For eight years, the Woodberry resident has been working full time on her jewelry business, Chee-Mee-No (a phonetic spelling of her last name), and travels from coast to coast showing her work at indoor and outdoor shows. Each piece is handcrafted and can take up to a couple days to complete.
Cimino's booth will feature some of her newer additions to her collections.
"I'm really happy with my new designs," Cimino said. The artist is especially excited about her new color pieces. "I'm really customizing the colors and having fun with [them]," she said.
Yoshi Fujii, 36, came to Baltimore five years ago to participate in the Baltimore Clayworks residency program. Now, in addition to being a resident artist, Fujii teaches and works as a gallery manager at Clayworks.
Fujii, who lives in Station North, creates what he calls "functional work," such as ceramic plates, cups, bowls, vases and decorative pieces that have eclectic designs inspired by "ideas of West and East," he said.
This weekend, the artist will showcase decorative pieces as well as his functional work for visitors to purchase or to simply admire his detail.
Fujii is not only inspired by his Japanese heritage — he also gains inspiration from traditional textiles and wood-cut prints, wrapping papers, advertisement designs and even tattoos.
"I see [the print] in two dimensional and I then transfer it onto the surface of my pots and by carving on the surface, it becomes a little bit of three dimensional," Fujii said.
Bmore Papercuts, paper
Annie Howe is not new to the Baltimore arts scene, but she is new to the American Craft Council Show.
"I'm thrilled to be there," Howe said. "I've never done a show on this level of the American Craft Council. … The level of work of the craft council is very high and I'm really honored to be part of it."
Howe, 34, moved to Baltimore from Rhode Island to attend undergrad school at MICA. After 10 years of cutting silhouettes of shadow puppets for an organization called Nana Projects, the Hamilton resident began transferring those skills to paper cutting and quickly realized its potential as a full-time business opportunity.
"I feel really, really lucky because it grew organically," Howe said. "I started this as just a way to give people gifts. [My friends told me I] should try to sell them and show them to people. I was friends with the owners of Clementine … and they were gracious enough to put my stuff up and see if it could sell."
Her work did sell and her business has grown through word of mouth, and by restaurants and stores, such as Clementine, displaying and selling her work. The bulk of Howe's work is commissioned one-of-a-kind, such as wedding invitations, anniversary gifts or presents to a friend. Customers usually ask her to cut paper to resemble a place they lived, or a quote, or a poem that has sentimental value. Howe has also designed for Urban Outfitters and Terrain and created a paper cut for Woodberry Kitchen, who then made the design into T-shirts for sale
When she's not doing commissioned work, Howe gains inspiration from her surroundings and enjoys the challenge of translating her inspiration into a paper cut. She explains that her work often showcases Baltimore's architecture; but other times she enjoys using her exacto knives and razor blades to cut animals and woodlands. Her pieces for the show will be of similar style but on a much larger scale.
"I'm really trying to put my best stuff out there," Howe said.
If you go
The American Craft Council Show is at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets are $14 for a one-day pass and $28 for a three-days pass. On-site tickets are $16 for a one-day pass and $30 a for three-day pass. Tickets purchased after 5 p.m. today are $5. Children under 12 are free. For tickets and more information, go to shows.craftcouncil.org/Baltimore.