Smithsonian Craft Show Gold Award for Hartland Artist

A Woodstock Early Bird tipster alerted us to an amazing accomplishment for a Hartland decorative fiber artist, Deborah Falls, who this weekend garnered the Gold Medal “Susie Gray Founder’s Award” at  the Smithsonian Institution Craft Show in Washington, D.C. and Virginia.

A big, big deal as this is apparently the “mother ship” of juried craft shows — just 100 or so entrants ( We’re told this is a testament to those who follow their creative hearts after leaving careers elsewhere to get back to what really makes them “tick.”

Falls works with inks and dyes over dupioni silk, inspired by her own gardening:

Deb Falls

Tipster gave us this background on Falls (still at the show this weekend): “Cool thing about all of this is that she (Falls) had worked at  Woodstock at the high school and then decided to go back to doing her art after a long hiatus. She started making pillows and showing them at the Norwich Farmer’s Market! Eventually, her work switched to painting on silk and she started framing her pieces. It has been a long journey for her — but she is getting well deserved recognition!”

If you’d like to find out more visit Deb’s website:

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Margaret (Peggy) Kannenstine on April 28, 2013 at 13:41

    Brava, Deb!


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