Style Slam: A Day in Artisan Craft Heaven

 
 Dream Team. From left to right. Makeup artist  Ariel Lewis ,   Hilton Carter ,   Julianne Selke , yours truly.

Dream Team. From left to right. Makeup artist Ariel Lewis,  Hilton Carter,  Julianne Selke, yours truly.

When you hear the words 'craft show,' what are the first things that come to your mind? The arts and crafts you made as a kid, or perhaps that labor of love, but not very stylish, hand-knit sweater from a grandparent?  I grew up in a family of knitters, crocheters, and sewers who definitely made their fair share of ugly sweaters, TRUST. But they also created some wonderfully chic and stylish pieces of clothing and bless them, they kept a lot of it.  Not only do I foster an appreciation for the time and energy it takes to develop a craft skill, but I've learned a few for myself. Needless to say, when the American Craft Council (ACC) reached out to me about participating as a stylist in their Style Slam Program during their Baltimore Craft Show, I was pumped. 

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Holy shit, y'all. The artists in this show do not mess around #notyouraverageartsandcrafts. With the ACC, I got to spend a day admiring S T U N N I N G works of art; painstakingly crafted, one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelry, clothing, pottery, furniture, home decor, and accessories.  And the absolute best part was running around (literally) like a kid in a candy store, and being allowed to borrow articles of clothing and accessories to piece together looks for a variety of style challenges. Not only was it a creative exercise for my brain - challenging me to style on the fly and push my own fashion boundaries, but it was a personally inspiring experience to be surrounded by so much talent, both from the artists and my fellow stylists and interior decorators.

We had three challenges: style a mannequin in some of our favorite pieces from the show, the Design Meets Style challenge, where we partnered with an interior design specialist to style a real live model inside of a room the specialist had pre-staged, and a flash challenge, in which we had one hour to find a look for a randomly selected activity/event in Baltimore that one might attend.  Honestly, a lot of the day was a blur but I 10/10 would do again. I loved the mental stimulation from working under pressure in the challenges and enjoyed seeing what my fellow creatives had envisioned and pieced together. I was exhausted by the end of it, but damn was it fun. You will definitely catch me at the ACC's Craft Show next year when it comes back to Baltimore and I hope you'll join me!

 The Style Slam booth. Please note me lying on the ground attempting to put pants on my mannequin. I would later change the outfit because it didn't translate as well as it did on an actual model.

The Style Slam booth. Please note me lying on the ground attempting to put pants on my mannequin. I would later change the outfit because it didn't translate as well as it did on an actual model.

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 Sharing my thoughts on an expandable clutch from  Arza Gilad , with Sloane Brown of    The Baltimore Sun   &  Baltimore SNAP . 

Sharing my thoughts on an expandable clutch from Arza Gilad, with Sloane Brown of  The Baltimore SunBaltimore SNAP

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 Designer  Hilton Carter  in his Make Room Indoor Jungle featuring artwork by  Erin Fitzpatrick ,  Paul Sumner , and  Elizabeth Benotti .

Designer Hilton Carter in his Make Room Indoor Jungle featuring artwork by Erin Fitzpatrick, Paul Sumner, and Elizabeth Benotti.

 Model  Julianne Selke  wearing  Susan Bradley . I picked a rich looking garment that would pop against Hilton's green jungle. The jewel tones in the shoulders of the caplet add a bursts of bright colors and the fuzzy, alpaca-trimmed, mesh sleeves give a textural contrast to the vegetation. Hair by  Sherri Renee , makeup by  Ariel Lewis .  

Model Julianne Selke wearing Susan Bradley. I picked a rich looking garment that would pop against Hilton's green jungle. The jewel tones in the shoulders of the caplet add a bursts of bright colors and the fuzzy, alpaca-trimmed, mesh sleeves give a textural contrast to the vegetation. Hair by Sherri Renee, makeup by Ariel Lewis.  

 Discussing Julianne's look with Sloane. I picked a rich looking garment that would pop against Hilton's green jungle. The jewel tones in the caplet 
 Designer  Tiffanni Reidy  and  Jason Tompkins  with his model. 

Designer Tiffanni Reidy and Jason Tompkins with his model. 

  Sydney Paige  and model  Ashley Conway  in room by designer  Stephanie Gamble .

Sydney Paige and model Ashley Conway in room by designer Stephanie Gamble.

 Designer  Sarah Antonieta , Modelas  Carisa Hatfield  and   Taylor Evans . 

Designer Sarah Antonieta, Modelas Carisa Hatfield and  Taylor Evans

 The hair and makeup artists, stylists, models, and moderators of Style Slam 2018. 

The hair and makeup artists, stylists, models, and moderators of Style Slam 2018. 

Images provided by American Craft Council