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2014 Brooklyn Exhibitors

November 7, 2014

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Handcrafted ceramics made by the Brooklyn exhibitors at the 11th Holiday Craft Fair at the Brooklyn Historical Society reflect a remarkable range of creativity illustrated by ornaments and table jewelry to handsome mugs, teapots–even napkin rings and salt cellars. The borough boasts jewelers, candle makers and crochet experts as well as photographers and fine artists who will exhibit and sell their best work December 6 and 7.

The artisans and artists have studios in a wide span of neighborhoods from Gowanus, Park Slope, Bay Ridge, Bath Beach and Carroll Gardens to Greenwood Heights, South Slope, Red Hook, Dyker Heights and Sheepshead Bay.

Here are highlights of what visitors will see from the exhibitors whose studios are in Brooklyn:

Falcon Feather Jewelry,  www.falconfeather.net, by Bilyana Tosic Petino who works in silver, gold plated bronze and semi-precious stones.

Falcon Feather Jewelry, http://www.falconfeather.net, by Brighton Beach-based jeweler Bilyana Tosic Petino who works in silver, gold plated bronze and semi-precious stones.

No two porcelain snowflake ornaments by Alyssa Ettinger are the same. Fabricated in her Gowanus studio, the snowflakes are enhanced by a cable-knit pattern and tipped in 24 carat gold lustre. www.alyssaettinger.com;  pinterest.com/alyssaettinger; www.linkedin.com/in/alyssaettinger

No two porcelain snowflake ornaments by Alyssa Ettinger are the same. Fabricated in her Gowanus studio, the snowflakes are enhanced by a cable-knit pattern and tipped in 24 carat gold lustre. http://www.alyssaettinger.com; pinterest.com/alyssaettinger; http://www.linkedin.com/in/alyssaettinger

Cobble Hill Candles by Thomas Mancuso, offers a combination of small batch, all natural, environmentally friendly, hand poured candles infused with intense aromas to soothe or conjure an escape from reality. www.cobblehillcandles.com

Cobble Hill Candles by Thomas Mancuso, offers a combination of small batch, all natural, environmentally friendly, hand poured candles infused with intense aromas to soothe or conjure an escape from reality. http://www.cobblehillcandles.com

Gloria Lanza-Bajo, Lanza-Bajo Designs, Cobble Hill, will exhibit scarves for women and men as well as jackets and shawls. The women’s scarves, 14” x 72,” are in silk satin [shown here in fuchsia], charmeuse or crepe de chine and for men, wool/crepe 14” x 60.” Women’s jackets are georgette/chiffon. She uses dyes on silk which, when set, achieve deep transparent colors that are the same on both sides. She said: “I currently paint abstractly since it gives me freedom to explore color and texture and I’m not limited by the gutta serti method which uses a resist to hold designs in place.” She studied silk painting with Sissi Siska, Susan Moyers and Suzanne Punch. Lanza-Bajo, who also paints men’s ties, is on the national board of Silk Painters International.

Gloria Lanza-Bajo, Lanza-Bajo Designs, Cobble Hill, will exhibit scarves for women and men as well as jackets and shawls. The women’s scarves, 14” x 72,” are in silk satin [shown here in fuchsia], charmeuse or crepe de chine and for men, wool/crepe 14” x 60.” Women’s jackets are georgette/chiffon. She uses dyes on silk which, when set, achieve deep transparent colors that are the same on both sides. She said: “I currently paint abstractly since it gives me freedom to explore color and texture and I’m not limited by the gutta serti method which uses a resist to hold designs in place.” She studied silk painting with Sissi Siska, Susan Moyers and Suzanne Punch. Lanza-Bajo, who also paints men’s ties, is on the national board of Silk Painters International.

Ceramic Egyptian figure napkin rings by Judith Eloise Hooper. http://juditheloisehooper.wordpress.com/

Ceramic Egyptian figure napkin rings by Judith Eloise Hooper. http://juditheloisehooper.wordpress.com/

About her urban landscape watercolors, pastels, acrylics and drawings, such as “View from Brooklyn Bridge Park,” watercolor on paper, 12” x 18,” Bay Ridge-based artist Alicia Degener writes on her website, www.aliciadegener.com: "I combine color and pattern with odd angles to create landscapes that juxtapose realistic and abstract elements.

About her urban landscape watercolors, pastels, acrylics and drawings, such as “View from Brooklyn Bridge Park,” watercolor on paper, 12” x 18,” Bay Ridge-based artist Alicia Degener writes on her website, http://www.aliciadegener.com: “I combine color and pattern with odd angles to create landscapes that juxtapose realistic and abstract elements.

Duckling, 5-inches tall, by Cathy Mancuso, Crochetina, Bay Ridge.Carrying on her mother’s tradition Mancuso has designed stuffed animals, crocheted fashion accessories, baby clothes and blankets for seven years. Her acrylic handwork is machine washable and dryable.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/crochetfina; www.facebook.com/crochetfina

Duckling, 5-inches tall, by Cathy Mancuso, Crochetina, Bay Ridge.Carrying on her mother’s tradition Mancuso has designed stuffed animals, crocheted fashion accessories, baby clothes and blankets for seven years. Her acrylic handwork is machine washable and dryable. https://www.etsy.com/shop/crochetfina; http://www.facebook.com/crochetfina

Frog Turtles,"--flower frogs in turtle shapes--by Park Slope ceramist Judith Eloise Hooper, add style and whimsical glamour to tables. Her table jewelry is an unusual vessel for both flowers or toothpicks for crudités. Hooper, who celebrates her part Native American heritage in some of her work notes: "Turtles have long lives and patience and in many Native American tribes they are a symbol of the earth. Clay is a material of the earth as well. http://juditheloisehooper.wordpress.com/; http://judith.hooper.brooklynartist.com/

Frog Turtles,”–flower frogs in turtle shapes–by Park Slope ceramist Judith Eloise Hooper, add style and whimsical glamour to tables. Her table jewelry is an unusual vessel for both flowers or toothpicks for crudités. Hooper, who celebrates her part Native American heritage in some of her work notes: “Turtles have long lives and patience and in many Native American tribes they are a symbol of the earth. Clay is a material of the earth as well.” http://juditheloisehooper.wordpress.com/; http://judith.hooper.brooklynartist.com/

Porcelain mugs by Frank Saliani, whose studio is in the Bath Beach section of Bensonhurst, are typical of his functional work that comfortably and naturally fits interiors both traditional and contemporary. His porcelain pieces in addition to the mugs, such as candlesticks and teapots, range in color from blue to yellow while his mugs, designed to be mixed rather than matched, from blue to green. http://20thavenuestudios.com

Porcelain mugs by Frank Saliani, whose studio is in the Bath Beach section of Bensonhurst, are typical of his functional work that comfortably and naturally fits interiors both traditional and contemporary. His porcelain pieces in addition to the mugs, such as candlesticks and teapots, range in color from blue to yellow while his mugs, designed to be mixed rather than matched, from blue to green. http://20thavenuestudios.com

“A Painter in Their Mist,” by Greenwood Heights-based artist Janie Samuels http://www.janiesamuels.com, demonstrates the bold expression she achieves by using line and color so that the image works both as a narrative and abstractly, giving the canvas intrinsic balance. 2014, colored pencil, digital drawing on paper, 4 x 6 inches--11 x 14 inches, framed.

“A Painter in Their Mist,” by Greenwood Heights-based artist Janie Samuels http://www.janiesamuels.com, demonstrates the bold expression she achieves by using line and color so that the image works both as a narrative and abstractly, giving the canvas intrinsic balance. 2014, colored pencil, digital drawing on paper, 4 x 6 inches–11 x 14 inches, framed.

One of the bird ornaments in the Bird series by Jacobson & Doniger, a collaboration between husband and wife artist/illustrator Nancy Doniger and sculptor Eric Jacobson. Jacobson creates the birds from metal and Doniger paints them. Said Doniger, "The ornaments grew from Eric's playful mobiles combined with my children’s illustration." In addition to her book illustrations, Doniger's work has also appeared in major newspapers such as The New York Times, national magazines and corporate publications. Her studio is in South Slope, his in Red Hook. www.donigerillustration.com.

One of the bird ornaments in the Bird series by Jacobson & Doniger, a collaboration between husband and wife artist/illustrator Nancy Doniger and sculptor Eric Jacobson. Jacobson creates the birds from metal and Doniger paints them. Said Doniger, “The ornaments grew from Eric’s playful mobiles combined with my children’s illustration.” In addition to her book illustrations, Doniger’s work has also appeared in major newspapers such as The New York Times, national magazines and corporate publications. Her studio is in South Slope, his in Red Hook. http://www.donigerillustration.com.

"Bird Abstractions," photograph by Peter Houts, Carroll Gardens, was taken of gulls flying over The Pond in Central Park. Houts shot the images at 1/8 of a second while following the birds with a camera. This blurs the birds while retaining their overall shapes, creating graceful, magical abstract designs. www.peterhouts.zenfolio.com

“Bird Abstractions,” photograph by Peter Houts, Carroll Gardens, was taken of gulls flying over The Pond in Central Park. Houts shot the images at 1/8 of a second while following the birds with a camera. This blurs the birds while retaining their overall shapes, creating graceful, magical abstract designs. http://www.peterhouts.zenfolio.com

Danielle Papaleo designs and makes custom headbands and bows for The Scarlett Bowtique, Dyker Heights. A headband made just for a little princess is a fun and creative way to dress her up says Papaleo. https://www.facebook.com/TheScarlettBowtique

Danielle Papaleo designs and makes custom headbands and bows for The Scarlett Bowtique, Dyker Heights. A headband made just for a little princess is a fun and creative way to dress her up says Papaleo. https://www.facebook.com/TheScarlettBowtique

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