The Carpenter's Wife RI crafts upcycled, OOAK art and functional pieces from various media. The woman behind the magic, Jerilyn Spaziano, tells us that her inspiration often comes from taking walks in the woods and stumbling upon unique and unusual pieces of wood or piles of oversized acorns. She's also been known to use pallets found behind abandoned warehouses. Each time, she tells us she thinks, "Free wood! I'm going to take this home and make something out of it."
Jerilyn began working with wood in 1975 when she made history as the first woman in her high school to take wood shop classes. She later married master carpenter, David Spaziano, and continued developing her woodworking skills and learning from him. But wood isn't Jerilyn's only talent. She holds a master seamstress certificate and enjoys taking classes in jewelry-making and metal working, too. This carpenter's wife is truly a 'Jill' of all trades and a master of many.
"I feel proud to be part of Providence Flea, which represents an eclectic mix of artists and crafts people from the state of Rhode Island. The vendors are like a family who help each other, while independently hoping to sell their wares." Welcome to the family, Jerilyn!
See the latest from The Carpenter's Wife RI at the Flea on Sunday, June 14 from 10 am - 4 pm!
Makeshift Studio was born when owner Sarah Furtado found herself newly graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Fine Arts but without a permanent studio to practice her art. A firm believer in 'making it work,' Furtado found herself continuing to make art in a variety of makeshift studios. From her studio Sarah creates and sells functional ceramic wares with a mission to make you smile. (Mission: accomplished!)
When we asked Sarah what inspired her work she told us: cartoons, children's book illustrations and pop culture. "I like to incorporate those into my work in hopes that when someone uses my pottery, they smile. I love to create work that has a story to tell or makes someone crack up laughing."
Sarah also told us she attended the Flea most of the Sundays it was running last summer and was inspired by all of the creativity. "It's such a great community event and there is so much activity and enthusiasm at the Flea, that I really wanted to be a part of it this year."
We can't wait for Sarah and Makeshift Studio to join us at the Flea on Opening Day, June 7!
Tom Nault loves antiques and collectibles and he's no newbie to the flea market scene, having first attended markets with his parents when he was just 10 years old. "I can't not go," Tom tells us today. "It is pure joy for me to be there."
We like Tom because he has great pickings...and because Tom likes the Flea. In fact, when he gushes, we blushes! "Great stuff, delectable food, sweet people, good times on the Providence waterfront... Why wouldn't I want to come back?"
Tom doesn't come often, but when he does, he doesn't disappoint. You won't want to miss his eclectic collection of vintage jewelry molds, science lab beakers and bunsen burners, ceramic sculptures, antique furniture and furnishings, and downright fantastic finds.
Check out Tom's latest at the Flea on Opening Day from 10 am-4 pm on June 7. We never know when he'll be back!
'Freedom Through Art', Resources for Human Development, RI (RHD-RI), provides people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore and expand their creative talents in a way that empowers them. Their artists create paintings and drawings as well as craft items such as handmade soap, pillows, bags and hand-painted repurposed furniture.
Artist B. Lucy Stevens told us what inspires them: "The belief that creativity has no disability. That these talented artists deserve support as well as opportunities to get their art out into the world and perhaps even support themselves through their art."
We're pretty sure that we're as excited as they are to come to the Flea. "We want to show off our fantastic artists to a larger Rhode Island audience," Lucy said. "We believe that their unique art will appeal to the kind of people who attend the Providence Flea -- people who are looking for things they can't find anywhere else. Also, we want our artists to experience the sense of accomplishment and empowerment that comes from actually selling their work."
Don't miss the fabulous creations of these artists at Opening Day on June 7, 10 am - 4 pm!
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.
I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that even if you don't have a yard, it would be worth your time to stop by Katey's Garden Flower Art booth at The Flea.
"I will use the term 'whimsical' to describe my yard art."
And this, dear reader, is super cool whimsical yard art:
How did Katey get started making these?
"A friend of mine introduced me to plate flowers through a photograph she found, and I was hooked. I wanted to just make a few for myself, but we know how that story goes. That was 3 years ago, and I'm still at it. Let me compare it to Lay's Potato Chips*: I just can't make just one!"
Um, no, she can't:
Where on the good green earth does Katey find so many plates?
"I find pieces at the secondhand shops that everyone goes to. I also have been lucky at estate sales and antique shops. Yard sales can be good, but I don't find as much as you would think. I do have a couple of secret haunts that will remain nameless. Friends stop by my house and give me things. I think people are happy to give things away when they think that something unique can be created with it. My friend Al from Big Al's Poke and Pick spent part of last winter finding items for me too!"
When Katey's Garden Flower Art is at The Flea she sets up a magical glass and porcelain patch on the Greenway.
"I started this art later in life and it has brought out the good and bad in me. The good part is being able to create fun things that make me smile and hopefully make other people smile too. The bad part is that I have become obsessive compulsive over making them. Does anyone know a good therapist??"
Okay. The work is amazing and you now know exactly what your yard is missing. But even if you DON'T have a yard, don't you want to stop by and see the glass in the sunshine and hear a few more lines from Katey? Come meet her at The Flea!
* The Providence Flea does not endorse or recommend Lay's Potato Chips, but we do heartily approve of snacks and snacking.
Our immediate reaction is, "Cool!"
Our second response is, "I want that!"
Affa Dot Designs brings a wonderful modern take on classic industrial materials. The good people at Affa told us: "Upcycle is our motto. Everything we make has been recycled or repurposed using industrial gears, reused metal, and various motor, transmission and other vehicle parts."
Affa takes discarded metal and welds it into bookends, furniture, lamps, signs, decor and an array of creative adaptations where beautiful metal forms meet useful objects for your office or home.
Affa Dot says: "We recently bought an old fire truck and are looking forward to making some unique pieces!"
Intrigued? We are too. Come meet Affa Dot Designs at The Providence Flea this Sunday!
Rhode Trip Photography brings our state's past back to life through old fashioned film photography. Whether it is a vintage ad for Rocky Point or the listing for Grease playing at the Campus cinema, you can take a trip down memory lane with Rhode Trip Photography.
Artist Paul Davis spent his teen years wandering the used book and record stores of Providence. All of this looking and collecting resulted in an amazing collection of photographs of vintage Rhode Island.
Paul says, "Hand printing photographs in the darkroom and hand making Polaroid transfers in the studio is what I love to do. Finally, my love for antiques, Rhode Island and making have merged. These are the pictures I was born to make."
Meet Paul and share in the "OMG, I remember THAT!" experience this Sunday at The Providence Flea.
Bob’s Beach House premiered at the Flea only last weekend, and he sure made a splash with patrons. Well, according to Bob-o, they’re just getting started. Opening at the Flea with their 1,000+ disc vinyl collection and equally large CD collection, they also brought along some iconic art--including half-size cutouts of an animated Fab Four, painted album covers and more.
What partner Bob-o Feen hasn’t revealed to Flea fans yet is their travel scarf collection featuring Rhode Island summer favorites like Newport and Block Island, as well as an array from neighboring states and cities. But wait, there’s more…and we’re not talking about a set of steak knives, folks. The Beach House collection rolls out like the pull-down map you studied in 5th grade--and yes, he'll have those, too--plus sea charts, map prints and yes, more paintings. Sounds like Bob’s Beach House is the place to crash at the Flea this summer, and browse to your vintage heart’s delight! See Bob & Co. on July 6, and select dates throughout the season.
Oh how we LOVE the The Providence Comics Consortium (PCC). The PCC teaches free drawing and cartooning classes to kids at Providence Community Library branches and then publishes their work alongside the work of adult comic artists.
“We love showcasing all of the local kid and adult talent we work with," Julia Gualteri, one of the organizers tells us. "Craft shows, comic arts festivals, and fleas are about having a cool venue to share our project with new audiences, meet kids that might like to take a class or meet adults that might want to contribute to the project.”
Their books are beautiful, colorful, and self-published. They print on a risograph duplicator machine. These machines were popular in offices and churches in the 1990s but rendered obsolete by digital printing. Risographs are finding their way into the hands of artists who are using them to make books and prints. Cool.
The PCC gives local kids a chance to make art with working artists and put it into the world. If you know PCC, you love their work. If you haven’t met them you MUST. Stop by their booth at The Flea this Sunday, June 15th. We pretty much insist.