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The ebay and etsy OAK designation moves an item to a special category…One of a Kind. Julie Artisans’ Gallery, opening in 1973, was the first gallery devoted to the art form of clothing in the OAK category. “Julie: Artisans’ Gallery concentrates on cutting edge designs that include wearable art clothing forms in sweaters, scarves, shawls, jackets, dresses, coats, gloves and tote bags using both traditional and atypical textile techniques. We also handle artisan jewelry – brooches, pins, earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings — that have been created through metalsmithing processes such as hammering, cold forging, casting, enameling, plating and stone-setting.”

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Danielly Gori-Montanelli has lived a rather nomadic life from DC, to Tribeca, Soho, the Financial District, Brooklyn & Florence, Italy.  (I am partial to the last location.) “After having two children, and wanting to get away from the dangerous materials involved in metal work, she discovered and began working exclusively in felt. No more gas tanks, dirty goggles, dangerous chemicals or leaky sand blasters – now her tools are a pair of scissors, a needle, thread, and, most importantly, a thimble.”

Her work has a tongue-in-cheek attitude and the descriptions will bring a smile to your face. Of the featured necklace she saysJust throw this on when you make a quick run to the store to buy milk. Well, ok, maybe not. This is a big one. This is for when you really want to make a statement, when you want to be noticed, when you’re feeling bold and whimsical, or when you just want to have fun! It will bring smiles to everyone around you.

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Michele Friedman developed her first metal jewelry line in 1994. The challenge of adding color moved her in a variety of directions but none felt…right… “I had no desire to set stones or work with resin. Enameling was not an option either. After much trial and error, felted wool became the solution to my color dilemma. It had the rich, saturated color I was looking for as well as a great texture. As I played with the material, I began to realize how much I loved the richness of the felt set against the oxidized sterling.”

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