Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Meet Virginia Berry!

Virginia Berry is a textile artist with training in drawing, painting, sculpture, textile arts and costuming. Berry's design work ranges from clothing, to purses, jewelry, table linens, notebooks and other assorted creations. She hand makes everything in her home studio, including the tags in each creation. She has been making wearable art since childhood and has been designing under her label YazBerry Fashion since 2005.

Berry graduated from Skidmore College with a Double Major in Spanish and Government and a Minor in International Affairs. She designed costumes for the Skidmore Theatre under the tutelage of Patti Pawliczak and would sculpt period hairstyles for shows. Berry had garment collections featured in annual fashion shows at the college.

YazBerry has been shown at art fairs throughout Minnesota. In 2011, YazBerry was available at Northfield, MN’s Riverwalk Market Fair. YazBerry Fashion is currently available only on and at The Local Joint store in Northfield, MN.

Berry's collection, YazBerry Fashion can best be described as vintage inspired design in bold colors and structural shapes. Her keen eye for color and volume come together nicely throughout her pieces. YazBerry Fashion ranges in price from $10 for handmade earrings up to $227 for a handmade messenger bag made of antique Japanese kimono obi silk. She also carries a carefully curated selection of vintage purses and accessories and has recently started offering vintage decor items. Her work is sustainable in nature as she uses a mixture of recycled textiles and jewelry bits, found objects and new and melds them into must have one of a kind creations. She boasts that YazBerry will leave people asking you where you got it! 

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