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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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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.

Where to buy:

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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.

Where to buy:

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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.

Where to buy:   

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start your engines

Wooden Wonder

Atlanta’s Richard Webb has had a longtime interest in cars. He has collected cars (374 over his lifetime). He also raced cars. When he retired, Webb was driven to paint them.

The artist: Richard Webb studied graphic arts at Pratt Institute (NY) and graduated from Florida State University, where he studied advertising design and painting. After graduating, Webb had a long career in advertising, specifically in developing brand concepts. After he retired in 2003, he resumed painting as a hobby, now his second career.

Known for: His colorful, large-scale automobile paintings ($500 to $5,000, plus), which often feature the side or front end (or grill) or a car.

What’s popular: Commissions. When it comes to cars, people tend to want a specific car, either their own or one that invokes a special memory.

Other favorites: Painting on non-traditional surfaces, such as classic Woodies on surfboards and vintage Land Rovers on barn wood.

Fun (or unusual) request: Often asked to use part of a car in painting, such as door handles and hood ornaments.

Claim to fame: Earlier this year, Webb was asked by Porsche Financial Services to create an original painting for its annual “Fusion” event, where top producing dealerships are honored. Each honoree received a framed, limited-edition print of the original painting, which hangs in the Porsche corporate offices in Atlanta.

Claim to fame 2: So far, he has completed nine paintings for Thomas Trissl (, one of the largest Porsche enthusiasts and collectors (also an art collector) in the Southeast. It’s has been fun to be around his collection of current and vintage automobiles and be able to paint hem, said Webb.

Where to buy: or by appointment at his Atlanta studio at Also in Atlanta, at the Piedmont Park Arts Festival (Aug. 19-20).

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Bamboo Rods

North Carolina’s John Hollifield made his first bamboo rod in 2011. Since then, he has made nothing else. Hollifield hopes his custom, hand-made rods will be used for years. And passed down to the next generation.

The company: Hollifield Bamboo Fly Rods began in 2011. Located in Hayesville, NC, just north of Hiawassee, Ga. Hollifield not only hand crafts bamboo fly rods to the specifications of the customer, he also does custom engraving and offers rod-making classes.

The designer & owner: Hollifield earned degree in industrial technology from Western Carolina University in 1981and worked in various jobs during his career, including industrial and quality engineer. He retired in 2014 to devote full time attention to his growing rod-making business. Hollifield lives and works on property in Hayesville that has been in his family for eight generations.

What’s popular: Rods, in two or three pieces, in the seven to eight feet range in line weights from three to six. However, other rod sizes and line weights (2 to 10) are available. They include an extra tip which is traditionally included with bamboo fly rods. A two-piece rod with an extra tip starts at $1,600 and an aluminum rod tube. Three-piece rods with an extra tip start at $1,800.

Other favorites: Custom engraved rods (cost of hand-cut engraving is based on design complexity and whether 24k gold is required). Reel seats are available in aluminum, nickel silver and stainless Damascus (deluxe models only).

Fun (or unusual) requests: Make a rod for a customer in Mongolia. Also create a rod with an engraved buffalo, which was a company logo, on the reel seat.

Big break: Featured in the 2016 August/September gear issue of Garden & Gun magazine.

Where to buy: In the Atlanta area, at Fly Box Outfitters, 840 Ernest W. Barrett Pkwy., in Kennesaw. Hollifield and his rods will be on hand in Asheville, NC, at the Southern Highlands Craft Fair (July 21-23).


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