Meet Emily Vogle from ERV Design...
I’m a multi-faceted designer with over 10 years of design experience in apparel and accessories. I love the creative outlet that floral design allows. It’s so different from what I do all day, that it’s great stress relief and creates something beautiful to share in the end. I’ve been making floral arrangements for about six years now and this is my first show!
I love to decorate my home for the different seasons and feel like flowers really help to bring that sense of a new season to the home. It’s also a great creative release for me!
I discovered my talent when I decided to make a floral arrangement one day on a whim and loved the process, as well as the end result. I was hooked from then on! I would describe my creative process by letting the container and the flower speak to me, and then I just go from there.
Meet Jordan Barham from Innergetic Creations...
I’ve been painting for two years now, I am a self taught artist, and this is my 1st time participating in the Avant-Garde show. My inspiration to create comes from being able to express internal visions of creativity through art and allowing me to have art as an outlet.As a single mother of three boys, art allowed me to find my personal zen outside of sports and daily routines. two years ago I started with a paint kit that another artist outlined for me. When I was done with that piece the artist was so amazed he posted it on his social media platform. A woman In Texas ended up purchasing it for 10 times the amount I paid. At that moment I realized my passion for art was more than my personal joy.
Each creation is unique as it can never be replicated, I pride myself in being different! I hope to have my own creative works through a shop where I can not only share my work but teach others how to express their INNERgy through Art.
I have an inner creative drive, I have to create something. Anything I see, I think, "I can make something with this" or "what can I make using this?" I can make almost anything I see. I don't copy, I just use the idea to get my thoughts rolling and creative juices flowing. I get revved up looking at Pinterest or YouTube videos of other crafters making things.Starting as a child I have made and created things. I won bicycle safety posters every year then helped my brother win every year after that. After field trips I would make a big poster with pictures from the brochures of trip, like a colorful report of what we just saw on the field trip. I would use all different colored markers, lots of pictures, etc. I would get extra credit for these plus the teachers loved them!
I discovered my creative abilities and love for crafting as a child. My creative process I would describe as spilling out the things I see in my mind on paper, or by sewing or whatever I'm working on. In five years I hope to have several all year round booths to display and sell my items plus craft shows throughout the years. I plan to continue to build my business on Etsy and have my own website as well.
I love to refresh, recycle and repurpose items, breathing new life into each piece. I love taking items that others discarded and making something new and beautiful, showing that it still has worth and beauty. I love making trash into treasures. I had planned on writing a book called trash into treasures, then I discovered there were already several books with that title!
Meet Carol Wass from OakTree Art Studio...
I am an artist and creative person. I started in the arts working on a potter’s wheel about 40 years ago. You know creating those lopsided pots that your mom treasures to this day and you are embarrassed about. I have always loved art including drawing, sculpting, watercolor and many other areas. I got busy with life and put my art on the back burner. Every few years or so I would create something and work at it for a while then go quiet again.
A number of years ago when our daughter was getting married she asked if I could help design a wedding invitation. She loved it so much I spent the next couple of years designing greeting cards during the holiday season. Everyone loved them but I realized after doing quite a few craft shows, many people don’t send cards anymore – the electronic card is apparently in. So, I had to channel my ideas and fell in love with polymer clay. It has been a big learning curve and I have tried different techniques and followed some really amazing artists through the web and tutorials.
I love Donna Kato, Sylvie Peraud, Cynthia Tinapple and Bettina Welker to name a few. I am in awe of artists like Jon Stuart Anderson and Adam Thomas Rees. I love the whimsical creatures I create and have experimented with mixed media pieces too. Each of my art pieces is one of a kind. Because they are handmade expect some slight imperfections.
I have been an artist in different mediums for more than 40 years and have participated in approximately 10 Avant-Garde Art & Craft Shows! I love whimsical things but am also very interested in organic and nature inspired items which have sparked my interest to create. I got into the craft hobby when I started working with clay on a potter's wheel in high school.
I discovered my talent by receiving a scholarship in high school to attend Columbus College of Art & Design (1976). My creative process starts with an idea of what I want to sculpt but it never ends up the same as it changes throughout the process. I might think I like the animal ears or eyes one way and they end up being something different. I see myself doing my art as long as my fingers allow. I like to portray the message of my work as detailed and creative!
Meet Lori Lowery from Mountaintop Creations…
I'm Lori Lowery, the face behind Mountaintop Creations. I love all things art and most recently have enjoyed working with Macrame. By day, I am a Middle School art teacher and have enjoyed sharing my love for all things art.
Macrame is my most recent addiction, but I also love to draw both in traditional ways and digitally. Art has always been a part of me and the act of creating comes naturally.
When I'm not creating, my husband and I enjoy hiking. Hence the name of my business. Like hiking in the mountains, the journey can be strenuous, tiring, and unpredictable. But once you reach the mountaintop, it is all worth it. I see my art business journey in the same way.
My dream is to continue with macrame, but also venture into surface design where I can utilize my passion for drawing as well.