Thursday, September 19, 2013
The making of a Graf & Lantz bag starts with the selection of leather and fabric. They hand cut the materials making sure to maximize yield and selecting the appropriate areas of the hides for use in the bags. The parts are then assembled in steps and stitched together by a small team of experienced bag makers. All finishing, quality control, packaging and shipping is done in house to deliver the very best product.
Traditionally made with wool, felt is considered to be the world's oldest fabric. Although these days there are mainly synthetic fiber felts on the market there are still a handful mostly European producers left that specialize in high quality wool felt. Graf and Lantz import custom felts from Germany which has a rich history of felt manufacturing that continues today. The felts used are made of merino wool which is prized for its ultra fine fibers and soft feel. The natural oil content of the wool makes the felt stain and water resistant.
If any spills occur just dab off moisture with a wet towel or rinse lightly with water and it can be dry cleaned as well if necessary. Best of all wool felt is a natural, sustainable and biodegradable material. The felt used in these bags is certified according to the Oekotex standard (www.oeko-tex.com)
Smith Galleries is located at 1000 William Hilton Parkway in suite J11 (upstairs) of the Village at Wexford. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday. 800.272.3870
Saturday, July 20, 2013
|Sea Turtle Pin by Joyce Fritz|
Color and patterns are key to Joyce's process. She uses the technique of millefiori, an Italian word meaning "one thousand flowers". This ancient method originally used in glass designs has been adapted by Joyce to create the intricacy and delicacy of a dragonfly's wings.
The clay is prepared and conditioned, using a food processor to mix colors, then kneading every batch by hand. Sheets of clay are rolled out, using a pasta machine to achieve varying thicknesses. Sheets and coils of colored clay are assembled into a cane or loaf, where the design can be seen in cross section. The loaf is made larger than it needs to be, then carefully squeezed and stretched out to its final size, while maintaining the consistency and proportion of the pattern throughout the length of the loaf. As the cane is reduced in size, the color relationships change and patterns become smaller and more intricate. Thin slices of these canes then become the wings of the insects and the colored bodies of other creatures. Metallic leaf, metallic powders, and glitter are also used to embellish the surfaces of the work.
|Joyce Fritz working in her studio.|
Smith Galleries is located in the award winning Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway on Hilton Head Island, SC. The gallery features the work of approximately 300 American artists. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday year round. 843.842.2280 firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Her work is influenced by a past career as a research scientist, from which she brings a unique discipline, attention to detail and a passion for investigating how things work. Other ideas that are impressed on her art are her interest in natural growing forms, patterns, and structures and the interrelationship between them.
Many of the processes used to create these pieces have been invented in her studio, and are unique to her work. Colored and translucent polymer clays are blended and layered together to construct the intricate patterning in each piece. Patterns often contain gold or silver leaf and other inclusions embedded in translucent clay. Patterned clay pieces are combined, creating a rich polymer collage. The collage is then sculpted into shape, using an internal wire armature for support when needed, and cured with heat. The spiraling design seen in many of my pieces is created by twisting the polymer collage between two glass sheets prior to shaping and curing.
Smith Galleries is a gallery of fine craft, art, jewelry, picture framing, and creative toys for children. The gallery is located on Hilton Head Island, SC, in the award winning Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway in suite J11 (UPPER LEVEL). Gallery hours are 10 - 6 Monday through Saturday. 843.842.2280 email@example.com
Monday, May 20, 2013
|"Time to Go" by Linda Kirstin Cole 30"x30"|
Saturday, March 16, 2013
"Cheetah Over the Bridge" by Karen Hoepting at Smith Galleries, a photo by Smith Galleries on Flickr.
The art of Karen Hoepting is continually featured at Smith Galleries on Hilton Head Island, SC. The gallery features contemporary American fine craft, art, jewelry, picture framing and creative toys for children. Smith Galleries is located in suite J-II (UPSTAIRS) in the Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday. Call 800.272.3870 to purchase or for additional information. Visit Smith Galleries on the web at www.smithgalleries.com
"Cheetah Over the Bridge" is an original mixed media painting on paper by Karen Hoepting. The image measures 12 x 24 inches. Inventory # 144438. You may contact Smith Gallereis at 800.272.3870 for further information. Shown with virtual frame.
Karen obtained her Honors Bachelor Degree of Fine Arts from University of Waterloo in 1997. Her studio work at that time was divided between working with drawing mediums on paper and with acrylics or oils on canvas. Today, she combines her media together working on both canvas and paper creating brilliant, whimsical abstract images that make reference to the animals she loves.
The works of the German Expressionists and the Symbolists have always intrigued Karen. She has always felt emotionally drawn to the vivid and powerful imagery of Kathie Kollwitz, Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt. Like some of these artists, Karen speaks to the viewer through symbols and stylistic motifs.
Animals have been reoccurring subjects in Karens work for several years. She grew up on a livestock farm and formed a strong attachment to animals. Today, Karen has two dogs and two cats and is an Ontario Humane Society Volunteer: ""Animals are definitely a passion for me. I feel compassion for all forms of life. Naturally, my feelings about animals [have] transferred into my art."" Her art is an exploration of animals spiritual and natural qualities and how these co-exist with industrial society. Through her primitive yet sophisticated style, she combines abstract elements together to create happy and lighthearted works.
Karen's Thoughts on Life
I believe that everyone has their own unique set of talents/gifts, as well as their own challenges/setbacks. How we cope with these challenges is what defines and evolves us - I always say, no one ever learned anything in good times! Hence that old expression, “worse for wear, but better for the expeience”. I also think that all interactions are meaningful on some level - like we all leave a mark on each other, no matter how small. Therefore, we should try to understand each other, because there is always something to learn.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Arias Windchimes are now featured at Smith Galleries on Hilton Head Island, SC. The gallery features contemporary American fine craft, art, jewelry, picture framing and creative toys for children. Smith Galleries is located in suite J-II (UPSTAIRS) in the Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday. Call 800.272.3870 to purchase or for additional information. Visit Smith Galleries on the web at http://www.smithgalleries.com See map here.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Handblown Glass Bowl by Scott Graham and Christy Aloysi at Smith Galleries, a photo by Smith Galleries on Flickr.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
"Maddie and The Tree Rose" watercolor by Mike Smith at Smith Galleries, a photo by Smith Galleries on Flickr.
"Maddie and the Tree Rose" is an original watercolor by Mike Smith. The image measures 20" wide and 16 inches in height. $675
The art of Mike Smith is continually featured at Smith Galleries on Hilton Head Island, SC. The gallery features contemporary American fine craft, art, jewelry, picture framing and creative toys for children. Smith Galleries is located in suite J-II (UPSTAIRS) in the Village at Wexford at 1000 William Hilton Parkway. Gallery hours are 10-6 Monday through Saturday. Call 800.272.3870 to purchase or for additional information. Visit Smith Galleries on the web at www.smithgalleries.com