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Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Debra Tritt Kreiger

Today, we welcome new Yellow Breeches Chapter member Debra Tritt Kreiger to the Artisan Spotlight. Debra is an award winning fine artist; a signature member of PA Watercolor Society; and a member of the  Mechanicsburg Art Center, York Art Association, Perry County Council of the Arts, Harrisburg Art Association, and the Carlisle Arts Learning Center. She is also a member of The Daily Painters of Pennsylvania and The Susquehanna Valley Plein Air Painters. We’re thrilled she’s joined our Chapter and Fall into Fine Craft!

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

I liked the bright fresh colors and the feel of the brush over the watercolor paper. I had worked in oils and acrylics, but just enjoyed the watercolor process. When you paint with watercolors you are forced to see the light before you start putting any paint on the paper. I use that as a positive with every painting.

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If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

I would probably try a form of printmaking. I like working with paper and I love to experiment with different textures, techniques and shapes.

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What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

I look forward to displaying and selling my artwork alongside many other creative and talented artisans. This is a great opportunity for people to purchase one of a kind gifts for the holidays. A wonderful time for collectors to see and purchase directly from the artist.

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Have a look at more of Debra’s work at http://debkreiger.com/. It’s lovely on screen, but even lovelier, in person.

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Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Richelle Dourte

Richelle Dourte, today’s featured artisan, is serving her second term as the treasurer of the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, she sits on the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, she is the treasurer for Fall into Fine Craft . . . and she is a superb jewelry artist!

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

Jewelry is like the gateway craft. There is so much variation in skill level and material, and it is not limited to any one particular medium. It’s like miniature craft. What began as a little girl’s pastime eventually became a true interest in metal when coupled with the right tools and education on how to use them. Although it’s metal I identify with, what brought me to this craft is probably the same as what keeps me in it—that variation in material. I get to marry nature with art by using botanical specimens in metal. I can also play with glass, fiber, stone and pigments without losing my style. Working with my hands and all of these possibilities means that it never gets old.

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If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

I’m generally curious enough that I believe I could enjoy any medium. The first that comes to mind is wheel-thrown pottery. There’s something about that tactile experience that is much more forgiving in cool, wet clay than hot metal. Add to it that I don’t have access to the equipment, and pottery gets another point on the wishing score. Also, potters are just cool, laid back people. There’s something to that.

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What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

I am so very excited to see the talent that our general geographic area represents. Yellow Breeches makes for an excellent community of artists, ready to support one another and standing for high quality, American-made fine craft. I hope our community realizes the special treat this show provides, and I look forward to shopping in local, small businesses while at Fall Into Fine Craft, myself. I can tell–it’s going to be a great event.

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To keep up with Richelle, who participates in many fine craft shows, in addition to Fall into Fine Craft, and offers interesting classes in her studio, follow her on Facebook and check out her website. Here are the addresses.

http://www.metalledwith.com/

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FALL INTO FINE CRAFT ARTISAN SPOTLIGHT – CLARE MARGARET

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Clare Margaret designs and creates beautiful works of fine art for your walls and fine stationery for your most important writings.

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I started working with the x-acto knife many moons ago, as a display & design artist for exhibitions & then as a silkscreen printer, where I hand cut all of my designs for textile & paper. This is where I learnt to simplify my images & cut out – with the knife – what I thought was un-necessary.

My designs always started with paper – which I love everything about – so when I found myself starting life part 2, I went with that love and now I work exclusively in paper.

 Clare begins her work with a drawing, which she then cuts out – “from black paper 99% of the time” – with her knife. She then “let’s them sit for a while,” to determine whether or not she wants to add color or let the work stand as a black and white piece. When she elects to add color, it can get quite complex. Many times, Clare will hand paint a backing color to create stunning variations that only come from her creative mind and talented hand. Other times, she painstakingly cuts and adds colors, piece at a time, to the tiny areas she’s cut from the black paper design.

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It can take ages – really ages – and a lot of patience. In my next life I’ll be a surgeon – maybe.

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Clare’s style is unmistakably her own and undeniably wonderful. It presents a lovely, mysterious, and joyful alternate natural world – one that flourishes in the mind of the artist and is shared beautifully with us by her work. We know you will be amazed by her charming, fresh, gorgeous take on the art of paper cutting.

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Clare will be at Fall Into Fine Craft with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar today!  You can see Clare’s work at https://www.facebook.com/ClareMargaret717?ref=br_tf  and on the Gallery page of http://www.ybcrafts.org.

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FALL INTO FINE CRAFT ARTISAN SPOTLIGHT – SHEDRICK SLOANE

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Shedrick Sloane’s start down the path to his career as a superlative fine art wildlife photographer might surprise you. It began when Shed got a camera for his birthday in the 70’s and all he wanted to do was to take pictures of his passion – drag racing. Teaching himself everything he could about the photographic process and quickly growing more than proficient, he approached the staff at the storied York US 30 Drag Strip and got the nod to photograph the events at that major venue.

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I spent a few years photographing drag racing at every opportunity and continued to improve my skills. It was extremely exciting. Then I had a year when a few racing friends got killed and I think I emotionally felt that I couldn’t handle that when it went badly so I put down the camera for a few years but I kept in the back of my mind that if I ever found something that gave me a big a rush as that I would photograph again. That thing happened to be nature.

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Frustrated by having to entrust so much of his craft to “outsiders” – processing labs, print makers, framers, Shed mastered every part of the process of making the images he envisioned.

 

I wanted to control all the parts of my work. It turned out to be quite daunting in the film days….I could not wait for the digital age to be mature enough to become viable…the second I thought it was I was there. I had to, of course) learn everything I could learn all I could about the technical side of being a photographer to be able to make the kinds of images I wanted to make. Then I had to learn how to become a printmaker, which is a totally different skill set. Along the way I spent a lot of time in the matting and framing industry to have the final presentation skills I wanted. Involving yourself in all those areas for long enough you get good at what you do.

 

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Shed’s work is testament to his desire to bring his vision to life – and his mastery of all the stages of the process that demands.

 

I get my ideas because they are all around all of us – every day   I can SEE. At heart my only ambition is to create something pretty….as simple as that. I feel fortunate that my work resonates with so many other people. I am eternally thankful to be able to so thoroughly enjoy my creative art and to share it with others.

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Shedrick will be at Fall Into Fine Craft with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see more of his work on his website www.ShedrickArts.com and on the Gallery page of our website www.ybcrafts.org.

ARTISAN SPOTLIGHT – DIANE CROMER

Diane Cromer has always been creative – since as early as she can remember. Diane began to paint seriously in her early twenties. She’s constantly studying, gaining technical education by reading books about artists, reading books about techniques and color theory, and by studying what other artists are doing.

I always begin with a drawing on vellum to work out potential missteps.  Then I transfer that drawing to the canvas by using graphite paper.  The actual painting process always seems to begin in a different way each time.

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Diane’s graphite works are equally fine. She says she likes the purity of the result she gets with graphite. She achieves incredible realism with just black, white, and shades of gray, relying on shading and contrast, not line, to render her subjects truly.

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My focus on nature is not just about the need to create.  It is also about preserving species and landscape that may be lost to us in the future.  I hope that my art will cause people to really see something that they otherwise would walk past in a preoccupied state because the” noise” in their brains is too loud. 

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Diane will be at Fall Into Fine Craft with over fifty other fine artisans, so mark your calendar, today! In the meantime, you can see more of her work on her website http://dianecromer.com/, the Gallery page of our website www.ybcrafts.org, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Diane-Cromer-Fine-Art/419416871536234.