As you may know, there’s a pretty special place in Little Eye’s heart for those things-that-are-made-from-other-things. Burlap coffee sacks, feed grain bags and sails are no exception! Today’s Vendor Spotlight is for One Woman Studio, the creation of Julia Ventresco, who has a way with a sewing machine and raw materials that can’t be rivaled.
Since The Big Thaw is happening the day before Mother’s Day, we asked Julia about how her mother has influenced her art: ”Suffice it to say I spent my childhood at my mother’s elbow watching her sew, paint, wallpaper and pretty much transform any available surface or material into a work of art – be it functional or frivolous! As I grew older, it was I who was doing the sewing, wallpapering, painting with my mother at my side to guide and teach.”
“I can think of no greater influence in my life and creative endeavors than my mother. In addition to the tehcnical skills and design wisdom she imparted to me, one of the greatest she taught me was “Be yourself (no matter how wacky!) and do what you love.” I’m happy to say I am doing both.”
We’re pretty enamored with your mother, too, Julia, if she is responsible for fostering the growth of such a creative person! Repurposed sail bags, coffee sack backpacks and totes, and feed bag totes abound. Don’t be silly enough to miss meeting Julia and shopping the wares at One Woman Studio at The Big Thaw on Saturday, May 12 from 10am to 4pm at the Mayo Street Arts Center at 10 Mayo St. See you there!