Arts Center East is celebrating all forms of wearable art! From textiles to jewelry to hats and jackets. See this one-of-a-kind exhibit while it’s on display!
Exhibit Dates: January 19–February 8
Gallery Hours: Wednesday–Saturday, 1:00–5:00pm
Exhibit juror, Fran Curran is the Creative Director and chairman of the Board of the Artisan Weaving Center. She grew up in England and has a degree in Texitile design and painting. On coming to the USA she attended Wesleyan University Ct with a concentration in printmaking. Her passion turned to weaving and she taught weaving at Wesleyan Potters for 25 years and also many workshops and classes throughout New England. In 2008 along with other weavers she opened the Hartford Artisan Weaving Center in Hartford CT. She has exhibited widely and been awarded Weaver of distinction status by both the Handweavers Guild of Ct and the New England Weavers Seminar.
Exhibit juror, Autumn Kasan is a Connecticut-based designer specializing in luxurious shoes that re hand-sculpted by American master artisans, bringing high-end, European-style craftsmanship back to the U.S. Autumn designed and constructed her first shoe in kindergarten, and created her first necklace in elementary school. Her parents encouraged her passion for design, creative arts and fashion throughout her childhood, which led to her Bachelor of Applied Arts in Apparel Merchandising & Design along with a double major in Entrepreneurship.
After college, Autumn interned as a design assistant to a luxury clothing designer and style assistant for celebrity stylists. She also spent several years learning the art of making shoes, taking shoe design courses and hand-making shoes and jewelry. She expanded her knowledge of leather goods and jewelry design, while discerning the distinctions between what’s trendy and what’s classic in the luxury market.
Autumn is founder of AutumnMarie.com, an online boutique inspired by her mother Phyllis Marie, that offers a curated collection of jewelry, accessories, gifts, and home items handcrafted by makers and artisans across the globe.