SevenArts welcomes new artisan



Dorothy Smith Graham’s Worthygoods wearable accessories will now be available at SevenArts Local Artisan Gallery in Ellsworth.  PHOTOS COURTESY OF SEVENARTS

Dorothy Smith Graham’s Worthygoods wearable accessories will now be available at SevenArts Local Artisan Gallery in Ellsworth.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF SEVENARTS

ELLSWORTH — Dorothy Smith Graham of Bar Harbor is the newest artisan accepted into the SevenArts Local Artisan Gallery at 192 Main St.

“I’m thrilled to be a member of this little group with such big talent,” Graham said.

Graham launched her business Worthygoods in 2008. Initially, she created hats, but now she also designs, creates and distributes other wearable accessories for adults and children.

The vintage woolens and up-cycled knits she uses in her cozy “texting” mittens are another way she keeps her work environmentally sustainable. By salvaging recycled vintage textiles, Graham gives otherwise unwanted clothing and blankets a new life. She finds that old-school tartans and prints are almost always so much more interesting than anything one can find new.

Graham upholds the high quality standards that membership at SevenArts demands. She chooses her materials with great care. When Graham scouts fabrics for her work, the checklist is twofold. First, she looks for appealing colors, patterns and textures. Second, the organic fabrics have to be certified, too. Their sustainability is documented by tracking farming practices and thread production, right down to the efficiency of the looms on which the fabric is woven.

SevenArts gallery, located in the Maine Grind building, is committed to fostering the creative community by selling the work of local artisans. Blown glass, clay tiles, mixed-media jewelry, oil paintings, watercolors, wooden house wares and stone sculptures have been shown in the small shop since 2008.

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