Artist Spotlight: Carla Fox and Carla Fox Designs

 

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Carla Fox has been making stuff from cast offs, scraps and found materials since she started fashioning doll clothes from her mother’s sewing scraps as a child.  Both sets of grandparents, and my parents, lived with the notion of “use it up, wear it out, make do or do without”.  She comes by it naturally.

So, over the past ten or so years, it seemed like a natural progression from making “regular” jewelry from beads to using found items, broken jewelry bits and pieces,  and vintage jewelry.  “I love working this way, and I had so many more avenues to explore in making adornments and wearable art.  Why not go back to the fabric scraps?  I have saved so many designer samples from my previous profession, and had finally lit upon a use for them:  textile jewelry.”Image may contain: flower and plant

Now Carla almost exclusively experiments with repurposed or upcycled textiles, embellishing these pendants, brooches and collars with a multitude of items.  If she can sew or stitch it on by hand, she will use it.  If not, she figures out a way.  Carla says, “Each piece is unique, hand stitched and I never know where the process will lead me.  Or what the outcome might be. ”

neck e  neck h       Well,  as one of the members of the jury, I know exactly what I thought when I saw THIS piece. It screamed “BRIDE!!!!” to me. Immediately I envisioned someone on a budget buying a simple white sheath and then dressing it up with this.  neckpiece Carla Fox

 

I reached out to some wedding planners to let them know about our festival. Afterall, Carla’s neckpieces are amazing adornments, and so many of the other artists have items that would work as wedding presents or favors. And only one replied to me: “MY clients don’t wear garbage!” Her tone was so angry that I had even emailed her in the first place that I dropped it, but it sure was obvious she did not understand…..we are not presenting trash to the public with this Recycled Arts Festival, we are introducing the treasures that most people miss.  And YOU understand this….thank you!

Carla Fox and Carla Fox Designs are located at Table #22.

 

Artist Spotlight: Carolyn Woody and Lunarcat Studios

Origami is a traditional Japanese art form.  Carolyn Woody was fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time with her grandmother growing up in Hawaii. Her grandparents had emigrated from Japan and introduced origami when she was a very young child.  “It was always a fun childhood pastime and one of the ways she kept me entertained.”Su 4 - Carolyn Woody

Carolyn’s interest in origami was rekindled after she had graduated from college in Portland and became involved with POPS (Portland Oregon Paper Shapers), the local origami club.  Now she am fascinated by origami, especially with modular origami where several pieces of paper are often assembled into complex three-dimensional models.

You can also check out a profile of Carolyn written last year by Cindy Dauer of Tualatin Valley Creates.

For the Recycled Arts Festival, Carolyn is featuring her origami map shirt ornaments.  The origami shirt is traditionally folded out of a single dollar bill.  She decided to take this traditional origami model and  scale it up in size. OS392 - Carolyn Woody

Carolyn uses recycled maps to add more color and to make it more personal.  “One of my customers requests an origami map shirt with the birthplace for each new grandbaby,” Carolyn reports. “The maps I use come from a variety of sources, mainly from book sales and garage sales.  I have been folding these origami map shirt ornaments for years and sometimes get maps donated by total strangers!”OS425 - Carolyn Woody

Think about it……if you want Carolyn to produce an original origami map for you, you can speak to her at the Festival and arrange for it! Carolyn Woody and Lunarcat Studios will be at Table #24.