Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Adam Turman




We love the way Adam Turman's bold illustrations riff Minnesota culture with stylized takes on everything from the Stone Arch Bridge to Babe the Blue Ox. He works with local brands, boutiques, and collectors to bring art into the everyday life of Minnesotans. Adam blends graphic cityscapes with the great outdoors, capturing what makes the Twin Cities so special!
 
 
 
What was your first memory of making something?

True Story: A breakthrough for me was figuring out that if you are using markers to draw a cheetah, put the black down last. I wasted a lot of yellow markers before I figured that one out.
 
What are most people surprised to learn about you?

I’m in a cycling gang called the Gents. It’s a group of friends in matching outfits that go bike riding! Our motto is “slow and low, that is the tempo.”
 
 
 
 
What are some inspirations for your work?

I grew up in the 80s and draw from the styles of that era. Bold graphic 80s art, such as skateboard
graphics, comic books, and heavy metal album art are examples of my prominent stylistic influences. The content of my work comes in large part from my hobbies (bike riding, spending time outdoors), and what I love about living in MN.
 
 

How does the city you live in influence your work?

My art has a broad range of appeal, but I ultimately like to believe, it brings people together by means of pride over what it is we appreciate about the Midwest, Minnesota, and the Twin Cities. For example, I riff MN iconography to offer a fresh take on places and activities that people love. Minneapolis and St. Paul have distinct and rich cultures, that “small town, big city” vibe that I find results in a supportive local economy. The Twin Cities are a gem filled with a progressive yet historically preservative arts scene. This aspires me to adapt and advance artistically by being a sponge to the diverse pop culture.
 
 
 

What has been your favorite moment since creating your business?

It boils down to making people happy with what I create and seeing art bring joy back into the community. The moment a client’s reaction is on cloud nine after seeing our visions collide is the constant certainty to love what I am doing. That assurance drives me to continue my work as an artist and invest back into this business.

Have you always been passionate about art and design?

I was fortunate to have found my calling at a young age. My passion and practice has been in play since I can remember. Pursuing my degree in Design at the University of MN gave me additional creative perspective and critical thinking skills to really apply what I know in every aspect of life.
 
 

Check out more of Adam's amazing work online, and be sure to stop by his booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!
 
 
 

 

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Aprilierre




These delicate, contemporary designs are the work of April Barnhart, the artist behind Aprilierre. April's passion for art and design led her to take on the challenge of jewelry making, and we are so glad she did! Whether you are attracted to simple or bold pieces, the natural clean lines of her jewelry appeal to any style. 
 
 
 
 
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is April Barnhart and I am jewelry designer living in Northeast Minneapolis. I am the
Chief Visionary Officer and lead designer/maker of Aprilierre.

What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?

My latest collection of statement cuffs and a new design of spinner ring.
 
 
 

What was your first memory of making something?

My earliest memory involves making friendship pins in first grade. We used safety pins and
colorful seed beads. We wore them on our shoe laces and the goal was to give and get as
many as possible to show how many “friends” you have.
 
Have you always been passionate about art and design?

Absolutely. I grew up around the theatre with both my parents being active in community
theatre. (I actually have a theatre degree). I loved anything artistic be it acting, painting, writing
and I dabbled with them all but found that my passion lies with in jewelry making. I love that a
tangible object that was once a flat piece of metal, or wire or a loose stone comes together to
become a treasured accessory for someone else to wear.
 
 
 

What do your customers love most about your product(s)?

They are attracted to the design. Some love the simplicity of one design while others are
attracted to the bolder statement pieces. All of my customers value and appreciate that each
piece of jewelry is handmade to the finest detail.

What’s your favorite item that you sell?

My spinner/meditation rings. They are by far my most labor intensive item in my collection.
Sometimes taking 4-5 hours per ring because you have to get the fit just right. However the end
result is a beautiful and comfortable ring that my customers just love.
 
 
 

How did you get started in your business?

I began doing simple beaded designs and friends encouraged me to sell. In fact my first craft
show I attended I just showed up to that morning and introduced myself to the organizer (a
tactic I wouldn’t recommend doing normally) she looked at my work and welcomed in the show.
I drove to a local Walmart, bought a small canopy tent and a card table and I made 3 sales…
 
Is this a full-time business for you?

Not yet but with my deepest commitment to designing and creating beautiful work I visualize
that this will be my full time business very soon.
 
 
 

Why did you start working in this particular craft?

I was drawn to metalsmithing because the work itself was the opposite of who I am. It involved
using all kinds of power and hand tools, fire, making lots of noise and getting my hands dirty (it’s
impossible to keep a decent manicure when I am deep in production mode). It was a challenge
to me. Learning the basic elements of metal work has opened a lot of new jewelry design
concepts and ideas.
 
 
 
Check out more of April's beautiful designs online, and be sure to stop by her booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!
 
 
 

 

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Design Canoe Studio




Jacob Baker is the talented artist behind Design Canoe Studio, where he channels his love of the outdoors into beautiful and functional sculptures. Each piece evokes a sense of the elements; river rocks and driftwood mix with the organic lines of metal and glass to mimic wind, fire and water. We are in awe of Jacob's sophisticated and earthy designs!
 
 
 
 
Who are you and what do you do?
 
I am a Minneapolis artist who designs and creates multimedia sculptural pieces using driftwood, stained glass, stone, metals, and candle light.
 
Is this a full-time business for you?
 
Yes, this is my job. I have a working studio on the corner of Chicago Ave. and 34th St in southeast Minneapolis.
 
 
 
 
What do you think sets your designs apart from others?
 
The combination of materials I use is typically something new for people. Glass , stone, wood, and metal don't often find their way into the same compositions and it allows me to set my own rules. I design my work to be interesting from all angles and often evoke a sense of movement or flow in the pieces. My use of candle light is also novel and gives the works a completely different life after the sun goes down.
 
 
 
 
What are some inspirations for your work?
 
Shorelines provide my inspiration. Whether it's Lake Superior or the Atlantic Ocean, the places where big water, land, and sky meet are filled with energy, motion, and constant change. I collect many of my materials from shorelines and even after they return to my studio, I listen to their voices and honor this in what I craft.
 
 
 
 
Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting story behind it?
 
Design Canoe Studio reflects the joy I've had paddling with a great friend in a fine birchbark canoe that we built together years ago. In it, I have has ventured along many shorelines, each of them a special and cherished place.
 
 
 
 
 
Check out more of Jacob's designs online, and be sure to stop by his booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!
 
 
 

 

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: The Vintage Studio




Reclaimed objects and handmade goodies...what a perfect combination! Owners Erica Boehme and Jen Stricker channel their love of vintage into a shop that blends fun, modern designs and good old-fashioned nostalgia. Their signature items are all about state pride, from decorative trinkets to functional home products. Whether you call it "casserole" or "hotdish," The Vintage Studio has something for you!
 
 

Who are you and what do you do?

The Vintage Studio is co-owned by two friends (Erica and Jen) that met while working together at their daytime jobs over five years ago. They have been crafty for years and finally developed a company with unique, vintage-inspired products that reminded them of time with their grandmothers and family. Their focus is state-themed gifts and home décor as well as a few fun items that make them smile.

What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?

We just finished up art design for those that may not resonate with the “Duck Duck Grey Duck” game. Erica grew up in Iowa and still to this day believes it is “Duck Duck Goose” so Jen styled a Grey Duck with a mask and now we can appeal to all people.
 
 
 

Will you be featuring any special holiday items?


We are planning on a several special holiday items – we have 3’ tall wooden count down trees, upcycled green hymnals into trees, and a few special items we are just keeping in our back pocket for closer to the event.


How do you usually prepare for the holiday season?


For us holiday or fourth quarter preparations start in June. We will be working with our glass glitter for weeks to finish up enough MN ornaments to get us through the year. We also start finalizing our new items to start production on those in August. It’s a half-year long affair but it’s a great excuse to listen to holiday music in the summer months.

 

 

What do your customers love most about your product(s)?

We love making products that resonate with our customers. We overhear couples argue if its hotdish or casserole, or people come up and share a memory from their childhood – that’s the best part about this. We want to create items that make people feel happy and maybe even make then smile on a down day.
 
What do you love most about craft show vending?

The people. We enjoy meeting them, hearing their stories, answering their questions and getting their feedback. Many people are not shy about why they like or dislike a product and we can either help them find a different product to meet their needs or if possible do a custom design for them.
 
 
 
 
Is this a full-time business for you?

We both work full time at day jobs and then spend a ridiculous amount of time afterwards on the business. It helps that Jen is an experienced designer and Erica manages inventory during the day and they can take that into the business on the evenings and weekends.
 
What’s your favorite item that you sell?

Jen’s favorite item is her pocket otters. She has loved otters since she was a small girl. A couple of years ago she design our pocket otters – two otters that are about the size of a penny each that you can keep in your pocket or purse and then even give one to a friend. These are one of our most popular Etsy items, even sending them worldwide.

 
 
 
Check out more of Erica and Jen's designs online, and be sure to stop by their booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!
 
 

 

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: nest PURE




These bags by nest PURE are so darling and chic, we can't pick a favorite! Samantha Cobos crafts each bag by hand with a focus on natural and organic materials. Her custom designed fabrics are a blend of boho and minimalistic, using patterns that fuse free-spirited florals with simple geometrics. I think it's safe to say we are totally smitten! 
 
 
 
 
Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Samantha Cobos. I first fell in love with textiles as an interior designer. I was lucky to stumble upon my true passion, which ultimately led me to launch nest PURE in 2014. I taught myself textile design and the art of sewing through pure determination and hard work. I find great satisfaction in handcrafting every aspect, including designing the patterns on our fabrics and meticulously sewing each and every one of our beautiful products. All my patterned fabrics are designed in-house, and I maintain a strong focus on natural and organic materials. I handcraft high quality, functional bags and accessories, which are visually beautiful, modern, and eco-friendly. In other words, modern meets sustainability meets everyday function!
 
 

What do you love most about craft show vending?

I really love meeting people and showing them my products! Connecting with people and educating them about how sustainable and environmentally friendly my products are makes me happy. Sharing my love of design, including color, pattern, and various materials, makes people smile and share in my joy. I find it much easier to sell my products in person because people can meet me and touch and experience my products!
 

How did you get started in your business?

As an interior designer, I fell in LOVE with fabric. In 2008, I started designing fabric and rug patterns and over time I had a bunch of fabric samples that I created. They were just stored…One day in 2014, I decided to make a tote bag from some of my fabric samples. This first bag took me 6 hours to make! I was determined to make my own bags and become efficient at sewing. Today, I have the ability to not only sew efficiently but to design my own bag patterns and build on my ever-growing skills! I split my time between sewing and designing pattern fabric and I couldn’t be happier.

 
What do you think sets your designs apart from others?

I have a strong focus on organic and natural materials. All my fabrics are designed by me and printed directly on fabric. My fabrics are not available anywhere else! Most of my fabrics are printed on organic cotton duct and all my bag linings are organic cotton twill. Currently I’m pairing my fabrics with natural cork which I source directly from Portugal. Cork is a wonderful, strong, sustainable fabric that is a great alternative to leather. My products are very visually appealing due to the colors, patterns, and materials—people always stop to ask questions and I really enjoy telling them all about my products!
 
 
 

Where did your business name come from? Is there an interesting story behind it?

My interior design business was named “PURE Inspired Design” and I focused on eco-friendly design. When I was thinking of a name for my new business I wanted to keep PURE in the name. Another factor was making sure the website was available. Finally, I came up with nest PURE. The “nest” means home and all that surrounds us and “PURE” means clean, toxic free, environmentally friendly. I think nest PURE fits my products and me perfectly!
 
 
 
 
Check out more of Samantha's beautiful work online, and be sure to stop by her booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!
 
 
 

 

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Marilyn Morrison




Marilyn Morrison is the artist behind the cutest steampunk sculptures we have ever seen! Her work with polymer clay is so whimsical and unique, each sculpture seems to have it's own personality. We think everyone has someone on their list who would love these adorable figurines!
 
 
 
 
Who are you and what do you do?

Hi, I’m Marilyn Morrison and I make sculptures, figurines and other art out of polymer clay and mixed media. I have been working with polymer clay for almost 20 years, although I’ve only become more focused on my art in the past few. I have published tutorials in Polymer Café magazine, and won a variety of awards, including a grand prize from Fire Mountain Gems & Beads.

What do your customers love most about your products?

I think it’s the uniqueness and the humor. My robots are really good at eliciting smiles.
 

 
 
Why did you start working in this particular craft?

I had never heard of Polymer clay until one day I came across a book by Maureen Carlson, and I was immediately hooked. You can make Polymer Clay emulate just about anything, from wood to porcelain to precious stone, and new techniques are being developed all the time. There is a huge and supportive artist community around this medium and I am constantly amazed at the versatility and beauty of their creations. The inspiration is endless!
 
 

 
What do you think sets your designs apart from others?

I’m not entirely sure how it happened, but I started out trying to create some of the incredible steampunk art of Christie Friesen (a well-known Polymer Clay Artist) and somewhere along that path, my muse took a left turn. What I wound up with was my very own style, which is not traditional steampunk, but it’s a pretty close cousin.

What do you love most about craft show vending?

I haven’t been participating in shows for very long, but so far my favorite part is when someone comes to a full stop at my table and says “I have never seen anything like this before!”
 
 

 
Will you be featuring any special holiday items?

Yes! Steampunk Snowmen!

What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to duplicate work by exactly following those step-by-step tutorials you find in books or online, and while that can be rewarding (even if mine never seem to turn out as well as theirs) at some point, you really just have to find your inspiration, whatever that may be, and let it take the wheel, so to speak.

 

 
Check out more of Marilyn's beautiful work online, and be sure to stop by her booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!
 
 

 

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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Northern Glasses




The unique glassware produced by Northern Glasses is undeniably fun; their designs range from iconic Minnesota images to quirky quotes to wedding favors. Owner and entrepreneur Mitch Reaume created Northern Glasses as a way to help solve water inaccessibility in developing nations by working with charity:water. When you get a glass, they give a gallon. Now that's some drinkware we can get behind!

 

 

What do your customers love most about your product(s)?

High quality graphic design at an affordable price perfect for gifting. We only put out the best designs that we’re proud to put our brand behind. Not to mention, they’re the perfect price for a gift… Less than $10 for a unique gift that fits the person they’re buying for. Customers love the ability to build a 4-pack that is customized specifically for the person they’re buying for.

 


Is this a full-time business for you?

Nope. My full-time job is being a pastor of Crow River Church in Delano, MN. This is the 2nd brand I’ve launched under the mission of “Using business to fight for things that matter.” 7% of glassware sales from NG are donated to charity:water.

 

Why did you start working in this particular field?

I’m compelled by the potential retail has to change the way our world is. Retail is the perfect industry where an individual full of passions and beliefs, has the opportunity to intersect with a larger organization that is led by its values and commitments. If you can get those 2 to agree on something… The potential is limitless.

 

 

What has been your favorite moment since creating your business?

I’ve had some pretty prime moments when I initially meet someone and I can tell I’m at least 10 years younger than they were expecting and they’re not quite sure what to do with themselves. Being only 25 (23 when I first started building our brands), I’m pretty much always the youngest pup in the room in a lot of the circles I find myself in.

 

 

What are some inspirations for your work?

Currently, a social business (a business led by a social mission that exists for more than just profits) is a niche category of businesses. I want to build socially-minded brands successfully enough that we can change it from being a niche category to being the norm. I can’t wait for the day when in order for a company to remain competitive, they realize they have to exist for more than just profits. I want to see every company existing for something meaningful that they’re passionate about.

 

 

Check out more of Northern Glasses' designs online, and be sure to stop by their booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

 

www.northernglasses.com

www.facebook.com/NorthernGlasses

www.instagram.com/northernglasses

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Hagen and Oats




Hagen and Oats has us dreaming of all things rustic-chic! We love the way Nikki Hollerich and Anna Hagen create elegant wood products that showcase our Minnesota pride. These sisters have a lifetime of experience with everything art and design, and it shows from their technique to the finished product. Get ready to swoon over their charming handiwork!

 

 

Who are you and what do you do?


We and Nikki and Anna, two sisters and some tools. We have always been hands on girls. We acquired a band saw from a family member two years ago and decided we wanted to make a piece of art for Anna’s mantel. We did some research on how to use the tool, put some ideas together and after a few days we had ourselves a giant deer, made from scratch. We posted the piece on Facebook and within a few hours we had seven orders. We decided to go with it. Our next piece was a cut out of Minnesota, then Wisconsin, a bass, etc. We hit the ground running and we haven’t looked back.

 

 

What was your first memory of making something?


When we were about eight and ten years old, we helped our dad build a wood strip canoe in the garage. We still use it today. We also helped bondo and fiberglass cars and rebuilt a 1970 VW Bug. We were always making something.


Have you always been passionate about art and design?


Anna and I have been saying “we can make that” since we can remember. Our parents taught us how to think outside of that box and we definitely try and do that. We often joke about all of our different art phases. There is not an isle at JoAnn Fabrics that we have not attempted to do. We have done string art, pottery, jewelry, painting, wood burning, etc. We gave wood working a go and it was the right thing at the right time. I went to school for Graphic Design and Anna and I have both been in management so I think the combo pack of skills has really helped us. We now have coined Hagen and Oats as our weekend project gone bananas.

 

 

What do you think sets your designs apart from others?


We are women in a woodshop and that in it self has really helped set us apart. Nikki is an artist by trade so her staining technique is pretty unique to us. We also cut all of our art by hand with a scroll saw. There are a lot of similar looking pieces out there produced by machine and we take pride in the hand quality aspect.


How does the city you live in influence your work?


There are so many iconic images that represent Minnesota. It would be hard to produce the variety of work we have in a state we didn’t grow up in. The experiences we have had here really help us develop a sense of what a true Minnesotan is. The Boundary Waters, cabin life, Paul and Babe, winter carnival; all of these experiences have influenced our ideas for art. It seems like every piece of art we make triggers the next idea.

 


Where did your business name come from?


Our company name is based off of Anna’s last name (Hagen) and Nikkis’ cat (Oatmeal). We didn’t know we would actually become a legitimate company and have to tell people we named our business after a cat, but here we are.

 

What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?


Follow your gut. Everyone has an opinion about your product. Take that in stride. Not every business is ran the same way and what works for someone else may not work for you.
Plant seeds. Everywhere. You may feel like you have a bad show, or a slow week, etc… but every conversation matters and you never know who you will meet or talk to.

 

 

Check out more of Nikki and Anna's beautiful work online, and be sure to stop by their booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

 

www.hagenandoats.com

www.facebook.com/Hagen-and-Oats-431311760380660/

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Abbey's House




These are not your grandmother's quilts! Abbey Pattison takes the traditional baby quilt and updates it with trendy patterns, colors and textures. Her modern baby items will inspire any nursery decor. From blankets to burp cloths, we adore her custom printed fabrics that are sure to make both mama and baby happy!

 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Abbey and I own a small handmade business called abbey’s house. I make baby items – quilts, blankets, burp cloths, swaddles, etc. I like to think that I do more than just sew baby items. My hope is that my items are part of those special family moments like cuddles on the couch and building forts in the living room. It’s incredibly rewarding to know that something I made will be a gift for a new baby, or a focal point of a nursery, or that a mom to be chose something of mine out of all of the available items on the market. It’s humbling. I live in Crystal, MN with my husband, Gabe and our son, Oliver. We love to spend time together outside, reading books, and at our family cabin.

 

 

What’s the latest thing you’ve been working on?
I’ve recently started working on more custom fabric prints. It started a few years ago when I was at my first craft show and I saw a scarf with little MN outlines on it. I thought it would be so fun to create MN-themed fabric. My husband is a graphic designer so we took the idea and ran with it and ended up with an amazing line of custom fabrics. Last year we did a few custom prints that were not MN-themed and we got a really good response so we are working on more and more prints. I don’t know if I would ever get to the point where I only sell items made with my own prints, mostly because I love fabric shopping too much, but it is really a fun part of the business to see our own work on our fabric.

 

 

What do you love most about craft show vending?
The people! The tough part about primarily selling online is that I don’t really get to meet my customers, but that all changes at craft shows. It is so fun to get to meet customers and see who my products are going home with. I love to share about my process and my inspirations and let people get to know me too. I also love having the opportunity to walk around and shop from other handmade and local vendors. It’s a great chance to meet and support other makers.

 

How did you get started in your business?
I have always had a love of creating and working with my hands, but this business basically started by accident. In the fall of 2010 my mom asked me if I wanted to take a beginners quilting class. I hadn’t touched a sewing machine since middle school home economics class but it sounded like fun. I was in grad school and in the middle of an internship but I thought it would be nice to do something creative and relaxing. I remember going to the fabric store and having no idea what type of fabric I needed but I immediately fell in love with all the prints and colors and the process of pairing fabrics together. After that class, I was hooked. Eventually I ran out of closet space and friends to give quilts to so the business was born.

 

 

What are some inspirations for your work?
I’m really inspired by the state and community I live in. Minnesotans have so much state pride and we celebrate the things that are good about this state. I love that I can capture that spirit in my fabrics. I’m also really inspired by other makers. I’m starting to get to know other people in my local maker community and they are all amazing! Everyone is so different and has different reasons why they do what they do and it pushes me to be better.

 

What are some tips or suggestions you’d like to offer to fellow makers?
I think one soapbox I tend to find myself on is that of community over competition. I see several people in different entrepreneur groups I’m in get upset when someone asks them about their process or how they do what they do. I get it. I really do. I worked really hard to get where I am today and I didn’t have a lot of help. I know the feeling of being protective of your work. I just think there’s room for everyone at the table. I was incredibly grateful to the people who did help me and I want to be that person for someone else. So my advice would be to be gracious and work hard to build community with other makers. The more you create a relationship of support over competition the more successful you will all be.

 

 

Check out more of Abbey's beautiful work online, and be sure to stop by her booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

 

www.abbeyshousequilts.etsy.com

www.facebook.com/abbeyshousequilts

 

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Monday, June 5, 2017

Featured Exhibitor: Gayle Hallin Designs




Scarves aren't just for braving the harsh Minnesota winters! Gayle Hallin creates delicate scarves using a technique called "nuno-felting," and her work brings wearable art to another level. From her successful career in health care to her work with fiber, Gayle is motivated by her desire to bring value to others. We are mezmorized by these unique, stained glass scarves!

 

 

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Gayle Hallin an artist who produces nuno-felted scarves in varied fibers, designs, colors and sizes for wearable art.


What motivates you to create?

I am inspired to play with fibers to create interesting works that bring joy to others.

 

Have you always been passionate about art and design?

From my childhood, I have been passionate about art and design. I have explored and created beautiful things from in a myriad of mediums including glass, weavings, oil painting, printmaking, photography, quilting and textiles.

 


How did you get started in your business?

After concluding a career in public health and nursing, I wanted to become part of the arts world. I took up painting, continued exploring photography and was introduced to nuno-felting by a friend. My website includes my painting and photography along with my textiles which evolved into a business thanks to friends who loved my nuno-felted scarves and hosted trunk shows.  It launched me into becoming part of juried events around the country which we combine with our travel interests.


What do your customers love most about your product(s)?

Customers enjoy the light weight, sculpted, stained glass effect of my scarves along with their unique personalities.  They love the button-flowers that I make along with the scarves that can be used as functional embellishments. The gift bags I provide that include a card on the process of making their scarf and how to care for them enhance their gift value


What do you love most about craft show vending?

What I love most about being part of art fairs and craft shows is the interaction with people who enjoy learning about the process of nuno-felting and finding scarves that match individual color preferences and personalities for themselves and for gifts.

 

 

 

Check out more of Gayle's beautiful work online, and be sure to stop by her booth at the Minneapolis Gift & Art Expo, November 3-5, 2017 at the Minneapolis Convention Center! 

 

www.gaylehallin.com

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