Thursday, October 11, 2012
Inspiration comes in many forms. For Sue Burns, baabaazuzu founder and lead designer, inspiration came one winter day in the back of her clothes dryer. Had her husband not shrunk some of Sue’s favorite wool sweaters, it could very well be that baabaazuzu would not exist. But the fact is, he did. And out of the tragedy of Sue Burns’ too-small-to-wear, once-adored sweaters arose a multi-million dollar company.
Baabaazuzu came to be in late 1993 after Sue Burns, a gifted graphic designer, cut up the shrunken remains of her favorite sweaters, pieced the fragments together and made jackets with matching hats for her two young daughters.
The process behind baabaazuzu’s creations is an age-old process. Felting. Simply put, it’s taking wool sweaters or garments – and in baabaazuzu’s case, it’s taking items that are no longer wanted and could not sell at second-hand stores and are literally a step away from being thrown into landfills – and washing them in very hot water so as to shrink into a very dense, very strong wool “fabric.” Sue then takes the felted material, cuts them up and, with her eye-of-an-artist, purposefully pieces them back together into wearable works of art – hats, mittens, jackets, scarves, etc.
BaaBaaZuZu is available at Smith Galleries on Hilton Head, SC. Call 800.272.3870 for additional information. The gallery is located in the Village at Wexford at mile marker 10.5 on William Hilton Parkway. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Smith Galleries is a gallery of fine craft, art, picture framing, jewelry and creative toys for kids. The gallery is open 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870
Saturday, August 4, 2012
|"Cresting Wave" by Ed Branson|
See a video of Ed Branson blowing glass here.
For further information, visit Smith Galleries on Hilton Head Island, SC. The gallery is located in suite J11 in The Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway. 800.272.3870
Thursday, July 26, 2012
|"Wanda" Clock by |
Over 20 years ago, Lacouette started making clocks, as a practical way to make a living while using the aesthetic training she'd received in art school. It all began when she needed a clock for her studio, and noticed an ad in a magazine for a company selling clock mechanisms. Ordering five, she used one to make her own timepiece, and then made four more to sell. They sold out immediately, and she's been making clocks ever since.
|Leonie at work in her studio.|
|Home showcasing on of Leonie's clocks.|
Smith Galleries is located in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 843.842.2280
Saturday, July 21, 2012
See a slide show of the new arrivals here.
Victoria has perfected a process of combining sterling silver, 23 karat gold leaf, resin, crushed stone and common artist pigments to create her signature line of jewelry.
Victoria handcrafts jewelry that reflects in its clean design and bold graphics, the very best tenants of fine art while redefining the modern spirit.
Victoria received her BS in Fine Arts from Skidmore College in 1984. After completing her graduate studies in metals at Syracuse University, she, along with her husband, Daniel Brouder, co-founded the studio that bears her name.
Smith Galleries is located (see map) on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina in the Village at Wexford and features the largest selection of American artisan jewelry in the state. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 843.842.2280
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
This special jewelry exhibition will be in the gallery from July 1 through September 30, 2012. If you read this beyond those dates, and see a piece you like, we may be able to get it for you.
Smith Galleries is located in the Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway, on Hilton Head Island, SC. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. Email us at email@example.com or call 800.272.3870
Monday, June 25, 2012
Gary has been involved with glass since 1978, as a successful commission stained artist and, more recently, as a blown glass artist. Hehas been involved with blown glass since 1994, and is mostly self-taught. His love of hot glass is founded on the immediacy and spontaneous nature of the material, as well as the interplay of color and light.
His work in blown glass involves rich, vibrant colors, and requires multiple layers of color in order to maintain the vivid contrast between exterior and interior surfaces. The application of contrasting lip-wrap finishes the pieces.
Seen above, is a spontaneous and fun loving piece, with freeform shapes and clown-like demeanor. The forms are topped with delicate applications of black and colored threads.
Smith Galleries is located in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870
Saturday, June 16, 2012
The "California Poppy" necklace is hand patinaed bronze with gold plated petals and yellow fresh water pearls. It is adjustable from 16.5 to 18 inches. The artist collects flora from his travels around the world. The jewelry is cast from nature's own creation, capturing each natural detail of the original. There is no need to use a polishing cloth on any of Michael's designs, soap and water will do.
Handmade in the USA. Contact Smith Galleries to purchase. 800.272.3870
Smith Galleries is located in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island, SC. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Using silver as her main medium, Philippa creates necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings that can be worn formally or informally, with an appeal to all ages. “I love to hear from customers that mine is their favorite everyday jewelry, or that they have been wearing one of my pieces for the past ten years. It is my goal to make jewelry that is beautiful, simple, wearable, and most importantly, timeless.”
Smith Galleries is located in the Village at Wexford on Hilton Head Island, SC. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 843.842.2280
Monday, April 30, 2012
Bree Richey’s jewelry collection pulls directly from her love for Art Deco and modern architectural design. She often finds inspiration for her work in the clean lines of modern furniture, the fluid pattern of fabric, and the vibrant color of fine gems and pearls. All of these elements are apparent in her work, where metal forms and an array of colored gems are brought together seamlessly to create elegant and highly wearable jewelry.
Ms. Richey was recently named the winner of the inaugural Future of Design contest, a business incubator competition for jewelry designers created by Cindy Edelstein of the Jeweler’s Resource Bureau and Andrea Hill of StrategyWerx.
Richey comes from a family of jewelry designers but found her own passion for the craft when she attended the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. Continuing her education at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco, Richey went on to apprentice with jewelers and focused on creating pieces that were affordable to the average jewelry consumer.
Smith Galleries is located in the Village at Wexford, Suite J11 (UPSTAIRS), on Hilton Head Island. Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 843-842-2280
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Pictured at left is "The 10th Hole, Camellia, at the Augusta National" by Linda Hartough.
Smith Galleries is located on Hilton Head Island (see map) in The Village at Wexford. The gallery is located on the second level in Suite J11. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Smith Galleries has just received five new watercolors from Mike Smith.
Pictured is the original watercolor painting by Mike Smith titled "Sea Cat" measuring 24 inches square. Call Smith Galleries at 800.272.3870 to order or visit Mike Smith on the web at www.smithgalleries.com/mikesmith.htm
Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday.
Friday, January 20, 2012
Think of them as a substitute for a traditional painting in your decor. And don't forget that we can design one just for you.
See our Sticks currently in stock in the gallery. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday.
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