Textile Artist Chris Leith will be showing her latest textile work “As an artist living in an angry divided country, I felt compelled to instigate some dialog and listening. My “slow stitching” pieces began as quiet prayers, as I thought about all that is happening in our world. My angry words of frustration lived in my journals until they simmered down and found their places in different pieces. This body of work began in January 2018 as a simple gesture marking the celebration of Martin Luther King. One thing led to another........To balance the solitary nature of this work I find myself at Farmer’s Markets and local community events selling pillows to raise money for programs that benefit children.”
To support this year’s Art of Ellsworth event and Maine Craft Weekend we will be hosting metalsmith Donna D’Aquino. She will be in our shop Saturday October 13th from 11 am to 6 pm with her jewelry work. Donna will be present to talk about her process and inspiration of her work.
Come visit our shop for a full day event. Meet jeweler Alex Lozier and explore her world of metal glass and rare earth objects set in the ancient art of metallurgy Lozier is both an artist & alchemist of natural elements, her work is a seamless example of how art meets science.
We have been working hard, now it's time to celebrate our move to 6 State Street in downtown Ellsworth. Come sip some celebratory cheer, eat some well-deserved munchies and check out what's new this year. Come, indulge us, we are very excited to show you around our forever home!
20 - 40% off entire store. Yep, it's winter and we need to make room for all the spring inventory that is coming our way. Pop by the shop Thursday 10 - 3, Friday 10 - 5 and Saturday 10 - 5 for our winter sale. Items on sale include studio artists collections such as pottery, jewelry, wood, textiles and more. Thursday select items will be 20% off, Friday the sale percentage increases to 30% and Saturday we complete the sale with a full 40% off select items.
Meet the Maker!
(KōT) will host Maine Potter Elizabeth Louden. Louden will have a sampling of her current work set up in the shop and be on hand to talk about her inspiration, studio practice, and how she came to throwing pots for a living after being an Art History major and German language minor.
Join us for our annual celebration of craft!
(KōT) will kick off Maine Craft Weekend with an in-store sale, 20% off all items, Saturday & Sunday.
Upstairs we will transform the sitting area of the Main Grind Building to host local textile artist Addie Peet. Peet will be exhibiting select items from her 2018 collection. She will have a sales/ seconds bin with floorcloths and table toppers from her 2017 collection.
Join us for a few of our favorite things - craft, small bites, and Prosecco!
Join us Saturday, August 19th from 10 - 5 PM as we host Rachel Sherman, the artist behind Malagueta. You've seen her colorful, handcrafted pillow shams in our shop and we're excited to bring her collection of clothing to KōT for this one-day event.
More about Rachel:
After receiving her BFA in Textile Design from Moore College, Rachel Sherman traded in her east coast lifestyle for a stint in Seattle. It was there, in 2002, that she launched her label “Malagueta”, based on improvised surface manipulation techniques such as applique, couching, shirring, top-stitching, ruching, embroidery, piecing, and pin-tucking. Her inspiration: foliage, architecture, fruits, vegetables, insects, and machinery.
Malagueta, in Portuguese, is know as a tiny, hot red pepper that grows in Brazil, where her mother was born and where Rachel has visited & sought inspiration throughout her life. Her lively interpretations of color, pattern, texture, and shape pay homage to her passion for nature, world cultures, and the female body. Her vibrant, modern and easy to wear clothing first found their way into independent boutiques in Seattle, then down the west coast to Portland, San Francisco and Los Angeles, then east to Tucson, Miami, Nashville, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston, where funky and feminine were embraced by a diverse clientele.
Presently, based in Philadelphia, Rachel has reestablished herself on the handmade scene through a variety of craft and indie shows such as Crafty Bastards (DC & Nashville TN), Handmade Arcade (Pittsburgh, PA), Crafty Wonderland (Portland, OR), Urban Craft Uprising (Seattle, WA), American Craft Council Shows (Baltmore, MD), PMA Contemporary Craft Show (Philadelphia, PA), and a variety of others.
We hope to see you there!