Don’t forget about renowned designer and folk artist Jim Shore’s visit to Dillard’s, Penn Square Mall, on Saturday. Shore is well known for his popular and collectible figurines.
He will greet customers from 1 to 4 p.m. and sign purchases from the event as well as those pre-sold for customers who cannot attend event day.
Shore’s innovative artistry is based on elements found in American folk art and quilting. His work includes the popular Heartwood Creek and Disney Traditions collections.
While growing up in rural South Carolina, Shore was surrounded by artistic inspiration. His parents instilled a love of the traditional values expressed in American folk art. His grandmother, a master quilter, taught him an appreciation for the patience and skill required to bring intricate designs to life.
His style combines elements of folk art and a vibrant color palette. Santas are a popular design, and he estimates he has designed more than 3,000 during his career.
Though he no longer sculpts each item, each piece is painstakingly hand-painted and finished by artists using folk art techniques developed by Shore.
Shore initially supported himself and family as an engineer until he decided to devote all his time to his passion and art. Wiithin three years of founding Designs Americana, he had more than 350 employees and more orders than he could fill. His focus was split between managing the business and concentrating on his art. He needed a business partner, and in 2000 he teamed with Enesco to create Heartwood Creek by Jim Shore, a line of seasonal and everyday decorative accessories that has brought him world-wide fame.
He partnered with Disney in 2005, applying his design style to Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Pinocchio and Cinderella figurines.
Today, his designs are in more 25,000 stores worldwide.