Arts and crafts crowd the sidewalks of downtown Menlo Park

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on October 15, 2010

Jill Pillot at Menlo Park Sidewalk arts and crafts fair

The 14th annual Sidewalk Fine Arts and Crafts Fall Fest is taking place today through Sunday (10/17) on Santa Cruz Avenue in downtown Menlo Park. More than 90 artists and crafts makers are showcasing their paintings, jewelry, photography, unique wood sculptures, clothing, accessories, toys and more. All of the artists are on hand to visit with patrons;  some will be providing crafts demonstrations over the weekend.

In the “and more” category are Jill Pillot (top photo) and Jim LeGette (left). Jill designs one-of-a-kind women’s and children’s clothing out of recycled material, transforming a discarded piece of clothing into wearable art. Earlier this year she won the DeYoung Museum’s First Prize for Best Art-Inspired at the Discarded to Divine fundraiser for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The San Mateo-based designer also gives special workshops on design and sewing to both adults and children.

Jim LeGette makes wood-and-wire “guise,” sculpture-like structures with moving parts labeled “holizots, pneumacloids, psychloids and other guys.” One of these guys was a near life size Leonardo de Vinci, which Jim demonstrated “doing what Leonardo should have done.” Just what, we’re not sure but it was fun to watch.

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