No one needs to leave a weekend at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell with just a sunburn and memories.
There are thousands of alluring items to take away, especially from a visit to the Contemporary Crafts Village. Jewelry, photographs and clothes are all available, but so are one-of-a-kind home furnishings. Today, we spotlight three contemporary craft artists whose pieces can jazz up any home interior. Better yet, all three are based locally, so you can go back for a second serving long after your sunburn fades.
What: Found objects repurposed into one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and accessories
About: Anything from an old bike, cast-off musical instruments or a vintage sewing machine can show up in Bullins’ cheeky assemblages, which manage to be functional despite their surprising composition. The Harvey native has a background in photography and construction that come together to produce his singular pieces.
He says: “Hurricane Katrina was a pivot point for me. I went back to working in construction after my photography business dried up and that’s when I started combining salvaged pieces in esthetic ways to make sculptures and functional pieces. I’ll have some smaller pieces at the Fest, like an end table that does double duty as a lamp.”
Where: Tent K
Find out more: thebenjamincollection.com
What: Wall art, picture frames and sculptures encrusted with colorful shards of glass and pottery
About: An Opelousas native, Ledoux combines hand-built clay forms, stained glass and other materials to create colorful and textural pieces. Images include guitars, birds, voodoo skulls, snakes and female torsos.
She says: “I am constantly inspired by colors and textures, everything from nature to the graceful proportions of a human body. My pieces usually start from an interesting shard of glass, stone or a broken piece of pottery. It’s the way I reclaim objects. Little by little, the pieces come together to create mosaics.”
Where: Tent J
Find out more: mosaicbayou.com
Andrew Jackson Pollack
What: Intricately fashioned glass sculptures, plus goblets and candelabras.
About: Pollack became immersed in the art of glassmaking when he moved to New Orleans from Atlanta in 1997 to attend Loyola. He studied at the New Orleans School of Glass Works and now teaches there. Lampworking, one of the oldest glass working techniques, is his preferred method.
He says: “A lot of my work is inspired by nature, so there are a lot of branches and birds. I’ll have sculptural works and especially functional works like goblets, candelabras and even menorahs with me at the Fest. There will also be hundreds of glass birds in my booth: A fresh flock hatched just in time.”
Where: Tent G
Find out more: andrewjacksonpollack.com