CRAFT gallery, 12 Elm St., will joins craft artists, galleries and museums across the country to celebrate American Craft Week, Oct. 1 through 10.

The downtown gallery will highlight a new collection of wearable fiber art by Jody Meredith and handsewn books and folded paper works by Alison Kuller of Camden, both of whom were included in last year’s “Work of the Hand” craft show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport.

CRAFT represents many of the artists who participated in that show, fulfilling a need to exclusively show fine contemporary Maine craft in a gallery setting and to meet this year’s expectations of craft lovers and collectors who attended “Work of the Hand” shows in the past.

Kuller’s blank books are handsewn with linen thread and covering materials ranging from found papers, recycled plastic bags and paste papers made by the artist. Her gift cards and folders incorporate origami, pop-out windows and clever lotus folds. Everything Kuller creates is thoughtful and exquisitely made in her Three Stone Folio studio in Camden.  CRAFT will show her samples of custom books and folios, which can be commissioned for special occasions along with paper holiday tree ornaments and paste paper for gift wrapping.

“I love this work, and I’m intrigued by the variety of challenges and solutions it represents,” said Kuller.

After a varied career as a writer, Outward Bound instructor, museum administrator and teacher, bookbinding and conservation became her passion. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the George H. Bush Presidential Library, the New York Public Library and the Widener Library at Harvard University.

Cooler autumn weather makes Meredith’s boiled wool scarves, hats and jackets a welcome addition to the CRAFT collection. Her scarves are made of fine merino wool or cashmere appliquéd with felt in patterns and colors that are striking, off beat and utterly contemporary. Her jackets, unique and of her own design, are meticulously tailored in boiled wool and edged in silk or velvet in unexpected color contrasts and patterns.

Joining Kuller and Meredith are 22 additional craft artists whom Barbara Michelena, owner of CRAFT, has chosen to be part of her collection. CRAFT is located in the Elm Street Courtyard. For more information, call 594-0167 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to