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Illustrator Tom Ryan shows off some of his work at his studio in Naugatuck.

Local creations: Borough artist blends mediums for graphic look

NAUGATUCK — Tom Ryan is a jack of all trades. He describes himself as “illustrator/fine artist/graphic designer/awesome.” He’s a graphic artist, web designer, and gallery owner. Ryans majored in illustration…

This poncho is just one example of the wearable art created by Jo Ann Piper of Naugatuck.

Local creations: Naugatuck knitter turns relaxing hobby into part-time venture

NAUGATUCK — Jo Ann Piper learned to knit by watching her grandmother when she was five years old. Soon, she learned to read knitting patterns from a cousin and knit…

Terri Takacs created this 'crazy quilt' clutch from scraps of silk and fine threads. -LARAINE WESCHLER

Local Creations: Quilts gone wild

NAUGATUCK — Terri Takacs’ studio is crammed with color-coded thread, hand-dyed ribbon, and beads, all arranged in neat little holders along the wall, drawers, and cubby-holes. Takacs uses the materials…

Jackie Fretz of Naugatuck makes plush animal backpacks, like the penguin backpack above, for children in her spare time. - LARAINE WESCHLER

Local Creations: The call of the wild backpacks

NAUGATUCK — What do a lady bug, a penguin, and a purple monster have in common? Local artist Jackie Fretz has tamed these wild animals into plush backpacks for children….