Arts & Crafts
The artist's paternal grandmother, Viola Adams. As she wrote in her autobiography, she 'did quite a business in hand-loomed yard goods for suits and dresses.' She was a member of New Hampshire Arts and Craft - precursor of the present day League of N.H. Craftsmen.
The artist's paternal grandfather, Conrad Adams. Following a 33-year career as a professor and department chair of the Mechanical Arts Department at Keene State College, NH, Conrad retired to make furniture. Here he is turning a table leg at his Westmoreland, NH woodworking shop.
Studio25 is situated in the New Hampshire seacoast community of Newmarket...population 8,940. Incorporated in 1727 as a parish of Exeter, NH, by the 1820's the town supported seven textile mills harnessing water power at the falls. The Lamprey River which once powered the mills flows into the tidal estuary system known as the Great Bay. Beyond lies the Atlantic Ocean.
While it was once a center of the New England shipping trade, today Newmarket sports kayaks, canoes and an active sport fishing community. And the former stone & brick mill buildings form the nucleus for a vibrant community of small businesses. In 1980, the buildings were added to the National Register of Historic Places. Although the region has experienced tremendous growth, it still provides a rural backdrop for countless artisans.
I come from a long line of New England fine crafters – primarily weavers and woodworkers. Their creativity and loving attention to detail is reflected in the furniture, clocks, and coverlets that I still enjoy decades after they were first crafted. It's functional art - work that enhances daily living and provides a direct link to those who inspired their creation. My ambition is to continue this fine craft legacy in my mixed-media studio.
I've enjoyed working with fabrics since I first learned to sew in junior high school. Over the years, I sewed primarily traditional fare - clothes, sails, curtains, quilts, stuffed animals, etc. However, I've veered away from traditional sewing projects to experiment with various fabric dyeing techniques, encaustic art, driftwood lamps & sculptures and computer-augmented photographic imagery.
In 2004 I became a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsman - the oldest craft guild in the country. It's a rigorous jurying process that inspires excellence. My goal is to honor this tradition by providing you with a hand-crafted product lovingly made in my studio.
Please enjoy them.
Nancy E. Adams