CRAFT gallery celebrates American Craft Week, October 7 – 16 by opening a new show emphasizing contemporary graphic design and form that is wearable, functional and beautiful. New to CRAFT is potter Hanako Nakazato and the South Street Linen design group. Joining them is Portland fiber artist Jody Meredith, who incorporates bold graphic design and color in her boiled wool scarves, hats and jackets.
Hanako Nakazato, a newcomer to Union, Maine makes elegant functional porcelain bowls, plates, cups and serving pieces. Spare in design, they are rendered in solids of black, bisque and soft peach and ochre matte glazes. She comes from fourteen generations of potters in Japan, learning her craft from her father. Complementing her work are linen fabric designs by South Street Linen that are printed on Vinalhaven. Long linen panels are hand stitched and block printed in fresh contemporary designs with Asian and Scandinavian influences, in naturals, grays and primary colors. They are designed to be worn as scarves or used as table runners and wall hangings. South Street Linen is a collaboration of three women designers from greater Portland: Mary Ruth Hedstom, Lynn Krauss and Jane Ryan. The unique pieces were designed specifically for CRAFT.
“Wearable, Functional, Beautiful” will continue until November 27th, when CRAFT closes for the winter. Other work by more than twenty artists will also be on view. Open 11 to 5pm Tuesday-Saturday, 1 to 4pm on Sunday, closed Monday. CRAFT gallery is located in the Courtyard at 12 Elm Street in Rockland across from the Farnsworth Art Museum. FMI call 207-594-0167 or visit http://www.craftonelm.com/