art on the hill craft show, portland, maine

This was my first time attending this fine craft show and  wow…i was flabbergasted, in a good way.

Upon entering, I came to Emi Ito’s weavings

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emi ito’s fine handwoven scarves

and next to her was Laura Pierce of Iris Designs who made sea glass jewelry and buttons. Both were wonderful, well crafted and unique.

This is not your ordinary craft show. the quality was simply wonderful. Much care must have been taken jurying the show as it wasn’t overloaded with jewelry and 90% of the jewelry that was there was fine and quite original.

Each of the textile artists work blew me away. wood fire farm had knit work and woven scarves, as well. I had a lump in my throat looking at the scarves–they were THAT gorgeous!

Then there was a booth with boiled wool garments and scarves…Hard Boiled
 Designs by Jody Meredith.  stunning!!!

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Hard Boiled Designs vest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another original and extraordinary display was the mean and wroughten booth. Unfortunately I didn’t get to meet the maker but the items were so well crafted I was mesmerized. Here we found magnetic picture frames with fishing reels, old fashioned clip on skates, and other nostalgic items welded onto steel plates where one can change out photos with small magnets. Not a great image below-the items were far more awesome in person. He also makes steel cribbage “boards” that are a work of art!

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mean and wroughten photo frame

 

I wish I could review all the talent at this wonderful local show but here are a few more favorites:

three amazing jewelers- christians hilbrig-tauroney

heather murray  ..www.heathermurray-jeweler.com

and silver and stone metalworks. www.silverandstone.info

jewelry maine artist
christiane hilbrig-tauroney sterling pearl rings

luksindesigns  beautiful, simple clothing. can be seen at luksindesigns.com

bright bird studio from belfast, maine. bright, happy ceramic? birds and flowers free hanging and on mirrors.

felt experience  truly well done felt scarves. www.feltexperience.com

chrononaut mercantile , makers of incredibly fine wool capes…sigh.

I was not expecting such a wonderful craft show. The quality was superb. Unfortunately many of the artists were looking a bit bored, sales seemed slow as not many bags were evident and people weren’t briskly purchasing items. This is the bane of most craft shows now.

The one booth that seemed busy had very inexpensive resin coated earrings. Sad to see the fine jewelers having a slow time and the earrings that aren’t made to last selling well.

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fine local craft show “art on the hill”.

 

 

 

 

 

As a buyer..this is a must see show. As a seller…well..you couldn’t be in better company . I would be proud to be included in the artist roster due to the excellence of products in this fine craft show. Hopefully sales will pick up as people realize spending hard earned money on items that last a lifetime ,are local AND handcrafted is money very well spent.