Fiber (wearable)

Gayle Hallin

Minnetonka, MN

2019 booth #

 http://gaylehallin.com

The nuno-felting process is used with fibers of fine mesh silk fabric and roving of merino wool and silk to create scarves in varied designs, colors and sizes with a sculpted-stained glass effect. Felted strips of wool and silk are hand stitched into buttons and flowers & attached to binders as an optional functional embellishment

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Robin Meyer

Minneapolis, MN

2019 Booth #

http://www.robinannmeyer.com

© Robin Meyer

© Robin Meyer

I hand paint the motifs using a variety of mediums, usually watercolor or india either on watercolor paper or rice paper. 
Next I scan them into the computer where I clean, recolor and engineer with print using several different software design programs: Photoshop, Illustrator and NED graphics (a very niche textile software that allows you to keep the painterly effect while separating out colors) 
Last step, the images are printed onto silk using a Mimaki printer. This is a sublimation dye printer using acid inks. The curation process is steaming, making the images colorfast. Edges are rolled hand hemmed.

Mary Jo Stockman

Hat Trix

Hampton, MN

www.fabuloushat.com

2017 booth #.

As milliners, we have the privilege of working with a wide palette of luxurious materials. Fabrics like silk, lace and velvet are used to cover the forms created from buckram, wire and a variety of straws. The fascinators and small to medium hats are blocked in our studio over wooden blocks just as they were 500 years ago. The larger hats are blocked to our specifications by 2 milliners in the UK. They are then sent to our studio where the design is completed by hand. The flowers that we do not make we source around the world. We particularly like the handmade silk roses from France. We also use ribbons, beads and crystals to add to our work. The final touch is feathers and quills. We source our feathers as close to home as possible and the feathers that are not used in their natural colors, we hand dye.

 

©Mary Jo Stockman

©Mary Jo Stockman

Nikki Caulfield

Skirting the Rules

Detroit Lakes, MN

www.skirtsrule.com

2017 booth # 58

We believe fashion is for everyone: all body types, all ages, and should make the wearer feel good, beautiful, and worthy. As “pret-a-porter” fashion for the everyday consumer is becoming a disposable commodity by being cheaply and poorly mass produced in conditions that exploit the workers, we challenge this by creating high quality clothing that is unique, affordable, and ethically made in Minnesota. The goal of my skirts is to utilize various cuts, fabrics, and an array of sizes in order to make skirts and dresses that match the uniqueness, quality, and beauty of the person wearing them. They balance comfort with style, and practicality with desirability.

 

© Nikki Caulfield

© Nikki Caulfield

Jill Hunter

Hunter-Smith Handwovens

Minneapolis, MN

2019 booth #

jillhunterweaver.com

Handwoven, Hand-dyed scarves and shawls woven with silk and other fine natural fibers. I believe that what you wear can lift you spirits and improve your outlook, so I am proud to be able to create art that is both decorative and functional. After a dozen years of experimenting with color, fibers, and structure, I’ve narrowed my focus to weaving contemporary scarves and shawls, combining an age-old craft with current tools.

Using all natural yarns, silks, cotton, rayon, and wools, I dye using color fast environmentally friendly pigments before warping the looms. I have one eight-harness and two sixteen- harness looms that allow me to weave intricate structures and patterns that compliment my color schemes. These looms are all hand and foot powered, just as looms of the past. I use a computer to draft my unique complex designs to create contemporary scarves and shawls for today’s consumer.

 

 

 

© Jill Hunter

© Jill Hunter

© Jill Hunter

© Jill Hunter

Sara Hoffland

Knitty Gritty by Sara

Winfield, IL

www.knittygrittybysara.com

© Sara Hoffland

© Sara Hoffland

2017 booth # 75C

I have combined my love of fiber and fashion to create wearable art that's original and fun to wear! The nuno felt process uses soap, water, and agitation to fuse wool and hand dyed silk. I hand blend the wool into custom colors. I also use a resist so there is no sewing involved. Each piece is made one at a time so they are all one of a kind.

 

Patti Echols

Mississippi Moon

Minneapolis, MN

2018 booth #79

Like origami on fabric I pleat,twist,fold,and scrunch to create one-of-a-kind designs on cotton,silk,and rayon garments. I custom mix all colors from primary fiber reactive dyes and put each piece of clothing thru a careful process to lock in the bright bold color that creates a long lasting vibrant piece for young and old to feel good in.

 

© Patti Echols

© Patti Echols

Joanna Hamberg

© Joanna Hamberg

© Joanna Hamberg

VVV Bag Co

Minneapolis, MN

villavillavintage.com

2018 booth #126

I make purses and unisex totes and bags out repurposed and reused materials, like vintage army duffles, leather coats, and high vintage quality textiles from around the world. I use an industrial sewing machine and numerous hand tools and leather working tools, and use the highest quality hardware I can find.