August 24, 2011

Shearling Pea Coat

New for fall, 2011. First showing this weekend. Toshiki and Maryszka shearling coats and jackets, booth 54 at the American Craft Expo.

American Craft Expo

We, along with over 150 of the best craft artists in the country arrived at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion on the campus of Northwestern University in Evanston Il, to set up our booths.
Tune in tomorrow to see the transformation from this scene.

August 9, 2011

The Importance of Craft

I think it was in 2008 a friend said to me, "I've decided all my purchases are going to be from business's I want to see continue...."      

I will leave you with a quote also from artisan Dianne Muller, and you can see more artisans perspectives on this page, and hope to see you at The Berkshire Craft Show this weekend.

Dick and Diane Muller
By purchasing something from an artist/craftsperson, one allows that person to continue in their field. This means they are in the position to inspire others to take up the same craft or at least be exposed to craft, which may awaken their “inner artist”. I have always been struck by the Japanese identifying great artists as national treasures…it seems to me we should be doing that here as well.

August 8, 2011

Shearling at The Berkshire Craft Fair, Tax Free Weekend!

Ok, you've been to Tanglewood, Jacob's Pillow, Shakespeare & Co., Mass MOCA, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Berkshire Scenic Railway've hiked and canoed, and eaten soooo much fresh good food...........but let's face it, we all love shopping therapy.

So have you been to The Berkshire (fine) Craft Fair?

It is happening this coming weekend, which happens to be TAX FREE! (sat & sun).
So now is a good time to support American hand made.

And Neel, the artistic director has just announced that there are 36 new artists exhibiting this year, so don't miss out!

I will be there with our collection of Toshiki and Maryszka shearlings, in booth 88.

The show benefits the wonderful Monument Mountain Highschool.

August 7, 2011

The Berkshires, so much to do!

It seems that those who come to this area of Western Massachusetts, come expecting to leave enriched culturally and well fed with excellent food. I know that the many customers who have purchased a Toshiki and Maryszka shearling at The Berkshire Craft Show are always telling me where they have been, and what they are about to do on their weekend, always with a twinkle in their eye!

So how to get the most out of your weekend? There are a number of blogs and websites to inform you. One is The Berkshires, and I was so happy to see that they had the show listed on their calender. Another is The Berkshire View.

Why not make it a weekend of fine craft, come to the show and then visit some of the local galleries that support various mediums in American hand made.

(They have a page on their site with lots of good information.)

And when you come to The Craft Show, don't forget to talk to some of the artists that live in the area, like Dick and Dianne Muller, Ann Brauer all from not too far away Shelburne Falls.
Word of mouth is alway the best way to get new ideas.
Any comments here are also welcome.
Spread the word on things you love in the area.

Berkshire Crafts Fair

Celebrating High Quality Crafts for 38 years

August 12th, 13th, 14th 10am-5pm Air Condiitioned $7.00 age 12 and under free

In Other News

Now in its 38th year, the Berkshire Crafts Fair will return to Monument Mountain Regional High School. The fair will showcase the work of 89 artists (36 new), carefully selected by jury for the quality and variety of their offerings. Visitors can expect a wide array of products and prices in each category of craft, from contemporary and traditional jewelry, to furniture, ceramics, textiles, glassware, and more. One hallmark of the fair is its breadth: the exhibition and sale draws master artisans from California to Florida to Maine. Visitors can see these artists at work on August 13th, or Demonstration Day, with thirty minute crafts demonstrations scheduled throughout the afternoon.

August 6, 2011

The Berkshire Craft Show

After a few months of gardening, swimming, and much work in the studio, we are packing up our shearling collection and hitting the road. Our first stop is a gem of a show in Great Barrington Massachusetts, home to such cultural institutions as Tanglewood (Boston Symphony summer home, + more), and Jacob's Pillow.
This small show which is a fundraiser for Monument Mountain High School, is in its 38 year and has been growing in importance in the fine craft scene. In a wonderful realaxed small setting you will be able to see some of the top talent in the country like basket maker Joanne Russo and clothing designer Sally Jones. Don't miss it!