Happy Holidays Virtual Artisan Market

We'll miss seeing you in person this year as you browse our creations, however we decided during these uncertain times, in an effort to protect everyone's health, to go virtual as many other markets have done. Read our artisan bios and check out our artisan spaces pages . Each of us is responsible for our own sales and deliveries. You can contact us through the contact form on this site or at our links provided on each artisan spaces page. 817 Arts Alliance has provided in person holiday shopping experiences annually in downtown Arlington since 2011 along with other occasional artisan made events in the DFW area such as a couple of Fall Gallery Night events at BRIT in Fort Worth. Please support local artisans through this online event this year and help keep the creativity flowing while snagging unique gifts for the people on your shopping list.

Jumping Roses - Sharon Chenausky

I have long been a thrift shopper with a special affinity for textiles. Finding those with vibrant colors or unusual textures starts the wheels turning as to what they might become. The process of taking the discarded articles and creating something brand new brings me joy.

Over the past few years my gnomes have gotten the most notice. The bodies are crafted from denim, the hats are repurposed sweaters. Noses are formed of clay. All are stitched together to create friendly decorative gnomes. Other decorative items like pillows and pumpkins are also created with the same materials. In my effort to use every scrap, small items like ornaments, key fobs and magnets are crafted from smaller pieces. Bringing it full circle, scraps from these projects are used as stuffing in the gnomes.

Recently I have begun to experiment with natural dyes and Sashiko mending. These ancient, slow, and deliberate fabric transformations are taking my repurposing projects to a whole new level. I am excited to keep learning and making new things.

For more examples of my work and where you can purchase it, please visit my artisan space.