VIEWS: 9 PAGES: 2 POSTED ON: 7/7/2012
Enjoying Handmade® at the NYIGF® by Traci L. Suppa T he freshest finds from around the world will be sourced as close as possible to his Toronto workshop. presented within Handmade® at the NewYork In- Colors and textures are individually selected for each ternational Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) this summer.The product, and there is an environmentally responsible show’s extensive, juried selection of cross-category process which ensures each one is unique. handcrafted items returns August 13 through 17 to “Kids and parents love our products, because each is NewYork City. Handmade’s two distinct categorizations truly a one-of-a-kind creation,” shares Title. The com- – classifying artisans by process and provenance – focus pany's newest line is a collection of“lovely”little purses, on superior design and craftsmanship. like this multi-hued pink and lime butterfly, complete Handmade Designer Maker® showcases 360 lim- with antennae. www.cateandlevi.com ited-production makers – across all categories and in all media – from around the world. robert siegel Handmade™ Handmade Global Design® features 200 interna- “I'm looking at a lot of tional resources which combine sophisticated design mid-century design and with traditional artisanal techniques. the work of the old-world Meet some of the talented artisans exhibiting at potteries,” explains Robert Handmade® this summer! Siegel, a maker of porcelain and ceramic pottery. “I Distinctively Designer Maker think this country needs a return to real craftsman- dbO Home ship.” With a focus on sim- From their studio in the Con- ple form, color, and texture, necticut countryside, Dana Siegel will launch into the global wholesale market at Brandwein Oates and hus- his first NYIGF® this summer. band Daniel collaborate on The Los Angeles-based artist perfected his craft the design and thoughtful, through artistic residencies in Jingdezhen, China, the small-batch production of birthplace of fine porcelain. His newest collection of luxury wood and porcelain ac- wheel-thrown porcelain, with a hand-painted ostrich cessories, lighting, furniture, pattern, is microwave and dishwasher safe. The and textiles. Committed to set includes the berry bowls, oval platter, ice sustainability, they recycle bucket, and ramekins pictured here. Each their own materials and offset their electricity usage limited-edition piece is hand-stamped. with wind and hydro energy. www.rshandmade.com For the summer, “We are being a bit more experi- mental in our approach,”shares Oates.“We have come this is J up with a design that uses what would have been Based in Toronto, Jaimie Harris has embraced waste.”The new collection includes trays and trivets the push toward“green,”incorporating bam- made from a combination of the wood off-cuts from boo fibers and recycled packaging in her line their furniture building and the cracked ceramic plates of home accessories (umbrellas and blan- and platters that result from the glaze firing of kets) and wearable fashion.“Our part in this their pottery. www.dbohome.com is having eco-friendly materials more readily available in the North American market at cate and levi better prices,”she says. After becoming a parent and realizing the lack All of her products are made from custom- of stylish yet responsibly made products for printed fabrics featuring original designs. Pre- children, Josh Title created his own. The miering in August, a new style of hand-printed result was an endearing collection of Jammers matches a two-piece loungewear set stuffed animals, puppets, and wall art, with a headband made from bamboo fabric. The handmade from reclaimed wool and set comes packaged in a 100-percent recyclable other natural materials. Everything is gift box and is made in Canada. www.thisisj.com ZPOts “Our entire line is fairly traded, and we use sustainable materials whenever available.”The result is quality hand- Noelle VanHendrick and Eric Hendrick made holiday decor, pillows, nursery décor and toys, tote combine pottery with original poetry to bags, jewelry, and more. create soulful, one-of-a-kind clay vases, New for the holidays, this 14-inch x 14-inch cotton bowls, cups, platters, dream vessels, chal- Little Hat pillow, made in Armenia, is adorned with fes- ices, buckets, and buttons. They are re- tive elf hat appliqués. Matching ornaments are avail- turning to NYIGF® this summer, able, as well. www.melangecollection.com because, Noelle says,“We enjoy the wider range of buyers we see at the show. I like being a part of a show that has so many Harshita Designs Inspired by her products available.” grandmother in The family vase, an extension of their best-selling Kolkata, India, family bowl, is lined with warm phrases like “we are Harshita Lohia family”and“we are one,”and other poetic phrases. The took to art at an clay pieces are now available in both matte and glossy early age, making finish. www.zpots.com and selling wed- greentree ding cards. By the age of 15, she held her first solo painting exhibition. Following a for- mal art education in textile design, she began to create wearable art and original accessories. Her collections – scarves, shawls, handbags, jewelry, tunics, and jackets – represent her rich heritage and sensitive blending of East and West. This summer, she will introduce an infinity scarf in combinations of five prints and multiple colors.“Hand- made textiles don’t strictly follow design trends, but in- Since 1992, Don and Jenifer Green have produced a line finity scarves are one thing I am seeing a lot,”she says. of studio-made home accessories with painstaking at- “Dark colors like chocolate, camel, maroon, indigo, and tention to detail and classic design.Their newest whole- charcoal seem to be making their way in.”www.harshita sale line features candles – individually hand-poured designs.com and finished using 100-percent pure, naturally scented beeswax. The long-burning beeswax is colored with aniline dyes and molded into a variety of shapes, from tesoros trading co. Jonathan Williams is not only an importer and wholesaler standard tapers to sculptural renderings. of folk art and crafts from Latin America, Asia, Europe, The Divinity series features the calm and soothing and Africa, he’s also a re- face of Buddha. One of their best sellers, the 5-inch x tailer. He curates an 3-inch candles have a 50-hour burn time and are avail- eclectic collection of folk HAND/EYE MAGAZINE able in antique, bamboo, brick, bittersweet, cream, art, furniture, crafts, ster- EDWARD ADDEO, celadon, black, espresso, natural, robin's egg blue, sage, ling silver jewelry, weav- tangerine, terra cotta, yellow, wine, and pink. ings, handmade clothing, www.greentreehome.com and other milagros from more than 20 countries. great FinDs in glObal Design Last year, Williams began the Million Hearts for Haiti program to raise funds for post-earthquake aid or- Melange collection ganizations, with support from GLM. Hearts Sue Edmonds personally designs made by Haitian artisans in stone, metal, pa- her collection of hand-crafted, pier-mâché, and other materials continue to be fair-trade products, then finds sold. “We have raised well over $100,000 so far craftspeople around the world to with sales to Donna Karan's Urban Zen, Pottery produce them.“We work with arti- Barn, West Elm, the Clinton Foundation Museum, san groups in Peru, Armenia, and dozens of smaller museum shops and bou- Guatemala, and Haiti,” she says. tiques,” Williams reports. www.tesoros.com
"Crafts Report NYIGF Section"