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Artist Demo: Stenciled Floor Cloths

History-inspired floor cloths by New England stencil artist.

New Hampshire stencil artist Michele Hollick will demonstrate her talent and skill of history-inspired stenciled floor cloths at 1 p.m. on Monday, February 6th during Market Square Shows at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Stenciling pattern on a floor cloth from the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA by Michele Hollick.

Stenciling pattern on a floor cloth from the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA by Michele Hollick.

Hobby turned business.

“What started as a simple ‘kitchen table’ hobby thirty years ago blossomed into a full time business,” says Michele. Although she started stenciling on walls, quilts and wood furniture, it was when she became interested in Colonial-era furnishing and accessories that gelled her journey to the nationally awarded craftsman that she is today.

Historic patterns.

With honor to historic patterns and a nod to the colonial-era painting process, Michele carefully stencils patterns of time-tested early American subjects – diamonds and pomegranate, starbursts, shaker trees, pineapples, baskets, Moses Eaton willow trees and thistles, Rufus Porter scenes, roosters, mariners compass, checker boards, birds and more.

“Buyers attending our shows covet the integrity of traditional craftsmanship that high-level artisans such as Michele demonstrate,” says Kathy Goodrich, president of Market Square Shows. “Her accomplishments to the museum market, early American home enthusiasts, and colonial-era preservation is unmatched. To say she is top in her craft is an understatement.”

Michele’s excellence in artistic replication does not go unnoticed. Because of her commitment and dedication to honoring historic patterns and artistry both Colonial Home and Early American Life magazines have featured Michele’s best work. Twice, she earned distinction on the prestigious list of Top 200 American Craftsmen in Early American Life magazine.

Find her work in museums.

Her work can be found in countless New England museums and preserved early American homesteads and merchants such as the Shelburne Museum, Franklin Pierce House in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, Wayside Inn in Sunbury, MA, Edward Durant House, Newton, MA, Bump Tavern, Cooperstown, NY, Humphries House, Dorchester, MA and many more. Her work also appears in the gift shops at Colonial Williamsburg.

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Market Square’s wholesale show in Valley Forge/Oaks, Pennsylvania will run from February 5-7, 2017 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and will include three wholesale ways to buy – order-writing, artisan gallery, and cash and carry.

Since 1989, Market Square has been managing unique and successful wholesale shows throughout the country presenting one of a kind gift and home décor products in traditional, farmhouse, primitive and vintage styles. Market Square is well known for shows in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; Madison, Wisconsin; Marlborough, Massachusetts; and Springfield, Ohio. For more information about buying and exhibiting at Market Square visit or call 717-796-2377.