Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Crafty Couture at CHA Summer 2011

Does the term Mixed Media seem like it's EVERYWHERE you look? Probably! It's one of the hottest trends sweeping through the crafts industry at the moment! For a "get right in the middle and get messy" kinda girl...this style...this look is right up my little ole' alley!!!

Mixed media is one of those "styles" that you can NOT make a mistake...and no one has to like it but you. It can be very personal...it can be outrageous...and it can be gaudy, no rules, no fuss..and it's all good!

So..it's that trend and the theme of the 2011 Summer CHA trade show that had me excited to attend. Craft Fusion - the selling power of mixed media.

One of the many highlights of the show and the feature of today's post is the Designer Challenge - Crafty Couture. Designers in the industry were asked to create a non-wearable dress from many different mediums. Five of the winners will be featured in a future issue of Cloth Paper Scissors .

And so without further adeiu....here are the entries in no particular order:

Candace Windham - Candace Windham Design Studio

Recycled Prom Dress

Jan Christie -Christie Creations - Peek-A-Boo

Becky of BC Designs - Natures Beauty

Vicki O'Dell - Summer's Glory - Mother Nature in the Garden


A collaborative effort by Theresa Cifali, Jen Goode, Carla Schauer

and Suzann Sladcik Wilson called Flirting with Fusion

Congrat's to these girls for taking home the prize of best in show!

Susan Weckesser -The Secret Garden

Shannon Bielke - Midnight Summer's Dream

Marisa Pawelko - Mixed Media Showstopper

Melony Bradley and Nikki Meiners - Time flies-A history of CHA

Lynne Bruning - Spellbound

Laura Nicholson - Ribbon on the Runway

Cindy Bisson - Denim goes to the Prom

Eileen Hull and Lorine Mason - Unexpected Elegance

Jen Cushman and Claudine Helmuth - A Spring in her Step

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer - Art Journaling Dress

Look at that Parade of delicious design!! The picture's just don't do them justice!

Great Job Ladies!!! You all inspire me and make me proud to be a part

of such a talented group.

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