American Revolution design is Patriot Kevin Travers, and he describes ARD as "25 years in the making, built on hard work and determination...the blood, sweat and tears in your gears."
As a lifelong resident of Rhode Island, he has been building, renovating, restoring and designing homes, new and old alike throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The recent downturn in the economy and a few unexpected bumps in the road ultimately left him with a lot of free time and little resources for new ventures. Holed up in his historic New England farmhouse, he found himself surrounded by years of accumulated junk and decided to build a makeshift workshop in an old chicken coop.
Christine McCarthy of Artful Intuition combines instinct and imagination to offer a uniquely curated selection of handmade and found objects to celebrate, decorate, and commemorate life's special and simple moments. Vintage goods are served up alongside vintage reused creations and vintage inspired crafts and art works.
Christine told us, "All of my work incorporates images and collage materials from the past..." Some of the 'thread' that ties it all together? Vintage sewing notions and knitting; old postcards and sculptural bookmaking; sheet music and beach-combing, and the list goes on. Her vintage product focus is primarily smalls (think: sewing notions, pocket watch parts, and dog show ribbons) and paper ephemera (postcards, flash cards, and labels). You'll even find some antique chemistry lab equipment thrown in for good measure!
A book conservator and artist, Christine tell us she has always made things, collected things, and displayed things. As a child she wanted to be an archaeologist, because the idea of fragments that hold secrets and stories from the past appealed to her.
"The Providence Flea was recommended to me by a customer at an arts and crafts fair last summer," she told us. "I am a Rhode Island transplant in Connecticut, who loves any excuse to come home!" Well, we're glad to be that excuse, Christine--and we're sure Flea patrons are pretty revved about it, too!
Jess Repose takes original photos and transfers them onto wooden postcards. (Yes, you can actually mail them with a little extra postage.) The transfer process is done by hand with acrylic gel medium which makes each postcard unique. The 3.5 x 5 inch postcards are made from laser cut birch wood using tools at an AS220 lab, and most of the photos are shot with a film camera. Pretty cool, huh?
Jess told us, "I was looking for a fun and creative way to sell my photography without just framing the photos. I love that each and every transfer I make is different."
(Yes, Jess, well 'different' is one word for it. Another few would be...'deliciously tactile and an insanely creative use of a camera and a piece of wood!')
Jess is coming to the Flea on September 7 and 14 because she's a local of Providence and would like to share her work with friends and neighbors. We recommend you stop by for a share.