Monday, October 4, 2010

Antique show fever ... Vintage arts and crafts

For years, I have heard mention of the Round Top Antiques Show in superlative terms - amazing, fabulous, marvelous, endless, etc. Now, I think it's time to add some adjectives to describe the vendors and artistic talents that show there as well. Words like welcoming, brilliant, creative, and inventive would be appropriate.

While I have a couple of other posts now up with photos from the Marburger Farm and Big Red Tent shows, these pics are a little closer to my heart since I love to create new pieces by upcycling relics from the past.

Sweet Pea traveled from Winter Park, Florida to show her charming wares for the home and garden (left).

Check out the unique tree branch chandelier above the vintage table.

I really liked her use of a vintage dressform stamp on tea-stained tags (hanging on tree below) and Parisian-themed burlap pillows artfully placed on the French chair.

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.


linda marcov said...

what a lovely post, thank you so much for including us.... you choose such great vendors. some of my best friends, and such talent.. I know they too will be pleased. Like they say "birds of a feather" Love Linda

Anonymous said...

What a fun and charming Blog!
I am thrilled have been included in your postings about Marburger Farm...And in such good company.
Thank you for your very kind words. I look forward to seeing you again at the spring show. In the meantime I will be keeping up with you thru alamodeus.


sweetpea said...

So flattered to have been included with these stellar artists! The pleasure was all mine.



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