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Wende Cragg is an applique artist living in the San Franisco Bay area. She specializes in creating custom silk applique pillows in the Arts & Crafts style.

Almost a lost trade, Appliqué is one of the oldest known art forms, dating back as far as 3,000 B.C. Inspired by the aesthetic of Old World Artisan Guilds, Wende Cragg’s creations are rich in textural details and reflect an appreciation for timeless interpretation of historic design.
    Art Nouveau, Deco and Arts & Crafts—as well as traditional—motifs are all incorporated into Wende’s meticulously-executed wall panels, pillows and table runners in a color palette that hints of opulent jewel tones and the burnished
metals of nature’s realm.
    This neglected medium has unlimited possibilities. Somewhat like marquetry or stained-glass inlay, the composition can be manipulated to achieve shading and depth by “angling” the silk, turning it at 45 degrees to create subtle variations of the same color. This and many other techniques are employed when crafting one-of-a-kind pieces that are sure to dazzle any audience.
    Wende is a self-taught textile artist who has exhibited nationally for more than 35 years. Featured in numerous publications and recipient of dozens of awards, her pieces are installed in residences from Italy to Hawaii and were recently included in the SF Decorator Showcase.
    Wende works closely with designers and clients to create highly personal artistic statements in natural fibers.Commissions gladly accepted.

Macintosh  20" x 20" Silk; Ophira  22" x 18" Silk; Nappers' Daffodils  22" x 18" Silk; Madiera  22" x 18" Silk; Lilium  22" x 18" Silk; Dard  22" x 18" Silk; Craftsman   22" x 18" Silk; Etienne  22" x 18" Silk; Living Tree  22" x 18" Silk; Velia  20" x 20" Silk;  Lisette Nouveau  22" x 18" Silk; Nouveau Flow  20" x 20" Silk;  Bianca  22" x 18" Silk; Platinum Blonde 20" x 20" Silk; Cosmo  20" x 20" Silk; Deco Dance  20" x 20" Silk

Click on a cover image below to view the corresponding article (PDF): Style 1900, Old House Interiors, Cottages & Bungalows, American Bungalow, Arts & Crafts Homes. Wende's work has also appeared in numerous newspapers, including the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Marin Independent Journal.


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