Oct. 4 - 5, Preview Party Oct. 3 | National Building Museum 401 F Street, NW Washington DC 20001

Visit these American craftspeople and learn more about how they create their work, whether through hammer and pliers or sewing needle and scissors. Smithsonian Craft2Wear is a trunk show featuring the finest in American wearable art, jewelry, clothing and accessories. The artists juried into the show are drawn from previous Smithsonian Craft Shows, ensuring that those exhibiting have reached the pinnacle of their craft.

The National Building Museum was built in 1887, and with its red brick facade and spectacular columns provides a handsome setting for this wearable art trunk show. Located between F and G Street, just down the road from the Capital One Arena, the museum is within perfect walking distance for downtown D.C. Passing through its double-wide swinging doors, you’ll find a spacious and light-filled environment teeming with visitors and fans of the arts and crafts.

Each of these artists has spent a lifetime learning and developing the clothing, bags and jewelry that they make. Some came to the profession later in life, while others have been involved in their passion since their youth. Amy Nguyen and Mary Jaeger are experts in Japanese shibori dyeing, a popular technique that has spread across the United States. Sharon Donovan invented her “beaded frames”, which use seed beads within a metal frame to forge miniature canvases. Gabriel Ofiesh has long produced delectably elegant rings. Bozenna and Lukasz Bogucki make sleek steel-wire mesh handbags, among their other creative pursuits. Susan Bradley is the mistress of black, and upcycles old kimono fabrics into stunning ensembles. Ann Williamson utilizes minimalist prints in combination with hand-embroidery and appliqué to turn out snazzy, jazzy clothing. Sana Doumet uses the interplay between sterling silver and gold to create studies in contrast between warm and cool. Marla Duran has been working for over twenty-five years, and has many custom fabrics consisting of vintage reprints specially made for her that she cuts and sews into chic outfits.

We hope you enjoy these works in person at Smithsonian Craft2Wear 2019, showing October 4 - 5, Preview Party October 3.

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