Shauna Thomas: I studied surface design at Bloomsburg University. In 2006 I attended a Surface Design Conference in Kansas City with my professor, which is when I truly realized my love for the medium. I began working on wearable art with the intent of just making beautiful fabrics. All of my fabrics are designed by hand. April 2007 I won Best In Show at a local wearable art extravaganza. I now work from home, where I live with my husband and our beautiful son.
Nanami Cowdroy was born in Sydney, Australia with close bonds to her mixed Japanese-European heritage. Growing up with such contrasting cultures and surroundings, has greatly influenced her style of art and creative expression.
By intertwining complex characters and highly detailed objects her pieces reflect a juxtaposition between foreign and familiar entities and environments. Her imagination is illustrated through works which are elaborate and exotic. She is drawn to subjects, which may on the surface seem delicate or fragile, but are given strength and depth through her pen and ink techniques, intricate hand illustrative style and mixed media compositions.
If you love handmade goods, locally grown produce, and supporting independent businesses, Washington DC’s Eastern Market is more than just a shopping destination, it’s heaven on Earth.
A unique combination of crafts market, farmer’s market, Victorian-era food stall, and community arts center, Eastern Market is also the unofficial heart of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. It’s also a major tourist attraction with it’s own Metro stop, and a source of pride for the entire city.
The history of Eastern Market goes all the way back to the original plans for Washington, DC drafted by Pierre L’Enfant, and an initiative from the Jefferson Administration to create and maintain a series of markets throughout the city. While its cousins in other parts of the city have long since been swallowed up by development, Eastern Market has prevailed. Numerous events have challenged the Market’s survival, not the least of which was a devastating fire in 2007, which wiped out the Market’s historic South Hall.
The fire completely destroyed more than a dozen independent bakeries, butchers, and food stalls that were housed in the 134-year-old South Hall. However, ninety percent of the art and craft vendors were unaffected, and the market was open as usual the following weekend. Temporary stalls for the displaced food vendors were in place within six months, and the market has flourished ever since.
The renovated South Hall re-opened in June of 2009 with all of its original vendors, including the legendary Market Lunch. Ask any Capitol Hill resident or Eastern Market regular, and they will give you an earful about the culinary bliss that is Market Lunch, especially the crab cake sandwiches and the blueberry pancakes.
Today the Market features more than 120 exhibitors, selling a huge variety of handcrafted goods, antiques, fine art and crafts, locally grown produce, and fresh flowers. Visitors love Eastern Market because it truly is one-stop shopping, but not in a soulless, strip-mall kind of a way. Where else can you pick up handcrafted goods like soap, ceramics and clothing, fresh cut flowers, original artwork, and locally-grown, organic fruit all at the same time?
The Eastern Market complex also includes the North Hall, a community arts center that houses permanent installations from local artists, musical performances and other neighborhood events.
Eastern Market is located at 7th Street and North Carolina Avenue SE, one block from the Eastern Market Metro. The South Hall is open Tuesdays through Sundays, and the Arts & Crafts Market, Flea Market, and Farmers’ Market are open Saturdays and Sundays.
500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Explorations of the Human Form
“Contemporary and unique, these handmade creations range from representational to abstract, from skillful realism to provocative surrealism—and they’re made from every conceivable material, including beads, gourds, and polymer clay. Juror Akira Blount, a pioneer in the “art doll” movement, incorporates vines, twigs, and carved wood in her fabric dolls; with their expressionless faces and closed eyes, they appear absorbed by inner worlds. Dutch artist Marlaine Verhelst’s porcelain designs seem to have sprung straight from a medieval painting. Chris Chomick’s strange and slightly scary figures feature amazing detail and elaborate costumes. Dollmakers, crafters, collectors, and anyone who loves beautiful objects will love the amazing diversity showcased here.” → more info