May 11, 2017

Camilla MacFadyen, Textile Artist, on her new direction for CWAIV

I am excited to be designing for the seARTS wearable art show, Celebrate Wearable Art, this Fall. I have several projects going and we will see what rises to the top to earn the runway spots!

I have been pattern making for new dresses, a coat and a Japanese inspired tunic. I am combining collagraph printed silk organza with linen. Transparent with solid, and embellishing on top with embroidery.

I am deeply inspired by the 19th century biologist Ernst Haeckel, who drew unbelievably beautiful renderings of microscopic, single cell organisms in sea water. I have been embroidering these images onto silk organza, and am exploring the possibilities of adding them to my garments.

I look forward to the wearable art show. It is unusual to have such a strong venue for my more intricate work and I am grateful for the opportunity to create special pieces for it.

March 13, 2017

From Wood Shavings: by Rick Crangle

In the realm of Wearable Art, you will often find the most unusual, non-traditional materials at work to create the unexpected. I approached the challenge of making a garment for the Celebrate Wearable Art, 2015, fashion runway event from the perspective of a sculptor and furniture maker. I looked at the project as a designer would confront any other, the materials must serve the functional requirements and contribute elegance… we ARE talking fashion here.

Looking around my studio for possible resources, I came across the remains of an old staircase I had replaced years prior. The wood was an aged cherry, and I had already forged several pieces of furniture and sculpture from this particular lot. I liked the idea of giving it a new life again as a runway look.

Woodland Gown by Rick Crangle Photo by Amy Watt

The concept arose as a full floor length dress, as elegant and simple as I could make out of wood. I used the raven’s feather motif to create a varied texture hidden in the black detail of the skirt. Each element of the “up-cycled “ wood skirt was cut to 1/16th of an inch, re-cut into the final shape, and sanded to mimic a feather. They were then treated with a black aniline dye and oiled. Each of the five hundred feathers was hand sewn to a lining so the feathers could move independently. They give the appearance of fluidity on the runway and created a wonderful, subtle sound.


For the bodice, I wanted it to be sculptural, like a necklace, and red to contrast with the black of the skirt. The bloodwood mimics the throat of the raven in a mixture of short curled and long slender feathers all integrated together. The bloodwood’s natural color was rich, offering contrast to the black cherry.

The design was intended to be simple and highlight our model’s beauty in an understated way. As a maker, I enjoyed the challenge!  [More about Rick Crangle]

March 7, 2017

My Clothes, My Art

My Clothes, My Art  (appearing in North Shore Magazine online March 2017)

The tenth anniversary “Celebrate Wearable Art” exhibit is slated for Sunday, October 1, at Cruiseport Gloucester.

You can’t look at Rick Crangle’s dress without seeing a woodland sprite dressed in a gown for the moonlit ball. Or maybe she is a willowy young tree, transformed into human form so that she can dance with King Oberon.

Crangle, a Gloucester wood sculptor and architectural specialist, made a classically proportioned ball gown with a halter-top, full princess skirt and a chic bit of midriff-baring flash. Here’s the thing: the halter and top are elaborately pieced together from carved pieces of bloodwood. A little overskirt of carved feathers flows over a floor-length skirt of cascading ebonized cherry tiles. To make it…..Read on……


March 1, 2017

WOW or How to Wear Art

WOW or How to Wear Art|PEM’s latest exhibit, featuring wearable art, is now open. By Regina Cole

February 23, 2017

Awed by WOW! Grateful to the PEM for their support.

seARTS Artists and wearable art lovers showed fabulous support at the various opening events last week…..

If the seARTS Wearable Art Group had one wish to be granted, it would be to have an all expense paid trip to New Zealand to see the World of Wearable Art Competition in person.  It’s the “Olympics” of wearable art and the model that inspired our local group to launch Celebrate Wearable Art.  Thanks to the visionary curators of the Peabody-Essex Museum, we did indeed get the next best opportunity, the “WOW” exhibit from the permanent collection right in our backyard, from now until June 11.   And even more exciting, the chance to collaborate with the PEM and showcase some of our seARTS artists during the opening ceremonies (since we are in Olympic mode!).    Among these, our Best of Show, Rick Crangle, Camilla MacFadyen, and Donna Caselden.   We got to know some of the award winners in person through the events held Friday and Saturday.  Our very own Lorene Ireland, who generously entered Celebrate Wearable Art in 2013 & 2015 showed several amazing shell and mosaic pieces on lovely models provided by WSM Talent from Newburyport.  A shout out and thank you to Darlene and to Lorene who made the trip from Arizona to be with us!

We encourage anyone that already loves wearable art or is simply curious about the “buzz” to engage with this fun and imaginative exhibit.  Beside the incredible uber life size designs made from every substance imaginable, don’t miss the outrageous display of brassieres in the far corner of the room.  Be sure to watch the full video of the competition in New Zealand – celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018.  Roadtrip?