Lois Jane’s Gourd Thangs
Bio: Lois Jane's Gourd Thangs consist of home grown gourds turned into functional and wearable art. I concentrate on three lines which I dubbed "Gourd a la Cord" (jewelry, purses and wall hangings), "Gourd Divas" (gourd dolls, hat & wig stands) and "SiGourdney Weaver" (gourd baskets & vessels). Much of the work is handpainted except when the natural beauty of the gourd prohibits being covered. Recently I went out of my gourd and started 2 completely different products...dolls and aprons. All are fun unique and one-of-a kind!
Contact Name: Lois Kirkpatrick
Street Address: 6210 Tile Factory Rd
City: Mount Vernon
Notes to Retailers: Willing to demonstrate
Creates: Handmade scrollsaw clocks, pictures and ornaments as well as handmade knit/crochet items such as hats, scarves and baby items.
Contact Name: Phyllis Lovely
Preferred Contact Method: Phone or email.
Margie’s Country Store
Bio: Margie's Country Store offers fabrics, patterns, creative ideas, and notions upstairs, along with a charming cellar gift and accessory shop, complete with rounded river -stone archways. Author and co/author of six books, owner Margie Webb has gained national recognition over the past ten years for her delightful designs of jackets, vests and coats.
Hours : M-Sat 10a-5p su. 1p-5p
Street Address: 721 W. Main St.
Notes to Retailers: No custom orders available.
Renee Vicci, Inc.
Creates: Contemporary handbags
Preferred Contact Method: Denise Rapp
Street Address: P.O. Box 153
City: New Harmony
Notes to Retailers: Willing to demonstrate
Contact Name: Shirley Nero
Preferred Contact Method: By appointment.
Street Address: 2487 Castor Lane
Notes to Retailers: My items are available at The Floating Cow-and other things beautiful in Madison.
Bio: I focus on representing the natural in my work and find myself focused on floral designs. Utilizing a torch I melt clear and colored glass rods with which I bring life into a small piece of glass. I work mainly in borosilicate glass which has amazing properties in clarity, strength, and function. I have been working with a technique described as a compression where it allows me to compose beautiful florals with depth, clarity, and precision. As I continue working with this technique, I will learn more ways to build as well as increase the complexity of the design while always striving for a more precise and immaculate finish. I will continue to develop my studio and utilize more time working and expanding my understanding of glass. I have no doubt that I will always find new barriers to break.
Creates: Glass beads and sculptures
Contact Name: Seth Bickis
Preferred Contact Method: Phone
Creates: Contemporary textiles, painted scarves, window & wall pieces, mixed media, and jewelry
Contact Name: Teresa Robinson
Street Address: 121 E. First St.
Notes to Retailers: Interested in wholesaling, willing to demonstrate.
The Elder Pot
Creates: I make the following from natural materials. Furniture, bowls, photographs w/ frames, leather bags, carved jewelry, bookmarks, drawings, and housewares.
Contact Name: Matt Hicks
Preferred Contact Method: Phone or email
Street Address: 209 East St.
The Nava Family
Bio: For the Nava family of New Albany, tradition is more than a hobby, and more than heritage: It is a way of life. For Anthony Nava, living and teaching the traditions of his family is a full-time job. For the Nava family as a whole, traditional arts are not just art; they are a tangible piece of identity. Shannon and Anthony Nava are both American Indian, but of different backgrounds. Anthony is Yaqui and Cherokee, and Shannon is Choctaw and Irish. Shannon learned traditional food ways and embroidery from her grandmother. Both are avid demonstrating artists throughout Kentuckiana.
Shannon Nava: In my work, I use materials or products that I find in my own community or local area. The gourds that I use for jewelry, pendants and other various items are from a farm about 12 miles from my home. In my beadwork and jewelry, I use mostly traditional colored seed beads, in which I make traditional items such as, grandmother dolls, beaded bags, jewelry, beaded belts, and moccasins and Irish pampooties. I am a mixed media artist, I am a traditional embroiderer, the techniques that I use were taught to me by my Grandmother. I also create "Crios" belts which are traditional Irish weaving's that originated on the Aran islands made from a loom that my husband Anthony made. The belts are used primarily today for Celtic/Irish weddings to "Tie the Knot". They are very colorful and I use traditional natural dyes from local wool from my region as well.
Anthony Redfeather Nava: Anthony has made it his life's work to teach people of all ages about the American Indian traditions of his family. He is a state recognized instrument builder he builds and plays Native American wood and river cane flutes and hand-drums, he is a flint knapper, a singer, a Pow-wow dancer, a painter, and a woodcarver; he makes his own Pow-wow regalia and moccasins, he is a skilled bead worker and quill worker, and he makes and sells Native American-style jewelry with ornamentation that is, in part, handcrafted from materials indigenous to the area around his southern Indiana home. He often travels to schools in Indiana and around Louisville to teach children about the various culture forms that he practices.
Contact Name: Anthony Redfeather & Shannon Nava
Street Address: 1306 Chartres St.
City: New Albany
Notes to Retailers: Interested in wholesale, willing to demonstrate, provides cultural educational presentations and workshops, professional performing artist.