Non-Profits You Can Support at the WW Fall Show

About Annie’s Hope:

Annie’s Hope Center for Growing and Healing (a 501 c3) was founded by Rev. Abby Catoe in 2017. Annie’s Hope Center seeks to serve women and children survivors of domestic violence providing long-term transitional housing and resources for healing from the trauma of violence. Residents of Annie’s Hope Center will have access to services such as psychological counseling, medical services, therapeutic healing activities such as yoga, art and mindfulness practices. Residents will live at the Center for a minimum of one -year while they heal. As residents, they will also learn entrepreneurial skills from a variety of enterprises with which the Center will engage; gardening, beekeeping and honey sales, body products made from herbs grown on-premises. The Center is currently under construction on a rural farm in Yadkin County. Funding is needed to complete construction of the home. 

We opened a Thrift Shop to help raise funds for the construction. It is located at 5365B Robinhood Road in Wiinston-Salem. Our hours are Wednesday to Saturday 10-6.

Find Annie’s Hope Online:

How can I support Annie’s Hope while at the WW show?

At the Whimsical Women show, we will be accepting monetary donations that will go towards the construction of the house, as well as, the services being provided through Annie’s Hope.

At our table, we will be offering cloth bags for a monetary donation which you can use for all your purchases at Whimsical Women! 

On our website, there is a donate button if you would like to support us, but can’t be at the show. There is a donation page located on facebook. Here is the link: Building A Home for Survivors.

About the Shalom Project:

The Shalom Project develops programs that challenge the cycle of poverty in our community with a spirit of inclusion, compassion and justice. We serve the immediate needs of our community through the following programs:

  • Medical Clinic provides primary care needs and a licensed pharmacist fills prescriptions from our doctors at no cost
  •  Food Pantry and Clothing Closet
  • Welcome Table offers a nutritious, weekly meal for the community for no cost

The Shalom Project wants to make a lasting difference to the poverty situation in Winston-Salem in addition to the programs we run to assist people with immediate needs. We have chosen to focus our efforts in two areas: assisting families as they build permanent pathways out of poverty through our Flourish Program and building a healthier community around a neighborhood thoroughfare with physical improvements though the Peters Creek Community Initiative (PCCI).

  • Flourish is a high-impact poverty reduction model designed to serve un/underemployed female heads of households, living in financial insecurity. Flourish fosters long-term success, personal resourcefulness, adaptability, optimism, confidence, self-esteem, and mindfulness in its participants.    
  • PCCI’s current efforts are focused on bringing affordable housing to the corner of Peters Creek Parkway and Academy Street.

The Shalom Project on the Web:

How can I support the Shalom Project at the WW show?

We will be collecting donations to purchase supplies for Flourish participants to make Christmas gifts for their family and friends.

About No Punching Bag

No Punching Bag promotes Awareness on current social issues in our local, national, and international communities in the Fashion Industry. The name No Punching Bag comes from a survivor’s journey of Domestic Violence, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, Gun Violence,  and a family who cares. We wanted to use our talent and experience to make a difference. Educational Institutions we have attended relating to Fashion and the Arts are as follows:

  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts
  • Academy of the Arts
  • Mars Hill University 

NPB Fashion Designers creates custom apparel and accessories for commercial or personal use. 

No Punching Bag on the Web:

How can I support the Shalom Project at the WW show?

Support us by shopping for your holiday gifts and special occasion garment or style transformation through our shop on our website! And be on the look out for NPB 2020 Global Showcase. 

Artist Spotlight: Jessica Skinner

We sat down with whimsical potter Jessica Skinner of LouLouBelle Pottery to learn more about her colorful, sophisticated ceramics.

Tell us about what you create.

I make ceramics for the home using a combination of wheel thrown and hand building techniques.  The majority of my work focuses on functionality and I love to bring bright colors together with sophisticated style. 

Give us a taste of your “artist’s story.” How did you become the potter you are today?

I fell in love with pottery in a summer ceramics class in 2015. Since then I have had an endearing obsession for it. The feel of the clay brings me closer to nature, which  is the inspiration of my work. The abundance of colors, shapes and textures fuel me. The best part of being an artist is that there is always something new to try with my techniques and styles are constantly evolving.  

How long have you been a part of Whimsical Women?

This is my first year participating in the Whimsical Women show. I am very excited to join this tribe of creative women as this group is legendary!

Where can folks find your colorful ceramics?

Most of my work is posted on Instagram and Facebook @louloubellepottery, along with  a small offering on my website

Jessica is just one of of many amazing women that make up the Whimsical Women family. Click here to read more Artist Spotlights.

Artist Spotlight: Kathleen Simon

We sat down with felt artist Kathleen Simon to learn more about her colorful, organic felted pieces.

Tell us a little about your process and what you create.

I create colorful, organic felted works through a process called wet felting. A friend introduced me to wet felting and I was immediately hooked.With the never-ending varieties of wool, silk, and bamboo fibers each piece turns out very unique.

My vessels and wall hangings are definitely organic with the interactions of colors being the main theme. Adding locks, beading, leather, and driftwood completes each piece. In addition silk and nepps are always in there somewhere.

The sparkle and glamour of my scarves and flowers brings out the glitzy side of my personality. Everything I make that is wearable is made with as little wool and as much soft tussah silk and still hold firmly together for years.

Can you share a bit about your “artist’s journey?” Where do you find your inspiration?

My real ‘artistic awakening’ happened 38 years ago when I visited Santa Fe, New Mexico for the first time. As if the colors in nature were not enough, every artist caught my eye with their use of color.

Kathleen is just one of of many amazing women that make up the Whimsical Women family. Click here to read more Artist Spotlights.

Artist Spotlight: Melissa Vickers

We sat down with sewist Melissa Vickers to learn more about her sewing and success with “Mama Llama Originals.”

Tell us a little about what it is you create as an artist?

I am mainly a sewist.  My favorite medium to work with is fabric.  I sew all different types of goods, such as handbags, weighted blankets and lap pads, small accessories such as sunglass cases, tissue holders, coasters and more.  I also like to create art with alcohol inks when I have the time to play and experiment.

What is your process like, and how did you get started with sewing?

I began sewing around 9 years ago when my first daughter was born, hence the name Mama in my company name.  I am original from Bolivia, that’s where the connection to the Llama comes from.   I started sewing handbags as gifts and many people loved them and suggested I started selling them.  I began by using upcycled interior design fabric samples and created a signature look.  Around 2 years later I had my second daughter and had to take a break from creating in order to return to full-time motherhood.  Just recently, in the past 2 years, I have picked up sewing again and have decided to really push myself and learn more.  I continue to make handbags, which are my favorite things to create because they are wearable pieces of art in my opinion. 

“I am an interior designer and I love colors and fabrics.  I am always inspired by what combinations I can make work together.  My favorite thing about being an artist is creating beauty in the world.”

What is your favorite thing about Whimsical Women?

My favorite thing about Whimsical Women is the community.  All of the women who participate are amazing and talented artists.  And the women who come to shop really and truly appreciate the event and the artists themselves.  There isn’t another show like it in the area in my opinion that has quite the same following and loyalty.

Where can people find more of your work?

I have a website, Mama Llama Originals. I’m also on Facebook at Mama Llama Originals and on Instagram @mamallamaoriginals.

Melissa is just one of of many amazing women that make up the Whimsical Women family. Click here to read more Artist Spotlights.

Artist Spotlight: Ashleigh Parks Mabe

We sat down with crochet and fiber artist Ashleigh Parks Mabe to learn more about her wearable, colorful freeform fashion pieces.

Tell us a little about what it is you create as an artist?

I focus primarily on Freeform clothing and accessories. A good portion of each piece is made from hand spun yarn, that I spin on my wheel.

What is your process like, and how did you get started with crocheting?

I’ve been crocheting for roughly 20 years. I started making freeform pieces around 6 years ago, I needed a little bit more excitement than your standard patterns. In the last few years I have started spinning my own yarn. I have been fortunate enough to meet people with similar interests who have helped me develop my own skills as well as providing local sources for wool. This includes Enno Farm, Soil Dancer Alpaca Farm, Mama Gnome, and Mitzi Britt (all in Stokes County).

“When I start a new piece, I have no idea how it will turn out, but I take a lot of inspiration from nature, Victorian clothing styles, and religious iconography.  As far as being an artist goes, creation itself is part of the reward, but I do find joy in the happiness my work brings others.  Seeing someone like my work enough to wear it is always an unexpected pleasure.”

What is your favorite memory from a Whimsical Women sale or event?

I’m currently looking forward to my first Whimsical Women show – so none yet!

Where can people find more of your amazing crochet fashions?

I have pieces at Wildfire Tattoo Studio in Walnut Cove and The Art’s Place of Stokes County. Also, I am a finalist in the Made in NC Awards for Our State Magazine. You can Follow me on Facebook at Madame Malena’s Market of Wonders or Madame_Malena on Instagram. 

Ashleigh is just one of of many amazing women that make up the Whimsical Women family. Click here to read more Artist Spotlights.

Artist Spotlight: Jean Denson

We sat down with felt artist Jean Denson to learn more about her wearable, colorful felted art.

Tell us a little about what it is you create as an artist?

I make felted items, using merino wool, alpaca, mohair fiber, dog hair and other fibers to create wearable, usable and artistic felted items.  No two felted pieces are alike, each felted piece has unique characteristics of color and texture even when I create the same types of items.  

What is your process like, and how did you get started experimenting and creating with felt and fiber?

I started felting when I took a wet felting class at John C Campbell School 3 years ago to make felted shoes (the most expensive pair of shoes I’ve ever had!). The process of taking fiber (various types of hair), laying the hair out to create a felted piece, then turning the hair into fabric is fascinating to me!  The felted piece can be made by using water and agitation, or by using needles to make a fabric.  The possibilities are endless!  I love to make wearable items, such as ponchos, scarves and hats, but I also enjoy making 3d animals as well as 2d pictures.  Color is one of the factors that inspire me, I love color!  And I love to experiment with different textures. 

What is your favorite part about Whimsical Women?

Whimsical Women is such a fun show, the artistry is varied and so beautiful.  It’s a tribute to women artists and I feel so honored to be a part of the Whimsical Women community!

How can people find more of your funky felted art?

I don’t have a website or a dedicated Facebook page to showcase my felted work, but I can be reached through messenger on Facebook  or by email to buy or have a commission piece done.

Jean is just one of of many amazing women that make up the Whimsical Women family. Click here to read more Artist Spotlights.

Artist Spotlight: Barbara Campbell

We sat down with potter Barbara Campbell to learn more about her nature-inspired ceramic art.

Tell us your “artist’s story.” How did you come to make art and what does your process look like?

The Wood ‘n’ Potter started to take form ten years ago when my husband Bob and I retired from our corporate careers.  Although I have been making pottery for about 20 years, I expanded my pottery to a more serious art.  Along with thrown pieces, my focus has been to refine by hand-building technique.   Lately I have been working in series.  I’ve created a hummingbird design, a dragonfly design, and a bird nest design.  All my pieces are from original designs I create.  Some pieces are a collaboration with my husband who is a wood turner.  I might make a vase and Bob will create a unique base.  Since retirement, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively.  I am inspired by the places I visit and often include the natural elements from my travels in my designs.  I believe my love of nature and my ability to translate this passion makes me the potter I am today.

What is your favorite part of Whimsical Women?

Although I have been a member of Whimsical Women for a number of years, this will be my first show.  Over the years I have participated in  a number of festivals and the best part is the camaraderie with other artists and the opportunity to tell customers about the pieces I made.  The connection between the customer and me is important to me.  I have had pieces go to other countries and I have had pieces commemorate special occasions.  All this inspires me as an artist.

Where can folks find your amazing ceramic art?

You can find pictures of my work and a calendar of festivals where you can find me on my website:  I also sell my work at The Coffee Mill in Lewisville.

Barbara is just one of of many amazing women that make up the Whimsical Women family. Click here to read more Artist Spotlights.

Artist Spotlight: Denise Yost

We sat down with alpaca farmer and fiber artist Denise Yost to learn more about her colorful fashion she creates.

Tell us your “artist’s story.” How did you come to make art and what does your process look like?

I became an alpaca farmer seven years ago. As an alpaca farmer, I spend an entire year ensuring herd health, perfecting nutritional programs and breeding for excellent genetics before I’m able to reap the rewards for my efforts. It is usually during shearing day as I watch this amazing fiber roll off that I am inspired and decide how it will be used. Once skirted, tumbled, picked and washed, the fiber is carded and sometimes dyed.  Fibers are then matched to silks, vintage lace, and a multitude of other fibers and embellishments. Once laid out, the first process is always wet felting. Sometimes, the process continues on to include needle felting through our fiber loom. 

What is your favorite part of Whimsical Women?

My favorite part of the Whimsical Women Art Festival is having the opportunity to find that special person who wants that special piece of wearable art and loves it as much as I do.

Where can folks find your amazing alpaca fashion?

My pieces are often available at our farm store, at Design Archives Emporium in downtown Winston-Salem or by watching the calendar on our website for other shows we plan to attend. You can also watch what’s cooking in the fiber studio by following us on FaceBook at Rita Dee Farms or on Instagram.

Denise is just one of of many amazing women that make up the Whimsical Women family. Click here to read more Artist Spotlights.

Artist Spotlight: Linda Palladino & Liz Kaplan

We sat down with well-known whimsicals, Linda Palladino (one of the original founders of WW with her sister, Luli) and Liz Kaplan (former WW Executive Committee member), to learn more about their amazing glass and metal art.

Tell us a little about what you do as artists.

We work with glass (Lizzie) and metal (Linda) and enjoy combining the delicateness of the glass with the sturdiness of the metal. Our work together is inspired by nature, objects we find, and treasures people share with us.

Tell us your “art story.” How did you get started in art, and how did your journey lead you to the work you create together today?

Linda’s Story: I began working with metal and welding after my Mom, an incredible artist herself, died. My sister, Luli, took up woodworking, and together we “created” our way through the grieving process. We began Whimsical Women as a tribute to our mom and her creative nature. We wanted to share our journey with other women who, like us, never had seen themselves as artists, but just wanted to take the chance and share their creativity. Whimsical women was born out of our grief, but has brought us more joy than we ever imagined. My metal work has evolved over the years, but the raw materials remain mostly found objects and recycled metal material.

Liz’s Story: My journey into the art world was much different. I saw the energy and fun that went into the art Linda and Luli created, and I wanted to know that feeling—-even though my parents never encouraged me to pursue anything artistic. I have always been intrigued by glass—the texture, the vibrant colors, the way the world looks through colorful glass. So I created a stepping stone made of glass and concrete to put in Linda’s backyard art show, and then was terrified to bring it to the show. The sisters took it, sold it, and I was hooked.

Working Together: Several years ago, Liz and I decided to “marry” our two mediums, and see what happened—-we were blown away by the limitless possibilities we could see when art pieces included both metal and glass. We have found that two heads and hearts of a forty plus year, amazing friendship are better than one at this point in our lives. While we will sometimes create pieces on our own, we much prefer working together.

What is your favorite WW memory or moment?

Linda: The giddy excitement—a Christmas morning feeling, the colorful tents and displays, and mostly the way that this show seems to bring out that community feeling among the artists. Whimsical Women has gone through many changes over the years, but somehow we have managed to keep that feeling alive, and that makes me happy.

Liz: I love Saturday morning the day of the show (around 5AM) when it is still hard to see. Just standing there and looking out over the ghost tents. It gives me a feeling of awe. Then slowly but surely the show comes to life. I love seeing the sun (yes sun, no rain please) start to shine, the tents open up, and the artists beginning to display their work. I love seeing artists greeting each other and the food arriving. I love feeling the energy flowing and watching the musicians setup… the sounds and sights of a Whimsical Women show once again getting ready to happen. There is nothing quite like it, and I will always remember those moments.

How can people find your incredible art?

Though we have no etsy shop or facebook page, most people who are interested in our art contact us the old-timey way: by phone or email.

Linda and Liz are just two of many amazing women that make up the Whimsical Women family. Click here to read more Artist Spotlights.