Hilary Treadwell is the witty charmster behind bit & little bit. An artist, designer and teacher, Hilary loves to make things and to instigate creative trouble with children. Once I saw her leading a line of toddlers onto a RIPTA bus. Her bio reads:
"She babysits for some great families and works as a birth doula. She dances. And she loves the ocean and raccoons and the great murmurations of starlings."
Okay, she's amazing, but what about the stuff she brings to The Flea? Let's start with the t-shirts. The legendary t-shirts.
Clever designs for adults and kiddos are her specialty, so look for silkscreened tees, onesies and more that showcase that gritty, quirky Rhode Island pride.
But don't worry, there's lots more:
Cards, accessories, decor, magnets, toys and more all with the clever twist and handmade integrity of bit and little bit.
Stop by The Flea this weekend to meet Hilary, experience her smile and check out what she's been making. You won't regret it!
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.
At Jeanne Paradiso's Reloved Treasures Children's Consignment Boutique, she sells adorable, gently worn children's clothing, toys and maternity items with the aim of recycling and saving local families money. She told us she believes the general philosophy of recycling can be a bigger and stronger system across the region. Jeanne thinks, "It creates a sense of unity and everyone can get a sense of working for a bigger purpose." She told us her favorite thing about being at the market is "getting to mingle and experience the work of people around us." Well, there are so many interesting vendors to mingle with, we've been told by patrons and vendors they wish there were many more hours in the day at the Flea! (Hmmm...we think six hours is just the right amount for us!) Come mingle with Jeanne at The Flea on July 21, August 4, 11, and 25!