Today’s Chicago Woman- January 2014 - Artist Kasia Jarosz work featured at my gallery http://www.tcwmag.com/kasia-jarosz-photography-exhibit/#prettyPhoto .
Chicago Artist Charity – November 2013 – November Featured Artist https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoArtistsCharity .
Fashion Affair Magazine – December 2013 http://issuu.com/topboutiqueshop/docs/nov_2013 .
SocialLife Chicago - October 2013 - One of my favorite designers Stephen Gertz http://www.socialifechicago.com/2013/10/18/chicago-celebrates- ermenegildo-zegna-store/heather-offord-and-stephen-gertz/ .
YourTrendy Magazine – 2013 - Akira Fashion Show 2013 http://www.yourtrendy.com/AKIRAsFashionShow2013.html .
CS Interiors - Summer 2012 http://www.modernluxury.com/cs-interiors/scene/orange-crush/img59940 .
Kiss Fm Radio interview with George McFly – 2011 – Discussion of "Art in high rises" project .
Artemisia -Lake Geneva spring 2011 http://blog.artemisiastyle.com/?p=6357 .
The Chaseys - 2011 http://www.thechaseys.com/2011/05/what-ive-been-up-to.html .
Art fair insiders - December 2011 http://www.artfairinsiders.com/profiles/blogs/one-of-a-kind-show .
Strike The Root Project - 2011 http://tunetrack.net/ccmixter/blog/posts/421/strike-the-root-ccmixter- remixes-lessig/ .
Artemisia -Lake Geneva First Friday - Summer 2011 http://blog.artemisiastyle.com/?p=7342 .
Soo News Today - Summer 2010 http://www.soonews.ca/viewarticle.php?id=27372 .
Soo Today - Winter 2009 http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/full_story.asp?StoryNumber=42605 .
Our Homes Magazine, Urban Chic- Fall 2009 http://www.ourhomesmagazine.com/admin/includes/doc_view.php?ID=1138
Heather Offord’s original art clutches are the most authentic marriage of art and fashion in modern day. After several years as an internationally renowned artist, Heather Offord turned her attention to fashion. For Heather, the clutch was the perfect medium to highlight her art. As Heather notes “the metallic frame of a clutches presents the ideal frame for a piece of art.”
However, scaling from a 2 foot by 6 foot canvas to a 3 inch by 8.5 inch clutch face is no easy task. Somehow, Heather manages to capture as much detail in her clutch faces as she does in her much larger works. “I had to rethink my creative process, build new tools, and scale everything down” said Offord; “it might seem odd, but you actually need more detail in a smaller piece than you do in larger ones, because viewers take such a critical eye to each color and each brush stroke.” The works, however, do not disappoint. Whether the ultra-exclusive, hand-painted clutch or fine art limited edition prints. The detail and vibrance are astounding.
Heather has even revitalized works painted over five centuries ago, taking elements from 16th and 17th century paintings and recombining them into new, original pieces. “With a little manipulation, some of the finest classical, renaissance art can be transformed into the most beautiful, modern, abstract compositions. Working with these pieces has given me a whole new respect for classical art.” Staring into the clutch faces, one can hardly believe their origins lay in antiquity.
Fusing the worlds of art and fashion are far from Heather’s only priorities. “The goal is to support other artists.” In coming versions of her clutch design, Heather hopes to feature numerous other artists, bringing an entire museum’s worth of genres into the palm of the hand. “It helps artists and brings more art into the world, everyone wins” says Heather. If this were not enough reason to buy, a percentage of the proceeds from certain featured clutches goes to various charities.
Whether to support the arts, charity, or to be on the cutting edge of fashion, Heather Offord’s original art clutches are quickly gaining notoriety among the nation’s fashionistas.
2013 Best in show - International Microsoft Hosts Mobility and Humanity Art Show - Sculpture .
2011 Best Painter- Highland Art Fair, Chicago area
2010 Best Painter-Rochester Hills Fine Art in the Village, Rochester, MI .
2009 People’s Choice Award - Art Fair Sault Ste Marie, Ontario
-custom made clutches
-original paintings/ sculpture
HEATHER OFFORD GALLERY Chicago, IL Owner/Curator/Artist 2011Current Managed and ran the gallery and events, hosting artwork from over forty different artists.
ART SPACE Sault Ste. Marie, ON Canada Curator/Artist 2009 – 2010 Managed gallery events and displays.
SPRINGBROOK COMMUNITY CHURCH Plainfield, IL Lead Artist / Design Assistant June 2012-April 2013 . Coordinated with designer, general contractor, and client to plan all artistic design needs. . Examples of some work included in the project were graffiti work, large-scale wall murals, theater backgrounds, props, and large-scale sculptures. Photos available at: https://www.facebook.com/SpringbrookChurch
WARNER/CHAPEL PRODUCTIONS London, UK Cover Artist January 2013 . Art featured on cover of CD
CHEVROLET Plymouth, MI Featured Artist July 2010 . Art featured by in Chevrolet web commercial to demonstrate spaciousness of back of the Chevrolet Traverse.
Art Expo Newyork- New York,NY
Gold Coast Art Fair-Chicago,IL
Port Clinton Art Fair-Chicago,IL
Glencoe festival of the Masters-Chicago,IL
Ann Arbor Art Fair-Ann Arbor,MI
Barrington Art festival-Chicago,IL
Eastside Millennuim Art Festival-Chicago,IL
Arlington Heights Art Fair-Chicago,IL
Chicago Botanical Garden Art Fair-Chicago,IL
Buffalo Grove Fine Art Festival-Chicago,IL
Festival of Art Old Orchard-Chicago,IL
Art at The Glen-Chicago,IL
Lincolnshire Art Fest-Chicago,IL
Downers Grove Art Festival-Chicago,IL
Highwood Art Fair-Chicago,IL
Art Gallery of Algoma-SSM,ON
Canadian Arts Fest- SSM,ON
Arts at the Dock- SSM,ON
Hilton Beach- SSM,ON
Art In the Park-SSM,ON
Art on the Rocks -Marquette, MI
Loplops – SSM,ON
Great Lakes Art Fair - Novi, MI
Rochester Hills Fine Art in the Village-Rochester,MI
Whitespace Gallery Solo Show- SSM,ON
TAF Tech/Art/Fashion- Chicago, IL .
Chicago Couture Fashion week-Chicago,IL
Microsoft Mobility and Humanity-Chicago,Il
Fashion, home decor, or commercial projects upcoming and you want to work with Heather? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
From humble beginnings, Heather Offord’s rise to international popularity has been astounding. It’s hard to believe during the recession Heather was sitting in her living room painting abstract art on bed sheets she hand-stretched over wooden frames. Now, thousands of sales later, Heather has mastered her craft, winning awards for her painting as well as sculpting. Yet as an acclaimed artist were not enough for Heather. Turning her eyes to fashion, she saw a place for her art in accessories. Now, this young entrepreneur has her own line of high-end earrings, necklaces, cuffs, and clutches, all featuring original, abstract art. A true hidden gem of Chicago, those who know her closely follow and anxiously await every new release. A seemingly endless font of creativity, fans and patrons are usually not left waiting long.