contact name: A. Hafez
PO Box 270534
Golden Valley MN 55427
Upper Midwest Bead Society
Textile Center of Minnesota
Allie Hafez is a profesional jewelry artist based in Minnesota, USA. Her designs incorporate a variety of materials and techniques, and every creation is one of a kind. She began to develop her interest in hand crafts while studying for her degree in Occupational Therapy (OT). Her coursework included learning basic techniques to produce many types of arts and crafts. This exposure has contributed to Allie's use of mixed media in her wearable art. As a result of her OT training and skills in adapting tools, materials and methods for doing things, Allie is acclaimed as a patient and inspiring instructor for beginners and experienced beaders alike. She teaches beading techniques to individuals and groups in both private homes and community-based settings.
Soon after college graduation, Allie started making beaded jewelry to accessorize her own clothing, and was often asked to sell what she was wearing. When Allie moved to Minnesota, she noticed that the most common exclamation about her jewelry creations was "Oh, that's interesting!" so that inspired the name under which she now sells her creations: Oh, That's Interesting! Wearable Art (OTIWA for short).
OTIWA designs have been featured in several galleries, including Edina (MN) Art Center, Textile Center of Minnesota, Xanadu Gallery (AZ), and APW Gallery (NY). She's a member of MNArtists.org, and often volunteers to help with their promotional events at the Minnesota State Fair and Walker Art Center. Allie is a long-standing member of the Upper Midwest Bead Society, by which she was invited to present at a monthly meeting on the use of paper for making beads.
As both an artist and Occupational Therapist, Allie has a particular interest in paper-based designs, for functional as well as decorative use. She has taken courses in "Cardboard Carpentry", which uses specialized techniques for producing affordable adaptive furniture and assistive devices for people with disabilities. Allie's plans for her "retirement career" are to incorporate her skills as an artist and Occupational Therapist to help people with disabilities in developing countries participate in and contribute to their communities' development of local arts and crafts businesses.
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Minneapolis Institute of Art
Prior Lake Area Art Crawl
Prior Lake City Hall
Prior Lake Library
Scott County Fair
Edina Art Center (Edina, MN)
Textile Center of Minnesota (Minneapolis, MN)
Lake Waconia Studio 56 (Waconia, MN)
Xanadu Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ)
APW Gallery (Long Island City, NY)
Lillian By Design (Alton, IL)
Pleasant View Gallery (Lincoln, NE)
Blog essays on "Placebos for Art":
Part 1: Eye of the Beholder and All That (http://bit.ly/dObMvz)
Part 2: Is it Art or is it a Placebo? (http://bit.ly/gIFVNt)
Part 3: Whatever! (http://bit.ly/eowCfy)
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