Colleen Dence of Four Ponies Enterprises is a fiber artist in Pownal, Vermont. She creates artful combinations of leather and amazing fabrics into all types of handbags, pouches and wallets.
Grooves & Grain
Alyssa Guyette is the owner/designer of Grooves & Grain in Shelburne, Vermont.
"The design inspiration of Grooves & Grain comes largely from the Natural World, and its inexhaustible inspiration of beauty, color, shape, and sense of adventure. Methods of patchwork and hand dyed leather is deeply influenced from the groovy rhythm of early rock and its passion for love and peace.
Being raised in the beautiful green state of Vermont taught me the responsibility we all carry in our actions, and the importance of knowing our impact. My background in both art and environmentalism is what brought me to use reclaimed leather in all our products.
All items are made from small remnant pieces, recovered from local industries in an effort to keep the waste out of our landfills and into our lives. Using remnant pieces requires a high level of creativity in both use and design, making each piece as unique as the individual rocking it.
My goal is to create wearable art with the environment in mind, so I am able to give back to the things I believe in. It is my hope by carefully crafting one of a kind pieces people will cherish and value them for a long time."
Maggie Neale is a fiber artist in Montpelier, Vermont.
"Color has attracted my interest all my life; I drew with crayons before I could talk; studied art in high school, college, and in workshops.
Being a free spirit, I like entering the art space to allow the color and lines to flow. My silk scarves, pinned flat onto a padded table, are each an abstract painting created individually with dyes. After mixing a selection of hues, I breath, then let the brush move as in a dance upon the silk flavoring the moment with color play.
Each silk must dry, then be steamed to set the color of the fiber reactive dye, washed thoroughly by hand and then machine, ironed and finally I can look upon each scarf to determine its value and venture.
Some of my large silk wall hangings have been shown in Vermont Supreme Court, Vermont Art Council, and Vermont galleries. My silk scarves are displayed in exhibits, galleries, and shops across the country."
Marcia Hammond is a fiber artist in East Randolph, Vermont.
Marcia has been working at the art of her craft for over 35 years. She is a fourth generation clothing designer who is recognized particularly for the subtlety of color work handwoven into chenille garments and accessories. She often refers to her weaving as painting with fibers and garments she creates as handwoven comfort.
Exhibiting her work extensively throughout the United States for the last 35 years, Marcia has won many awards at different exhibitions from such places as Coconut Grove in Florida to the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. She has exhibited at the prestigious Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington D.C., served on the board for the Vermont Crafts Council and has been a juror for the American Craft Council shows. She is the founder of Collective-the art of craft established in Woodstock, VT in 2006. She is currently also painting canvases in oils and in watercolors, as well as exploring color on silk fabric and scarves through hand painting and the ancient Japanese technique of shibori dyeing.
Paschal’Simon MacMurray is a fiber artist in Jeffersonville, Vermont.
"I came to the US from Montreal in 1990. I grew up amongst theater sets and stage actors. I studied Arts, Communications and Sociology of Communications at Concordia University, in Montreal. I have since studied business and project management, technical writing, database design, social media ethics and marketing. I’ve been a theater properties master, gift shop manager, office manager, commercial and gift show display designer and records manager. Ho! And since you are wondering, I am a gal with a tomboy’s name! The PS MacMurray Collection is an ensemble of whimsical boxes and gift pouches; pendants, brooches and bracelets; characters and animals created from the heart. Each item is unique and hand-made, using fabric, paper, beads, wire and buttons. Most items are a container or include a compartment or pouch to contain your treasures, a gift or a message. I have a habit of giving away every first new item I create."
S'mitten in Vermont
Beth Loiselle of S'mitten In Vermont is a fiber artist from St. Albans, Vermont.
All S'mitten pieces are one-of-a-kind, handcrafted and pieced together using repurposed wool sweaters and clothing.
Because the wool is repurposed, all styles come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. They are lined with fleece for unbeatable warmth, and embellished with buttons for a little extra flair.
If you have a sweater or piece of wool that is special to you but is no longer useful or wearable, S'mitten in Vermont can bring it to life once again and repurpose it into something you'll love to wear.
Custom orders welcome!
Northwood Gallery carries hats, mittens, headbands and pins.
Sew What Vermont
Joan West is a fiber artist from Morrisville, Vermont.
Dietitian by day, creator by night, West uses her many interests to inspire her work. She believes in creating practical items with an artful twist, meant to be loved for a long time. She creates custom pieces, such as weighted blankets, upon request and has been altering clothes in the area for years with the help of her youngest daughter.
The socks featured at Northwood Gallery are a product of her inability to sit still and her energetic drive to create!