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Website Redesigned!


Have you had the opportunity to visit the Artistic Artifacts website recently? We are completing a redesign that brings you a bright new home page and navigation for ease in shopping. We will continue to update new products and images and post updated information and resources for fiber and mixed media artists.

Handpainted Fibers and Textiles from Tentakulum

Artistic Artifacts has long carried gorgeous products from Germany’s Tentakulum Manufaktur, famous for their handpainted fibers, and with our new web redesign, they are now even easier to find! Items that make up Tentakulum’s Painters Threads Collection are named for famous painters — Gauguin, Picasso, Frida and more — who inspired the vibrant, saturated colors through their general palette (or a specific painting).

Artwork by Kathlyn James Avila

The beautiful work shown here was created by Kathlyn James Avila, an Alexandria based folk artist, who began with a Painter's Potpourri packet from Tentakulum. The silk, cotton, and rayon and Vilene (similar to Lutradur) materials included in each packets are all unique because the space dye color process reveals itself differently depending on the material. All Tentakulum products work with one another to produce a richly colored surface for any type of textile work — fiber and mixed media artists can vary color and texture while working in a cohesive color palette, or combine two or more collections or products and count on beautiful results.

Other products in the Tentakulum Painters Threads Collection collection are 100% Silk Hankies and Hand Dyed 100% Rayon Gimp.

Artistic Artifacts in Portland!

Vintage Fiber and Mixed Media necklace by Judy GulaFor those who live on the West Coast or who have travel plans to Oregon, there’s still time to register for the Art & Soul retreat in Portland, Oregon on October 1–7. Artistic Artifacts will be the on-site “store” there, and you don’t need to be a retreat attendee to shop! Visit The Red Lion Hotel on the River (the venue for Art & Soul) to stop by, peruse the many new and vintage items available for your fiber and mixed media art, and to say hi to Judy!

And if you ARE a registrant, Judy will be teaching a gorgeous mixed media fiber necklace class on Friday, October 5 — check the Portland listings!

For those who are on the East Coast, next year’s Virginia Beach, VA date is April 23–28; the schedule is finalized and registration is open! Learn more at www.artandsoulretreat.com.

The Latest Fiber and Mixed Media Classes for Creatives

As always, we’ve got a lot of classes/workshops planned for our shop through the fall and winter, and space is still available for our two classes this Saturday, September 15Stash Builder Class: Photo Transfer with Judy Gula and Marbling on Fabric & Paper with Linda Cooper. The following classes complete the month of September:

Please check our website frequently as we continue to update our schedule with repeated favorites as well as brand-new classes, such as next month’s Needle Felted Journal with Susan Godby and Kathy Holmes teaching teens and adults with no previous sewing experience how to upcycle a wool jacket into a great accessory!

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