This weekend begins the 2nd annual Eco-Chic Craftacular held at the Whetstone Community Center. The event is subtitled, "A two day arts and crafts show celebrating artistic talent and supporting living locally and living green."
Portions of the proceeds go to the Whetstone Community Center and Local Matters organizations to promote green living in Columbus (Ohio) communities.
Over 60 craft vendors sell goods that are made with all types of reused material. Goods include a wide variety, from natural fibers, glass, clothing, hand-sew bags, scarfs, handcrafted soaps, costume jewelry, metal works, paper crafts, and much more. Visitors to this event can even find computer mother boards made into clocks and ready for a good home.
Most notable among the vendors is Michele Harris, designer of Once Lost Jewelry. She specializes in making pendants, cufflinks, bracelets, earrings, rings, broaches, out of antique watches that she obtains from estate sales, antique stores, and just about every place old and broken watches can be found.
She says that she has been collecting old watches for a decade, and from her collection, she takes apart the watches and constructs them into wearable art.
Each piece is highly unique, some antique time pieces have hand engraved faces, and she constructed all of her pieces to either show the face or to expose the inner workings of the watch. Quite a few items have their orginal ruby or gem stones still in place, giving the jewelry just a bit of bling where you least expect it.
Since no two antique watches are exactly the same and her design and craftmanship are different for each piece, no two of her creations are identical. Her business card carries the eco-friendly subtitle of "Uniquely Repurposed Jewelry Since 1999."
Also notable is Susi Soler, whose quilts are made from materials she finds in thrift stores, flea markets, and even right at her doorstep. She says that people know her so well as a quilter, that they would leave all kinds of fabric by her door, so that just venturing outside her home becomes an adventure for her.Continued on the next page