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.

Tulip Tree Designs - Barbara

I have always been the sort of person who enjoys making things with her hands. I started sewing at a very young age. My Grandmother was an excellent seamstress and made clothes for my Mom and all her granddaughters. When I started sewing on my own, I naturally focused on making my own clothes. Eventually I moved to pillows, curtains and small wall hangings. I focus now on sewing purses and totes because I love being able to mix different fabric color palettes with various designs.

I started crafting jewelry much later in life. Initially, I worked with simple stringing and loved discovering the wide variety of gemstones and beads available. I then began to work in Precious Metal Clay (PMC), and finally in traditional metalsmithing. PMC is a relatively new material made from recycled silver which can be molded and shaped in many ways. Once it is kiln-fired at a very high temperature, the binder burns off and what remains is sterling silver. Much of my work combines traditional metalsmithing with original pieces crafted from PMC. All are sterling silver or higher.

My formal training in jewelry making is comprised of individual classes with experienced makers and a couple of college-level metalsmithing classes. These days, I look to my fellow artisans for inspiration and guidance, and continue to seek out individual teachers with knowledge to share.

Throughout my life, the arts have sustained me. I studied voice and have sung in numerous choruses and choirs, and have extensive on-stage experience in live theatre. I am also a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, the union that covers screen and television actors.

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