By Lynn Ingrid Nelson and Kristen Rebollo
Those who appreciate the craftsmanship of items that are handmade are already anticipating the 29th annual American Craft Council (ACC) show April 10-12 at RiverCentre in St. Paul. ACC followers have their favorite artists, and love visiting with them among the 240 booths that transform RiverCentre into a potpourri of eye-popping jewelry, clothing, and home décor items from across the country.
Show goers often prepare shopping lists in advance, so they can buy special one-of-a-kind gifts for weddings and birthdays in the coming year. ACC Marketing Director Pamela Diamond has the benefit of working with ACC artists at shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, San Francisco and St. Paul. She has a discerning eye, and has hand-picked just a few of her favorite wedding gifts, rings, and fashions for Lavender readers from this year’s ACC collection.
To order tickets: craftcouncil.org/stpaul
1. George Sawyer | Extraordinary Jewelry
George Sawyer’s ring is part of Sawyer’s Mirror Image wedding and commitment rings collection. Each one-of-a-kind set of rings is made of mirror image patterns, as unique as a fingerprint. Sawyer also creates earrings, pendants, men’s jewelry, custom pieces, and other pieces of unique wearable fine art.
2. Danny Saathoff
Danny Saathoff’s rings are created by finding the beauty in recycled products, and putting together components that don’t usually work together.
Formerly Carrier Pigeon, Neal’s beautifully textured ring is inspired by sandy landscapes. The Gold & Dune Collection Plateau Ring was hand-carved in wax and cast in ancient bronze. The rich red undertones convey images of the sun beating on sand in the desert or at the beach.
4. Betty Jaeger | 3 Jag Design
Goldsmith Betty Jaeger creates custom-made rings. Jaeger’s rings are made of various metals with hints of color from diamond chips or metals. Jaeger has been working one-on-one with clients and couples to create the perfect piece of jewelry for over six years in the Twin Cities.
5. Ayesha Mayadas | Ayesha Studio Jewelry
Mayada creates a perfect union between metal (silver, gold, and platinum) and stones when crafting her jewelry. Every line, along with form, weight, and balance are key components to her work.
6. Terry Fromm
Terry Fromm’s Holloware Collection includes modern home décor constructed from lead-free pewter. These abstract salt and pepper shakers are a perfect gift for the couple-to-be, as well as a great conversation piece at the dinner table.
7. Margo Petitti | Margo Petitti Inc.
Margo Petitti classic-style pocket squares, ties, and scarves are offered in dozens of styles, all handstitched from luxurious fabrics produced in the finest Italian mills. Any of the pieces can be the perfect gift for any groomsman, with classic patterns such as glen plaid, herringbone, houndstooth, and birdseye, and a handsome array of color schemes.
8. Muffy Young | Muffy Young Hand Weaving
Young hand-dyes her silk fiber yarn to create these intriguing scarves and shawls. Young’s original wearable pieces of art make for a perfect gift for the bride’s or groom’s mothers. And black and white is especially trend-worthy this season.
Senechal dyes silk and bamboo fabric before weaving it into a wearable art. Her unexpected color combinations and dyeing methods can make the same pattern look very different, adding to the uniqueness of each scarf or shawl. A colorful addition to any wedding wardrobe.