Wearable Art

April 12, 2010 10:04:42 AM PDT
Just because you're watching your dollars, you don't have to give up beautiful things you love. You can feast your eyes and be good to yourself, while stretching your dollars, by buying artworks you can wear. That's the idea behind the wearable art sale presented by Kathy Sackheim and Linda Brodson of Art Wear Unlimited.

The free event features one-of-a-kind handmade merchandise and runs Wednesday through Saturday in Highland Park . Sackheim and Brodson travel throughout the United States to select the work of outstanding fiber artists and jewelry craftsmen. Brodson and Sackheim are themselves talented artists and have a keen discriminating eye when selecting merchandise. They choose a wide variety of work that has broad appeal.

"Women, specifically, express themselves through their fashion. Even a small object of art can highlight an ensemble and give the wearer a memorable look. The art to wear is as unique as our customers," Sackheim says.

Among more than 40 exhibitors will be artists new to the show including Dressed To Kill, California; silk scarves from artist Tina Weil, Chicago; and jewelry from Gail Bass, New Mexico. Their work will be on display along with the works of artists that have become synonymous with the art to wear show?jewelry from the studios of Laurie Danch and NanC Meinhardt, scarves artfully designed by Deborah Hirshfield, and clothing from the showroom of Robert Stadnycki.

The Art Wear Unlimited show and sale will be held at the Highland Park Country Club, 1201 Park Avenue West, Highland Park. The show runs Wednesday, April 14 through Friday, April 15. For more information on the show and artists whose works will be available, visit www.artwearunlimited.com or call 847.432.9229.

Kathy Sackheim, spokesperson, partner in Art wear unlimited is wearing:

  • Anne Howsen woven and embroidered vest, $183. The vest is VERY colorful. Anne is a California artist.
  • Shu Design earrings, $68.
  • Leni Hoch scarf, mango punch (color), $44. Leni is from Pennsylvania.
  • Jackson & Friedman fabric embroidered purse, $48.
  • Model 1-Diane Hart:

  • Harshita silk jacket in reds, chartreuse, kimono style, hand-blocked silk fabric created by the artist-$290.00 Artist is from Pennsylvania, but was born in India and trained in US art schools
  • Shu Design earrings, $76.
  • Model 2-Dana Gimbel:
  • Grau Design shirt made from recycled men's shirt with special detail on the back $158.00 Claudia Grau is from California
  • Dressed To Kill necklace, $118. Moon Shine leather bag-made in the U.S. and comes in a variety luscious summer colors-$193.00
  • Model 3-Carole Schmarack:

  • Louise Blumberg hand-painted silk kimono style jacket with elegant frog closure in green, black and yellow green-$445.00 accomplished California artist by way of South Africa
  • Gale Roman necklace, $150.
  • Model 4-Susie Orum:
  • Dressed to Kill shirt-edgy California designer Jane Mohr uses white parachute material with rouching and wonderful double collar detailing--$310.00
  • Deborah Hirshfield scarf-Chicago artist and educator uses dye resist process- $46.00
  • Urban Jewels rubber earrings-very light weight -$65.00
  • Model 5 Melissa Friedman

  • Claudia Grau sundress made from recycled scarves-$190.00
  • Gail Bass-Santa Fe artist-created the black necklace made from