PLACIDA — Artist Honey Finney started out as a quilter, became fascinated with the artistic nature of fabrics and has made a living designing and teaching about fabrics for 40 years.
The Englewood resident designs everything from quilts, jackets and wall fixtures to sashiko stitches — Japanese embroidery.
Finney is meticulous when she designs her pieces. As long as there’s a theme, she says she can find fabric to match the occasion.
Finney is a member of several local sewing groups including the Sunshine Quilt Guild in Englewood, Venice Area Quilt Guild and Evening Star Quilt Guild in North Port. She’s taught numerous classes and sold patterns.
“I’ve just been more into sewing because it becomes natural to me and I enjoy doing it,” Finney said.
Prior to her work in fabrics, Finney did paintings. Once she dedicated herself to fabrics, she became more active in the scene. Age has slowed her participation in recent years, but she still does shows including a recent one at the Englewood Sports Complex.
“I’m toned down compared to when I was living in the New York-New Jersey area,” Finney said.
The pieces Finney brings to the Placida Saturday Arts and Crafts Market are not completely representative of her work. She brings the more popular items like purses, quilted wall hangings, tote bags, and sashiko stitching. She will sell her quilts and clothes on request.
“I don’t bring clothes (too often) because they’re too specific,” she said.
Finney said she first read about the Placida Saturday market in the Sun and had to take the opportunity because it was free and she lived nearby. She started participating in 2011.
“The market is delightful since it gives you a chance to show your unique skill even if they don’t buy,” she said. “When they do buy, it’s a compliment.”
For more information about Honey Finney’s work, call her at 941-475-2544.
The Placida Saturday Arts and Crafts Market will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 23, and almost every other Saturday through April on the grounds of the Fishery restaurant, 13000 Fishery Road, Placida. Parking and admission are free, and artists can display their work there for free. For market information, call 941-697-2451.