CRAFT gallery will celebrate American Craft Week, Oct. 7 through 16, by opening a new show emphasizing contemporary graphic design and form that is wearable, functional and beautiful during the downtown’s First Friday art walk.

Potter Hanako Nakazato and the South Street Linen design group is new to CRAFT. Joining them is Portland fiber artist Jody Meredith, who incorporates bold graphic design and color in her boiled wool scarves, hats and jackets.

Nakazato, a newcomer to Union, makes elegant functional porcelain bowls, plates, cups and serving pieces. Spare in design, they are rendered in solids of black, bisque and soft peach and ochre matte glazes. She comes from 14 generations of potters in Japan, learning her craft from her father.

Complementing her work are linen fabric designs by South Street Linen that are printed on Vinalhaven, long linen panels that are hand stitched and block printed in fresh contemporary designs with Asian and Scandinavian influences, in naturals, grays and primary colors. They are designed to be worn as scarves or used as table runners and wall hangings. South Street Linen is a collaboration of three female designers from greater Portland — Mary Ruth Hedstom, Lynn Krauss and Jane Ryan. The unique pieces were designed specifically for CRAFT.

“Wearable, Functional, Beautiful” will continue until Nov. 27, when CRAFT will close for the winter. Other work by more than 20 artists will also be on view. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m., CRAFT gallery is located in the courtyard at 12 Elm St. For more information, call 594-0167 or visit

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