Dragonfly Design Studio

Dragonfly Design Studio began in 1984 as my studio for art and design. Now you’ll find unique artwork and fine crafts in my new shop, where many local artisans are featured.

You can also learn a new craft or artistic skill by signing up for a workshop! Dragonfly Design Studio started as a small studio to encompass the work I was doing as a graphic designer and illustrator. Over the years, Dragonfly Design Studio grew to include my husband, Ken Palmer, who excels in design and art direction, and my son, Kyle Palmer, a University of the Arts graduate. Kyle has a BFA in

Operating as usual

10/11/2020

SIDEWALK SALE!!! SUNDAY, OCT 11th, 10am until 5pm, or until it rains! Kyle took such nice shots of our sale, I decided to share them! We may switch some things around, but you can see the nice selection we have. Everything is at least 20% OFF! Stop by! 6 Church Street, Allentown NJ @ Allentown, New Jersey

10/11/2020

SIDEWALK SALE!!! We had a great day! Lots of people stopped by, bought a few things, and wished us well! EVERYTHING IS AT LEAST 20% OFF!!! If you had your eye on something for you or for a gift, now is the time to get it! I’m so proud of the artists we represent, and I admit I’m stocking up! So come and stock up, too, before it’s all gone! •HATS: polar fleece hats, kids’ hand sewn hats, knitted baby hats •POTTERY: mugs, bowls, vases •SOAP: gift soap, soap dishes •CARDS: photo cards, art cards–all archival and suitable for framing! •PHOTO PRINTS: archival matted prints, framed prints •HANDBAGS: party purses, hand sewn bags DON’T MISS THIS!!! We’ve tentatively decided to have at least two more sales before the end of the year, featuring jewelry and paintings! Stop by and say hi!

10/10/2020

We are OPEN AGAIN (temporarily) for the Allentown Fall Sidewalk Sale this weekend (October 10-11, 10am-5pm), and many of our items are clearance priced! Come say hello... we’ve missed you!!😘

03/19/2020

If you haven’t guessed already, for the health and safety of everyone, we are CLOSED until further notice. When this crisis has passed, we will definitely open back up, with the hope that you’ll come support us and make a special effort to patronize the many small and struggling local businesses that have been severely hurt by the Coronavirus shutdowns.

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Why you Should Buy Art from Living Artists

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12/07/2019

Come on down to the annual Holiday Open House this weekend! Festivities include live music, carriage rides, and holiday treats all weekend. (Shop small – your local small businesses appreciate it!)

10/24/2019

Witches’ Night Out is buzzing with activity!

10/12/2019

Come visit us at the Allentown Fall Festival, today and Sunday!

07/29/2019

The Faerie Festival is this Saturday, August 3rd, noon to 4pm! Our 2nd annual event! I hope you’re planning to come!!! We’ve made a selection of faerie things to buy. Ken and his musician friends will be playing music the faeries will like—you can listen, too! Lots to see and do around Allentown: hand-picked artisans, a Pixie Parade, a costume contest, a butterfly release, and more. Feel free to dress as a Faerie, a Wizard, an Elf, or anything magical. Remember, we moved the shop to 6 Church Street!

06/29/2019

A customer came in today and looked at daughter Sage’s photo of old insulators, and told me his grandfather used to work for a utility company. He revealed that the colors in the glass weren’t there just to look pretty; insulators were color-coded according to the voltage of the wires running along them. Interesting factoid!

06/22/2019

“Nature’s Patterns” class going on right now! Come visit us on this gorgeous afternoon!

Get on our mailing list for info on upcoming events and art/craft workshops: https://form.jotform.com/91577309391162

06/07/2019

Sorry, but the shop will be CLOSED this weekend
(June 8-9) for a quick mini-vacation... see you next week!

05/20/2019

Dragonfly Design Studio

04/13/2019

It’s a beautiful day here in Allentown, so come visit us!

03/28/2019

I started painting on tiny 2x2” canvases! The canvas wraps around a wooden frame just like the big ones. I was in a cloudy kind of mood! Hope you like them.

03/23/2019

Dragonfly Design Studio's cover photo

03/23/2019

Ribbon cutting festivities have begun... we are finally OPEN! Come visit us and say HI!

03/22/2019

The shop is almost ready for the grand opening! See you Saturday!

03/18/2019

Dragonfly Design Studio

03/05/2019
03/04/2019

We are now located at 6 Church Street in Allentown, NJ right across the street from LaPiazza!

10/14/2018

Hard to believe it’s been a year already!

We’ve rearranged the shop for our 1-year anniversary weekend. Stop by and see what’s new!

I love working with clay. I handbuild and throw, often combining the two. I paint each piece with underglazes, and fire with a clear glaze. Here are some samples of my work. 09/27/2018

So I decided to look back at the pix I’ve posted, and I never posted any of my tiles! To follow my last post of the new tiles I’m doing, I thought it would be smart to post some of my finished tiles so you’d know where I’m going with them.

I love working with clay. I handbuild and throw, often combining the two. I paint each piece with underglazes, and fire with a clear glaze. Here are some samples of my work. 09/27/2018

I’m playing with clay again and it truly makes me happy! I’ve said it before, Clay is magic! This semester at MCCC, I’m taking Special Studies in Ceramics, an independent studio. Auditing it, of course, because I have a GPA of 4.0! I don’t want to mess that up! Don’t be too impressed, tho. I accidentally registered for credit a few years ago, for Raku, and the A is from that. Now I want to maintain my average so it’s audit from now on! This is the start of my 6th year at Mercer. Five years of magic clay and wonderful, creative people! My soul is there! I will be working with white clay this semester, but first have to finish with the rest of my studio clay. I’m making a few more tiles. These are pix of two, which have been carved and are ready for their first firing. I’ll be painting them with underglazes, my thing to do. Hopefully I’ll remember to post when they’re done!

04/28/2018

A beautiful day for a craft fair. Here’s a look at our booth... giving folks a sampling of what’s in the shop just a few steps away!

03/23/2018

Come visit our shop! New things are blossoming!

(Winter hours have been a bit limited, but Spring IS here... isn’t it??!!😉

02/24/2018

We now have a listening station at the shop! Local musicians: if you have CDs to sell, come talk to us!!

02/03/2018

Glass Fusing workshop live at The Old Mill Crafters Guild

01/22/2018

If you like soap (and who doesn't?!), please come visit the shop this month to see the selection made by our featured artist! Gail Hillman makes the best soap out of the finest ingredients. Sage and I have been buying her soap for years, stocking up on her beautiful and fun-shapes to use year round. Gail is my "Soap Lady" and I was so happy to find out she lives in Allentown! And even more happy when she brought in such a wonderful assortment! I especially love the cupcakes, each in a reusable cupcake holder. The "soapsickles" are sweetly scented and look yummy. She's made adorable bundt cakes! And if you're looking for a special little Valentine gift, she's made heart-shaped soaps with flowers on top, which you can present to your sweetie on a heart soapdish in an organza gift bag! Gail's soap smells great and lasts a long time. Come in and see them! You won't be disappointed!

11/02/2017

Dragonfly Design Studio's cover photo

10/27/2017

Things are going well at our shop! Lots of people finding us, and I'm having fun talking to everyone! Update on hours: noon to 5 Wed-Sat, noon to 4 on Sun. For now. As it gets closer to the holidays, we may be open longer. And I'm planning a few workshops, including punchneedle embroidery, mosaics, felt ornaments, glass fusion, and polymer clay beads. Come visit!

10/13/2017

Well, guess what? We are opening our shop this Saturday, 14 October! Lots more to do, more art coming, need a new sign, etc. So much finished yet still so much left to go! It won't all be done for our opening, but the place is looking pretty awesome. I am just thrilled with the quality and creativity of the art and craft my friends are consigning! I'm not kidding when I say they are awe-inspiring! I want to shop in our own shop! The Allentown Fall Festival is this Saturday and Sunday. If you like festivals, this is a good one. If you'd rather avoid crowds, come next week, 11-6 Wednesday thru Saturday, Sunday 12-4. I'll have more info soon on classes and workshops. Our shop is at 42 S. Main St. Allentown, NJ. Follow the drive down behind the mill, all the way to the parking area. We're at the back, in the middle of three buildings. (PS: you won't be able to park there during the Festival) Please come visit!!

09/25/2017

My poor neglected page! I haven't written much in a while, and, clearly, I need to update my status. And it just so happens I have news!!! On October 14th, we are opening a shop! It's in Allentown NJ, on the property of the old mill. The mill sits right at the street as you go by the millpond. The shop is at the back, on the way to the parking lot. It's a lovely spot!

We are opening as part of the Old Mill Crafters Guild, and we'll be showing and selling work by the four of us, as well as by other local artists and craftspeople. We are connected to and working with the existing shop, owned by two creative women. We will be offering classes and workshops in art and craft, with a little music to round it out. It'll be a nice place to gather and learn.

If you know me, you know I have never stopped learning and I know how to do many, many things. I want to share what I know, and I love to teach! Kyle is a graduate of the University of the Arts and had taught children's art classes for several years. He has some ideas for what workshops he'd like to offer. Sage is an art education major at The College of New Jersey, and she is student-teaching art this semester. She is already an excellent teacher! Next summer, she wants to teach art to children and teens. Ken is a musician as well as an artist. He has a few music tech and instrument classes planned. I'm already speaking to other artists who will show the skills and techniques they have mastered.

We intend to offer interesting and unusual classes, unlike what you may find available elsewhere. We'd also like to teach what you'd like to know. Do you have anything you've been wanting to learn? It can be craft-, art-, or music-related. Leave me a comment! And if we don't know how it's done, we can probably find someone who does.

We'll have small classes, usually three to eight students, with a teacher and an assistant. Classes will generally be taught as 2-3 hour workshops, allowing you to learn something in one session. You don't necessarily have to commit to weeks of classes, although we may offer a few of those, too. It would help to know what days and times are good for you, if you're interested in taking something. (I hope you are!)

It'll be a great place to shop, too. We'll have many handmade gifts, one-of-a-kind art, photography, greeting cards, home dec, and jewelry, and more!

Please let me know if you'd like to join the Guild, consign your work, take a class, or teach a class!

I've been looking to have an opportunity to do this for years. It's finally happening! I'm working with great people and my whole family is involved. It couldn't be a better situation! I hope you'll at least visit. Please check back with this page for updates.

11/07/2016

The Coral Reef

11/07/2016

Dragonfly Design Studio

Our Story

Dragonfly Design Studio started as a small studio to encompass the work I was doing as a graphic designer and illustrator. Over the years, Dragonfly Design Studio grew to include my family, all artists, and we added the name PalmerArtwork as a brand for our work. My husband, Ken, excels in graphic design and art direction, and my son, Kyle, has a BFA in graphic design from University of the Arts. Kyle is a talented artist who is working on a book and creating artwork for our PalmerArtwork line of prints. He enjoyed teaching children’s art classes for several years after graduating. My daughter, Sage, is currently studying to be an art teacher at the College of New Jersey. She is a gifted artist, working in many different media, as well as creating art for our art print collection. Ken, Kyle, and Sage are all musicians, too, and write music together and play as the band PYXL8R.

I will always be an artist! Today, I am an illustrator, ceramic artist, jewelry designer, and craftsperson. In October 2017, we opened a shop in Allentown, NJ, where we sell artwork made by our family and friends. It is also my studio, and we are using the space for a variety of Workshops in art, craft, and music.

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Come on down to the annual Holiday Open House this weekend! Festivities include live music, carriage rides, and holiday ...
It’s a beautiful day here in Allentown, so come visit us!
Ribbon cutting festivities have begun... we are finally OPEN! Come visit us and say HI!
A beautiful day for a craft fair. Here’s a look at our booth... giving folks a sampling of what’s in the shop just a few...
Glass Fusing workshop live at The Old Mill Crafters Guild

Location

Address


6 Church Street
Allentown, NJ
08501

Opening Hours

Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 12pm - 5pm
Friday 12pm - 5pm
Saturday 12pm - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

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