FoA March Shopping Guide!

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FoA March Shopping Guide!

Field of Artisans

March Shopping Guide

March may seem dreary at times, which is why it's a good month to treat yourself to something that will brighten your day, home or outfit!  Below are the artists selling at the Field of Artisans Winter Market at Whalers Brewery Sunday, March 11th. 

Scroll to the bottom of the photos for DETAILS on the artist!

SUNDAY, March 11th, 2018





Teaberry Gardens

Spring is around the corner and it's time to start preparing for your gardens.  Ginny creates whimsical clay garden decorations (think mushrooms, suns, butterflies etc).  She also will have perfect homes to welcome happy creatures to your yard.  Her birdhouses, bat houses, and butterfly houses are beautiful, tall and well made.  How about a green roof bird house?  A fun garden alternative that the birds are sure to love!


Violet Drury Designs

Delicate, feminine jewelry by Violet!  Each piece is so pretty and made with carefully chosen pearls and semi precious stones.  Violet uses traditional stringing methods and wire wrapping techniques.  Her pieces can be layered or also stand alone in a striking, luminous way!  These pieces are very wearable for a variety of occasions.  



Ghyllian uses a multi stepped process to create art that satisfies her many passions:  environmentalism, geology, photography and drawing.  She takes photos in nature and transfers them onto wood.  She then paints and draws over the photo adding stylized details.  The work is finished with a coat of resin, protecting the wood and the image.  These beautiful wall hangings, coasters and magnets are truly one of a kind.  Check out our interview with Ghyllian HERE!


Lumen Naturae

Lumen Naturae is a line of holistic vegan self care products made with plants and love!  Irene makes products from herbal bath soaks to herbal teas.  She infuses a lot of her own oils, using all parts of the plant in her creations.  She takes extra care in creating teas and products that aid in self care and slowing down.  When working on a project, her favorite plant to add to her a tea is holy basil.  We can't wait to try.  Check out our interview with Irene HERE!


Birch Leaf Studios

Brianna creates functional housewares made from wood and burned with nature inspired images. The scenes she creates are incredibly detailed, realistic and beautiful! She takes care in choosing unique pieces of wood to really stand out in the home.  Check out her FoA Instagram takeover this week for more insight into her process!


Rarities Bindery

Kelly creates hand bound Journals out of beautiful antique papers and leathers.  You may have seen her Instagram takeover on the Field of Artisans Instagram last season!  This is a perfect gift for newlyweds, new parents, or a friend who writes.  She also makes preservation boxes to store your journal or precious item! Check out our interview with Kelly HERE!


Blue i Designs

Local jeweler, Kelly Jarvis creates a huge variety of beautiful jewelry.  There is something for EVERYONE at her booth!  She uses really interesting stone like turquoise and quartz that resemble aerial landscapes.  She weaves beaded wraps that are perfect for everyday wear (some even double as chokers).  She also offers stamped copper bangles with uplifting words on them.  Check out the interview she did with Field of Artisans for more details on her work!


The Blue Sister

RI local, Toni, creates the most beautiful vegan soap in all the land!  She is inspired by "sandy beaches to lush green campgrounds, sweet fruit orchards to aromatic gardens".  Each unique batch of vegan soap is mixed, poured and cut by hand with aesthetics and senses in mind.  A lovely addition to your shower experience. 


Purring Pottery

Beautiful dinnerware and housewares by Heather!  Each whimsical piece reflects a healing energy.  Part of Heather's process involves charging the clay with reiki energy.  Along with beautiful plates, mugs, bowls etc, Purring Pottery also offers a crystal healing series.  The series consists of clay canisters with crystals on top.  Check out Heather's FoA Instagram takeover HERE!


Moonface NE

Boston based artist, Hannah, creates a vast array of floral inspired mixed media!  Her booth is certain to remind you that there are warmer days ahead!  You'll find floral embroidered caps, hand painted greeting cards, and small abstract paintings (which she incorporates embroidery into as well).   Check out her FoA Instagram takeover


Wicked Candle Co

A fun gift for the beer lover in your life, entertainer or someone who advocates for protecting our environment!  Julie makes healthy and clean soy candles in beer cans and liquor bottles.  She'll have a variety, but she'll definitely have Whalers candles on 3/11!


Wandering Bird Designs

Inspired by nature and spacious ideas, Bonnie creates jewelry that echoes color palettes that we see in nature.  She aims for each piece to have a profound impact on the mind, body and spirit of the wearer.  Bonnie uses semi precious stones, plated metals and suede leather.


Sea Uniquely

Wear a piece of the ocean with you wherever you go!  Stacy roams the beaches of RI searching for the perfect sea glass to make into beautiful pieces of jewelry.  She pairs the glass with sterling silver settings that she creates herself.  Find necklaces, earrings, bracelets and even wine charms at her booth!


Visual Finking

Mallory creates work that reflects the inner voice and it's connection to the current world.  Her mixed media incorporates spray paint, acrylic paint and collage.  Her work is is vibrant and colorful.  She hopes to identify with all ages, genders and lifestyles. 


Functional Whimsy

Amy must have a lot of fun creating her jewelry line.  Her collection is quirky, cheeky and sometimes nostalgic.  She adheres vintage images to laser cut wood, creating a way for us to wear some of our favorite memories.  She also works with images of butterflies and butterfly wings!  Each piece is detailed and definitely a conversation starter!  


lzbth Ponchos

Elizabeth sews fun and flattering ponchos to accent any outfit or to take you from the beach to lunch!  She repurposes vintage clothing and accessories and gives them a new life.  Each poncho is totally unique.  Elizabeth has a talented eye for tailoring fabrics in just the right way so they flow in pattern and movement.   


Whalers Brewing Company

On Tap!

Luckily, we'll be popping up in a place that serves and sells delicious beverages!  We've paired this March Shopping Guide with the East Coast IPA (flagship, 6.5% abv), a "dark amber IPA that delivers an upfront floral aroma with a smooth malt body and complex hop finish."  Remember, sun and blooms are in our future!


*The above images are a strong representation of the vendor's work.  All Field of Artisans vendors hand make what they are selling.  Please be aware that there may be variety in the assortment you see on the day of the event! :)
**This is based on the current tap selection.  Whalers taps are subject to change at anytime, but we know whatever is on tap during the market will be delicious!

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In the Field with Lynn


In the Field with Lynn

Field Interview: Lynn Bouchard


Today's interview is with artist, Lynn Bouchard of Legendary Lynn.  Her illustrations are so recognizable and evoke such happiness and wonder.  The Legendary Lynn booth is a refreshing addition to the Field!  Pick up some adorable stickers or prints for a loved one tomorrow!  She also can do custom pet portraits in 20 min!

Find Lynn in the Field at

Whalers Brewing Company on:

SUNDAY: 2/11


1.  Your Legendary Lynn collection is full of magical illustrations!  What intrigues you about fantastical girls and animals? 

Thank you! Fantasy girls and animals intrigue me because they take me to a different world. There's a lot of darkness in real life and my drawings make me believe in magic and romance. I like to be able to share those themes with everyone.


2. Have you always been focused on these themes?  Or has your focus changed over time?

For as long as I can remember, I've always focused on these themes. Growing up I'd draw fairies and Sailor Moon. Fairytales were a constant source for imagination.



3.  Your girls are very recognizable.  Did it take you a long time to develop such a personal drawing style? 

That means a lot. I've made it my mission to harness my style and it did take time. I started to take my illustrations seriously for the first time in 2016. Drawing every day helped so much for developing my style.  


4.  Do you have a pool of characters/personalities that you epeat or is each illustration a new girl or animal?

My top three ladies are witches, mermaids, and fairies. These personalities all mean so much to me. I quickly realized they resonated with others too. It's nice to form a connection with someone who gets excited about a character you love! 

My go-to animal is always a cat! I love cats. That's a fact that I think anyone who has ever met me will say they know.   


5.  Do you use a combination of mediums in one piece?

Yes! I typically use a mixture of colored pencil, Copic markers, and watercolor. I've been working on some digital for future works.


6. Your pet portraits are adorable!  What's the lead time on one and how should a shopper go about ordering a custom pet portrait from you?  Do you do people portraits as well?

Thank you so much! For my simplistic, whimsy, head shot animal portraits, they can take around 10-20 minutes. For a full portrait with detail and background, it takes more toward an hour. Shoppers can come to my table at the Field for a whimsy pet portrait to be made right there! Email or show me your pet and I can work on it as you shop around! Shoppers can also find me on Etsy where they can purchase custom portraits of animals and people! My people portraits typically are fantasy types and take the longest to complete.


7. I've noticed you do a lot of competitions, partnerships and group drawing exercises on Instagram.  How has social media helped your business evolve?  

Art challenges and art swaps on Instagram helped me greatly. I started creating illustrations by joining in a month long Halloween drawing challenge hosted by one of my favorite artists, Mab Graves. The positive community that came along with the challenge was incredible. Everyone was at different levels and supportive! I honestly might have stopped drawing if it weren't for the amount of support. I've made so many friends and learned so much. Having prompts and themes to your art can push yourself to create things you might not have on your own. Instagram has its problems, but it definitely helped me be confident to share my work in order to start a business.  


8.  Do you think it's necessary for an artist to have an online presence in order for them to succeed financially or have a chance at making their art a full time job?

I think it is. It's necessary to be present and active in your community. Which online is a huge part of the art world now. It's still difficult to get noticed but it's a tool that helps me to push myself.


9.  What would your advice be to a fellow artist ho wants to network with similar minded artists?

Social media platforms are great to find like-minded artists. My start was on Instagram. There are so many art challenges for all different themes and mediums. It's a lot of fun and creates a fast community of support and advice! Another tip would be to look at local classes or artisan shows to stay connected in your state.


10.  Dream collaboration?  Can be a specific person, general person, company, etc.  What would you create together?!

What a great question! My dream collaboration would be with the artist Mab Graves. She paints pop surrealist girls with large eyes, among many other talents! It would be amazing to create a story book with her. 


See more of Lynn's work through her Instagram!



In the Field with Kelly


In the Field with Kelly

Field Interview: Kelly Allen-Kujawski


Today's interview is with artist, Kelly Allen-Kujawski of Rarities Bindery.  Kelly preserves treasured memories and the endangered art of writing, pen to paper.  Her technique is labor intensive from start to finish.  Owning a Rarities Bindery journal is so special.  You can feel the amount of love, dedication and work that Kelly has put towards your piece!  Kelly is a positive light always and we can't wait to have her in the Field all winter!

Find Kelly in the Field at

Whalers Brewing Company on:

SUNDAYS: 2/11, 3/11 + 4/8  


1.  Rarities Bindery preserves the art of writing through handmade journals and special memories through preservation boxes.  Has preserving these personal art forms always been important to you?

I would honestly have to say no.  I'm not a writer by any means, but for as long as I can remember, my nose has been buried in books.  This led to me collecting antique books.  (They smell so good and are so pretty!) This then led me to wanting to save the ones that needed some love.  As for preserving memories?  I come from a LARGE Portuguese and Sicilian family with a small side of old English and Native American.  We have some memories to save for sure!

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2. Can you elaborate on the purpose/thought behind a preservation box a bit?  What are the different things that people use them for?  What makes a preservation box a better option for storing something special?

A preservation box is exactly what it sounds like.  A box to preserve or protect a book or artifact.  While I specialize in books, I've made a few boxes for family heirlooms as well.  When my grandmother passed, my mom and I found her wedding prayer book and gloves she wore.  I designed a box to house them together to keep them safe as not only are they over 55 years old, but they're covered in a delicate lace. The boxes are made with all archival quality materials, meaning, it will help protect the item, slow disintegration down, and keep the item clean without risk of elements touching it.   It truly is one of the best ways to protect and preserve something of importance. 



3.  How did you learn the art of book/journal binding? 

Though many classes, after discovering the art through a YouTube video.  I started with some basic bookbinding and box making classes at the Creative Arts Network in New Haven, CT.  Once I realized I wanted to stick with this and move into conservation and preservation, I began taking classes (whenever I was and am able to) at North Bennet Street School up in Boston. 


4.  Is it more time consuming to work with leather versus the paper covers?  Or are they both a long process?

Using papers and making the hardcover books is the most time consuming.  Hardcover books have to have the pages cut, folded, and pressed so they’re flattened out.  Pressing takes 4 to 12 hours depending on thickness. Once pressed, sewing holes need to be punched, and pages sewn together.  Spines need gluing and backing to protect it from usage.  Then boards are cut, decorative papers and cloth all measured, cut, and glued, and everything attached before being pressed to dry.  And that's the condensed step by step!  Leather is much easier as there are no pastes, no pressing, and it's a much more rustic design so measurements don't need to be as perfect or precise. 

5. I know that you take pride in the vintage papers that you use for covers.  What is your most prized vintage paper find?

Oh boy.  There have been a few sheets I've had that I've had quite the internal struggle with about cutting up when the time came.  My absolute favorite though, is a handmade paper from Nepal that is about 30 years old and is just stunning (to me).  The paper and designs are all hand done.  I bought 2 sheets of it at the time and am kicking myself for not buying more!


6.  What types of journals do you offer?  Are they mainly for writing or sketching? 

Mainly for writing.  But I'm branching out a bit and custom orders are always welcome.  I have some that I've made recently in leather that contain water color paper.  I've done a bridal planner for a new bride; guest books for a wedding; a photo album as a wedding gift; and one of my favorites, a pocket sized wine journal.  Record you favorite wines while you're out enjoying it! 



7.  Do you personally journal on a regular basis?

Eh no.  I'm a terrible writer.  I tried for years to keep journals but usually would forget about it after a week or two.  I prefer to nap away what's bothering me I think.  Haha!


8.  Tell us a little bit about custom orders that people have come to you for.  What is the usual lead time if someone would like to order something custom?

Ooo custom orders are fun!  I received a custom order last year for a new bride (the one I mentioned a few questions up).  The customer wanted a bridal planner for the bride, and 2 regular journals as well.  These were all going to be gifts to her daughter's teachers at the end of the year.  The customer provided bottles of wine, and I put together a whole end of year gift basket for them.  Baby books get ordered a lot… usually gender neutral but those are fun too.  The most recent order I had was for a mini leather journal with matching leather 6 ring planner.  Time varies on custom orders depending on what is being ordered, if I need to order specific supplies, etc.  Typically, 2 weeks to a month. 


9.  What would your advice be to a fellow artist who wants to embark on an intensive new process or medium but isn't sure where to start?

My advice is to just do it.  Start where you feel you should and it'll build from there.  Don't sweat small stuff like having a name brand or anything like that.  Start with learning your product and passion and go about making it.  Find classes somewhere, go on YouTube, read some books on the subject.  Be confident in what you want to do and go rock it.

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10.  Dream collaboration?  Can be a specific person, general person, company, etc.  What would you create together?!

Favorite authors!  Jane Austen, J.R.R. Tolkien, John Steinbeck, Neil Gaiman, J.R. Ward, David Mitchell, and Jay Kristoff.  What would we create?  I'd have their minds all work together to write a fantasy, old world, psychologically mind bending and hysterical yet romantic and sexy novel that I would then bind in a fabulous leather and keep all for myself. 

See more of Kelly's work through her Instagram!



FoA Valentine's Day Gift Guide!


FoA Valentine's Day Gift Guide!

Need a perfectly unique gift for your valentine?!  Well there's an amazing opportunity for you THIS SUNDAY, February 11th to find something super special.  Below are the artists selling at the Field of Artisans Winter Market at Whalers Brewery Sunday, February 11th. 

Scroll to the bottom of the photos for DETAILS on the artist!







Yucky Rivah Bee Fahm

Local beekeeper, Kate creates beauty products using ingredients from her hives.  She makes lip balm, healing wound cream, scrubs and more.  Discover the magical properties of honey. Depending on availability, she may be selling some honey jars too! Kate also sells framed photos and notecards depicting local nature photos.  


Birch Leaf Studios

Brianna creates functional housewares made from wood and burned with nature inspired images. The scenes she creates are incredibly detailed, realistic and beautiful! She takes care in choosing unique pieces of wood to really stand out in the home. 


Wildflower Art

Ashley illustrates with a focus on the human form and our connection to nature.  She uses a combination of pen, ink and collage.  We're excited to see her wildflower girl series this Sunday!  They are made to evoke a sense of warmth and adventure.  Ashley will have prints of her work available.


Blue i Designs

Local jeweler, Kelly Jarvis creates a huge variety of beautiful jewelry.  There is something for EVERYONE at her booth!  She uses really interesting stone like turquoise and quartz that resemble aerial landscapes.  She weaves beaded wraps that are perfect for everyday wear (some even double as chokers).  She also offers stamped copper bangles with uplifting words on them.  Check out the interview she did with Field of Artisans for more details on her work!


Vanessa Piche

Local painter, Vanessa paints her "emotional response to the world around her".  Many of her oil paintings reflect the gorgeous scenes that we see on the southern New England coast.  Vanessa also offers apparel and totes that are hand screen printed with her prints.   


Ocean State of Mind

Annie has the inspirational messages down!  She paints uplifting words, phrases and quotes (with a beautiful hand) on reclaimed wood and slate.  Her clean penmanship is enviable.  Everyone could use more positivity in their lives and Annie provides it with her work!


Eileen Graphics

A quirky and bright note is the perfect addition to any Valentine's Day gift!  Eileen creates lines of greeting cards that are primarily nautical and always super fun.  She uses watercolor and calligraphy for each one.  The cards are printed locally in Newport, RI and her packaging is eco-friendly and compostable.  


Lazuli Handcrafted

Erika is inspired by women, geology and the natural world.  Her jewelry is created using electroforming, a process that allows the copper to grow, resulting in a very natural, "unearthed" look.  She uses raw crystals in everything from earrings, bracelets, hairpins and more.  Her pieces are minimalistic, yet extremely eye catching!  Great for layering!  


Mantra Candles

Lisa hand pours soy candles and makes reed diffusers for the home.  Her scents are named after important intentions like, "gather" or "relax".  They are a wonderful and meaningful gift for someone with a new home or who may be starting a new chapter in life.  


Love Letters by Emily

Mother/Daughter duo, Emily and Carolyn share the love of ASL with unique and thought provoking designs featuring the ASL alphabet and other hand images like a heart or pinky promise.  Gifting a pack of these Love Letter Cards or adding one to your thoughtful gift is a wonderful way to bring awareness  and love in a one of a kind way!


3hc Designs

Handstamped spoon jewelry by Lori!  Lori creates a variety of pieces from leather cuffs, to pendants and ornaments.  She uses parts of the prettiest antique spoons in her one of kind pieces.  Necklaces stamped with words like "dream" and "hope" are something we all should be wearing!  Such a fun booth to shop at and a really fun gift to give!


Legendary Lynn

Magical illustrations by Lynn!  She is largely inspired by fairytales depicting women and animals. Each illustration is created using colored pencil, watercolor and marker.  Lynn will be selling fine art prints and stickers of her work.


Rarities Bindery

Kelly creates hand bound Journals out of beautiful antique papers and leathers.  You may have seen her Instagram takeover on the Field of Artisans Instagram last season!  This is a perfect gift for newlyweds, new parents, or a friend who writes.  She also makes preservation boxes to store your journal or precious item!


Kate Martin Jewelry

Kate's pieces are inspired by feathers, stonework, shadows, flowers and lots of nature.  She designs earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets with hammered, textured and etched sterling silver and copper.  She also sometimes uses lost wax castings to create her pieces.  Kate's jewelry is organic and beautiful!  


Whalers Brewing Company

On Tap!

Luckily, we'll be popping up in a place that serves and sells delicious beverages!  We've paired this Valentine's Day Gift Guide with the Nebula, "a juicy, refreshing Blueberry Berliner Weisse style ale brewed with a lovely touch of cinnamon!"  Sip a sour with your sweet!  Pick up a growler for Valentine's Day!


*The above images are a strong representation of the vendor's work.  All Field of Artisans vendors hand make what they are selling.  Please be aware that there may be variety in the assortment you see on the day of the event! :)
**This is based on the current tap selection.  Whalers taps are subject to change at anytime, but we know whatever is on tap during the market will be delicious!


In the Field with Amy

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In the Field with Amy

Field Interview: Amy Salomone


Today's interview is with artist, Amy Salomone.  Amy is a science teacher by day and jeweler by night.  Her work is an amazing tribute to the purpose behind the beauty of nature.  Amy is such a pleasure to have in the Field.  She's been selling with Field of Artisans for the past couple of years and she always brings a smile and friendly vibe to all fellow artist vendors and visitors.  We loved learning more about her science, nature and vintage inspiration!


Find Amy in the Field at

Whalers Brewing Company on:

SUNDAY, 3/11  11:30-4:30


1.   You call your jewelry line, Functional Whimsy.  Can you give us some insight into how this name came to fruition?

I first started refurbishing furniture about 15 years ago.  Basically, I would use stained glass and mosaic dressers and tables.  Any piece of old furniture that I could get my hands on.  I was brainstorming at the time with my then boyfriend, now husband what I could name a business that does this.  I liked functional whimsy as a name because each piece was both a work of art, and a functional piece of furniture.  My idea came from peacocks, who carry this large ornamental tail on them so that they can find a mate.  So functional whimsy.  I am always inspired by nature and this name expresses that.  Even now that I mostly make jewelry, I still think the name works.



2.  Vintage inspired imagery seems to be a huge focus of Functional Whimsy.  Do you have favorite places where you look for vintage inspiration? Any fun magazines, blogs or social media accounts?

I am not a big social media person, its my downfall as a jewelry business creator.  I love anything vintage and graphic and usually get my inspiration from all over.  I get a lot of inspiration just walking down Westminster Street after work and going in the shops.  They just have this really cool vintage aesthetic to them that I gravitate towards.

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3 .   Nature is also a common theme in your work.  I love the butterflies!  You recently embarked on a rigorous camping adventure.  Do trips like this inspire your work?

I am a science teacher by day and a jewelry designer at night and I have spent a large portion of my childhood and life camping and backpacking. I love to figure out and communicate the way that the universe works and so, nature clearly inspires me.  My favorite quote is by Einstein: “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better” . So, I am inspired by things such as butterflies, peacocks, bees, the human body, nebulas, etc because of what they teach me about the world rather than just what they look like.  


4 .   Did you teach yourself the process in your jewelry making?  Or, do you have a mentor?  

 I definitely taught myself and it was definitely a learning process!  I am always changing and developing the way that I go about making jewelry and definitely find it hard to stay in one place.


5 .    Do you work out of your home?  What's your ideal studio setup?

I do work in my home, although sadly, I don’t really have a great set up.  My supplies are all in my basement and I usually bring them upstairs when I work.  I have this dream of building a mini home or container home in my backyard and having lots of light and a wood burning stove in my studio.  I don’t have a big backyard so this is kind of a pipe dream, but I would be in heaven with my own space.  We have a guest room that essentially my parents stay in once in a while and I would love to just change it into a studio.  Unfortunately the bed in the room is my earliest mosaic creation, so it would break my heart to part with it.


6 .   Do you ever offer custom jewelry?  For instance if someone had an image that was special, could you make it into jewelry for them?

Yes!  I can make anything into a necklace using any image!  I could also alter the image in a cool digital format and integrate it into a piece.  Just ask!


7.   What's your bestselling piece?  Your personal favorite piece? 

My best selling pieces are the pins, magnets and butterfly stud earrings.  I would have to say that my favorite pieces are probably the graphic vintage/butterfly necklaces or butterfly studs.  I started making the butterfly necklaces because I wanted one and couldn’t find it, so those will always have a special place in my heart.

8 .   Any expansion plans for Functional Whimsy?

 I need to expand and develop my online presence but other than that, I go where the wind takes me.  If I am inspired to make something, I will just go for it and see if anyone is picking up what I am putting down.  My Functional Whimsy endeavors are usually funding my travel endeavors.  This year I have a lot of travel planned, so I will definitely be devoting my time to developing some different ideas for Functional Whimsy.


9 .   What would your advice be to a fellow artist on how to make oneself personality and individuality shine through their work?  (I think you do a really good job at this.)   

Gosh, I would say that you should make pieces that you would want and do what excites you.  I also think that its important to make pieces that are of a quality that you would expect from a purchase that you make.  There is nothing worse than being really excited about a piece of jewelry that you buy and having it break within a week.


10.  Dream collaboration?  Can be a specific person, general person, company, etc.  What would you create together?!

So my idols who I aspire to be more like are typically scientists and educators rather than artists.  I would love to develop a line with someone like Richard Dawkins, Neil DeGrasse Tyson or E.O. Wilson, that spreads scientific literacy.  So essentially a butterfly necklace, that has interesting information about butterfly evolution or behavior imprinted in the packaging and some of the proceeds could go to butterfly migration conservancy or something like that.  That would be amazing.


See more of Amy's work through her Instagram!


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In the Field with Leigh

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In the Field with Leigh

Field Interview: Leigh Medeiros

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Today's interview is with artist, Leigh Medeiros.  Leigh sold with Field of Artisans for the first time this month and we're lucky enough to have her in the Field again this coming Sunday, 12/17!  Leigh is an inspiring soul, especially for those of us who sometimes feel that we have too many great ideas and not enough time to make them come to fruition.  Leigh "makes things".  She is always exploring, experimenting, and perfecting skills, mediums and creations.  She shows us that one of the best ways to take care of ourselves is to follow our intuition.  We don't have to be an expert at just one thing and following every inkling and every curiosity can lead to fascinating work! 


Find Leigh in the Field at Whalers Brewing Company on:

SUNDAY, 12/17  11:30-4:30


1.  "I make things."  Is how you describe your collection of creations.  You have experience in fine art, collage, screenwriting, crafting and even art teaching (I'm sure there's more).  You seem to be multi talented, curious and a master of all things creative.  Would you say you work best when you have a wide variety of projects going on, rather than focusing on one thing at a time?

Being creative from day-to-day keeps me fulfilled. I can go long stretches without making visual art when I’m working on a writing project and vice versa. I think in terms of small bodies of work and projects, and I do toggle between them all very easily. Sometimes I do have to reign myself in, because I’ll realize I’m taking on too many things. My interest and exploration of so many mediums satisfies my curious nature, and also helps me better support other artists as it gives me a more well rounded understanding of their projects. 

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2. Would you describe your aesthetic in a certain way?  Is there a common theme amongst your work?

The only common thread between all of my projects is that I feel moved in some way. I could be moved by the beauty of the medium as with the indigo dyed linen, or I could be moved by subverting a masculine paradigm as with my found poem collages, or I could be moved by other people’s creativity as with my online artist support programs. If I feel moved in some way I’m inspired to create.


3.  Do you create in one space/studio?  Or are you creating everywhere, all the time?

I have a “nook” in my home where I do most of my creating. It’s probably 6’ x 8.’ But, yes, I’m surely working through the creative process when I’m out walking the dog looking at nature, or, say, when I’m at the art supply store pondering new materials. I’d guess most artists would say that the creative process is fluid and uncontained and extends well beyond the reach of the studio or work space.


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4.  You were a middle school art teacher for a time, develop creative workshops and have taught continuing education classes at RISD.  Do you find that consulting and guiding others in their creative pursuits compliments and inspires your own work?  

I’m passionate about supporting other people’s creativity. I’d say that’s a lifelong pursuit. I believe the more fully expressed a person is the healthier they are. And the healthier each individual is, the healthier the collective is. When I work with other people I often feel I’m participating in a healing process – for them, for me, and for the planet. My work with people these days is mainly through an online program I run called “48 Days of Creative Devotion” where me and the participants create one complete work per day (except the long form writers) and post it to our private forum. Everyone is asked to post their work without apology, justification, or complaint, which can be a real challenge for certain people. Additionally, there is no critiquing, only encouraging comments. Many of the projects you see of mine have been made during the 48 Days program. That’s a place where my work with others dovetails with my own creativity. And, certainly, I get really inspired by other people’s successes.  Almost nothing moves me more than watching an artist blossom!


5. Out of curiosity, why 48 days?

48 Days was an intuitive choice. For some reason it seemed like just enough time to really kick start people’s creative processes.

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6.  Do you have any upcoming workshops or classes?

I have ongoing indigo dyeing workshops at our home in North Kingstown. Right now, I’m doing holiday scarf dyeing parties where folks can come with 4 friends, learn two different shibori designs, and leave with dyed scarves all while enjoying complimentary wine and nibbles. Kind of my own twist on those wine and paint nights. I also will start another “48 Days of Creative Devotion” in January. (Anyone interested can read more details on my website under the “Services” page.)


7.  You've created commemorative magnets and ornaments of deceased artists.  Who are some of these artists and how do they inspire you?  

We lost a lot of remarkable artists in 2016 and I wanted to celebrate them in some way, so I created memorial magnets and ornaments as mementos for fans. I specifically choose artists I felt connected to – Leonard Cohen, Harper Lee, Prince, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Florence Henderson, Gene Wilder and Carrie Fisher. Each ornament or magnet is hand formed from paper clay, baked, hand painted with acrylic, then sealed and packaged. Like most of the things I do, they’re pretty labor-intensive. What I like about them is that they can be little works of art we see every day. I believe when we remember someone who’s died we keep a part of their spirit alive.



8.  What can we look forward to from your booth at the holiday series?

Goodness, I like to think there’s something for everyone! I’ll have a really diverse collection of things from indigo dyed baby onesies, scarves, and tea towels, to landscape paintings, to collages with vintage papers, to my Animal Messages coloring book, to the artist magnets and ornaments, to my Rhode Island Naturalist photo packs and more.


9.  what would your advice be to a fellow artist who has many interests, passions and ideas but feels pressure to narrow their focus?

Hmm. The older I get the more I understand that advice is so specific to the individual. What’s right for one person, isn’t right for another, so it’s hard to make a general statement in that regard. However, I think there’s a big difference between feeling internal pressure to narrow one’s focus and external pressure. Knowing which is which can help. I believe one’s own intuition and heart contain the highest answer for that person, so my blanket advice would be to uncover the path forward through self-searching. And, bear in mind that acting on one’s intuition often requires great leaps of faith, which in turn requires bravery. My recommendation on all matters kind of boils down to cultivating courage and listening to one’s inner guidance.  


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In the Field with Ghyllian


In the Field with Ghyllian

Field Interview: Ghyllian Conley, Picture-esque


This week's interview is with Ghyllian of Picture-esque.  Ghyllian is multi-passionate and multi-talented.  Through lots of self teaching and experimenting, she's created a completely unique form of art that combines everything she loves.  Ghyllian's love of the environment, photography, and doodling is evident in her work.  Picture-esque is one that you can't miss for a completely one of a kind gift!  


Find Picture-esque in the Field at Whalers Brewing Company on:

SUNDAY, 12/10  11:30-4:30


1.  Your work embodies your many passions including art and nature.  How did you come up with Picture-esque as a name?

Well, its supposed to be a play on words. I chose "Picture", because every piece has a photo or image and "esque" as the definition is, "in the style of; resembling".  Though there is a "picture" in each piece, there is more to a piece than the photo- I sometimes paint or sketch over the image and even the transfer process distorts or changes the original photo.  And finally, I chose "Picture-esque" because I feel that my pieces are also picturesque- "visually attractive, especially in a quaint or pretty style." 


2.  The process of your creations consists of multiple steps and I'm sure a lot of time and planning.  What are the steps in creating one piece?

It starts with the photos.  I'm constantly taking photos and doodling whenever I can and every now and again one will inspire an idea of how I could combine a photo I've taken with one of my sketches. For example, a common one would be a photo of flowers and some flowers that I've sketched in a notebook.  Once I get an idea I lay out and cut the photos and sketches in a way that I think will layer together nicely and I fit the images to the size and shape of the wood I have to work with.  Once I have everything laid out I start the transferring process- I have to be careful because everything transfers backwards.  But basically I glue the images to the wood.  Once dry (a few hours) I remove the paper using water and a sponge, let that dry and then apply the next layer. When I've finished transferring, I begin painting over the collaged images to try to bring them all together.  I tend to favor flowers and geometric shapes. Finally, I pour resin over the whole thing to seal in the images, brighten the transfers and protect the wood.  I've actually been experimenting a bit with this last step and have some exciting new additions coming soon- one more component being added to the collage.


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3.  How did you start working with this unique process?  Did it take a lot of experimenting?  Self teaching?  Or, did you learn from someone else?

Honestly, I saw a random DIY video on Facebook.  I experimented at first because I didn't believe it could be so easy to transfer photos.  When I saw how straightforward it is I realized how many options I had. I figured I could not only transfer family photos like in the DIY video but ANYTHING I wanted.  My very first idea came from a photo of sunset in Arcadia and I thought of how cool it could be to paint a continuation of the photo.  The ideas grew from there and through some experimenting I kept adding layers. I feel like there has been a lot of "self-teaching" but it's more of a continuous trial and error.  I learn as I go what works well and what could be done differently.  


4.  You capture a lot of nature scenes.  Where is your favorite place to get nature inspiration? 

Honestly? Work.  Being at my full time job I have to take photos as part of my job all the time.  I'm on different farms and forests all over the state and sometimes the weather is just perfect and the lighting, incredible and I end up capturing some pretty special photos. Taking pictures at work is actually what inspired me to get more into photography and buy a camera. To give you a more direct answer- one of my favorite places to explore and get stunning sunset photos is Arcadia management area in Exeter.  


5.  While your pieces have a main nature theme, some of them incorporate an element of fantasy (like an octopus taking over the Atlantic Ocean).  Where do these ideas come from?

I love to read.  I've always been fascinated by fantasy novels and I feel that all the reading I've done has expanded my creativity and opened my mind to the unreal and my imagination. 



6.  Do you have a favorite tree wood to work with?

Well not a specific type of wood but I do prefer the wood that I've gotten locally.  Some of the wood I use, I've purchased from AC Moore. It works great and is easy to source and they offer all different shapes and sizes- so convenient. But I still prefer the wood that came from someone I know or a forest I know simply because of the connection I have to it.  Getting the different wood creates interesting effects when the resin is poured- some wood has more prominent rings or features (like wormwood) and oftentimes has really cool bark with lichen still on it!  With time and more trial and error I'm sure I will develop a favorite type of wood but for now its super interesting seeing how each of the different wood reacts when the resin is poured.


7.  You offer custom work as well.  What are some of the reasons people have to come to you to create customized scenes?

I've made things such as wedding presents, anniversary gifts, and birthday presents.  I especially love incorporating/transferring maps that are significant to the person receiving the piece.  For example, for a recent wedding present I transferred maps of the places where the couple met and grew up, the photo taken after he proposed and then I finished up by painting flowers that signified the months of their anniversary and birthdays.  I really enjoy doing custom work and plan on creating an Etsy page so I can expand the custom work. 




8.  You do a great job at channeling your passion for the environment through your art.  What would your advice be for someone who cares about a cause and wants to use art as a platform to gain awareness for that cause?

Well in my opinion, the most important part of any cause is education on the topic.  People can't be passionate about something that they don't understand or know about.  Art is a beautiful way to get the word out and gain awareness in a positive light.  There doesn't have to be fighting or yelling or protesting in art; instead its a way to shed light on a cause and show the beauty of what it is you believe in.  Even when it comes to causes that are horrific and terrible/not thought of as "beautiful", art is a perfect platform to expose that raw pain, without fighting or violence- we have enough of that in the world.  When a person creates, they have the opportunity to bring attention and educate other people on things that they believe in, so why not do it? Even if you only get one new person to feel passionate about your cause- that's one more person aware than there was before :) So I guess my advice would simply be "Just do it." 


9.  Dream collaboration?  Can be a specific person, general person, company, etc.  What would you create together?!

I think it would be a dream to collaborate with any of the many amazing local artists and photographers here in RI.  I would be so honored and flattered if someone wanted me to transfer a photo or drawing of theirs and create something we made together :) I can transfer most anything onto wood but I try to use only things I draw or photograph (except for the maps I use obviously lol) but it would be super cool to be inspired by someone else's photos or drawings and add "my touch" to create something totally unique.  One of my closest friends is a photographer and she's been teaching/helping me from the beginning so I've been hoping to do a collaboration with her soon ;) 




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