Austin Woodhenge artist Kathy Gross (left) creates paperboy bags from antique linen grainsacks. You can buy from her 'readymade' inventory or do as I did, and special order with your selection of design or lettering stamped on the fabric.
The bags are washable, and the stamp ink is permanent. So, there is no danger of the dye fading!
She also makes one-of-a-kind industrial jewelry from blown glass, silver, brass, pearls and stamped theater seat numbers. I'm sure I'll be placing an order for these, too!
Below, Mo McSwane shows her "love of all things old, uncommon, clever and fun" at her Rubbish and Company stall. The glass-topped buggy table is precious.
Pool locker baskets were everywhere at the show. At Rubbish and Company (below), they are filled with glove molds. Another item present in abundance at this year's show was the paper flower made from old tissue paper dress patterns.
The J Hill Designs team stopped me in my tracks. First, they had a boat (yes, a real boat) filled with vintage items and garden goods in their well-merchandised space. As if that wasn't enough to get my attention, there was a lovely bed with tree-branch bedposts, great statuary and clever decor items. Well done!
Have I mentioned how much I'm in love with earthy metals, particularly tin and zinc? Well, I am, and Willow Nest uses them in novel ways to create original looks (below) for interior and exterior lighting.
Special Effects is such an apropo name for Polly Hitt's antiques and design business. Whether she is crafting a moss and mushroom chair or creating unique jewelry (below), each piece is a signature work of art.
Aaron Hequembourg may not be a name you know. But, you should. He has an amazing artistic gift. His formal training in engraving and printmaking has given his work a technical mastery, but it is his eye and hand that transform salvaged materials and antique prints into beautiful slices of Americana. What's really personal about is craft is the use of his family as models.