Welcome to the Jewelry, Fiber and Fashion Walking Tour.
Wearable art is what we are talking about here. It covers everything from scarves, to sculpture to mixed media to engagement rings. The works here give voice to your own sense of style and creativity that you find from venturing into the studios of these creators.
Take the Tour.
The Studios cover five floors, but please note that the first floor is not accessible by the elevator – use the stairs for first floor access. At this time the Lofts are not open to the public except for special events. We encourage you to view the loft artist profiles and make a private appointment to see their work. Only artists who have a profile on our website are listed on the tour but there are many more so please explore.
Studios: First Floor
The first floor is home to Navigation Brewing which is open Thursday – Sunday, as well as Refuge Lowell – an after school arts program for teenagers.
Artist: Queen Allotey-Pappoe
Studio Name: Queen Adeline
Queen Adeline is a sustainable fashion brand dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind styles for women on the go. Each piece is inspired by the vibrant culture of Africa and is made using holistic and sustainable processes.
Artist: Kyle Ahern
Studio Name: Ahern Jewelry Designs
Kyle a jeweler offering everything from silver, gold platinum diamonds and gemstones. My most recent interest is natural American turquoise.
Artist: Lisa McManus
Studio Name: Lisa Marie McManus Fine Arts
Visitors to my studio will see my jewelry, embroidery, and maybe the items I create with natural materials, like wreaths. It depends on how much time I have to pull it all together. I’m learning that all these different modes of art-making when seen side-by-side with the paintings and drawings show me as an artist more completely.
Studios: Second Floor
The second floor also is home to Tiny Arms Coffee which is open Thursday – Sunday and the Loading Dock Gallery which is open Wednesday – Sunday.
Artist: Lynn and Duane Mohney
Studio Name: Prunella’s Workshop
Prunella’s Workshop designs and creates metal jewelry and clothing accessories inspired by the Renaissance and Victorian periods, as well as steampunk.
Studios: Third Floor
Artist: Carolyn Lee
Carolyn is a multifaceted artist and creator of all things colorful. This is reflected in her mixed media paintings, beaded jewelry, quilts, and art journals. She also enjoys crocheting, knitting, bead crochet, printmaking, sewing, and soapmaking.
Artist: Marie Fidrych
Studio Name: New Roots Design
Marie Fidrych is a professional designer, artist and public school art teacher. New Roots Design has grown from design services into jewelry, art and more!
Studios: Fourth Floor
Artist: Tarja Cockell
Studio Name: Tarja Cockell Studio
My fiber art explores traditional textile techniques with a contemporary twist. I enjoy the process of weaving and the unique textures that it creates. My motifs vary from abstract to representational images and are often merely suggestive. In my dimensional weavings I am intrigued by the shapes, contours and the interplay of light and shadow. I also make functional accessories for home and personal use.
Artist: Carol Rissman
Studio Name: Carol Rissman Ceramics
I use foliage and natural objects both as inspiration and as actual tools for creating surface designs on my ceramic wall pieces and necklaces. A former Resident Artist at Harvard University’s Ceramics Program, my work is shown at venues including the Fuller Craft Museum and the U. Mass Medical Center.
Studios: Fifth Floor
Artist: Heidi Jackson
Studio Name: Heidi Jackson Fine Art
Heidi is fascinated with many art forms, harvesting new concepts; combining drawing, painting and sculpture. She is in love with the secrets within the paint, paper, graphite, wood, stone, clay, iron, and bronze; all sharing possibilities residing within her pencil, brush, chisel, file, fire, hammer, hands and imagination.
Artist: Tonimarie Bryan
Studio Name: Forests Within
My main focus is to bring attention to how beautiful nature is and bring that beauty in all different forms. I have no set medium with nature as my focus. I create moss walls, botanical jewelry, crystal intention products and just about anything I want to create.
Artist: Karen Christians
Studio Name: Karen Christians
Karen Christians is a jewelry educator, maker, and writer in the metal arts. Karen teaches and lectures nationally, and is published in many professional and technical magazines. She is the author of two books Making the Most of Your Flex-Shaft, and recently, Jewelry of Burning Man.
Artist: Tara Santoro
Studio Name: Tara Originals
One of a kind Wearable Art jewelry, inspired by contemporary, minimal, modern design and architecture, with elements of strong graphic lines, symmetry, and contrasting textures.
Artist: Sandrine Colson
Studio Name: Sandrine Fine Art and Jewelry
My mission as an artist is “Valuing The Uniqueness In Each Of Us.” I have always imagined myself as a teller of stories except that images, landscapes, colors, flowers, mixed media, sculptures, paintings, and other ways of expressing myself as an artist are the ways I tell stories, using colors, materials and textures.
The Lofts are only open to the public during First Saturday or other special events as posted.
Artist: Sydney Leonard
Studio Name: SMLeo Handmade
Leonard uses traditional quilt piecing methods, embroidery, and printmaking techniques to celebrate the lineage of fiber craft and to create a nostalgic bridge between the past and present. Sydney’s quilts, garments and prints bring a love, care, and delicacy to everyday life. Each object created by Sydney is adorned with hand detailing- her objective is to craft modern heirlooms that may be adored for decades to come.
Artist: Barbara Poole
Studio Name: B.Felt
I create one of a kind and limited production felted art to wear. Through experimentation and noting the variable shrink rates for the combination of wool and various textiles, I can create garments that are beautiful and well fitted. Multiple felting techniques are used in the making of the garments, these include: wet, seamless, needle felting, variable shrink, 3-D resists and laminate methods. In the dye work the techniques that are employed are immersion, painting, Shibori and clamp resist printing.
Artist: Johanna Tiemann
Studio Name: Johanna’s Dream
The very first time I touched silk with a brush full of dye, I was exhilarated. The color became intense and deep, and the silk did its thing, making the dye appear to glitter, adding a subtle dimensionality. I was transfixed.