Almost serendipitously, I've had the good fortune to meet a fellow fiber artist visiting in Wilmington for a few days. While at the Orange Street Arts Fest last Sunday, I ran into one of the exhibiting artists, Joan Croft-Jones, a delightful artist in her own right, who had just met this very interesting fiber artist from Venice F: BL Berlo. Joan shared BJ's email address, and so we emailed, phoned, and arranged to meet yesterday for lunch. Well, delightful is far too understated for this encounter!
BJ creates Benderz, a funky cloth-covered wire necklace (or bracelet) that is totally enchanting for me, with its completely reconfigurable form. After many years as a quilter, I can just imagine BJ's stash of fabrics - to die/dye for! Benderz are pieces of wire that have been encased in exciting fabric tubes - all different colors, all movable and reconfigurable. WHAT FUN!!!!! I HAD to buy two, one for me and one for a friend, but I really want to keep both of them.
Now....I rarely wear jewelry around my neck, except for my own creations. But for these, I made an exception, and will even wear one this evening to a function we're attending. Benderz are available in Wilmington at artichoke boutique in Chandlers Wharf.
The question is.........! Which one should I give my friend?