Abbey Glass offers a fresh spin on classic, tailored clothing for women. The Atlanta, Georgia native is known for mixing creative textiles with clean lines, and a modern, feminine fit.
After an endorsement by Jane Fonda’s GCAPP foundation and encouragement from her art teachers, the Atlanta native began her formal fashion education at Central Saint Martin’s at 18.
Before graduating from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), with a degree in Apparel Design, Abbey had the opportunity to work under Marc Jacobs and Francisco Costa at Calvin Klein Collection.
Upon graduation, she won a finalist spot in the Supima Design Competition runway show at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in September 2012, which kickstarted her career.
Abbey derives much of her inspiration from vintage findings and her love of science and art. Two of her latest collaborations have been with Britt Bass and Tobias Tovera, both abstract painters based in the US.
Matt has followed in the stylistic tradition of his father and grandfather, using a lathe and hand-forged tools to turn logs into sculpture. He commonly uses trees native to the South – wild cherry, box elder, sycamore, white pine, red and silver maple. "I was an overnight success, but it took 25 years," jokes Matt, who began learning the art of woodturning from his grandfather, Ed, and father, Philip, when he was still a boy. Matt turned his first bowl at the age of seven. "For a long time, I didn't have any aspirations of selling the work. I did it just for fun.” While he was in college, Matt learned how to apply finishes to the wood pieces. By the time he started graduate school, his skills had developed to the point that he was able to help his grandfather, who was suffering from a physically debilitating condition, complete his last few pieces. Ed Moulthrop died in 2003. Matt, has worked full-time as a wood turner since 2004.
"Being a third generation wood turner, it seems I have spent my entire life surrounded by wood. As a young adult, I learned that the artistry of woodturning comes not from the hand, but from the eye. Being able to “see” the shape of the bowl has been a legacy and a gift I have tried to improve upon with my own vision and version of style, form, and texture. I strive to blend both tradition and innovation into an art form that honors my legacy and creates a new one.
Each piece I create is a unique experience for me. I endeavor to inject into each one a balance of color and form, shape and substance that fully displays the beauty and richness of the tree. Each tree has a story to tell. Wormholes convey past life, rings communicate growth, and certain colors indicate lightening or blight. My job is to tell the story, lengthening the life of the tree. My hope is to build a bridge between the natural and the artificial, by fusing the innate beauty of the material with a design that accentuates the splendor that is turned wood.”
Matt has created many commissioned works of wood from trees with personal or historical significance. Among the custom pieces he has completed are a large bowl turned from a portion of the famed Auburn Oaks now residing in the permanent collection of Auburn University's Jule Collins Smith Museum; a group of bowls commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association from a red elm tree that once lived in a garden outside the organization's building; and two bowls for The Columbus Museum., one made of reclaimed wood from the Columbus dam project and another from a tree that grew at the childhood home of Carson McCullers' in Columbus, Georgia.
In 2012, Matt was selected to participate in the "40 Under 40: Craft Futures" exhibition of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery. In 2014, Matt’s turned-wood vessel joined those of his father and grandfather in the permanent art collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The Moulthrops are only the second family with three generations of artists (after the Wyeths) featured in this collection.
Dogwood Knoll Design was established in 1985. It remains a landscape design and consultation firm specializing in residential landscape design incorporating perennials and native plants to enhance the outdoor living spaces enclosed within a garden. As owner and principal designer, Sandra J. Sandefur brings a wealth of experience to the drawing table. A graduate of Kennesaw State University, she was honored as an Alumni Achievement Award winner in the Natural Sciences. She has served as president of both the Georgia Perennial Plant Association and the Landscape Design Consultants Council of The Garden Club of Georgia. She has taught classes at both North Metro Technical College and Kennesaw State University Continuing Education Division. Lecturing in depth on subjects from pruning, perennial selection and xeriscaping, to native plants, color in the garden, and solutions for common landscape problems, she has enlightened groups both large and small. A charter member of the Chattahoochee Nature Center, and the Georgia Native Plant Society, she is also a member of the Georgia Perennial Plant Association, American Hydrangea Society, Indian Creek Garden Club affiliate of The Garden Club of Georgia, and a Gardening Consultant, Environmental Consultant, and Landscape Design Consultant of The Garden Club of Georgia. As a garden club member, Sandra received the Member Award of Honor in Landscape Design from The Garden Club of Georgia and went on to garner the same award from National Garden Clubs, Inc. for the Deep South Region. In addition to designing, Sandra continues to produce articles for NativeSCAPES and Perennial Notes, the newsletters of their respective organizations, and contributed two chapters on native plants for the regional gardening book Gardening ‘Round Atlanta. Sandra personally gardens on ten acres in West Cobb County where every return home is a retreat to nature.
Matt Tommey is a world class sculptural basketry artist working in Asheville, North Carolina's River Arts District.
His interest in fine craft and handmade baskets began as a teenager, growing up in southern Georgia. His passion for using natural materials began to center around creeping southern vine, kudzu
while in school in the North Georgia mountains at Young Harris College and the University of Georgia. Now an Asheville, North Carolina resident, Matt's handcrafted baskets are a whimsical
collaboration of traditional techniques and wild, rustic, natural materials including natural vines (kudzu, honeysuckle, bittersweet, wisteria, grapevine) and bark (poplar, hickory, mimosa and
others). His most recent work focuses on sculptural basket art vessels using a combination of bark and vines, metal and encaustic wax.
As a professional craft artist, Matt is a leader in the contemporary basketry movement, serving on the Board of Directors of the National Basketry Organization (2011-2014), the River Arts District (2013) and as an instructor at schools, guilds and conventions around the country including Arrowmont, the John C. Campbell Folk School and the North Carolina Basketmakers Association Convention. He is also the founder of an international arts organization, The Worship Studio, committed to helping artists make the connection between creativity and spirituality.
The Cobb Land Trust Inc.
P.O. Box 672652
Marietta, GA 30006-0045