THE ART OF FIBER ARTS & PAPER

Taren Saccoman – TESAC Creations

Taren has been involved in art since she could hold a crayon. Growing up in Minneapolis and with two artist parents, it surrounded her in everyday life. Plans to become an art teacher changed into a field of horticulture and landscape design. Now that she is partially retired in Ideal Corners, she is finding the time to try all of the different art projects and some market gardening that she could only think about. She has branched out into many mediums.

Public and private mosaic work, alcohol ink, greeting cards, painted pvc garden posts, greeting signs, painted rocks, sewing, macrame, textile weaving and recently added “dirt shirts” are some of her current interests. Outdoor art is important to Taren and she researches and applies techniques that will hold up the best in Minnesota weather.  Taren also offers classes for mosaic and alcohol inks in her home studio.

Taren loves to use bright colors in her work and continues to create pieces that stand out and attract attention. She has been commissioned to create or build many things, from a woodtick costume for a 4-wheeler club to a fireplace hearth for a home in St Paul. Her creativity has no limit.

 

Bev Molberg

Bev started sewing when she was five years of age and she has had a passion for textiles since then. She creates and teaches jacket making and now creates purses and bags.

Cindy Grindahl

Cindy describes her artistic creations as an extension of her sustainable living way of life. Her backyard gardens provide the makings for her jams, salsas and fresh garden produce. A variety of mediums are used for home-made gift ideas like dried gourd art, recycled feed bags, birch-bark mobiles, Christmas stars and quilted items.

 

 

Kathy Soukup

Kathy has always enjoyed a variety of arts and craft projects and especially enjoys sewing projects, re-purposing old items and adding her own “twist” to the items she creates. Her home, inside and out, is decorated with handmade items, which at any time may include quilts on the beds, seasonal table runners or garden decor accenting the flower gardens. Kathy and her son wrote a book which tells the story of their journey when he was diagnosed with cancer at age sixteen. She likes to share this story with anyone who has ever heard the word “cancer” in their lives or with anyone who needs an inspirational story to share with someone they know.

Bill and Linda Sumner
(Bear Paw Paperworks)

Felted wool, handmade paper, copper, turquoise, beads, rocks, & sticks layered with fine art degrees & love of nature inspire one-of-a-kind art.

 

 

Carol Paurus

Carol has been knitting for 30+ years. Her creations include knit children’s sweaters sizes 2-10, double knit acrylic mittens for all ages, scarves, stocking caps, headbands, neck-warmers and slippers. Carol also uses reclaimed wool & wool blend recycled clothing to create one-of-a-kind mittens. In addition, she makes potholders, crocheted-on-towels with cotton cord, fire-starters from recycled candles and warm denim quilts that double as a bed or couch throws.

Sandy Black

Sandy Black has been sewing for 45 years and three years ago she branched out into the machine embroidery world. She loves working with colors and embroidery gives her a world of opportunity to do this. Sandy started embroidering flour sack towels for family members and she quickly grew to embroidering hats, bags, hoodies, T-shirts, hankies and more. She has also started embroidering on lace such as lace crosses, bookmarks, Christmas ornaments and baskets. She embroiders towels and frame them for a picture. All of Sandy’s embroidery is done by machine.

 

 

Linda McNamara

Linda’s offerings are gifts of her interests. She enjoys the outdoors and gardening and working with fibers, be it fabric or yarn. The results of her interests are jams and jellies made from the harvest of nature as well as grown naturally in her yard. Linda’s fiber offerings are bags, table toppers and runners. She taught herself to sew around the age of 12 and at 15 made Easter dresses for she and her mother. She continued by making clothes for her sisters including cheer-leading outfits and even a satin prom dress. When the grandchildren came along, she sewed numerous capes and ‘Harry Potter’ robes. Her oldest grandson told his preschool teacher “My Grandma can sew anything!” Because she has a large supply of thrift store sweaters leftover from mitten making, she recently began experimenting with up-scaling them into patchwork cardigans, a project for the cold and snowy winter months. Linda’s soaps are made the old-fashioned way using animal fats and plant oils. She strives to use blends that offer rich lather and moisturizing properties, and uses no coloring’s except what she finds in nature. Even when those colors don’t come out true to plan, they are generally interesting. Fragrance is only from essential oils.

Ashley Shamp (Student Artist)

As an artist and entrepreneur, creating from nature is one of Ashley’s specialties. By using natural items like shells and recycled papers for her jewelry, she can be part of the generation to conserve and reuse items that are beautiful and also conserve nature.

Nature also gives us the old, tried and true, established products that young people can begin to use instead of chemicals for bathing products. The Bath/Shower Bombs are great to use to relax the body with natural essential oil. The Lip Balms are soothing, using real cocoa and vanilla for a wonderful light tint for the lips and great aroma, too.

Ashley likes to recycle fabrics, zippers and buttons when she can, so the Back Seat Bags are a terrific project she creates. They can store toys, snack and books for kids, but are also great for adults for change, sunglasses or other items. It is a responsible way to organize in a fun way!

 

 

Melanie Shamp

Melanie, a retired art teacher, has been working with fabric for years. She loves the colors, patterns and textures of fabrics that she brings together to create a utilitarian piece of work that just sings. Homemade aprons are Melanie’s favorite, and each is unique, with no two alike. Kitchen table toppers are spin offs of homemade quilts that she has designed. The children’s fabric toys are constructed from scratch.

Barb Groth

Barb makes a lot of her paper in the blender using a cotton linter pulp as a base.  Scraps of material, sawdust, recycled cards, dried flowers, crepe paper and various other materials are added to the pulp.  It takes on the color and texture of what is added to it.  After the pulp is blended, it goes through screens.  As much moisture as possible is taken out. A screw press is used to help squeeze moisture out.  Then it lays flat to dry.

After drying she cuts and tears into collages.  The paper colors are like paints in a pallet so she needs many different colors and textures. Barb tries to give the paper in the collages a three-dimensional look by folding it before gluing it down.

Prismacolor pencils are used to draw on the paper. Wire, shells, sand, ribbon, buttons, and various materials are used in collages.  Barb’s husband mats and frames the collages. All art is matted, some is framed. Ornaments and cards are also made from the papers.

 

Brenda Mason

Brenda creates clothing, mostly outwear, from new fabrics and repurposed material. She has used table cloths, bedspreads, old formals for lining, and other thrift store treasures. Each piece is unique in and of itself. She makes each piece from beginning to end.

Carol Kramer

Carol Kramer started her business, Three Moms N Daughters, to celebrate the creativity that was part of everyday life for her mother, herself and her daughter. The three of them had varied creative outlets but always enjoyed creating.

Carol has recently retired and is excited about being creative every day! Her art quilts are what she enjoys making now because they celebrate nature and are happy creations. Flowers are a joyful celebration of color that we see each summer and are represented in many of Carol’s quilts. Her love of the north woods is also evident in quilts containing birch and pine trees. Sewing art quilt is similar to drawing but with needle, thread and material.

Each art quilt will celebrate nature and will evoke special memories for anyone viewing them. Enjoy!

Wendy Hightshoe

Wendy enjoys working with fibers.  For over 40 years she has made wall, and bed quilts for herself, family and friends.  She enjoys creating personal gifts that represents the person and their interests, or is a play on words, versus using patterns.   Her latest creations uses scraps of fabric, free motion quilting, and embellished with thread work. Wendy’s metal art is the end result of old rusted metal and a creative imagination, welded into garden and home décor.  Her sculptures are whimsical and bring laughter and enjoyment to those that see them.  Most of her creations are a one-of-a-kind as the items to create them cannot easily be found more than once.

Sue & Ross Cornelison

Sue Cornelison is a children’s book illustrator, illustrating many books for children for over two decades. Along with painting and drawing, recently she has rediscovered her love for clay and uses a whimsical approach to her sculptures as well as utilitarian pieces.

She and her husband, Ross, collaborated on creating pull toys this past ‘covid’ year. She designed and painted and he did all the woodworking. Sue also likes to spin wool and creates felt hats and hand bags. Sue and Ross are new to selling their creations but have enjoyed attending the Art Crawl for many years. They have a seasonal cabin and spend their summers in Hackensack MN.

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