Saturday, November 13, 2010

Food & Drink

We are so very excited about tomorrow's big CRAFTOPIA event and we hope you are, too! This season, we will be bringing you lots of culinary delights to enjoy before, during or after you shop.

Enjoy Steve Demeter's amazing locally roasted coffee, the decadence of Yummy Mummy's mouthwatering brownies and Sweet Lydia's sinful treats, all the delicious varieties of Gerb's Pumpkin Seeds, the savory delights of Ebisu's Japanese cuisine, and classic hot dogs from Hewtin's Dogs Mobile. And a special thank you to SNOW beverages for providing complimentary natural soda!

Aquatic Squash

Carey and Stephanie pooled their creative talents together to create a whimsical line of stationary, cards, magnets, tags and prints.

Make Intense

Ian Henderson's work represents an attempt to treat nebulous, passing, vision as Platonic Ideal; and bring it into manifestation through fierce application of technical virtuosity.

Draw a Card

Louisa Wimberger designs a sweet stationary line using a combination of glitter, embellishments, rubber stamps, pigment and dye inks, and watercolor pens.

Sowing the Beads

Paula McDonough torches up stunning handmade borosilicate glass pendants and lampwork beaded jewelry. She's just added mixed metal and enameled jewelry to her repertoire, too!

Geek Chic

From Dr. Who to Star Trek to Harry Potter, to all things Steam Punk - Darlene Belisle has you covered! Enjoy the handmade geeky goodness!

Come Clean

Let the magic of Helene Matteson's luxurious handmade soaps pamper you! Don't stop there ... she also whips up an impressive stock of soy candles, lip balm, body butter and natural room sprays.

Cast a Spell

Twigs and Heather is twin sisters and silversmiths Heather and Kerry Alice Collins. Their unique collection is part forest finds, part rock star and part silly romantic. Each piece is handmade and cast in sterling silver using the lost wax casting method and a few tricks of their own.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Sass You Up

Jennifer Adler makes the cards you always wanted to send. Smart, colorful, clean ... and hilariously frank.

Hooray for Clay!

Betsy Baker hand fabricates one of a kind and limited edition contemporary art jewelry in her Boston studio. She works primarily in polymer, a synthetic low fire clay that is remarkably versatile and colorful. Her polymer work incorporates a variety of mixed media surface techniques, including alcohol inks, acrylic paint, silkscreening and image transfers. She complements the polymer with hand forged fine and sterling silver that adds dimension and textural contrast to her pieces. Stonehouse Studio jewelry has a serene feel with a zen-like balance of pattern, color and shape. The pieces are simple, elegant and wearable.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Tub Treats

Soapmaker Kim Gonzaga creates sudsy tributes to punk icons, celebrities and feminists. Her 100% vegan soaps are all made from scratch, using natural ingredients. Stella Marie's famous soap cupcakes offer all the joy of edible treats without the calories!

Unleash Your Inner Starlet

Let Peggy Paliotta's collection of luxurious handcrafted bath and body products take you back to old Hollywood glam!

Hand and Foot

Jyll Ethier-Mullen is an artist, illustrator, and painter of jovial characters in whimsical lands. The primary land is known as Sickfeet, and it is the contextual world in which her characters adventure and interact with one another. It is a world of joyful tones, organic emotions, reminiscent textures, and inspiring tales. There is something strangely familiar in her work which reminds the observer of something in the past, while filling it with a fresh and hopeful commentary.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

She's a Natural

Shara Porter breathes new life into vintage and recycled leather wallets and bags with her quirky, cute, & natural images.

Flower Power

We love Ella Salomea's collection of handcrafted flower accessories and we think you will, too! All the petals are hand cut and then singed to prevent fraying.

Call of the Wild

Carrie Wagner creates illustrations, Gocco prints, original art and limited edition prints. Ms. Wagner is inspired by all that is weird and wonderful in nature.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ooniq Technique

Hilal Minda creates lovely, fluid handmade functional and decorative porcelain pieces.

Over the Moon

Hilal Minda creates lovely, fluid handmade functional and decorative porcelain pieces.

Cute as a Button

It is nearly impossible to resist these adorable creations - all made from up-cycled fabrics and recycled materials. One-of-a-kind and cut by hand without a pattern to work with the uniqueness of each sweater they start from.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hot Iron

Artist Jeff Weeks fabricates unique welded works of art, such as picture frames, cribbage sets and clocks.

A Beautiful Union

Nancy Reid Carr creates breathtaking aluminum prints while husband R. Michael Carr paints masterful oil works on canvas.

Mamma Mia!

This crafty duo creates fun fabric bags, aprons and accessories!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Fine Vintage

Mixed media artist Karen Malcolm creates eco-friendly artwork, jewelry and creatively restored vintage boxes made using 80% or more recycled and reused objects.

Grass Monkey, That Funky Monkey

Maddy Macedo wears many hats: Sculptor. Potter. Gardener. Painter. What do you get when you put them all together? A functional pottery line that is both functional and fun!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Thank You, Providence Monthly!

We are so excited to have been a featured event in the Holiday Shopping Guide for Providence Monthly!


Feeling down? Allow jewelry maker Kim Clark to enhance your mood. Ms. Clark infuses sunshine into each of her colorful resin pendants. And if that's just not your thing, don't fret. She makes lots of other delights using materials such as metals, paper, plastic, wood, glass, hardware and vintage bits and pieces.

Picture This

Boston area photographer Lucie Wicker finds inspiration in nature as well as in the city. Her eye captures moments and places that our near and dear, whether it be in the urban shrine of Fenway Park or the quiet dignity of a garden sundial.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Man After My Own Heart

Christine Guanipa combines bold, fresh fabrics with sturdy construction and handsome designs. Whether you've got lots to tote around or you prefer to carry around just the essentials, Little Man has just the right bag for you.

History in the Making

"The objects that I make are inspired by my past and historical references. Developed in the tradition and styles of the Victorian Era my jewelry focuses on ornamentation, symbolism and sentiment of my life. I predominately create these pieces by using traditional metalsmithing techniques such as lost wax casting, fabricating and enameling. These age-old traditions are linked back to the historical time periods that highly influence the conceptual aspects of my work."
- Lauren Blais

Monday, October 25, 2010

Have Journal, Will Travel

Textile designer Kristin Crane combined her love for travel and design in her amazing line of travel journals and stationary. From Africa to Europe to Asia and beyond, Kristin transfers our big, beautiful world onto the covers of her special books.

The Shoe Fits

Johanna Parker created these adorable baby shoes out of necessity. The elastic on the back keeps little ones from pulling them off and the bottoms have nonskid soles. Ms. Parker offers these darling little shoes in both organic and non-organic fabrics.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Green as Glass

"I am a visual artist, sculptor, creator whose inspirations lie largely in the natural world, bodies and peoples’ stories and struggles. My media of choice are metal and glass, though I enjoy experimenting with others. With metal, I work expressively and intensely, creating a multitude of potential experiences for the viewer. It is often intimate, pulling in to it at the same time that it pushes us away."
- Katie Richardson

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Peculiar Delights

Artist Kassondra Amada has a passion for the eerie and different. From nerdy folk with bird buddies, to humanoids with antlers - the interesting patterns and designs of the paper perfectly accompany her not so conventional subjects being printed on it, and the contrasty black of the print shines through with magical delight.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Don't Worry, Be Happy

If you are feeling blue, all you need to do is peruse Karissa Chase's ceramic collection. Her bright colors, happy messages and unique designs will brighten your day!

Silver Lining

Metalsmith Kim O'Brien loves making jewelry from sterling and fine silver and adding color to her pieces with enamel. Enamored with the problem solving of making adornments, her jewelry is influenced heavily on nature and the Art Nouveau movement.

Monday, October 18, 2010


Joanna Read Cotter creates gorgeous hand-painted scarves using a painstakingly detailed technique.

Upcycle: the practice of taking something that is disposable and transforming it into something of greater use and value.

JoAnne Coppolo combined her love of textiles, color and design with a long history of living green and making her own clothes. Through JOJO, Coppolo makes one of a kind kids' clothes from upcycled clothing.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Mind the Cap

Bottle caps transform into fantastic little works of art through the artsy hands of Jenny Booth.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

All that Dazz

Trish Kozub's handmade, super impressive creations are made from only the best imported sterling silver and fresh water pearls. Many include Swarovski crystals and beautiful handcrafted pendants, connector beads and clasps.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Stay Tooned

Hilary Crane-Stern's love for cartoons and illustration sings in her brilliant, one-of-a-kind t-shirts, kids' karate pants, hoodies, totes, plushes and scarves. All of Hilary's designs are uniquely hers and are loaded with personality, whimsy and tons of imagination.

Timeless Texture

Nathan William Murrell's work is inspired by his worldly travels. The textures, patterns, and color choices he makes harmonize beautifully to create "enigmatic pieces which feel well traveled yet at home in the hand."

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Prints Charming

Heather Jean Toupin's screenprints her amazing custom designs on fine quality paper and fabric. Whether you need an awesome onesie or a cool set of stationery, she can hook you up.

enam·el: to cover, inlay, or decorate with enamel

"What I love most about jewelry is its ability to contain and spur memories. Nature is also an ideal muse, always different, always inspiring. I also love to work with color, so enameling is one of my favorite techniques. All of the jewelry is hand fabricated by me, using a wide variety of gold and silversmithing techniques."
- Heather Wang

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Cute Doesn't Need a Reason

There is almost nothing that Amber Alves can't whip up into a cute, felt plush - including the state of Rhode Island! From felt magnets to pillows and accessories, her work inspires big smiles.