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Detail of punch needle art piece titled Color Study in Gray

Faber Birrin National Color Show on View Now

Now on view in Stamford Art Association, the 42nd Faber Birrin National Color Show. Kristen has one piece on view in this exhibit, Color Study in Gray. The Stamford Art Association has been presenting this exhibit every year since 1980. On their website, they describe the inspiration for the show. "The exhibit honors Faber Birren, world-renowned color theorist and former Stamford, CT resident. He wrote extensively on color and published 40 books and over 250 articles on the subject....

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Kristen Dettoni at Snow Farm working on a punch needle piece.

Learn Needle Punch with Kristen at Snow Farm

You’re invited!  Join me in May 2023 at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program to learn the art of needle punch. I first learned needle punch on a trip to Scotland. Ever since, I continue to create unique pieces, many of which have been exhibited in galleries around the United States. This year, I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach this to you at Snow Farm. And it’s not just needle punch, we’ll also dye our...

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Geneva Center for the Arts: Common Thread

Design Pool's Kristen Dettoni and Kristin Crane are excited to be a part of Common Thread: A Fiber Arts Show. Presented by Geneva Center for the Arts, this exhibit highlights the work of eight east coast artists working in fiber. The gallery describes the show as an exhibition focused "on diverse fiber-based work, inspired by nature, the environment, and the physical and spiritual place that we call “home,” as interpreted by each artist. As artists, we are aware of the...

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Photo of Kristen Dettoni working on a punch needle art piece.

Art Exhibits this Fall

We are excited to inform you about three exhibits this fall featuring the original art by Design Pool’s founder, Kristen Dettoni, and Director of Marketing Kristin Crane. If you are local to Rhode Island or Geneva, Illinois, we hope you’ll stop in to view one of these shows or attend an opening. Photo credit: Erin Long Photography Text Pawtucket Arts Collaborative • Pawtucket, Rhode IslandSeptember 15 – October 30, 2022Opening reception: September 15, 2022, 5:30 – 7:30 Kristen Dettoni has two punch needle pieces...

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Canisters of natural dye powder in a row lined up on a windowsill.

Heading to Convergence 2022?

The Handweavers Guild of America is hosting Convergence, its International Fiber Arts Conference, in Knoxville, Tennessee, July 15 – 21, 2022. Convergence 2022 is an event hosted every other year full of workshops, lectures, tours, exhibits, competitions, and more. It is also a place for the fiber arts community to come together. Attendees build community while learning and inspiring each other. At this year’s event, Kristen has one piece of original artwork on view in the juried exhibit, Symphony of the Mountains....

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Tulip field with words overlaying reading A Creative Week in Holland

A Creative Week in Holland

In the spring of 2022, I joined a group of thirteen women on a Local Flora Field Guides trip to Holland. The trip was led by Kimberly Becker, Lauren Pignatello, and Susan Becker with the goal of experiencing the country while learning about the local flora and creating field guides. Each of the three hosts had something different to offer. Kimberly, an artist and designer, taught watercolors and embroidery. Lauren, a farmer and herbalist, taught all about the local flora....

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View of table with woman making punch needle art.

My Snow Farm Art Residency

This spring, I had the opportunity to participate as an artist in residence at Snow Farm, The New England Craft Program in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, for two weeks. It was the first time since graduate school that I had an extended period devoted solely to being creative. There were no limitations or requirements. I spent two weeks completely free, exploring new concepts and ideas. Often with running Design Pool, I move from one task to the next without a break or time...

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Inspiration Day: Dyeing at PRO Chemical & Dye

As winter loosens its grip on New England, our team was feeling the need for an inspiration day. Our small team works remotely, separated by about 90 miles. Technology makes it easy, but it's nice to have real-life face time every couple of months. I had just spent two weeks on Kauai and was feeling relaxed and inspired. Kristen lived vicariously through my photos. We were both itching to put these good vibes someplace tangible, so we met up in...

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Travel Journal Prompts to Bring Inspiration Home

For a lot of creative people, traveling can be a huge source of inspiration. Different scenes, smells, sounds, all heighten your senses and seem to open a door to new ideas. Once home, how can we take that inspiration and use it in our work? I recently got back from two weeks on Kauai, and all I kept thinking while there was that everything seemed more intense, brighter somehow. It was more than just the sunshine. After so much time...

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Alphonse Mucha at NC Museum of Art

On a recent visit to North Carolina, I visited the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh to see their exhibit Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary. This exhibit is on display through January 23, 2022. When I lived in North Carolina in the 1990s, this museum was one of my favorite spots to visit for inspiration. In fact, during that time there was an exhibit of Mucha’s work. I loved the show so much, I bought a small poster from...

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