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Award-winning artist Renee Dinauer creates contemporary, free-form steam-bent wood sculpture for city-chic homes, hotels and corporate spaces.

The company: Renee Dinauer Sculpture started in 2003 in Santa Rosa, Calif. The artist, who also has a studio in Palm Bay, Fla, has been designing and producing freeform wall and free-hanging wood sculpture since 1990.

The artist
: A graduate of UCLA, Dinauer’s art career began at college, strolling through its sculpture gardens. She experimented with various forms, designs and processes before learning to use white ash to create her fluid, bent wood pieces.

What’s popular: Light-weight wood sculpture in subtle naturals or vibrant colors. Prices for custom, residential-sized pieces usually range from $600 to $3,500.

Big break: Created a large sculpture for the Carmel Valley Ranch Resort in Carmel, Calif.

What’s next: Creating a large, suspended, cloud-like sculpture, comprised of numerous pieces, for Inwood Station in Dallas, Texas.

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sweet design


Daniel Kelly uses pecky cypress with its distinctive look to craft his modern furniture.

The company: Sugarbone started in Jackson, La, in 2013, and relocated to Raleigh in 2016. It produces furniture using pecky cypress and reclaimed hardwoods.

What is pecky cypress: The wood, found in Louisiana and some Gulf states, features network of naturally occurring air pockets and holes, limiting the wood’s use a furniture material. But Kelly found a way to fill the wood’s holes and burrows with a polyester resin that makes the material strong, functional and stylish.

The artist/designer: Kelly graduated from North Carolina State University with an art and design degree and later earned a master’s degree in painting from the University of New Orleans. He has worked with architecture firms fabricating large-scale sculpture and creating smaller interior pieces from different materials.

What’s popular: Media cabinets ($2,500 to $3,200).

Other favorites: Consoles ($1,500 to $1,800) because of their versatility.

Fun (or unusual) request: A custom Murphy bed for an architectural firm.

Big break: Figuring out the perfect “recipe” for filling the pecky cypress pockets.

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this little light


Harry Tallman’s lamps spark a conversation. That’s because his functional and one-of-a-kind lamps are made from vintage, industrial and everyday items he takes pride in locating — and repurposing.

The artist & owner: Tallman, born in Chicago, has lived in Florida and later in Boulder, Colo., where he met his wife and started a business planning special events around the country for real estate developers. In 2004, they moved to Georgia to be closer to family. Tallman took a job as an activities director at a senior center in Georgia, where he worked with a men’s group building lamps out of steel gas pipe. The camaraderie, friendship and purpose inspired Tallman to continue building lamps.

The company: McDonough-based Wood & Metal Creations, launched in January 2017.

The goods: Industrial-style table and floor lamps, using a mixture of tough yet humble materials such as metal gas pipes, exotic woods, automotive parts and salvaged items.

What’s popular: Lamps with rusty patina made with automotive and motorcycle parts, metal shades, Edison-style bulbs and dimmable sockets ($175 to $325).

Other favorites: Truck spring coil lamp ($175); floor lamps with salvaged metal gas cans for shades and brake rotors as bases ($295 to $450).

Fun (or unusual) requests: A daughter wanted to surprise her father with special gift so I made a lamp utilizing his army foot locker and other military memorabilia. Also a lamp made from an antique porcelain bedpan.

Where to buy: Also at upcoming Atlanta-area festivals, including Piedmont Arts Festival (Aug. 19 and 20) and Sandy Springs Festival (Sept. 23 and 24). Also follow woodmetalcreations on Instagram.

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metals of honor

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In her elegant and edgy jewelry, Atlanta artist Kristi Hyde takes style cues from patterns and textures in nature.

The artist: Grew up in Decatur, Ala., influenced by the fields, woods and Tennessee River around her. Hyde graduated in 1998 with a degree in illustration from the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Savannah campus and studied clay at the Penland School of Crafts (NC). While working in various art mediums in Atlanta, she started her handmade jewelry business in 2000 in Atlanta.

What’s popular: Hydrangea blossom rings and earrings ($168 to $600) and orchid leaf, semi-precious stone, and leather braided wrap cuffs ($600 to $1,700) with details that mimic curling leaves and blossoms as she turns real pieces of nature into sculpture.

Other favorites: Bronze Ginkgo necklaces ($128 to $600); Swamp hibiscus necklaces, available in silver, white bronze and brass with pearls and/or semi-precious stones ($200 to $600); Moon necklaces and Skull earrings in silver, white bronze and brass ($100 to $428).

Claim to fame: In 2013, Andrè Leon Talley, a former American editor at Vogue magazine, personally selected one of her necklaces (from ShopSCAD) to accompany a Zac Posen gown for Talley’s curated exhibit in Paris.

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in full bloom



Growing up in Texas, Ashley Woodson Bailey took time to stop and smell the flowers. She later transformed them into art. First as a floral designer. Then as a self-taught photographer, creating dramatic floral prints on wall coverings and fabric.

The artist: Bailey grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas, and from the University of Texas, where she studied art and art history. After college, she worked as a florist on and off for 20 years in Dallas, Houston, NYC, Savannah, Austin and Atlanta. Bailey started creating floral prints and wallpapers after she was in a head-on collision in 2012 and could no longer do the physical labor of being a florist.  She now lives in Jacksonville, Fla., and works out of her in-home studio.

The company: Ashley Woodson Bailey studio, started in 2014. The company offers limited-edition prints, wallpaper, fabric and clothing.

What’s popular: Dutch Love wallpaper ($12 per square foot. Minimum order is 35 square feet). Dark and lush, it has an Old World feel. Also prints ($175 to $5,800).

Other favorites: Fabrics ($208 to $275 per yard), including new patterns: DeWalt; Green Freedom and Frida Pink, inspired by artist Frida Kahlo.

Big break: Jessica Alba, actress and Honest Company founder, bought one of her large prints.

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inspired by nature

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In Tennessee, Hope Bailey lovingly creates ceramic pieces meant to inspire and elevate your everyday experiences.

The designer & owner: Bailey grew up in tiny suburb near Wilmington, Del., where she developed her love for the woods and outdoors. At the University of Colorado, where she fell in love with painting and ceramics, she earned a degree an anthropology and later returned for a teaching certificate in art education. Bailey worked in Chicago and Augusta, Ga., where she taught art and painted portraits before moving to Tennessee and opening her studio.

The company: Hope + Mary is small, made-to-order ceramic production studio in Lookout Mountain, Tenn. Started in 2015, the company makes wheel-thrown and hand-built tableware and lighting with hand-drawn by imagery. Bailey uses a labor-intensive process (called Mishima) that adds to the one-of-a-kind nature of her pieces.

The company name: Bailey named the company Hope + Mary to honor her mother Mary, who died in 2011.

What’s popular: Butter dishes ($190) and whiskey cups ($40) for wine or other drinks feature critters from her woodland animal series. Also platters ($440), plus dinner and dessert plates ($110 and $88). All pieces are food and dishwasher safe.

Other favorites: Woodland animals ($32 each). Collect one or all. Also drum lamps ($660) and cow skull sconces ($1,100 to $1,345).

What’s new: The pollinator series and new lighting.

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fresh threads

Leisa Rich

In her abstract and colorful mixed-media work, Atlanta fiber artist Leisa Rich uses many processes and machines, including free motion machine embroidery and a 3D printer.

The artist/designer: Rich was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada and holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Western Ontario. She also earned a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of North Texas. As a fiber artist, she is trained in weaving, sewing, basketry, embroidery, and plant and chemical dyes.

The materials & techniques: Plastics, thread, fabrics, mixed media (and so much more) favors 3D printing and free motion stitching — otherwise known as machine embroidery, a way of “painting” and building texture with sewing thread

What’s popular: Interactive panels ($275 to $4,000), where viewers can touch and rearrange the plastic and metal framed works. Delta Airlines recently acquired four of her large panel works for its sky lounges, including Atlanta and Austin.

Other favorites: Wearable sculpture ($45 to $2,000).

Fun (or unusual) request: Make a 22-inch-tall top hat for a lead singer in a band.

Claim to fame: Has artwork in many permanent collections, including Emory Healthcare, the Kamm Teapot Foundation and the Dallas Museum of Art. Also PBS filmed an art segment about Rich.

Claim to fame 2: Wrote and illustrated a children’s book: “Animal Alphabet Traveling Twisters”

Atlanta ties: A descendent of the Walker family, who sold the land that is now Piedmont Park to the city of Atlanta. Her grandfather and great grandmother were born on the land. Rich didn’t find out this piece of family history until she moved to Atlanta 10 years ago.

Where to see her work: In Atlanta, at Studio Leisa Rich, her studio/art gallery/teaching space in the Goat Farm Arts Center (W214), 1200 Foster St. Also at the Summer Swan Invitational at the Swan Coach House Gallery (through August 4), 3130 Slaton Drive, and “South: The Grand Salon Show” at Kibbee Gallery (July 15-31), 688 Linwood Ave.

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