June 6, 2017

Meet Sonja Grondstra for her Celebrate Wearable Art debut!

Sonja Grondstra gathers beach glass from the shores of New England. She is drawn by the unique shapes and soothing colors of the glass that has been tossed and tumbled along the rocky coast for many years. Sonja selects pieces of beach and complementary glass and sets them into intricate and creative designed necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and other fine jewelry. The glass is hand bezel-set in sterling silver or gold, accompanied by pearls and semi-precious stones. On occasion she includes beautiful pieces of beach pottery or beach rock into her designs. Her signature series is called “Oceans Apart”, dedicated to her family and friends across the seas. Today, in addition to using natural beach glass, the line has evolved into an augmentation of the glass by shaping, fusing and coloring; this has opened up an endless color and design palette. Sonja’s work is contemporary, one of a kind jewelry inspired by Mother Nature, if it were not for the collecting of beach glass she would not have been inspired to have the jewelry career that she has today. Recently, Sonja has begun to cast seaweed into silver pieces, incorporating the new ocean element into her designs. A collection to continue!!! Sonja attended the Celebrate Wearable Art Salon last October and was inspired to create something special for the CWA runway!

May 23, 2017

seARTS Celebrate Wearable Art IV runway event returns in the fall: Call for runway artists is open; new awards announced; new website launched

seARTS Celebrate Wearable Art IV runway event returns in the fall:  Call for runway artists is open; new awards announced; new website launched

The plans for seARTS the October 1, 2017 Celebrate Wearable Art IV (CWAIV) runway show are in full swing with a diverse cadre of exhibiting vendor artists, sponsorships under way, newly designed artist awards, and a reserved ticket seating plan at Cruiseport.   All the show information is now conveniently located on the new website: www.wearableart.org .

Lorene Ireland mosaic piece at PEM Opening

The seARTS group, commemorating ten years, catapulted into CWAIV in February thanks to the opening week’s activities at the Peabody-Essex Museum’s (PEM) World of Wearable Art (TM) Exhibit.  A representative group of artists showcased their work in the atrium of the PEM and engaged in demonstrations during the opening events.   The PEM is among the first organizations to be welcomed by seARTS as a sponsor of the October event.  The WOW exhibit closes June 11.

The seARTS show is multi-faceted and there are many ways for artists, designers, makers, and creative businesses to engage with the seARTS team.   Here’s what you need to know to be part of this exciting showcase!

Coat by Barbara Poole

The Runway: Wearable Art is open to all makers and the committee encourages all creative persons and businesses to consider an entry that uses the human form as the essential ingredient for showing their work.  The runway will showcase of Cape Ann’s most talented artists alongside regional and international makers of wearable art including Lorene Ireland of Nantucket who has competed and won the New Zealand competition and New York City couture designer.  Students are encouraged to apply.   Under the leadership of art teacher Tamara Burns, Manchester-Essex Regional group has already applied and is treating the opportunity as an Advanced Placement class.

Some of us need just a little reason to dream up something marvelous, and THIS IS IT, says Martha Sutyak, the CWA runway stylist, “Do something just for the sake of thinking it up, and help seARTS prosper at the same time.”

The call to artists is detailed here http://wearableart.org/exhibit/.   seARTS Members and Students may apply with no fee.  Runway entries will be accepted on a rolling basis until the runway spots have all been filled and no later than September 1.  Early entry is encouraged.   Artists can send inquiries to searts.cwa2017@gmail.com (more…)

May 20, 2017

Exciting Drawing for BMW Cruising Bike starts tonight at seARTS Uncorked!

Cycling fans can re-energize their pedals and enter a drawing for the amazing BMW Cruiser Bike donated by Lyon-Waugh Auto Group! An $1100 value!  Details below.   You can purchase tickets at all the upcoming seARTS events or by emailing us at info@seARTS.org and we will link you to an online option.   Here’s what you need to know!

The BMW Cruise Bike provides a safe riding experience, even on rough stretches, due to the excellent suspension provided by the large air volume and safety system. The safety system allows for the deflection of debris, stones, chips etc. based on Run-Flat Technology. Better visibility is provided as a result ofthe built-in reflector stripes.Features:Aluminum and hydroformed frame BMW in-house development bull neck design derived from the design of BMW Vehicles28″ front wheel suspensionSR Suntour NCS fork in frame colorContinental Cruise CONTACT tires including Kevlar insert under the treadFront and Rear reflectorsRodi Airline Plus 4 lacing 28″ hollow-chamber profile rimsShimano BR-M395 180mm (front) and 160mm (rear) braking systemShimanoDeore 30 gear derailleurSelle Royal Freccia rails saddleVelo VLG-719 ergonomic handlesWeight: 33 lbs.S = approx. body height 63 – 68″ M = approx. body height 68 – 72″ L = approx. body height 72 – 76″

BMW Cruise Bike Aqua Pearl Blue/Silver/ Small

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]