This month You can Save 10 percent 

on works by Our October Artists of the Month

Jan HurdBona Fiske Kidston, and Susan Tornheim

Jan Hurd

The belts and headbands by Jan Hurd are not only colorful and eye-catching, they are reversible as well. She also makes cases for reading glasses and decorative key holders. Coming from the field of interior design, Hurd has a well-developed appreciation of textiles and pattern. The Lexington resident donates a portion of her sales to nonprofit organizations, including local museums, Children’s Hospital, and the Northeast Animal Shelter. Sales of her headbands help Locks of Love, an organization providing wigs to chemotherapy patients.


Bona Fiske Kidston

Bona Fiske Kidston makes lusciously warm mittens from recycled sweaters and lines them with synthetic fleece. She says, “I began making items from scraps and recycled materials at a very young age. My mother would give me pieces of material left over from her sewing projects, and I would create clothes for my dolls.” While in college she made costumes for the Dance Department and later made costumes forperforming arts productions at her children’s school. “After we moved back to Massachusetts,” she explains, “I started a business making items from recycled materials. I continue to make mittens and other items from recycled sweaters. I love to hunt for the materials and try to envision what I will make from a particular sweater. I have very little waste and use the small scraps to make Christmas wreaths and ornaments. I love the process of putting together the colors and patterns to create an item.”


Susan Tornheim

Susan Tornheim’s current passion is hand embroidery, which shows up more and more on her felted hats and scarves. The stitches trace the veins in leaf shapes, adding additional texture to the already tactile wool felt. Stitches also meander around vintage and antique buttons, further ornamenting the accessories. Using traditional wet-felting techniques, the Newton artist utilizes soap, hot water, friction, and pressure to make fibers of loose, fluffy wool tangle together to form a dense, warm fabric. In addition to hats and scarves, she turns the felt into flower pins, yarmulkes, pillow covers, and other items.

Help us fund research to detect and cure pancreatic cancer!

Do your holiday shopping early, because during October and November you would support a good cause.

Yvette Kaplan was a local Boston jewelry artist who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2017.  Yvette’s husband also passed from pancreatic cancer.

Please help spread the word about Yvette’s jewelry, because during October and November all her proceeds will go to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

During October and November, 100% of Yvette’s jewelry proceeds will be donated to the PurpleStride walk which benefits the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

If you are on Facebook, there is a FB Post on Yvette’s Wall, from September 28.  Please Share the Post with your FB friends.

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Thank you!


February through November look for designated Artists of the Month and save 10 percent on all of their creations offered at Sign of the Dove at Porter Square.

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