Artisans in Central New York

Here are a list of some of the artisans that I really enjoyed at the Salt City Urban Arts and Crafts Market.

 

Vicki Hartman a ceramic artist.  I love her subtle colorings, they look almost like faded watercolors on natural “white” (ecru) clay.  I really liked her work, but was not really in the market for anything ceramic.  But I did tell her that I loved her TV’s.  They are really cool, but then I somehow got into a conversation with her about how much I despise TV, and we went back and forth with the shifting use of TV for both of us, first averse and then obsessed.  Also how from not watching TV and then going back to it again how you find yourself looking at it critically and dubiously. Although this is a personal account of what I discussed with her, it only increased my interest in her work.

All opinions and observations are solely those of this writer and are not meant to reflect on the ability of the artist.  This sarcasm is meant for another but will be nicely added here I think.

Nancy Lenker Topolski Second Seed is the name of her company.  Her lovely little monsters, fingerless gloves and the only felting or more accurately fulling (the art of taking a knitted piece and intentionally shrinking it is often mislabeled felting but is truly fulling, felting is when you take the unspun fibers or roving  and mat them together to create a fabric) any way back to it, the ONLY fulling I have ever seen that did not look lumpy and misshapen mainly because she fulls them first then sews them into the object.  Beautiful work.  Love it!  On her etsy site I see more artwork that is intriguing, with a fine steampunk feel.

Krista DeJoseph of Queens Metal I love the quote by Ani DiFranco on her website. “I think pretty is nice, but I would rather see something new.”  HA! I was initially drawn to her work because of the very cool steampunk look of it.  Old fashioned metals juxtapozed in interesting ways.  I also found some ordinary (non steampunk) lovely little post earrings for my daughter for Christmas.  Although she told me last night she doesn’t want earrings now.  Oh well.  Cannot change your xmas list a month and a half away from the day.  But her metal work is not typical, which as Ani DiFranco says is what I would rather have.

Alice Muhlback of Spirit and Kitsch I loved her ravens.  Of course I love crows which are cousins to the raven in the Corvid family.  She also keeps a blog http://aliceartopia.blogspot.com/ which also endears me to her.  Her work is cute and whimsical but somehow I think it has a dark side that all that cuteness hides a satirical wit.  I could be wrong of course, remember these are my opinions.

I just want people to see some new and great art.  Something that hasn’t been published a thousand times from a thousand different sources and isn’t marketed to death.  Real artists doing real work.  Not corporate conglomerations painting sheep and camoflage on our bodies, hearts, minds and souls to keep the world from knowing our true selves, to keep us from knowing our true selves.

Casey Wright of Peaches Products Because anything else is the pits.  I loved loved loved her little felt animals.  I bought a tiny little felted crow for Alistair my pet crow, who should not be called a doll but a Fabric-American.  Doll is an insulting term like puppet.  Horrible.  Seriously her animals are freaking adorable!

And last but surely not least Amanda Preske I loved her reuse of computer parts coated in resin.  She had some other lovely beaded jewelry but I really liked the computer items which you will see in her etsy shop.  I love that she is finding a use for something that would otherwise go to a landfill.  I also like that it is unusual and that is what caught my attention.  Thank you Amanda for pointing me in the direction of your bi-annual art shows, I surely hope I can actually have an opportunity to show my animals there in the future, and if not that I will be able to make the trip to Rochester in the spring to check out the next one.

Artisans are great.  They make it possible to be yourself unique, they are themselves expressively unique.  I hope you like their work as much as I did.

 

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