Arts & Passions/Designs by Joan Edelstein Juried Into Houston's Bayou City Art Festival

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Fiber Artist, Joan Edelstein, was one of only 300 artists chosen out of 1,100 entrants. Joan wowed the jury with her unique Scarves & Shawl designs.

Arts & Passions, Joan Edelstein, designer of mixed fiber collage scarves and shawls, had an exceptional showing at Houston's Bayou City Art Festival. The Bayou City Art Festival is rated third in the nation.

"This show far exceeded my expectations," says Edelstein, one of the most popular and successful fiber artists in the country. "I have always been captivated by the visual and tactile textures of fiber; in raw form, in fabric form, in constructed, wearable form. Though I have worked in other media, it is fiber that invites me to self expression. It is fiber that invites me to create."

Joan's scarves & shawls are shown in the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C. plus many more galleries, museum stores and boutiques in over twenty states.

Joan Edelstein has devised a process which involves anywhere from seven to twelve steps (depending on the piece.) It includes the laying and mitering of the silk border and foundation: (In some cases,) the printing of certain thematic fabrics; the layering of both contemporary and vintage fabrics and fibers; sewing, finishing and pressing each piece.

Though the overall patterns and designs may appear similar, the placement and use of fabrics and fibers will differ so that each becomes a unique, one of a kind work of art to wear or display. Joan says she hopes those who wear or display her designs enjoy the pieces as much as she enjoys creating them.

Joan will be showing her designs at the ACRE show (American Craft Retailers Expo) in Las Vegas May 31 thru June 2, 2009. Booth 519 and at the BMAC show (Buyer's Market of American Craft) in Philadelphia August 1-3, 2009.

For more information or to contact Joan Edelstein in her studio in Austin, Texas.

Please phone 512-340-0330 or fax 512-340-0332.

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