Feb. 10 Sew Ingenious Makers Featured Artists at the Arkansas Craft Gallery


Feb. 10, Featured Artists Jeannette Barry and Tom Wirries, of Sew Ingenious Designs, Little Rock will be at the Arkansas Craft Gallery in Mountain View from 10-5 with their hand-made purses and bags.
“The road to our fabric purses started in 2004 simply with a love of fabric and some free upholstery samples.  We just started to think creatively.  I had some sewing background and Tom caught on VERY quickly. So we decided to make handbags – the very best handbag we could create, with all the features I have liked in purses I’ve owned, with quality and customer satisfaction our guiding principle.”
“Three years ago we decided to add leather handbags to our selection and it has been a big hit and a lot of fun. We follow fashion trends and classic designs.  We now have many styles to appeal to a wide audience and we continue to design new styles every year.  Most design development is started by visual or mental conceptualization and then through practiced deconstruction we teach ourselves how to make the physical piece.”
Both Jeannette and Tom were born into the auto industry of Michigan, but didn’t meet until later in life.  Sewing came naturally to Jeannette because her grandmother was a seamstress. Tom is completely self-taught, his ability to engineer designs with no pattern is amazing.  If you can describe it to him, he can make it. “We are both very dedicated to a quality bag that will last and last.”
Arkansas Craft Guild & Gallery
“Promoting Handcrafted in Arkansas since 1962”
Phone: 870-269-4120
Gallery Shipping Address: 104 East Main Street, Mountain View, Arkansas 72560
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 800, Mountain View, Arkansas 72560
Gallery hours: 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday – Saturday

Ginger Smith joined OGTC in 2014 as a volunteer, and has lived in this area since 1972 when she moved to be near her parents, the late Doss and Vivian Burgess. Her late father was Independence County Appraiser and any time family, whether kids or grand kids, came to visit for even a short time, he would take them to A.D. Hill’s grocery store, and get them a soda pop and candy bar, see the talking bird there, and end up “checking out the great White River.” All the kids and grands have played on the banks there, picnicked, and played on the old train. Ginger is adamant, since she moved to Batesville, there is just no other place to raise a family. Her love for the area and desire to help promote it in her professional capacity led her to seek volunteering, and Charlie Morris, whom she met when she was a typesetter at the Daily Guard Newspaper, put her in touch with Cathy Drew, Executor Director of OGTC. She has been on board since then and says she has loved everything she has done and is proud to represent North Central Arkansas.
The last 20 years of her employment she worked for the late County Judge David Wyatt, West Elementary School Principal Jerry Harris, and Circuit Clerk Claudia Nobles and Judge John Kemp. At the Guard Office she says she made friends for a life time, and then the West Elementary teachers, students, and their families grew close to her forever. Her last job she was hired in a newly created position to collect felony fines and restitution. She was so proud that after three years she more than tripled the annual revenues that she retired! Her part-time retirement job was with the ortho docs, Drs. Allen and Angel where she also met many people from all over the area, and made another set of new friends! She is a published writer and has also written feature articles for the Batesville Guard TV Guide and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
She has a daughter, Misty Long Sparks, son-in-law Dloyd Sparks, and three grands, Dalton Lee, Victoria Lynn and Anna Rose, who own her heart, and three more heartbeat grands, Nico and Corbin of Washington, and a late granddaughter, Ginger Savannah. Her late husband, Ken Smith, was the Batesville Postmaster.
Totally retired now, Ginger offers her time and writing abilities to OGTC as she travels around the state and visits with so many nice folks, writes reviews, and tries to be a worthy representative for Ozark Gateway Tourism. She is a people person who really cares for all God has blessed us with in our beautiful state of Arkansas in the United States of America.