ABCs of crafting at Caz Fabrics

"Drawn to Letters" finished products can be purchased or custom ordered at Cazenovia Artisans, where Gilbert is a newly juried member, or at Chloe's Closet in Fayetteville.

She said she values the opportunity to sell in small local shops, where the customer wants to know the maker and the shop owners know their customers' tastes.

"I'm selling good memories and it is a thrill to think about each customer's future experience with a personalized handmade item," Gilbert said.

Gilbert is one of a growing number of Central New York artists who also showcase and sell their work online via the handmade shopping site called Etsy.

"Selling online offers a different kind of personal touch by allowing your work to be in people's homes and businesses at all hours," Gilbert said.

She has found customers from the mid-Atlantic states, Australia, Ireland and Finland. Her knitters' pun cards were featured in the UK magazine Yarn Forward and most recently she sold 5 prints to NBC studios for props in a TV drama.

"That was really a kick - to be acknowledged by a professional stylist - but I am much more thrilled to create a book or card that will become a good memory in someone's life story," she said.

Gilbert has a degree in illustration from Syracuse University and worked as an illustrator, designer and materials buyer in the food and fashion industries before relocating to Cazenovia in 2000. For the past nine years she has been teaching adjunct courses in drawing and fashion illustration for Cazenovia College, ESF and Syracuse University.

To view or purchase Gilbert's work, or to contact her, visit "Drawn to Letters" online at drawntoletters.etsy.com. For more information on the show, contact Cazenovia Fabrics at 655-8500.

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