Timeless Craft Demonstrators
Learn more about the dedicated artisans that demonstrate at the festival every year
A tradition for the festival has been to feature artisans demonstrating timeless craft techniques, located
in the pavilion at Fallasburg Park.
Timeless Crafts that are featured include: Calligraphy, Fly Tying, Gourd Art, Mosaic, Paper Making, Origami, Quilting, Jewelry Making, Wood Carving, Weaving, Spinning, and other Fiber Arts.
Woodland Weavers & Spinners Guild
Weaving, Spinning, Fibers Arts/Crafts
Woodland Weavers & Spinners brings individuals together who are interested in the fiber arts of weaving, spinning and all fiber related arts. The organization has a wide range of expertise–from beginner to professional. Members share their experience in both contemporary and traditional fiber arts.
Learn more about this group on their website: woodlandweaversandspinners.com.
Dan Mayhew is a rustic furniture maker from Lowell. At the festival, he demonstrates rustic furniture construction and seat weaving using antique and traditional tools. He uses local maple, cherry, and Osage orange to create unique one of a kind chairs, stools, and tables. Using traditional and antique hand tools Dan has been making functional and comfortable furniture for more than 25 years.
When Sandra Hansen became an Eco artist in 2014 she fell in love with the magic of creating something translucent from leaves and bark. Handmade paper is completely environmentally sound and can be absolutely gorgeous. Its rich texture and its delicate gauzy effects are completely amazing. Paper has the ability to bring alive the horrendous problems of water pollution simply by putting plastic bags into the pulp. Paper is exceedingly versatile as well and can be used in many multimedia objects and hangings. The beauty of the paper shows us the beauty of each of the objects that we love until they decay into pollution.
Hito Akehi has been a long-time demonstrator at the Fallasburg Arts Festival. He is originally from Japan and has been living in Grand Rapids for more than 35 years, and he has demonstrated and taught Origami for many years. His says that learning origami is a tradition in Japan. He first learned how to do origami from his parents, but then would practice more and more in school. His love for the craft is obvious, and his skill is amazing. THANK YOU, HITO, for your patience and generosity teaching the art of Origami to festival visitors over the years!
Lisa Boerema demonstrates various techniques and materials used in crafting gourd bowls and vessels. Gourd art is an ancient tradition in Africa, Asia, as well as indigenous peoples of the Americas. Hard-shell gourd surfaces can be carved, painted, sanded, burned, dyed, and polished. Thank you, Lisa, for showing us how it is done!
Fiber Artist / Crafter
I enjoy the process of making beautiful things: designing, engineering, constructing, finishing. I am primarily a fiber artist/crafter. I also make upcycled jewelry using vintage and antique components. If you have walked through the demonstration lodge at the Fallasburg Arts Festival in years past, you may have watched me felting, basket weaving, bead knitting or making bands to transform vintage buttons into rings. Since 2010, I have coordinated the demonstration area of the Festival, which has been a rewarding way to become acquainted with many talented artists and crafts persons.
Diann Bartnick Borton
Diann Barnick Borton has provided an opportunity for festival goers to create a mini mosaic at the festival for the past several years. She says, "There is something calming about making a mosaic. The cutting process and placing the tesserae is an experience I truly enjoy. I also like to work with glass fusing where the colors sing when the kiln is opened for the first time after being fired."
Fly Tying is the process of binding various materials to a hook with thread to create an artificial fly for fishing. Roger Rosloniec brings along his collection of natural and synthetic materials to the festival and demonstrates this craft.
Thank you for sharing the time-honored tradition of quilting at the festival for many years.
Calligraphic Society of Grand Rapids
Thank you for sharing the art of beautiful writing with the visitors of the festival for the past several years.
Thank you for sharing your skill in making a raw piece of wood into a finished work of art.
LowellArts depends on the revenue from the Fallasburg Arts Festival to fund arts programming throughout the year. With the cancellation of the in-person festival, we are reaching out to our festival supporters to consider making a donation to support LowellArts this year.
Skylar Bre'z & Jaynee Michaels
Wet Felting, Needle Felting
Skylar Bre’z and Jaynee Michaels of BrisingDesigns create one of a kind fiber and jewelry accessories. Their fiber accessories use merino wool, upcycled cloth, and/or hand-dyed fabric. Their bead embroidery designs feature many different gemstones, along with images, words, and found objects. They have demonstrated the art of Wet Felting and Needle Felting at the festival for the past several years. You can check-out their work at brisingdesigns.com.
Eco-printing & Ice-dyeing
Julia Voake shares her expertise on the different forms of dying fabrics. What is Eco-printing? It is a form of natural dyeing where the colors from plant material are transferred to paper or fabric via steaming or boiling. Eco Printing is a form of natural dyeing where the colors from plant material are transferred to paper or fabric via steaming or boiling. What is Ice-dyeing? Using ice, you cover your textile and sprinkle the dye on top. As it melts, it leaves behind a beautifully colorful and unexpected design.