Get to know the talent at the 2014 Artisans Fair
Growing in popularity each year, the 2014 Artisans Fair promises to be the biggest and best to date, with an array of artisan talent from across the area. This year’s fair will feature everything from traditional artists to beekeepers making useful products out of their own honey, so before shoppers head to the show this weekend, here are a few highlights from some faces that they’re sure to see.
Janice Itzel — fiber artist
Itzel graduated college with a degree in both teaching and art. After teaching middle school from 1984 to 2009, she retired from teaching and began focusing on her art, deciding to use her collection of fabric as the basis for her creations.
“With fabric, I design land- and seascapes,” she said of the unique art. “I use sewing and appliqué techniques to create each picture, then attach each piece to a stretcher frame. Each piece is an original — no two are exactly alike.”
From May to September, Itzel enters art shows in both Delaware and Maryland to showcase her scenic landscapes derived from both what she sees in nature and what she comes up with using her own imagination. Some of her more notable pieces include “Under the Sea,” “Night” and “Trees.”
See more of Itzel’s fabric art at her website, at www.fabricscapes.net, and, of course, by stopping by her exhibit at this weekend’s fair.
Mike and Carol Hudson — beekeepers
One of the fair’s more unique features will be the products of Frankford beekeepers Mike and Carol Hudson, who will display a wide variety of products using their own honey.
“My son Devin learned beekeeping at Sussex Tech,” said Carol Hudson of the origins of their bee-based products. “Then we joined the Bethany Beach Farmers’ Market. We currently do the Bethany, Rehoboth, Millville and Sea Colony farmers’ markets.”
The Hudsons will, of course, offer their own honey for sale at the fair, in addition to some products shoppers may not have considered, including honey soaps, lip balm, lip gloss, beeswax hand creams and different types of beeswax candles.
“Our products are like Burt’s Bees, but are our bees,” Hudson explained. “The nice thing about beeswax candles is that they burn clear and clean. With all the pollen and allergies, honey is a wonderful answer.”
Linda Brinkley — counted cross-stitching
A Millsboro resident and member and officer of the Pine’eer Craft Club of Ocean Pines, Md., Linda Brinkley is a self-taught counted cross-stitcher whose work will be new to the fair this year. She recently won the Rehoboth Beach Historical Society Needlework Exhibit for a stitch picture and makes a variety of items, including towels and pillows.
“I do special orders for people and finish items someone has started, as well,” Brinkley said. “I’m honored to have been chosen by Ione Phillips to participate in the Artisan Fair. This will be my first time as an exhibitor, and I look forward to many more.”
Marcia Cupschalk — art and jewelry
One of the more renowned artists to be featured at the fair, Marcia Cupschalk returns to this year’s event featuring her various forms of art, but most notably kumihimo braiding used for jewelry.
“So far, no one has represented this type of work at the shows I am involved in. However, I do know it is becoming more popular,” she said of the Japanese form of braiding.
Cupschalk is well known for creating unique, yet contemporary jewelry that she would be proud to wear herself and has two studios — one for fine art and one for jewelrymaking.
With a background in both graphic design and fine arts, she enters various shows in the Delaware and Maryland areas and has won a wide variety of awards for her art — including a project that was recognized by a former U.S. president’s Cabinet member and archived in the Library of Congress.
Notably, she also finds the time to tutor students preparing for art colleges and teaches classes on figure drawing and gyotaku printing.
Ria Carraro — jewelry
Another veteran of the Artisans Fair, Ria Carraro took up country crafts after retiring from teaching in New Jersey nine years ago. But once she moved to the beach area, she decided to start making beaded jewelry, after taking a class on making beaded watches.
“That was all it took,” Carraro recalled. “I knew then what I wanted to get involved with.”
The hobby quickly became her passion, and Carraro continues to hone her craft by taking classes on the art form. Much of her work consists of beaded jewelry, leather wrap bracelets and braided bracelets. She has also recently begun to work with metal.
“I try to create unique and one-of-a-kind pieces, but I do have many favorites that I do in a variety of colors and patterns,” she explained of her work. “The Artisans Fair accepted me three years ago based on my work, and I have enjoyed being a part of the exhibit.”
In addition to Itzel, the Hudsons, Brinkley, Cupschalk and Carraro, the Artisans Fair will feature many other artists displaying a wide variety of unique work.
The fair will be held on Saturday, May 24, at Lord Baltimore Elementary School in Ocean View, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Ione Phillips at (302) 539-2172.