Profiles in Fine Craft

(Above: Handwoven shawl by Julie Simpson)

Gearing up for our first-ever online event, we’ve been perusing through the amazing list of artists that will be joining us this year and are excited to share these profiles. As we anticipate the cooler months ahead, we’ve gathered some cozy comfort in this collection. With some for the home and some for the wardrobe, enjoy a cup of tea, a cozy shawl, a tailored shirt, and home accents filled with color.

(Above: Teapot and cups by Ruth Easterbrook)

From Ruth Easterbrook’s early days working with clay, she has loved the physical process including the magical transformations that happen with firing and glazing. Ruth finds inspiration through watching nature as well as depictions of flowers in art. After graduating from Syracuse University, Ruth earned an M.F.A. from the prestigious ceramic program at Alfred University. She has also studied at the Penland School of Craft, and Rhode Island School of Design. Most recently, Ruth joined the Artist In Residence Ceramic program at Harvard University.

(Above: Jacket by Elizabeth Holliday)

Elizabeth Holliday’s wearables focus on fit, function, and comfort. Her pieces are tailored yet comfortable, and her patterns engage mathematical rule following as well as rule breaking, providing the creative process. With fabrics including alpaca, cashmere, and mohair, the highest quality construction techniques go into creating each item. Elizabeth’s inspiration dates back to her grandmother who was a very skilled seamstress. She made patterns from newspaper and created department store replications for Elizabeth’s mother who in turn taught Elizabeth how to sew which led to her passion for fashion.

(Above: Custom menswear by Catherine Joseph)

We are pleased to bring you the custom handcrafted menswear designs by Catherine Joseph. Her love of fine tailoring and luxury fabrics led her to designing men’s clothing and her company has been in business in New York since 1986. As a designer of luxury menswear in fine wools, tweeds and cashmere, Catherine’s shirts and softly tailored shirt-jackets are unique and timeless fashion pieces in casual and modern styles. Her one-of-a-kind handmade silk or cashmere scarves are the ideal accessories to pair with these classic garments.

As a textile designer and painter, Julie Simpson has been creating art in many forms since she was a child. She eventually gravitated toward textiles and earned a degree in Textile Design from the Rhode Island School of Design. Julie creates innovative contemporary scarves and shawls that are functional and versatile with a beautiful design aesthetic woven in. Keeping up with trending color palettes while blending different fibers and inventing her own weave structures, her pieces are singular, with a sculptural quality. Utilizing sustainable natural fibers including cashmere, merino wool, bamboo, silk and certified organic wool, Julie’s one-of-a-kind wearable art is the perfect gift for the upcoming fall and winter season.

(Above: Glass mugs by Andrew Iannazzi)

Andrew Iannazzi began his glassblowing journey at Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York. Honing his skills over the last decade, Andrew creatively blends traditional glass techniques with modern design and functionality. His offerings include colorful and whimsical tiki mugs, bouquet vases, glass bowls, and custom lighting pieces. Andrew draws inspiration from historical Italian and Scandinavian design, and American popular imagery. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Imbibe Magazine, The Boston Globe and more.

(Above: Basket by Kari Lonning)

The technique of basket making is an art as well as a feat of engineering. Kari Lonning has been a full-time basketmaker for over four decades. Best known for her double-walled constructions and complex weaving process, she applies both bold and subtle color schemes. Kari designs and weaves each basket herself and finds inspiration in horticulture as well as architecture. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the White House Craft Collection, the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC and the US Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

Stay tuned for upcoming information on our website and social media about this year’s Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and save the dates for joining us online November 5th  – November 8th. 


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