BANGOR — Shoppers seeking fine arts and crafts for holiday gift giving are anticipating the 16th annual Designing Women show to be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Dyke Center for Family Business at Husson University.
Visitors to the show will find unique, handmade items crafted by 23 Maine women. Among them will be Suzan Scribner-Reed of Winterport, who makes jewelry from recycled paper.
Scribner-Reed has been making recycled paper jewelry for 20 years, using magazines and catalogs she gleans from the local recycling center at the transfer station. She selects the paper based on patterns and colors that appeal to her.
“I’m painting with found papers, it’s the palette I work with,” she said.
It takes 29 steps from collecting papers to finished product to create each item, she said. The pieces of jewelry are embellished with gold and sterling silver findings and slivers of white pine, which she paints.
“When my children were born, I was working as a jewelry designer making metal jewelry for a large company,” she said. “But in college I had worked with mixed media and collage. When I decided to go out on my own, I wanted to focus on paper — I’d always been attracted to paper. There are so many things that we can re-used — so why not?”
Generally speaking, her designs are one of a kind, she said. Scribner-Reed has been a member of Designing Women for approximately seven years.
“Being a member opens up a venue for selling that people recognize, and it donates to good causes — it’s a venue that gets back to women,” Scribner-Reed said.
She also makes collaged birds, measuring 16 by 20 inches, with tiny bits of paper, work she does to bring awareness to the heavy use of paper and how it destroys bird habitat.
“It opens up the opportunity to have that conversation [about recycling] in a gentle way,” she said. The birds are wall pieces, but also are used in her jewelry pieces after they are photographed and reduced in size. The bird images also adorn cards that she markets.
Scribner-Reed’s creations are sold in nature museums and Audubon stores, as well as at shows such as Designing Women.
For more information, visit www.wildivydesigns.com or call 223-3981.
Those who will exhibit their work in the show are:
Suzanne Anderson, jewelry, Dedham.
Susan Blaisdell, hand-weaving, Norridgewock.
Kathleen Colton, scarves, Matinicus.
Suzanne Drown, batik, South Portland.
Sister Bette Edl, wearables, Stockton Springs.
Natalie Ann Gardner, pottery, Palermo.
Christina Heiniger, paper, Lamoine.
Kassie Hennessey, pottery, Orono.
Pamela Hitchcock, metal jewelry, Winterport.
Maryann Ingalls, paper, Bangor.
Janice Jones, hand-woven clothing, Bradford.
Jennifer Kovach, herbal body products, Eaton, N.H.
Beverly Lamoureux, glass, Franklin.
Pam LeBlanc, handbags, Kennebunkport.
Chris Leith, scarves, Sargentville.
Shell Moore, pottery, Winthrop.
Linden O’Ryan, fine art, Southwest Harbor.
Kai Prichard, wearable felting, York.
Suzan Scribner-Reed, recycled paper jewelry, Winterport.
Mary K Spencer, pottery, Litchfield.
Julia Ventresco, bags, Ellsworth.
Barbara Walch, pottery, Thorndike.
Martha Whitener, metal jewelry, Long Island.
Artisans who display their work in the show and sale are selected from juried shows. They are selected for the quality, uniqueness and craftsmanship of the work they produce.
Admission is $2 and the fee will benefit Woman, Work and Community, an agency that strives to improve the economic lives of women and their families who are in transition, and from diverse economic, educational and social backgrounds.
Programs at the agency include career building, starting a business, managing money, building assets and becoming a community leader. To learn more, call 263-7840 or visit www.womenworkandcommunity.org.
Designing Women was founded in 1991 by a group of women artists who wanted a way to get their work before the public and support organizations for women at the same time.
For more information, visit www.designingwomen.org.