Visit Artistic Artifacts — online or in person — for the latest “creative finds for creative minds.” No matter your medium, you’ll find products and techniques to use in designing mixed media collage, assemblages, art quilts, clothing, altered books, dolls, scrap books, ATCs and more. Our shop is:
- Your source for fabric (batik, Australian and more) plust creative found objects for the contemporary fiber/mixed media artist
- Home to a wide variety of classes and workshops with renowned instructors — visit our calendar to learn more. Join us monthly for our “How Do I Use This?” demonstrations and play-time, and the 3rd Sunday of each month for Judy’s Altered Minds (JAMs)!
- An exhibit/show space
- A place for artists to gather
The shop is open Tuesdays through Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and Saturdays from
10:00 am – 4:00 pm. We are also open during any scheduled class hours (if they extend beyond whats listed), for custom arrangements or even drop-bys — contact us to confirm a staffer is
available to let you in! (Photo, Judy Gulas hand dyed vintage fabric and trim on display in the shop.)
Directions to Artistic Artifacts
Washington Beltway to exit 174, Eisenhower Avenue Connector. After exiting onto the ramp and merging onto the Connector, you will come to the intersection: take a left onto Eisenhower Avenue. 4750 Eisenhower Avenue is a red brick building approximately ¼ mile on the left, after the Fedex sign and before the condos — look for the Artistic Artifacts sign. Store entrance is at the front of the Artistic Artifacts building, and you are free to park anywhere in our lot. View Mapquest »
The Van Dorn Street station, on the Blue Line, is located at 5690 Eisenhower Avenue, approximately 10 blocks (.720 miles) from Artistic Artifacts.
Accomodations for Out of Town Guests
For those who are traveling from out of town to attend an Artistic Artifacts class, the following are located just 5 minutes or so away.
Old Town Alexandria, a popular area for tourists, is very close by to our location and offers additional accomodations, shopping, restaurants and historical venues. Visit www.visitalexandriava.com to learn more. Our location in Alexandria is also close to Washington, DC, another popular tourist destination.
Hold Your Event at Artistic Artifacts!
Rental space ideal for quilt guild meetings, charity work sessions, arts organizations, guild workshop rentals, and more is available. Request rental rates and availability.
More About Us
In a past blog posting, Judy wrote, “let’s see if I can remove some of the mystery.
I have spent my whole life playing with fabric; I actually have a degree in Fashion Design from Radford University, but my most valuable education came from guilds and friends. Although I was always encouraged to be creative by family and friends, the practical side of life said to get the business degree as well. I did.”
After a few years in retail, Judy joined her family’s auto accessory businesses which were housed at 4750 Eisenhower Avenue for more than 20 years (and now operate online).
Photo, Ever changing displays and merchandise at Artistic Artifacts.
The businesses boasted their own retail showroom and racing museum in the store front; when the three Porsche Race Cars (not street legal!) moved out, Judy saw wide open underutilized space...enter the physical embodiment of her already established online presence. The shop’s Grand Opening was held March 28, 2008. The space that used to shelter high performance automobiles, their parts and accessories now houses fabrics, embellishments, paint, found objects, ephemera, classroom space and more!