LARALO SEW FAB
Praised for being “absolutely adorable” and “extremely well crafted” by our judges, the Bermuda mermaid and fairy handmade dolls by Cindy Patterson of LaraLo Sew Fab earned a runner-up award for
their exceptional attention to detail.
“Locals and tourists who purchase my dolls are looking for a unique,
one-of-a-kind, handmade in Bermuda gift or souvenir,” said Patterson. “I
use fabrics that reflect the bold and vivid colours associated with Bermu-
da’s pink sands and colourful pastel houses.”
The dolls come in three different skin tones to reflect “the melting pot of
our cultures and diversity in our people.” The faces are hand-painted with
cheerful expressions and Patterson says that since most are bought as
loveys for little ones, safety in her finished craftsmanship is paramount.
“Every doll is carefully inspected to ensure the highest of quality and that
nothing is out of place. Since the majority of these dolls are purchased for
young people, all limbs and hair accessories are triple stitched to ensure a
product that will survive lots of cuddles and kisses ensuring a long lasting
The doll maker also accepts custom requests and makes other dolls
such as elephants, ninjas, dinosaurs, pirates and more. Her creations are
available at Harbour Nights during the summer months and seen on her
Facebook and Instagram accounts under LaraLo Sew Fab.
YART BY STRATTON HATFIELD
Bermudian artist and designer Stratton Hatfield creates unique, custom-made sculptures of local flora using white cement and quarry sand he calls YART.
With a BFA in industrial design, Hatfield takes impressions of natural
banana leaves, palmetto fronds and bay grape leaves, among others, and
transforms them into concrete pieces of art, designed for the outdoors and
made to weather in elements. Each piece is one-of-a-kind and prices range
from $100 to $1,000 depending on size.
Appreciating the superb level of craftsmanship in Hatfield’s sculptures, the
judges described his work as “unique,” “impressive” and “of high quality.”
STUDIO 8 GLASS
Commended for their innovative use of discarded glass to create stunning new pieces of art, the talented artists of Studio 8 Glass received heaps of praise from the judges in their category. The
studio, located inside Dockyard Glassworks, has a two-pronged mission: to
create new glass products for sale themselves and to teach people how to
make fused-glass items in their custom workshops using the by-products
of glass blowing.
Using the pieces of broken glass and a mixture of specialty tools,
crushed glasses and powders, everything from pendants to ornaments and
sun catchers can be created by assembling the various pieces on a ceramic
slab before fusing them together in one of their six glass kilns. After five
hours of cooling time, the pieces are ready to be finished by hanging them
on a necklace or mounting them on a ring, for example, and wrapped up to
take home. Cost for the class is $120 and special group rates are available.
1 Maritime Lane, Dockyard | 704 4216 | email@example.com | www.studio8.glass