Qween City is thrilled to be highlighting the city & region’s myriad artisan makers this holiday season. If you would like to be highlighted in the Craftiste directory, please shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long have you been an artisan & business owner in Buffalo?
I’ve had my fiber art business for 12 years, and have always been in Buffalo.
Where are you located in the city / region?
My studio is in West Seneca which is also where I live.
Have you operated elsewhere?
I’m born and raised in Buffalo and have never lived or operated anywhere else.
Please describe your work / product; if applicable, please include your artist / personal statement or mission.
Doreen Kelly is a textile artisan who specializes in hand weaving vintage wedding dresses into boho style scarves and other unique keepsake items. I also find innovative ways to weave one of a kind articles like bags, shawls, and scarves into “re-invented treasures” by unraveling and reusing forgotten textiles. My pieces are woven with a rustic country charm, and are created in my restored 19th century barn studio on traditional style looms like those that have been used for hundreds of years, powered only by feet and hands.
Who are some of your favorite artisans / makers in the region?
My favorite artist is Fern Gully Gallery who up-cycles vintage treasures into eclectic works of art. We both have a passion for creating unusual pieces by reusing vintage or salvaged items. I also enjoy seeing the work of other artists who use textiles, antique, and rustic objects.