially Christmas. Today, Vaillancourt Folk Art (VFA) is one of America’s last remaining Christmas ornament and collectibles makers. Unlike most Christmas collectibles, which are manufactured overseas, Vaillancourt chalkware figures are still made by hand at the VFA studio in Sutton, Massachusetts. Visitors can tour behind-the-scenes as artists hand-paint different variations of chalkware Santas, Father Christmas, Belsnickles, and non-Christmas figurines.

 

224 Danbury Road (Route 7), Wilton, CT 06897      www.wiltonhistorical.org
203.762.7257