Archive for the 'Wearable Art Clothing' Category

January 10, 2014

Art Wear Trunk Show and Jewelry Show TODAY

Author: Cathy Lynn

Jan. 10 & 11, 2014 • Friday and Saturday
Anja Broenink Trunk Show – Jan. 7-11
Birgitt Hellemann Jewelry Show Jan. 2-31
140 Bridge Road, Tequesta, Florida


Birgitt Hellemann


Anja Broenink





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January 3, 2013

Birgitt Helleman, Anja Broenink, Valery Guignon

Author: Cathy Lynn

This month’s Gallery Five Jewelry Show features the work of jewelry artist, Birgitt Hellemann. She is a designer of candy-colored necklaces, bracelets and earrings. She creates her designs by fusing layers of glass in a kiln that reaches temperatures of 1500 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of Birgitt’s jewelry is made with dichroic glass, which is coated in layers of metal-oxides that shimmer and change when heated. Hand cut and assembled by Birgitt, these jewels are hard to put down!

One-of-a-kind and limited edition, fun, funky, flashy jewelry.


January 8-12: Anja Broenink
MEET THE ARTIST on Saturday, January 12 • 12-4pm

Anja Broenink creates fun, stretchy, comfortable and colorful wearable art … one-of-a-kind women’s clothing.

January 15-19: Valery Guignon
MEET THE ARTIST on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 15-16 • 12-4pm

Valery Guignon uses hand dyed silk, cotton and mesh applique to create stunning hand dyed clothing.This internationally famous designer makes original vests … and hand dyed
silk ponchos with see-through windows front and back.

Gallery Five
Wearable ARt and Fine Crafts
in Tequesta, Florida since 1982 

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July 10, 2011

Original Wearable Art, hand painted silks

Author: Cathy Lynn

silk georgette breakdown vest

Ellen Gienger is a wearable art designer and artist and a featured artist at Gallery Five.  She creates one-of-a-kind designs that look great on many different body types from xxx small to xxx large.  Each shape is class and never goes out of style.  Gallery Five shows a small collection of Ellen’s work.

Artist’s Statement

In 1989, when Ellen was living in a small town in Southern Oregon, she read an article about the work of textile artist Douglas Ram Samuj and was intrigued by the painterly nature of his surface design. Ellen was already making and selling pieced and quilted wearable art at this point, but she sensed a possibility for a collaborative association after seeing his work. She followed her instincts and called the well-known designer in Beverly Hills. The call led to a life-changing association, and, for the next few years she created striking clothing from his fabrics.

After Ram Samuj’s death in 1994 –  a painful loss for Gienger – She knew that she could not replace his contribution to her work by finding another textile designer. She rekindled her interest in painting (having studied fine art at California State University and the School for Art Institute of Chicago), learned about dyes, and applied her innate talent to creating her own fabrics. During this same period, she relocated to Bend, Oregon, and settled into a warehouse studio on the river.

Her exposure to the late Ram Samuj still influences her aesthetic and her approach to surface design. She uses layers of block printing and painting to create dramatic and varied abstract patterning on her fabrics that are played off of one another to contrast forces such as light and dark, movement and stasis, sheer and opaque.

Today, her work is focused on the use of silks because of the market for these fabrics, although she has a special love for linens. She works by rolling out a large bolt of fabric on her studio table, and applies color with her blocks and dyes in an improvisational manner that she compares to that of the late painter Jackson Pollock. The more the fabric is painted and printed, the greater the complexity and surface interest.

Both her fabrics and her dye recipes are constantly evolving – consequently, her work reflects the process-oriented nature of her thinking. The elegant pieced coats and jackets sewn from her vibrant fabrics have an Asian overtone, and she acknowledges her lifelong appreciation of the Japanese aesthetic and culture.

Gienger believes that her creative work is linked to the spiritual, and she acknowledges the mystical and mysterious as a part of her process. She reflects on this part of her life: “It’s so important to acknowledge the spirit in everything. This allows you to be in the moment and enjoy the work to be done – all the little activities that you have to do to accomplish a huge goal. You have to be willing to walk barefoot through the fire.”

Excerpt from: “THE FIBERARTS BOOK OF WEARABLE ART” by: Katherine Duncan Aimone

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April 1, 2011

“Art for the Body and Soul”

Author: Cathy Lynn

IRO Design

Artist’s Statement
At Iro Design, we believe in creating fashion trends, not following them. We have been creating beautiful and unusual accessories for the home and body since 1986. Bold patterns and colorful images are the hallmark of our products.

Our Creative Process
People always wonder how we create our art. We produce each and every piece by hand, thoughtfully and carefully, one at a time. We work with hand mixed dyes on 100% silk fabric on cotton denim dropcloth, laid out on long worktables. Drawing our images on to the silk, then hand painting, carefully choosing and blending our dyes. The silk pieces are heat set, washed and ironed and are ready to go as scarves or stitched into clothing and neckties. The dropcloth, which has taken on the patterns and colors of the silks, is re-embellished and crafted into our bags and housewares.

“Art for the body and Soul” ~ everything is eco-friendly, no materials wasted.

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March 12, 2011

Art-to-Wear Sally Ryan Trunk Show

Author: Cathy Lynn

Sally Ryan hand-painted ripple silk Parisian shirt (all sizes)

Sally Ryan Wearable Art Trunk Show
March 15-19, 2011
Tuesday – Saturday
Gallery Five, Tequesta, FL
larger selection at our showroom

Showroom Hours
November-April: Monday-Saturday 10:00-5:00
May-October: Wednesdays and Thursday 10:00-5:00
call other times, we may be here

Artist’s Statement
Sally Ryan’s wearable art embodies what many other textile artists aspire to: sophisticated, highly wearable designs; a resist-dyeing technique of her own invention; a fascinating combination of color and texture; and a natural instinct for what women of all ages want in art-to-wear.

Since she began working with fiber in 1978, Ryan has learned to perfect almost every aspect of painting on fabric, from batik in the early days to painterly applications of dye to fabrics. As her designs grew more sophisticated, so did Ryan’s surface treatment: “The thrill of discovery fuels my passion for working with color and fabric,” she says. Her passion for color inspired an award-winning line of silk wearables, renowned for their fluid shapes and fresh color combinations.

This collection is available in fine craft galleries and apparel boutiques throughout the U.S.

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March 2, 2011

Ellen Gienger Trunk Show

Author: Cathy Lynn

Ellen Gienger Wearables
Trunk Show – March 1-5

March 5th – Noon-4pm
Gallery Five, Tequesta, FL

Artist’s Statement
My purpose as a clothing designer is to dress a woman so that she feels confident, beautiful, feminine, and one-of-a-kind.

My designs look great on many different body types from xxx small to xxx large. Each shape is classic and never to go out of style. Although I do not base my designs on fashion trends, I am influenced by fashion elements like color and length, which play a role in my decisions from season to season. Most of my color choices are inspired by nature and each color category of the collection can be easily understood, e.g. earth tones which include fire, rocks, sky, plants, water, jewel, brights, neutrals, color with black or without and oh yes… things to eat. I love the colors of food, mostly vegetables, tomato, mustard, celery, coffee, red wines, eggplant, chocolate!!!

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January 27, 2011

Cosette Originals silk ties and cummerbunds

Author: Cathy Lynn

Cosette Russell’s wearable art creations provide a visual delight and are sensual to the touch. Unique gifts for your guy. These are in a variety of colors and intricacy of lines in a hand-marbled silk neckties, bow ties and cummerbunds.  Visit Gallery Five‘s collection.

Artist’s Statement
Cosette has been marbling silk, cotton, leather, vinyl and wood products for 11 years. Previously she worked exclusively in the batik medium for 14 years. Her love of color and the flow of colors on fabric has been a continuous and exciting art form. Her marbling technique has been compared to the finest Italian hand-marbled papers, arrived at only after months of research and experimentation, and years of daily practice. Her work has been featured in museum catalogs such as the Smithsonian, and the Museum of Fine Art, Boston.

The fabric is dyed by hand for a background color (all the scarves are white when they are first purchased). Also, she dyes some custom colors in the larger sheets of silk before marbling. Once the fabric is dyed it must be completely machine washed to remove all excess dye. Then the marbling can begin.

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January 27, 2011

New life to old textiles

Author: Cathy Lynn

One-of-a-kind vest made with silk vintage designer ties designed and handcrafted by textile artist, Marsha Wiener.

Marsha Wiener gives new life to old textiles, transforming them into beautiful, wearable art for the contemporary woman, enabling the wearer to be transformed, in a small way, by her personal contact with the folk art of many diverse cultures.

Marsha Wiener has produced Eco-Friendly and Green wearable art long before it was fashionable. Her work is inspired by traditional ethnic textiles and clothing from throughout the world and the respect she has for those whose countless hours of work that has produced such beauty. In honoring this artistry she places herself in the position of co-creator and transformer as she gives new life to these fabrics. Textiles from several cultures may be included in a piece, which is often embellished with her embroidery, tassels, old buttons, coins, beads, vintage neckties and amulets. Her attention to detail and workmanship is five-star.

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January 11, 2011

Beautiful wearables by Younger Knits

Author: Cathy Lynn

shibori knit sweater

Rebekah Younger, Younger Knits

Art to Wear at Gallery Five

Trunk Show – Jan. 11-15, 2011
Meet the Artist on Saturday, Noon-4

Currently showing at the Gallery Five Showroom in Tequesta, Florida, a beautiful, colorful collection of over 50 hand-loomed knit wearables: sweaters, jackets, tunics, shawls, and scarves.

shibori knit sweater

Using hand-loomed knits as my canvas, I move beyond the confines of the knitted stitch. Dyeing or discharging freehand, in gradation or with shibori techniques, I often develop my own methods for dyeing knits by adapting processes designed for woven fabric. Color is what inspires and thrills me about the work. I play with it in sheer layers, in subtle gradations or with bold and fluid markings across the surface of the fabric.

I make sure that the garment is more than just a joy to behold, but also a sensual pleasure to wear. I work only with natural fibers and simple clean forms to create garments that have grace, femininity and feel luxurious. It is very important to me that the garment, though a unique statement, also become a staple of the wearer’s wardrobe. I believe wearable art should be true to its name and be truly wearable.

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October 4, 2010

Gallery Five 29th Season!

Author: Cathy Lynn

Join us in celebrating Gallery Five’s 29th Season! Discover an exciting collection of American crafts from over 150 prominent and promising artisans who create one-of-a-kind and limited edition wearable art and fine crafts. Browse our virtual drawers 24/7 and experience secure online shopping.

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