Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Flame Painting, Penguins and Wearable Art to Headline Artisans Invitational Show
The husband-wife team at FireSmith Cooper flame paint to achieve colorful designs on pure copper.
Tuesday, July 30, 2019


Textile designer Kathleen Tesnakis creates handmade e ko logic clothing and accessories such as balaclava’s berets and mittens by recycling post-consumer cashmere garments in her Troy, N.Y., artisans’ shop.

The husband-wife team at FireSmith Copper paint with blow torches to create colorful designs on copper.

And Canadian-born artist Anne Watson Sorensen found her passion for painting ignite while living in Barcelona, Spain.

Anne Watson Sorensen has a large line of floral watercolors.

These are among the artists who will take part in the 7th annual Artisans Invitational Show, which will be held Friday through Sunday at the Walnut Square Mall behind Topnotch Fine Furnishings at 620 Sun Valley Road.

The show, which will feature unique and creative forms of fine art, jewelry, clothing and sculpture, will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4.

The festival, started by Janet Dunbar is now organized by artist Cathryn Martinez, who creates beautiful jewelry pieces, including necklaces out of rippled and misshapen Kasumi pearls cultivated in Japan’s Lake Kasumi-ga-Ura.

Martinez searches the nation for interesting and accomplished artists to take part in the show.

Lisa Holley keeps track of dietary consultations for penguins on the legal pad on the left of this unfinished piece. After the painting goes into print, she draws a diagram so clients will be able to spot the foodstuffs.

  • Kathleen Tesnakis says she is trying to change the world one garment at a time with wearable art from recycled materials. Her “slow way” process has earned her press in such publications as “American Craft Magazine,” “Time Magazine” and the “New York Times.”

    “We hunt for treasures and dismantle each garment by hand. We then transform the material by joining it with other pieces. There is a little magic and a lot of love in each piece we construct. And, due to the random nature of the clothing we recycle, our items are all unique—the source of warmth comfort and individual expression,” she says.

  • Illusions’ Lab also takes an ecological approach to its luxurious wearable art sculpted through a hand-felting process invented thousands of years ago. It’s a great eco-recipe as it requires just a small amount of water and natural soap, says Illusions’ creator Zhanna Akhetova. And it’s waste-free, as every tiny piece of fabric or wool felt is used from one project to the next.

    The natural fibers themselves come from a wide range of plants and animals from around the world, including sheep, goats, camels, alpacas, silk cocoons, coconut husks jute stalks and sisal leaves. The finished products have no seams or stitches as they’re sculptured as a whole 3D piece.

    Machteld Schrameyer creates upscale, upcycled leather jackets.

    They wind up in many fashion art festivals and gallery shows, in addition to being sold online.

  • Machteld Schrameyer started her journey in the fashion business as a model at the Ecole de Couture de Charles Montaigne in Amsterdam. After moving to New York City’s Seventh Avenue, he translated Couture into Ready to Wear before moving to San Francisco. Today she creates sustainable hemp and silk and up-cycled sweaters. She also creates upcycled leather jackets.

    “Sustainability demands a very different concept of designing, and it is totally engrossing,” she said. “The challenge of making elegant and stylish jackets out of pre-used materials keeps me endlessly intrigued. Walking the fine line between pre-used and creating a look that is fresh and elegant is an addictive one to walk. It’s labor intensive and unpredictable—it’s impossible to preconceive a design before laying out the materials.”

    Illlusions’ Lab works off the idea that fashion reflects our individuality.

  • Sun Valley Artist Lisa Holley, known for her instructive series depicting what animals eat, will introduce her Emperor penguins titled “Paternity Colony.”

    She gave it that name as the male penguins care for the egg while the mothers go away to feed for two to three months.

    “In doing the painting I learned that Emperor Penguins can hold their breath underwater for 28 minutes and dive deeper than a thousand feet for food!” she said. “I also learned that some fish are truly weird. For instance, the Antarctic icefish does not have any blood but, rather an antifreeze type of liquid that sustains them.  I could bore you for hours with all I’ve learned.”

  • FireSmith Copper combines the talents of an Oregon husband and wife team--Paul Yost and Jennah Litecky Yost--who create art born of fire inspired by their environment, travels and personal and shared experiences.

    Using pure copper as a canvas, they try to expose copper’s innate colors by heat to forge trees and other designs.

    They paint with flame, eschewing the use of chemicals acids, dyes or paints, to allow the colors within the copper to come out. Then they complete the design with hand tools, including punches and hammers.

    Jennah has a degree in studio arts and art history from the University of Oregon and Paul is a carpenter who worked on the historic restoration of Oregon’s timber framed covered bridges.

    “Our home is in Oregon but we find that every piece of art we create reflects our international exposure while merging our love, inspiration and appreciation for our home along the Pacific Coast into one original work of art,” said Jennah.

  • Canadian-born Anne Watson Sorensen is a versatile artist whose primary medium has been watercolor. A signature member of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, her artwork is in corporate, public and private collections worldwide.

She studied under many master artists, including Katherine Chang Liu and Cheng Khee Chee. Now living in Meridian, she has brought internationally renowned painters to Boise for workshops. And she herself teaches private classes.

Her rather impressionistic work graces the backdrop of the Boise City Council Chambers.

“I favor watercolor because it bests mirrors and expresses my vision of what lies between the realm of reality and possibility,” she said. “And, like a teenager, it has a mind of its own.”


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