Powers Festival: Many new artists on tap for 3-day weekendFrom Staff Reports
This Labor Day weekend 2012, Powers Festival invites you to come home to the crafts and traditions of the past blended with the creative expression of today’s artisans and crafters.
At the 42nd edition of Powers Festival the organizers are excited to have many new artists and crafters.
Sharon Maudsley, owner of Southern Cross Designs, will be exhibiting at Powers this year. After moving to Mobile, Ala., Maudsley began working at a small restaurant. There she met Tress Turner, who showed her the best way to make a cross.
After coming up with her own style of creating these crosses, Maudsley began to get more involved in the creative process. Maudsley collects wood and driftwood from around the United States to create these one-of-a-kind crosses. She also makes a basic patterned cross in which she uses precut cedar timbers. Her products are unique and are often custom designed for individuals.
The centerpieces of these crosses are often personal to an individual, such as a passed loved one’s keys, jewelry, or even old furniture hardware from a previous home.
These crosses are definitely something to check out at Powers Festival, Hammonds said. Maudsley also makes hand-drawn art, with each one consisting of its own unique patterns.
Mike Jenkins with Took 4 Granite is also a new exhibitor this year.
Jenkins was born in Douglasville, Ga., and has made Coweta County his home since 1996. He owns Took 4 Granite in LaGrange, Ga., and has more than 27 years of experience in customizing, fabricating, and installing natural stone.
Jenkins says that he has a passion for rock, and everywhere he goes he seems to find himself bending down to pick up a rock, shell, pebble, etc. With this love of granite and stone work, he has developed a passion for sculpting.
The medium he uses is marble, granite, limestone, and other natural stones. The carving is done with wet diamond hand tooling, and all polishes are performed wet with natural polishing agents. All art is inspired by life events or experiences using the characteristics of stone to inspire.
Jenkins is inspired by the stone’s uniqueness and beauty and using its natural characteristics to give inspiration to form. All of the pieces are handmade. Mike sees more than just a countertopâ ¦ he envisions a piece of art. He will be located in the Country Store building.
Also being welcomed this year are Rob and Lizeth Buffington with Seeds not Beads. They started this vision nine years ago based on the fashion designs of Lizeth. Lizeth Castaneda had studied fashion design for only three semesters when she was asked to collaborate on a complete collection by a famous Colombian designer, Giovanni Lopez. Her artistic designs were acclaimed by the national media and, by the time she finished her education, she had an established clientele for her designs.
During this time period, Lizeth developed an allergy to synthetic fabric and materials. Rather than abandoning her field, she shifted her focus to the design of clothing and accessories, which are as natural and chemical-free as possible.
Her designs have evolved into more natural and innovative creations.
The couple handcraft all of their products using materials such as orange peel, coffee beans, cantaloupe seeds, dried cucumber seeds, as well as other natural and organic materials.
These materials produce the most fantastic, original, and unique accessories one could imagine.