Fair days for felt

I first met Danielle Gori-Montanelli at “LOOT: MAD About Jewelry 2013” at the Museum of Arts and Design in Manhattan.

Her eye-catching felt creations managed to stand out in the curated showcase of innovative contemporary jewelry design from around the world.

We would go on to profile the Maryland-born artist – who graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers – in our May 2014 “Flower Power” issue, a nod to the part of her work that incorporates floral themes.

It was a lovely surprise to be walking through Grand Central Terminal late one afternoon last week to look up and see a booth filled with her work.

Turns out Gori-Montanelli is participating in the Grand Central Holiday Fair this year, one of more than 70 artists, craftsmen and businesses now filling Vanderbilt Hall.

I stopped by to say hello – and was reminded again of her incredible artistry (and sense of humor). The booth is filled with necklaces and hats, hair clips and headbands – but her signature work may be her brooches, where quirky definitely rules.

You can select from fruit slices and avocado halves, radishes and matchbooks, licorice allsorts and pencils.

And Gori-Montanelli, who shared she is still living happily in Vermont but is thrilled to be back in New York, said that big hits in the fair’s early days have been her pretzel, Mid-century Modern furniture and “Oy” designs. We’re not surprised.

Stop by and say hello, as the fair continues daily (except for Thanksgiving Day) through Dec. 24.

For more, visit studiodgm.com or grandcentralterminal.com.

– Mary Shustack

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