Holly Vine works downtown for Indowncity, and pops into Craftland on a regular basis on her lunch break. I was dying to know how all these little things she's been picking up look in her new home. She was nice enough to send me some photos, and talk to me a bit about some of her favorite pieces. I think these all look so great and so at home. She definitely has a good eye for putting items together creatively, like putting a set of pins together in a frame, I love it!
What's your favorite item that you've bought at Craftland?
I love the pieces that have become part of the frame wall in our bedroom. I wanted to have a really eclectic collection of images and pieces, some I had put together myself and some pieces from local artists. I also wanted to have some difference in textures, so the range of artwork that Craftland has made it the first stop on my 'frame wall collection' mission!
The pieces in my collection from Craftland are:
Stag print cloth swatch- small yellow frame at top
Four small buttons- small white frame in center
'You Are My Sunshine' letter press- large white frame on left
Providence sketch postcard- ornate small yellow frame in center
'It's Going To Be Ok' card- white frame at bottom
Have you bought a great gift for someone from Craftland? Did they love it?
I'm always buying cards from Craftland: birthdays, weddings, special occasions, or a little pick-me-up for someone who needs it. Cards can so often be an after thought when giving a gift, but really, this is where the sentiment can be expressed the most. I feel that by putting heartfelt words into something someone has spent time designing, creating and producing, honors what those words are meant to convey. Cards from Craftland aren't the sort of thing that hang around on the mantlepiece for a few days either side of a holiday or occasion, they are kept, collected and cherished.
What do you love about buying handmade?
We've recently moved to a 'new' home (which is hugely misleading as it is old and scruffley and higgledy piggledy which we love!). We spent the first few months getting the space ready to live in and now we are filling it with who we are: I'm a cook and Charlie is an artist, so having artisan, handmade things in our home is essential.
When it comes to cooking, sharing food and flavours is hugely important to me. I think that is why I love spending time wandering around Craftland, the joy of having so many passionate artists offering beautiful, approachable and whimsical things that I can actually own, speaks to me as much as it does when I offer someone a slice of cake!
Buying cards, jewelry or homewares from Craftland isn't just about getting nice stuff, it's about inviting someone's time, energy, effort and passion into your home which is why I love to buy handmade.
Holly Vine lives on the East Side of Providence with her Husband, Charlie. By day she is the voice of In Downcity and at all other times she is the 'Holly' of 'Holly Likes to Cook' an online extravaganza of home cooked recipes, thrifty kitchen tips and tasty ideas.
A lot of you have been asking us what is going into our old space. If you've been on the block in the last week, you may have seen the new pop up shop that opened up, Providence Polaroid Project. For sure, it's one of the coolest pop ups I've seen.
I was lucky enough to get a tour of the shop the day before it opened and chat with Brandon Lane, one of the co-creators of the project along with Devan Durante. Best friends, photographers and analog enthusiasts, they created Providence Polaroid Project as an Interactive Gallery Space and Polaroid Camera Shop. They want to make Providence an Instant City, by turning the space we vacated into a participant driven gallery.
The pop up shop is open Wednesdays - Sundays and is part gallery, part shop and 100% analog. Everything in the space uses old technology (think: cash, typewriters) and explores the idea of analog vs. digital, and the old technology that has brought us to the technology we use every day. How can we have tangible, analog experiences in a digital world? The technology of Polaroid cameras embraces instant gratification and Brandon described it as "the haiku of photography."
Visitors are encouraged to stand in front of one of their many backdrops to have their portrait taken with a 1971 Big Shot Camera to be a part of the gallery show at the end of the project. They also have memberships available so visitors can borrow a vintage camera and take it out around town "to capture the people, style and soul of our city" and have those images included in the final gallery show.
Join them on August 21st for the final gallery exhibit that showcases all the photos taken throughout the project.
Every holiday season we increase our number of artists from around 100 to around 150 so we can pack every corner of every table with awesomeness. Do you want to be a part of our shop this holiday season? If so, head on over and apply! Apply before August 1 and save $10 on your application fee.
If you're in town for the Handweaver's Guild of America Convergence, you may have noticed some interesting art exhibits in windows around downtown. That would be Providence Art Windows. Providence Art Windows exhibits juried art and art installations to fill empty retail spaces and participating gallery spaces. Their shows change three times a year and feature local and nationally known artists.
This summer they planned fiber-related exhibits in anticipation of this conference. Here's a map of what can be found around town, and more information can be found at their website!
What a week! We only had the doors closed for 4 days while we packed up the store, cleaned it out and moved into our incredible new space. It was a crazy week, but we kicked ass and all went smoothly. Thanks for all your patience while we did this! The enthusiasm and excitement from all of our regular shoppers kept us going last week.
Please stop in and say hi and check out the new space, at 212 Westminster Street, a block down, on the corner of Eddy Street. We're so excited to share it with you!
And mark your calendars, on July 19th we'll be having a Grand Reopening in the space, and also celebrating 5 years of being open year round. RSVP on Facebook to keep up to date on what surprises we'll have in store for that day!
Special thanks to our regular team for all working like crazy to get it all done, and to our intern, Rocco, for being such a huge help! Also thanks go out to Jones Moving, for saving our backs and having the whole store moved before lunch! You can check out our Instagram feed for photos from the week!