Please join us for Newton Open Studios!
We are seven award-winning artisans coming together on Newton Open Studios weekend to celebrate the arts in Newton. With varied backgrounds, inspirations, and materials, what we have in common is the artisan in us who strives to build our skills from the simply functional to the simply beautiful.
Open Studios provides a relaxed atmosphere to browse, ask questions and get to know us and our work. What is the history of fish rubbings? How do you knit with wire? What inspires and surprises in weaving? How do you plan those intricate bead crochet ropes? Why were you drawn to photograph boats? How does a software professional become a glass artist? How does a zoologist become a fiber artist? As artisans, we often work alone. Sharing this weekend and learning about each other’s craft is a treat for us as well! Please join us; browse, ask questions, and have fun.
We will be showing at 72 Columbus St which is in the heart of Newton Highlands, just north of Lincoln St. It is the workshop building of the Newton Highlands Woman’s Club.
Hours are 11am to 5pm on Saturday & Sunday April 7-8, 2018.
This year’s artisans are:
Hetty Friedman, weaving
Hetty always loved math and art. At age 13, she studied weaving at a creative arts summer camp. It was like a miracle. You put gorgeous colored yarns on the loom and pull off a piece of fabric. She is continually in awe of the process. The warp and weft coming together in a myriad of ways to create fabric is an amazing process.
The surprises that emerge from combining different types of yarn, colors and textures into one warp always amaze Hetty. The simplicity of the grid combined with the limitlessness of the textures and hues keep seducing her to design new pieces.
She weaves mainly with bamboo and rayon; they weave up into fabric that has a wonderful “hand”, great drape, and resiliency. You can ball up a scarf into a suitcase, open it up and it will be perfect.
Painted warps allow her to create one of kind pieces with a limitless number of colors. The warp threads are Hetty’s canvas.
Local Color Jewelry
Jennifer Yogel’s current collection features a variety of delicate wrapping, weaving, and Viking Knitting techniques blending sterling silver and 14k gold fill wire, gemstones, and pearls.
“I’m drawn to the simplicity of gentle curves, sharp angles, and distinctive texture. Each lightweight design is intended to complement the curvature of one’s face, neck, and skin tone.”
Stephanie Mason, fish rubbings
Stephanie’s work is based on the ancient Japanese folk art of painting fish, or Gyotaku. The first Gyotoku were created to preserve a true record of the size and species caught by Japanese fishermen. The oldest known prints were commissioned by 1862 by Lord Sakai in the Yamagata Prefecture to preserve the memory of a record catch.
These relief prints, or rubbings, can be hand colored to produce a unique and beautiful art form.
Jackie Mosher, jewelry
Jackie has been creating bead crocheted jewelry since 2006. Although she was once a weaver and also knew how to knit and crochet, the idea of using beads in crochet to make jewelry fascinated her. Jackie loved its unique rope-like quality and set out to teach herself the technique.
Her goal is to create jewelry that will endure in both style and function; she uses fine materials, such as sterling silver and 14K gold-filled beads, genuine Swarovski gems, pearls and crystals, and other high quality glass beads. 14K gold is available upon request.
Custom orders are always welcomed.
Nancy Rich, photography
Nancy has an innate ability to see the beauty in simple objects and then capture that beauty in a photograph that both attracts the eye and stimulates the imagination. Her subjects range from small wooden boats, to elegant fragments of seashells, to dried seaweed resembling Tiffany glass, and finally, to up-close macro images of colorful marbles and sparkling gems floating through liquid or frozen in ice.
Nancy’s unique photographs of small wooden boats were recognized by the publisher Sheridan House in a one-of-a-kind book titled, Afloat on the Tide. It serves as a historical record of these traditional New England rowboats that are rapidly being replaced by boats made of more durable, synthetic materials, such as fiberglass, plastic, and rubber.
Over the past 15 years, Nancy has exhibited her photographs throughout New England and in the Midwest, and she has given book talks at area libraries and bookstores.
Ann has dabbled in all sorts of crafts over the years, from quilting, to weaving and finally found my passion, working in glass. She creates lampwork beads which she adds to stainless steel serving utensils and also fused glass plates to complement the utensils. The term lampwork comes from the time when artists used oil lamps to melt the glass. Today, we use torches and the more modern term is flameworking.
“The process of sitting at a torch and creating beautiful colors and designs is mesmerizing and one I cannot get enough of. In fact, working full time in the software industry and keeping up my glass work creates an interesting tension, with the glass usually winning!”
Emily Williams, fabric art
Every fabric tells a story. Whether it is the story of a personal journey, shared family story, or one that ties us to the larger community, our stories bind us together. And stories are the thread of Emily’s work.
Her medium is fabric and there is something in the magic of creating a three-dimensional object from a piece of flat fabric that she finds endlessly fascinating. Fine craftsmanship, color, and humor are passions she tries to share with others through her work.
This year, her work includes fabric collage portraits, recipe tea towels and pillows.
Newton Open Studios
A free community arts celebration bringing together artists and residents across the city of Newton.
For complete artist and venue list: www.newtonopenstudios.org
Woman’s Club of Newton Highlands
The Woman’s Club of Newton Highlands is in it’s 96th year of dedication to education, humanitarian and social change. We are thrilled to be returning to their workshop space at 72 Columbus Street for Newton Open Studios 2018.
Among their many activities, the club provides educational scholarships for 4 Newton high school seniors, support to veterans groups and local food pantries, and social activities.
For more information about the club, membership information or workshop rental: Woman’s Club of Newton Highlands
72 Columbus Street, Newton Highlands (Newton Highlands Woman’s Club) • ArtisansNOS@gmail.com