Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Holiday Artist Collective

Original gift ideas on display in Ketchum

This Survival Blanket, perfect for a contemporary home environment, was reconstructed from a 30-year collection of gifts. The pieces for this blanket have been reassembled in an abstract pattern with hand painted merino yarn and LaRece Constructionís signature construction method.

    Those to whom Christmas means yet another insufferable sweater can take comfort that there is a remedy on the horizon beyond that ugly sweater-themed holiday party.
    LaRece Egli began LaRece Construction cashmere and merino sweaters in 2007 to explore the potential of giving discarded clothing a completely new life.
    Using a discontinued and restored commercial sewing machine manufactured in the 1870s to finish horse blankets, Egli customized and reset her machine to accommodate delicate knits. Sourcing and restoring old cashmere and merino sweaters for raw materials, Egli also uses hand-painted merino wool yarn in her machine to finish all her work, a method of construction that is her own signature design.
    People can see her handiwork—and that of many other talented artists—at the Holiday Artist Collective in the Colonnade Building at Sun Valley Road and Walnut Street in Ketchum from Thursday, Dec. 20, through Saturday, Dec. 23, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Other artists and creative people showing their work include Braden Jon Anderson, Mary Ann and Tracy Chubb, Diane Crane Citret, Martha Hollenhorst, Anita McCann, JAM Designs Jewelry and Accessories, Gabriel Ohlson, Raven Designs, Meredith Richardson and Angela Tsai.

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