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The Louisiana Crafts Guild is a juried organization of Fine Crafts Artisans located throughout the state of Louisiana and the southern region of the United States. Because of their stringent jury requirements and dedication to excellence in fine craft, only three out of every ten applicants is approved for membership. Members of the Guild are active in their community and give back by providing demonstrations to schools, churches, libraries and other organizations. Their members’ generosity abounds with donations to support community events, non-profit organizations and fundraisers. Select pieces of art provided by the Crafts Guild will be on display and available for purchase during the event.
2022 Participating Artists:
Andre Juneau - MeatalworkAngelique Juneau - Artisan JewelryAnnie Odell - Unique Fashion ItemsBonnie Miller - Watercolor PaintingsBrent Walden - EarigamiBryant Benoit - Indeigenous ArtForrest Bacigalupi - Artisan JewelryHeather Mattingly - Paintings (Official Poster Artist)Megan Barnes - Reverse Glass PaintingWinona Lowe - TwistletLouisiana Crafts Guild Joint Booth
2022 Official Festival Poster
Artist Bio: Several generations of Heather's family have called New Orleans home. Her parents left briefly and returned with Heather when she was 5 years old. She was introduced to Louisiana's swampy wetlands as a child and began explorations by foot on walking trails and by canoe in the Barataria Preserve. She was drawn to the swamp due to its magical and mysterious nature, as it is a unique ecosystem which supports diverse wildlife and plant life.
As a young adult, Heather worked as a carpenter, a cabinet maker and a house painter. Demand for these skills
dramatically increased following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Heather spent the next 10 years renovating homes.
Inspired by her creative drive and her desire to reduce waste, Heather began salvaging construction debris and transformingit into found object art. She created wall sculptures which embodied themes of Louisiana such as alligators, pelicans, crabs, crawfish, musical instruments, Mardi Gras Indians, and the fleur de lis symbol.Heather sold her debris art at local art markets and festivals from 2006-2019.
In 2017, Heather once again felt a powerful creative spark and began exploring the art of fine painting with acrylics.She taught herself painting methods and techniques, and moved into a style she thinks of as "paint assemblage". The years of assembling junk metal helped her develop a different way of seeing shapes and patterns. She approaches painting in a similar way, applying brush strokes to canvas as if they were pieces of a puzzle. As an emerging artist, her work is recognizable by her use of vibrant colors, lines, dashes, and dots.
Louisiana themed subjects, such as swamp landscapes, native animals, flowers and birds continues to inspire.Heather's artwork strives to serve as a reminder of the undercurrent of life and beauty that is ever present and to invoke in the viewer appreciation, joy, and happiness.