The seARTS Best in Show – Sponsored by J. Barrett & Co.
Two looks were chose for Best of Show
PAVED PARADISE represents for the designer the realities of the world and is a reflection of how she sees herself. People and nature are echoed in the hard outer shell of the jacket and the multi-colored textured pants that focus on the wonderful “mess” we discover when we boldly take down our barriers.
Garden GLOW is a layered gown with a hand-painted garden overlay. Awash in beauty, the dress designed by Eileen Mueller creates an alluring and luminous garden in organza and silk.
Coastal Inspiration Award Awarded to the Artist with the design considered by the judges to be the most inspired for its movement, form, and texture of the coastline – Sponsored byFlagship Motorcars of Lynnfield|Mercedes-Benz
Lanesville artist, Camilla MacFadyen offers four looks from her latest collection inspired by the technical drawings of Ernst Haeckle, a 19th-century German biologist, who drew single cell sea organisms and marine life. Camilla’s looks are simple, lovely, and understated, infused with extraordinary artistic vision.
- The ocean blue Hydra Coat is made of hemp and imprinted with the artist’s signature seaweed print. The exquisite embroidery is a Haeckel sea organism. Custom glass button by Beth Williams. The dress worn under the coat is linen and embroidered with a now extinct marine organism.
- The Red Algae Flapper Dress reminds us of the ever-present changing nature of the ocean and the realization that even the molecular can be manifested into fashion.
- Marine Protozoa Tunic is modeled after a traditional Japanese work apron. Note the simplicity of the shape matched with profound color, design, and handwork. Necklace by sea glass artist Jacqueline Ganim-Defalco.
- Just for fun, the last look, Sun and Sea Tunic, is printed with bamboo and lightly beaded for sparkle.
Ocean Angel is a stunning original work of art by jewelry artist Sonja Grondstra: Three types of seaweed, dipped in rubber and then cast in silver, adorn the organza train designed by Amanda Mujica. A beach glass and silver belt, seaweed necklace and earing set, and sea glass ring complete the look. Our model, Sandra Kalambayi is originally from the Congo. Last year Sandra, her mother, and nine siblings fled from Uganda. The family resettled in Lowell thanks to the International Institute of Lowell, the oldest resettlement agency in Massachusetts.
Eco – Upcycled Award – Sponsored by the Common Crow Natural Market
Barbara Poole – Winner
It’s felt artist Barbara Poole’s “Ode to Basquiat [Baskia],” dedicated to and inspired by the artist Jean-Michel Basquiat [Baskia]. Using vintage, damaged garments, Poole hand-felted this distinct look and hat.
- The Coat is a deconstructed vintage 80s leather coat. The back and sleeves restructured with hand-made felted merino wool, silk, cotton, and machine embroidery.
- The Hat is hand-felted using a traditional wet felting technique called Nuno.The Dress, entitled “Grab This,” is a seamless reversible dress in red and black, hand-felted using the Nuno technique.
Dark Roast is a 99% recycled, reused, post-consumer waste jacket made from mylar coffee bags and other materials that would otherwise be in a landfill.
- Mylar coffee bags are quilted, sewn, and painted into a leather-like motorcycle jacket and matching over-the-knee boots that lace all the way up the back.
- The jacket’s back panel is silver mylar coffee packaging featuring an original embossed alcohol painting of a canna plant.
Awarded to the Artist with the design considered by the judges to be the most inspired by the concept of wearable sculpture incorporating structure, shape, and form
Pavlina Gilson- Winner
- Modern sensibility clearly shines in these two looks from her latest collection. The statement wool black and white coat with hand-sewn couching was inspired by a medieval castle.
- Gilson’s playful polka dot dress is a throw-back to the 1950s style and evokes swing, fun, and sweetness.
Sage Floral Studios’ look is an elegant monochromatic scheme of fresh florals. Winter white oak leaves and hanging amaranths are fashioned into this whimsical gown. The sprightly floral necklace makes this piece fit for fairy tale nuptials!
Student Innovation Award – Sponsored by Bank Gloucester
This award crosses all categories and is awarded to a student Artist with the design considered by the judges to be the most exceptional.
- “Midnight Blue” from Queen Allotey-Pappoe, is a fantasy evening dress made from braided hair craft materials and tinsel pipe cleaners. The design incorporates West African hair-braiding and weaving techniques – an art form passed down from mother to daughter over generations.
- The dress is designed to mimic ocean waves alight with shimmer on a moonlit night. Queen designs children’s wear as here modeled by the adorable Genesis.
The Onigiri [o-nigiri] Dress is influenced by Japanese culture and fashion. Alexandra Faszweski designed this linen dress based on onigiri [o-nigiri], a triangular rice ball that she often ate while in Japan.