The Opulent Squid returns for Season Three of the Flea on Opening Day, Sunday, June 7 from 10 am - 4pm! Owner Melissa Murray has been with us since the beginning. She designs and creates handcrafted "posh and peculiar" jewelry from vintage assemblages and found objects. She tells us, "I try to use upcycled materials and vintage components as often as possible. I find that incorporating these element enhances the character and uniqueness of my work and helps to give each piece a history of its own!"
When we asked Melissa why The Opulent Squid returns to the Flea year after year she had this to say: "I wait for it all winter and actually save some of my new summer lines to debut especially for the venue. The freshness and diversity of my fellow vendors inspires me and keeps me coming back for more, and I know my customers feel the same way!" We're glad to have you back, Melissa!
Support local jewelry makers and see more from The Opulent Squid on June 14!
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!
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!
Maureen of Inside My Cranium is The Guitar String Chick.
She collects guitar, bass and mandolin strings from local musicians and repurposes them into funky, cool jewelry.
She adds other well used things she finds like keys, key plates and coins to enhance the weathered, layered metal feel of her pieces. She says, "Everything is repurposed and I never buy new to make my work!
Look at the beautiful results:
Meet Maureen and see her work at The Flea next Sunday. If you have guitar strings you don't want, bring them to her!
Josephina's Creations is a veritable smorgasbord of flowers, succulents (her personal favorite), cactus, air plants and other garden delights that Josephina Sullivan has planted in old French pots, sea shells, birdcages, various vintage containers and hypertufa forms that she makes herself!
Josephina told us, "I love the vibe at the Providence Flea..whenever I've gone I've had the best time and I've picked up some of my favorite treasures."
Jo also makes chair gardens, terrariums, and jewelry out of quahog shells... with still more vintage and garden items sprinkled throughout her arrangements. Now she's working on "living walls" -- plant frames that you can hang up outdoors!
Jo said, "I love to garden, collecting fun items that interest me and putting it all together. It's a great experience to share a piece of yourself with others!"
Go Green, literally, with Josephina at The Flea this weekend!
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!
Black Sheep Designs jewelry is crafted from vintage and antique treasures. That's right, Pamela Laurenzo hunts for tokens, tags, keys, and other tiny finds to make NEW treasures just for you. Mount Hope bridge tokens, weathered coins and Boston T tokens are paired with locally sourced vintage beads and mixed metals to make tailored-but-funky necklaces, bracelets, earrings.
Black Sheep Designs comes to The Providence Flea (and your wardrobe) from their Pawtucket studio. Meet Pamela and find your perfect patina June 22 or in July or August!
Sometimes it is just best to let the pictures talk.
Recycled Silver Wear. Beautiful silver jewelry and accessories made from repurposed silver pieces. Come find your pattern at The Flea on June 8, 15, 22 or 29.
Steve Duque is an artist, a skateboarder, and a native Rhode Islander. These passions come together in his wonderful handcrafted jewelry and housewares -- all made from repurposed skateboards he finds around town. When Steve isn’t out exploring Rhode Island on his board, he’s gathering broken and discarded skateboards in his studio and carefully shaping them into earrings, necklaces, coasters, pens and other colorful, intricate objects.
Steve is a Flea Fan in his own right. He told EcoRI “The Providence Flea is probably the best flea or art market I’ve ever been to. Not only because I’m a vendor there, but because of what they offer and how organized they are. You’re not just another person who’s signing up for a table. They want to know what you do and how they can be into it. These guys are really into it.”
Aw shucks, Steve. We ARE really into supporting our vendors!
Get an upcycled skateboard from Duque’s colorful layered collection. He’s at the Providence Flea June 1, 8 and 29!