Wearable Art Spring Kick-Off Wrap-up| Celebrating many FIRSTS!

Wearable Art Spring Kick-Off Wrap-up| Celebrating many FIRSTS!

Wearable Art is an ever-evolving genre as is the many ways to show it, share it and own it! Without a doubt, the combinations of clothing and jewelry at this show were simply exquisite.  For many of us, it was the FIRST time we had a chance to mix and match our collections.  For this, Clark Linehan’s amazing photos are truly worth more than 1000 words of this post!  Our Friday night opening

VIP Attendees! Mayor Sefatia, Elizabeth Carey – Discover Gloucester and friends from Boston!

reception was “magical” according to one of our artists.  The elegance of John Hyde’s music with the colorful backdrop of wearable art was a perfect combo.  The attendance was perfect for lingering all night long and trying on beautiful clothes and jewelry.  We even had a “pop up” changing room for our many guests who wanted to shop!  In fact it was a perfect night to mingle under the tent while Mother Nature held back the storm for just the right amount of time.

It was also the FIRST time we held an event to celebrate Spring and our FIRST appearance as part of  ArtWeek, MA.  This gave us the opportunity to combine our beloved fashion marketplace with two truly outstanding speakers – Martha Sutyak and Anne Lee.   On Saturday- Martha provided a long check list of do’s and don’ts to anyone that wants to exhibit their work.   Using a clever “exercise” Martha asked everyone to match up her boot collection (in and of itself a conversation piece) to colorful tiles of fabric to help everyone navigate their own thoughts about what works and what doesn’t in display. Stay tuned for a future post from Martha!

On Sunday, Anne Lee dissected the experience she had in researching the fiber art universe to prepare to write her book Artistry in Fiber- Wearable Art (Schiffer Publishing) . (We were also thrilled to meet her colleague & co-author Ashley Rooney on Saturday!)   This event was held in the intimate dining room setting where the Inn served a scrumptious brunch!  (Put the Castle Manor Inn’s  Sea Glass Restaurant on your restaurant list in the coming weeks!)  Anne provided wonderful advice and guidance to artists and admirers who want to see their work in print some day or are just curious about the curation process.  Expect to see many future books from Anne!

It was also our FIRST time at the Castle Manor Inn and FIRST time under a tent equipped with a lovely “living room” in the middle for just hanging out and taking a shopping break!  Our artists and hosts were creative in dealing with the challenges of the weather and we thank everyone for their patience and help.   Most importantly, as a group we came together in new ways, forging friendships and thinking of how we can continue to grow our relationships and bodies of work.