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featured in NORTHSIDE WOMAN MAGAZINE - 4/2016

By LORI WYNNE

Posted 4/1/16

For over 70 years, the American Craft Council (ACC) has been championing American artists who create contemporary art in several mediums. The ACC is a nonprofit organization that promotes appreciation of contemporary art all over the nation by connecting with local art institutions, educational institutions and emerging artists. In turn, the ACC hosts wholesale and public craft shows. The public can attend four fabulous shows of juried art that feature over 225+ American artisans, including 25 from Georgia.  

The American Craft Show locations are in San Francisco, CA; Baltimore, MD; St. Paul, MN; and Atlanta, GA. In March, the Cobb Galleria hosted the Atlanta show. It was an attention-grabbing gathering of American artists who create high-quality wearable art in silk, leather, felted wool, glass, enamel and other fibers. 

In 2016, the ACC added another aspect to the craft show. The goal is to encourage the public not to just come and look at the arts and crafts, but to understand how the various wearable pieces can be incorporated into everyday wardrobes. The Style Slam invites local stylists and models to highlight the melding of wearable fashion and art.  During the three-day celebration of all things handmade, local fashion stylists “slammed” the various booths that featured wearable art, meaning they looked for their favorite pieces to highlight on their live models and mannequins. 

When the stylists were ready for their big reveal, Grant Whittaker, ACC’s style ambassador from Minnesota, emceed a spontaneous fashion show. A stylist in his own right, Whittaker interviewed local stylists and asked why they chose to feature individual pieces of art worn by their models and mannequins. Show attendees were encouraged to view the dialog and enjoy the live fashion event in the middle of the main display hall.

Atlanta stylist, Jill Veysey, who sports a retro style and loves anything vintage, chose to highlight a collar of colorful succulents made of felt created by Danielle Gori-Montanelli. Paired with a vivid green floor-length vintage dress in a goddess style and updo, her model looked like a fanciful forest fairy. 

Don't miss next year's show in Atlanta. Check out http://craftcouncil.org for details and times.