Carol Brody opened Craft Concepts 12 years...


Carol Brody opened Craft Concepts 12 years ago at the Green Spring Station, along with co-owner Carole Halverstadt. Brody, a former potter and jeweler, started small and gradually grew to selling an array of handcrafted jewelry and wearable crafts. Many of the things in her store are done by artists who will be showing at the American Craft Council Show at the Convention Center and Festival Hall this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

How would you describe your taste in clothing?

I like comfortable, unstructured clothing with classic lines that hides my flaws and helps my assets. The excitement for me is the fabric whether painted, woven or appliqued. I also like solid colored clothes that can act as a canvas for jewelry.

What's the newest thing in your closet?

Because I'm a clothing buyer, I have something new on all the time. My favorite new item is a hand painted raw silk suit. I'm a winter, so it's black with primary colors.

What's the oldest thing in your closet?

I used to play dress up when I was a little girl and I still have a trunk filled with clothes that belonged to my mom and grandmother. In the trunk is a black crepe beaded dress from the Twenties, that I wore when I was thinner. I am also adding wearable art to that collection and saving them for my future grandchildren.

What have you kept for sentimental reasons?

I have a mannequin in my hallway that came from my father's store, Brody's, in Oil City Pa. He started this small town junior department store in the '30's and the business just closed this year. So the mannequin is my sentimental memory of that store.

Do you have a special outfit that's just hanging around waiting for you to lose a few pounds?

I have lots! But I've learned to buy clothes with an elastic waist and overtops.

What's the most expensive item in your closet?

The more expensive items in my wardrobe are my one-of-a-kind wearable art. I have a silk knit dress and vest that I choose the design and the color from the artist's repertoire and she made it for me.

What's the least expensive item in your closet?

Probably things like ethnic woven belts that you buy in Caribbean for a couple of dollars and the colors are wonderful .

What's the wildest outfit you've ever bought?

One of the strangest outfits I ever bought was a Bedouin wedding dress in the old marketplace in Jerusalem about 12 years ago. It was a long caftan, with the yoke embroidered down to the waist, front and back and down the sleeves. When I got it home, I never wore it because it smelled and I was afraid I'd get some kind of disease.

What's your biggest clothing mistake?

The Bedouin wedding dress, because it was expensive and I never wore it.

Do you have any shopping tips you'd like to share?

Buy clothing made by American craft people. I've tried to shop for hand crafted clothes in other countries, but the quality, design and craftsmanship is far superior here.

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