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Image: Artist in Studio, courtesy of Carol Lee Shanks

Meet the Artisans: ARTWEAR 2017


As we head further into 2017, one of our most popular events, ARTWEAR, is back for its ninth consecutive year. This Bay Area-made wearable art event features seventeen different artisans showcasing jewelry, textiles, and accessories. We are pleased to welcome back some of our favorite artisans from past years, and to showcase a crop of fresh new talent.

On May 5 and 6, you'll be able to meet the makers face-to-face and shop their one-of-a-kind collections at the de Young. Until then, catch an exciting sneak peek by reading more below.



Image: Courtesy of Ellen Hauptli

Ellen Hauptli

Ellen Hauptli designs and fabricates simple, elegant, fun clothing crafted individually and sturdily for women of all ages and sizes. She uses a variety of fabrics with a traditional respect for geometric shapes to achieve form and fit, all with her signature thread-bound seams and edges. Hauptli strives to create clothing that visually, sensually and spiritually pleases, that complements and enhances the wearer’s personality and goals, because to her it’s always more than just looks.




Image: Courtesy of Deborah Cross

Deborah Cross

Deborah Cross derives pleasure as a designer by conceiving of styles and fabrics that are for daily use and evening wear. The force behind her clothing collection is her manipulation of color and texture, as she is drawn to the interplay of fabric and the body. She continually questions ideas about where beauty and comfort are found and believes by designing the unique fabrics she uses, she creates a rare opportunity to introduce unusual forms and volumes while equally creating harmony between the materials, the forms, and the functions of each piece. 





Image: Courtesy of Carol Lee Shanks

Carol Lee Shanks

Carol Lee Shanks designs and handcrafts clothing and textile art pieces. She has a great reverence for cloth, allowing it to be the foundation of her inspiration. An integral part of her work is manipulating the cloth to create different surface textures. By layering opaque and transparent elements and then stitching, piercing and wrapping them she is able to transform flat, linear shapes into dimensional silhouettes. When suspended on the body or within a room, her work becomes a moving sculpture.




Image: Courtesy of Heidi Paul

Heidi Paul

Heidi Paul  has been involved in the craft world since 1994. Armed with a BFA in textiles, she has worked in various textile workshops with Chad Alice Hagen, Jean Hicks and Wayne Wichern. Currently, Paul produces two different lines, one of hand-felted wool hats and another of reclaimed cashmere wearables. Her process for creating wearbales from discarded cashmere begins with her disassembling the pieces and then re-imaging and redesigned them into a one-of-a-kind garments and accessories. Many pieces by Paul are hand-stitched and over-dyed using a Japanese method of shibori dyeing.




Image: Courtesy of Susan Eastman

Susan Eastman

Susan Eastman's background is in fine art, but she has always had a love for textiles. To Eastman, there is a symbiosis that occurs between the two. Either she's adding fabric or other found materials to her paintings, or manipulating fabric through dyeing techniques and patchwork. Her one-woman show over the past several years has been about reconciling the two in a way that inspires both herself and her customer. When she thinks of making clothing, she envisions easy to wear, comfortable shapes as foundation for random, creative experiments. Susan Eastman sets out to inspire you, and as it turns out, you have also inspired her.





Image: Courtesy of Kathryn Herrman Batiks

Kathryn Herrman Batiks

Kathryn Herrman is a southern California artist who specializes in batik fabric, clothing, accessories, and table linens. Her sense of intense color and design comes from her love of botanical and agricultural themes. She uses the traditional batik craft technique of wax-resist-dyeing to produce unique and colorful patterned textiles that are suitable for everyday use.

Herrman studied art at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in textiles from the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, California.






Image: Courtesy of Shaya Durbin

Shaya Durbin

Both urban and organic, Shaya Durbin's jewelry exemplifies classic fine craft with delicacy and presence. All pieces are designed and hand made by Durbin in her Berkeley studio, and starts out by first carefully selecting ethically sourced stones and recycled metals. The jewelry is designed to accentuate the natural beauty of these gems which allows each piece to express itself differently and creates the organic feel that is so characteristic of Shaya Durbin's jewelry.




 Image: Courtesy of Amy Faust

Amy Faust

Amy Faust has a deep love of simplicity, color, light, subtle texture and the mysterious connection that art has to nature. As a visual person, Faust is always looking for inspiration from both the natural and urban environments. She loves finding objects, such as beach glass with hints of writing or gorgeous smooth pebbles, and then cutting them into specific shapes, so they resemble gemstones and take on a new, precious quality. Her wish is that each finished piece is perfectly made, contemporary, elegant, refreshing to the eye, and highly wearable.




Image: Courtesy of Marja Germans Gard

Marja Germans Gard

Pairing bold geometry with everyday ease, metalsmith Marja Germans Gard designs new takes on jewelry classics. Each handmade piece is notable for its clean lines and striking details and is designed to feel as good as it looks. From minimal studs to substantial cuff bracelets, all Marja Germans Gard Studio jewelry is made by hand in the San Francisco Bay Area in collaboration with a local casting house and stone setter. Gard believes that good design should go hand in hand with sustainability; to this end, Gard uses recycled and fair-mined metals as well as conflict-free or post-consumer diamonds whenever possible.




Image: Courtesy of Tula in Bloom

Tula in Bloom

For this collection, Tula in Bloom was inspired by the layers of earth and rock that create visible bands of color, tone and texture found in rock formations all over the world. Combining those bands with the universal symbol of water creates an artful contemplation of nature and balance. Expanding upon an earlier design allowed her to play with these ideas, creating an elegant collection that is minimal yet bold, and draws the eye with its clean lines, structure and symbolism.




Image: Courtesy of  Susan Kinzig

Susan Kinzig

After three decades, Susan Kinzig is still fascinated with the use of different materials and textures. Though it is the design that guides her work from beginning to end. Many of her pieces are inspired by nature, featuring leaves, flowers and buds re-imagined as graphic shapes framed in sterling silver and gold vermeil. To Kinzig, each piece can be viewed as a small kinetic sculpture, dancing with the human form. 




Image: Courtesy of Alice Roche

Alice Roche

With a background in art and a Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley, Alice Roche began making jewelry. Coupling her field of study with her love for making things, has been the foundation of her work. She works mostly in silver and gold, translating her sketches through forging, fabrication and casting. She chooses straightforward techniques that reflect the simplicity of the jewelry she is making. The finished product retains a handmade quality, which is inherent to its design. The exploration of architecture guides the creation of each piece of from start to finish.




Image: Courtesy of Julia Turner

Julia Turner

Julia Turner creates graphic and sculptural pieces that are strong and subtle, beautifully crafted, and a pleasure to live with. Her award-winning work has been exhibited internationally and has been included in numerous publications. She has taught widely, most recently at California College of the Arts and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. Julia Received her M.F.A. in 1995.




Image: Courtesy of Satomi Studio

Satomi Studio

Energy and precision unite in the natural world. Kristina Kada of Satomi Studio, handcrafts jewelry that is inspired by this vital balance. The vigor of life meets the detail of art in her scatter of organic shapes over architectural forms. What starts as a pencil sketch, Kada translates into metal by using classic fabrication techniques like soldering, piercing, forging and wax carving to meld freehand elements with her original castings. In the spirit of nature, Kada makes it a priority to use reclaimed metal and source responsibly mined gemstones whenever possible in her creations for Satomi Studio.





 Image: Courtesy of Kathleen Kelley

Kathleen Kelley

Kathleen Kelley is a San Francisco Bay Area professional interior designer and artisan with three decades of experience from across the globe. To Kelley, each work is an assemblage of uniquely configured materials; colors and textures, hand woven textiles and fabrics, sheer and satin ribbons, natural feathers, handcrafted birds, silk leaves and natural twigs, each have become vestiges of her explorations in these designs. Inspired and informed by her journeys across several continents, Kelley's ability to combine and compose unique textures, color and materials is an exploration of elegance.



Image: Courtesy of Corda


Corda is a collection of jewelry and accessories designed by stylist and crochet author/designer, Kelli Ronci. Always aiming to strike that delicate balance between craft and design, Kelli’s work is rooted in the classic textile techniques of macramé, crochet, and weaving, and is inspired by a life-long fascination with the meditative process of creating patterns and shapes through the magic of looping, knotting, wrapping, and braiding strands of cord-like material.