Fine Artist Promenade
Saturday and Sunday | Wall Street between Oregon and Franklin
Stroll through the more than 100 fine artists and craftspeople as they fill the street with their handwork, design and artistry. Traveling to Bend from all over the state, region and country, these fine artists bring color and life to the First Interstate Bank Bend Fall Festival presented by and The Source Weekly!
It’s an ideal place to find that special gift or one-of-a-kind piece that will bring you (or someone you love) happiness for years to come.
2017 Best of Jury Winner | Tai Vautier
Tai Vautier has been making highly unique silver and gold jewelry for over 20 years. She lives in Portland, Oregon and is mainly self taught. Her inspiration comes from the natural textures found in nature and the beauty found in primitive tribal adornments. She incorporates several of her own unconventional silver and gold alloys to create a wide variety of intricate textures in her jewelry. Her work soulfully captures an ancient quality that feels both timeless and artistic~
2017 Best of Show Winner | Verso Jewelry by Melanie Brauner
VERSO jewelry is made from metal forms cast in handmade paper. The metal is dipped into a pulp of water and finely beaten paper fibers from a plant called abaca. The fibers cling to the metal and shrink as they dry. A tight, translucent paper skin is built up on the form over successive dips. The concept is the same as making a sheet of handmade paper, but around a three-dimensional form, and by building up thin layers over the course of several days. After a translucent layer of paper has built up, the forms are hand-dyed, and finally heavily sealed to make them water resistant and durable. The pieces are inspired by the sinuous lines of art nouveau and rococo design, and details found in nature, like seeds, petals, dewdrops, flowers, the curves of a river, ferns, the night sky, leaves, spider webs….. The production line includes necklaces, earrings, rings, hairpins, and flower crowns, and is available for wholesale or consignment to retailers. Each piece of paper jewelry is handmade and therefore unique. Variations will occur from piece to piece.