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Tish McDermott

Tish McDermott

Just A Tish Designs, Apex, North Carolina

Jewelry artist, dreamer, believer in the goodness of mankind, and a bit of a throttle junkie!

Handmade jewelry using the metaphysical properties of the stones that not only accent your wardrobe, but also enhance your soul!! 

All of her other creations come directly from her heart in hopes they touch yours as well. Celebrate yourself or someone else with healing jewelry or awesome, reused organic tie-dye creations and other gift ideas made with love!

Don’t see what you want? Contact us, and let’s work up a custom order for you!

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About Tish McDermott

Handmade jewelry, tie dye, crochet, spirituality and more!

Artist, Dreamer, Believer, Hippie, Good Vibes Dealer

Hey there! My name is Tish McDermott, and I LOVE to create!! I express my creativity through handmade jewelry and fiber art.

I like to think of each jewelry creation as a spiritual offering from the earth. Rich metals and minerals, whose vital properties strung together secure us to sacred origins and lift us to consecrated heights. Each piece is born from imaginative choices in texture, color, composition and shape, never intended to be duplicated, a one of a kind piece of wearable art. The properties of each stone are incorporated into a process of emotional expression, an extension of subconscious perception and inspiration forged into the final statement.

My tie-dye is made using professional dyes with a focus on natural fibers. The professional dyes ensure the item stays a beautiful vibrant color for years, through several washings as long as it is cared for properly. We don’t want fading, do we? We want bold, exciting color because the world needs more color!

I offer the standard tie-dyed items, t-shirts, totes, fabric, hats; but take it a bit further. I also buy gently used clothing, men, women’s and children’s and dye them as well. This is my recycling commitment to reduce manufacturing and waste. After all, tie-dying is not just for t-shirts!

Bottom line: if it is a natural fiber, and I can get a rubber band around it – I’m gonna tie-dye it!

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Karen Casey and Arlen Custer

karen casey glass artist

Karen Casey and Arlen Custer

Karen Casey Fused Glass Designs, Durham, North Carolina

Karen Casey and Arlen Custer are Durham, North Carolina, artists who have worked with glass for over 30 years.

They love color and interesting shapes for their glass pieces. You will find fused glass jewelry, hair accessories, vases, and dishes. Designs from elegant to wild!

They have specialized in fused glass for the last 15 years. Glass pieces are cut, designed, and fused in a kiln. Pieces that have a shape such as bowls and vases go in the kiln a second time to be slumped into shape.

A combination of dichroic glass and other fusible glass give their pieces a unique look and make each piece one-of-a-kind.

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About Karen Casey

Karen is also the owner of The Artisan Market at 305 located in downtown Durham. She is excited to have a woman-owned business and appreciates Durham’s inclusive, welcoming, and diverse reputation. The storefront at 305 is the home for Karen’s art as well as around 40 other local artists from across North Carolina. In addition to being an artist, Karen is a speech language pathologist with the specialty of augmentative communication.

She is incredibly grateful that her husband, Arlen Custer, is also very artistic, handy and has enthusiastically joined in all her endeavors and provided hours of support.

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“What Happened to Our School?”

Old Fort mural
Old Fort mural

"What Happened to Our School?"

Recently I happened to receive an invitation to the virtual film release of a documentary on the Old Fort Mural “What Happened to Our School?”. It piqued my interest and I accepted. The premiere night arrived and I clicked in to the event. I met the most amazing people who were responsible for making this vibrant mural happen and bringing a piece of history forward for all of us now to contemplate and understand. The story of Albert Joyner, Sr. and George Sandlin and their effort to fight racial injustice is inspiring. I needed the reminder that personal courage is how change really happens.

The mural project and subsequent documentary film came about as the group says, “because a community member came up with the idea and suggested it, then others got together to discuss how they could make it happen, including organizing folks to work on various aspects and raising money. This is possible for any community, anywhere.”

Through their experience they developed a great guide for developing your own grassroots collaboration. If you would like some guidance regarding how to launch a successful community effort, the ‘Shift Happens Tool Kit’ may be useful a guide for you.

Credits for the documentary go to respected documentarian John P. Kennedy and six-time Emmy winner David Saich. Both are based in Asheville, North Carolina. Mural artist Don Rimx is based in Florida, but travels extensively to create his art. And thank you to musician David LaMotte for hosting the film release and sending the invitation.

Since then, I have had the opportunity to visit Old Fort and see the mural for myself. If you happen to visit the area, I heartily recommend checking it out. It is beautiful!

Old Fort Mural

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Frumet Raskin-Miller

Frumet Raskin-Miller

LateBloomerPottery, Durham, North Carolina

Favorite materials :
Stoneware clays
Food safe glazes/underglazes
Terra sigillata
Porcelain slips
Handmade stamps
Tools, tools and more tools

Favorite techniques:
Throwing on the pottery wheel, handbuilding and combining these techniques, to make all kinds of functional items. 
Decorating by carving, slipping, resisting, painting, stamping and more, just adds to my delight in creating.​

Favorite things to make:
A wide variety of items for the home, particularly beautiful, functional pottery used for cooking,  baking, serving, eating and drinking.
Yarn bowls and buttons for those of us who knit and crochet.

And seasonal items such as Fall leaf platters and Christmas ornaments, as well as ritual items, such as  Menorahs, Seder plates and Shabbat candle stick holders, have found their way into Frumet’s heart and hands!

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About Frumet Raskin-Miller

Frumet came to this passion relatively late in Life, after spending many years as an early childhood special educator, dance therapist and gestalt psychotherapist. 

 She began making pottery as a hobbyist in 2001, but it wasn’t until 2010, when she and her husband retired and moved to North Carolina, that she dove into the process. Soon, Frumet set up a small home studio, her “garagio,”  where she could experiment and create functional pottery.  When she had more pieces than she could store or give as gifts, Frumet ventured out into the world of craft shows, craft markets and online stores.  LateBloomerPottery was born! 

Frumet says, “It is important to me that my pottery is well-made and can stand up to the rigors of time and of use in a household.  The curve of the bowl, the softness of a rim, the size and shape of a handle, the arch of a spout, the fit of a lid, are just some of the details  that I consider as I work at my craft.  In the end, I want people to enjoy looking at, holding and using the pottery that I have made and that they have brought into their lives!”

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Why Cindy Long chose woodbuttons.com as her source for beautiful wood buttons!

Why Cindy Long chose woodbuttons.com as her source for beautiful wood buttons!

Buttonwood Corp. (aka woodbuttons.com) has been a family business in continuous operation since 1939. Steven and Dennis Hoffman’s dad and two brothers started a small manufacturing firm to create unique wooden apparel trim in NYC’s fabled garment center. Steven and Dennis joined the company in the 1970s and brought fresh ideas like laminated wood, tagua nut (corozo), and bead accessories to an already solid line-up of buttons, toggles, and buckles. Today they work with their lumber mills here in the USA to certify the wood used is plant-friendly. They have implemented the “Cut Two / Plant Three” method of harvesting timber to ensure their supply resource is sustainable and will be available for hundreds of years to come.

 

To see the scarves that end up being homes for these handcrafted buttons, visit Cindy Long’s artisan page.

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Bring Us Your Best: The Virtual Gallery

handmade shawl
handwoven shawl for Bring Us Your Best in Hendersonville

The Arts Council of Henderson County and local radio station WTZQ have partnered to present a modified version of this annual event right before the holidays. They hope this will allow members of the Arts Council a needed boost in visibility as the holiday shopping begins. Pieces presented represent the artists’ pick as the best piece they have produced this year.

The Henderson County community will vote on their favorite piece through the WTZQ website during the week of December 14-21. The winner will be announced on the radio on December 22 and the winning piece will be featured on the new year postcard for the Arts Council of Henderson County. 

This is a much anticipated event! Artisan Cindy Long has entered this beautiful shawl, titled Calling in the Light. It is 18” x 76” of pure luxury and made of rayon, cotton and linen fibers.

Be sure to take a look and vote for your favorite!

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Boone weaver Cindy Long supports local charitable causes with her craft

Boone weaver Cindy Long supports local charitable causes with her craft

Cindy Long / Woven by Design has a long-standing tradition of supporting Valle Country Fair. Of course, this year things will be a little different! She won’t be doing her pre-dawn set up in preparation to greet the thousands of people who usually attend this classic craft show and country fair the third weekend in October. The Valle Country Fair will be virtual this year due to COVID-19. Cindy would like to encourage all supporters of craft to check out their online Fair October 1–17, 2020, and support them in their cause for the 42nd consecutive year!

The Valle Country Fair was founded in 1978 by the members of Holy Cross Episcopal Church to raise funds for community outreach. This tradition continues as 100% of net proceeds go to those in need in our community. The mission of Holy Cross includes a commitment to “share Christ’s love through compassionate ministry.” The 2019 fair channeled $60,000 to High Country organizations which serve people in need. Part of the money is disbursed via grants to area ministries and some is retained to be used for outreach throughout the year to assist individuals and families in crisis. Nonprofit groups in Avery and Watauga counties are invited to apply to receive monies from the fair by contacting the mission and outreach commission of the Church of the Holy Cross.

Also this year, Cindy was one of only twenty artisans invited to participate in the Duke Hospital Holiday Art Invitational Exhibit and Sale.

Since 1978, Arts and Health, now a department within Guest Services of the Duke University Health System, has enriched and supported the healthcare environment by providing quality literary, performing, and visual arts programming to the Duke Health community. We believe that access to the arts is essential for the health and well-being of patients, their loved ones, staff, volunteers, and visitors.

During the holiday season, Arts and Health curates a Holiday Arts and Craft Invitational within the Arts and Health galleries located in the Concourse between Duke Hospital North and the Duke Medicine Pavilion. Bill Gregory, Visual Arts Program Coordinator says, “Our goal for this invitational is to highlight works by talented local and regional craftsmen and artists, and to offer staff, patients, and families an opportunity to enjoy a delightful exhibit and ultimately purchase unique, quality items at relatively affordable prices during the holiday season.”

Be sure to visit and view the exhibit at Mars Galleries at Duke Hospital Hallway and this year there will be additional display cases throughout the hospital and clinics from November 3, 2020, through January 6, 2021.

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Julie Ottesen

Julie Ottesen making a basket

Lauren Sinclair

Belle Port Baskets, Belhaven and Traphill, North Carolina

About Julie Ottesen

Shortly after moving to North Carolina in 1987 and building her dream home on Pungo Creek, Julie became fascinated with how baskets could be crafted for a variety of purposes. After immersing herself in the basket-making traditions of the United States through the North Carolina Basket Association, she received a grant to study with Connie and Tom McColley, the renowned Weavers of Wood from West Virginia, where she learned to select her sapling tree, split the wood, hand carve the handle and make her own stakes and caning to create a basket on her own from nature. She also received a grant to study Nantucket Basketry with a very well known Nantucket artist. She also was invited to become a member of The Southern Highlands Craft Guild. Julie has now retired from basketmaking, leaving a treasure trove of unique historical treasures.

Julie has exhibited with The Raleigh Womens Fine Arts Council at Meredith College, Raleigh, NC; Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY; Mattamuskeet Swan Days, Mattamuskeet, NC; Albemarle Craftsman’s Guild, Elizabeth City, NC; Bank of the Arts, Craven Arts Council & Gallery, New Bern, NC; Beaufort Arts Council, Washington, NC; Yadkin Valley Craft Guild, Elkin, NC; Wilkes Art Gallery, Wtilkesboro, NC and Southern Highlands Craft Show, Asheville, NC.

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Julie’s specialty was Nantucket basketry. Traditionally these are wood-bottomed baskets that are painstakingly woven on wood or cane stakes around a mold. It is a labor intensive process and can take two to four months to complete. The beauty of this style basket comes from the perfection in construction, weaving and finish. Her pieces range in size and detail, from tiny 2.5” baskets to purses with woven or wooden lids and scrimshaw detailing. These heirloom quality pieces become darker and more beautiful with age.

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Cindy Long

Cindy Long at her weaving loom

Lauren Sinclair

Woven by Design, Boone, North Carolina

Cindy Long’s yarns are from mills in the Carolinas, keeping remnant yarns out of the landfills.

Only plant-based fibers (no wools) are used. These wick heat away from the body instead of holding it in.

Wood buttons are sustainably made by the last wood button manufacturer in North America.

Infinity scarves can be unbuttoned and worn as a regular scarf.

Family lore has it that Cindy Long has played with string since the day she was born. Twenty years ago she saw a sign in a secondhand shop: “This funny-looking thing $50.00.” That funny-looking thing became her first loom, That is how Cindy first got hooked on weaving.

Today this weaver from North Carolina’s High Country creates unique woven pieces, many of the yarns coming from mills in the Carolinas. Cindy shares the joy of weaving through teaching and demonstrating, all while telling the stories of those fiber mills.

Each of Cindy’s pieces is one-of-a-kind. Her scarves, shawls, ponchos, and capes are “Woven by Design and Spirit Inspired.”

Cindy’s work may be seen at several galleries in the High Country, including Gallery of the Mountains at Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC; Rivercross, Valle Crucis, NC; and Blowing Rock Art and History Museum, Blowing Rock, NC. She also typically exhibits at Art in Autumn (the third Saturday in September), in Weaverville, NC, and at the Valle Country Fair (the third Saturday in October), in Valle Crucis, NC.

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