The interior designer is the honorary design chairman for this week’s 25th annual American Craft Council Show at the Cobb Galleria Centre near Vinings.
“I’m just a big believer in craft and I am a collector of craft,” said Peace, whose Peace Design company has offices in Buckhead and Bozeman, Mont. “Through my collection of crafts and through my clients, I have gotten involved in the show.
“There’s very interesting artisans throughout the country who do special things and we’re very fortunate to have Atlanta as the home base for the ACC show. We have some great artists. We have Ed, Phillip and Matthew Moulthrop, who are wood turners who make wooden bowls. They’re significant historically in the craft movement in the South.”
Peace, a Druid Hills resident who has been involved with the show for about 20 years, is one of the 225 artists and designers participating in what has become the Southeast’s largest indoor craft show. The council is the largest nonprofit show producer in the Southeast, and the event will include handmade jewelry, furniture, clothing, home decor and more.
It will kick off Thursday night with a preview party to benefit the council and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences in Rabun Gap.
Attendees can get a first look at the 10 vignettes created by metro Atlanta designers in “Make Room: Modern Design Meets Craft.” Following the success of last year’s inaugural “Make Room,” designers will continue the project with a new theme, “Let’s Entertain,” in which artists create rooms showcasing objects made for entertaining.
New this year are two items, both offered throughout the show’s run. First up is the American Craft Charm Collection, a handmade variety of charms, charm bracelets, cluster pendants and pins designed by council jewelry artists. Pamela Diamond, a spokeswoman for the Minneapolis-based council, which hosts four shows around the country each year, said the collection was a hit at the Baltimore event late last month.
Second is a Scotch whiskey tasting presented by The Balvenie, a handcrafted single-malt Scotch whiskey company, both inside a space created by Peace Design and in another part of the centre.
“It’s going to be a combination of rustic and modern as an overall feel. It’s going to be rich and warm,” Peace said of his vignette.
He said he and the other local artists and designers participating in the show are looking forward to it.
Interior designer Jackie Naylor, a Brookhaven resident whose eponymous business is run out of her home, is taking part in the show for only the second year but has been attending it since its first or second year.
“I try to incorporate craft in my clients’ homes,” Naylor said. “Now my clients come back to the show year after year to purchase craft items, including jewelry. It’s just a wonderful resource. Its artifacts are one of a kind. I’m now taking classes in pottery because I have such a respect for the art form.”
She said she is partnering with Chip Cheatham to include his furniture in her vignette.
“I’m leaning more toward an outdoor look for entertaining because of the theme,” Naylor said.
Brookhaven resident Debra Kidd, an architect who has a side business, Wool and Worm Fiber Arts, run out of her home, will display her unique scarves at the show. She uses a process called laminated felting, or nuno felting, to make scarves, vests and jackets.
“I coax the wool to migrate through the silk fabric,” Kidd said. “Then, when I get to the fulling stage, where you shrink the wool, the silk doesn’t shrink, so it puckers up. You get this fabulous texture and it makes it one cohesive piece of fabric. The technique also allows me to collage other things into the piece of fabric such as yarns or other pieces of fiber that add more texture and interest to it.”
Kidd, in her first year as a juried artist at the show, has attended it for several years as a visitor.
“It is probably the best, most prestigious art craft show that comes to Atlanta,” she said.
Diamond said the show is special because of the quality of the work its artists and designers create, adding the jury process for selecting them is so tough that “even if they’ve been in the show for 20 years, they may not get in.”
Of the show’s 25th year, she said, “First of all, we’re very indebted to the city of Atlanta for hosting us for 25 years. It’s really a wonderful milestone. We’re going to have a special raffle throughout the show with the items representing the range of the crafts there, from jewelry to ceramics and glass. When we bring the show to town, it is a marketplace but it’s also about educating people about the field of craft.”
If you go:
o What: American Craft Council Show
o When: preview party March 13 from 6 to 9 p.m.; show March 14 through 16
o Where: Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Pkwy., Atlanta
o Benefits: American Craft Council and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences
o Tickets: preview party — $75 in advance, $85 at the door and includes a VIP ticket to return to the show on all three public days; show — $13 for a one-day pass, $28 for a three-day pass and $5 Friday after 5 p.m.
o Information: Suzanne Shaw, (678) 613-3396 or www.craftcouncil.org/atlanta