Today we will feature several artisans that will be at Festival Fete’s Garden City Art Festival for the first time!
WaterSpirits Jewelry: Unique Creations Inspired by the Beauty of the Sea
The mystery, power and beauty of the sea are all inspirations of WaterSpirits Jewelry’s owner and artistic designer, Annette Paull, from East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Her passion for making sea glass jewelry and other creations evolved out of her love of combing the beautiful Rhode Island coastline for it’s many treasures. Not all of WaterSpirits’ pieces are made using sea glass but they are all inspired by the ocean’s beauty.
Some of Annette’s many creations include sea glass pendants, angels, dragonflies, hearts, rings, earrings and wine charms. They are wire-wrapped to enhance the beauty of authentic ocean tumbled sea glass. Man made sea glass is never used and each creation is unique and one of a kind. Many of her creations are special requests and she would be happy to make your piece of sea glass or ocean treasure into a beautiful keepsake to wear or display.
Festival Fete’s Garden City Art Festival is Annette’s first art festival since starting her business in 2010.
Little Bits By Monica Rodgers and LB GEAR will be at Festival Fete this June 8th and 9th for their big debut Garden City Center! Infant and Toddler Car Seat Covers, Accessories for Kids & Parents, Super Hero Capes, and much more. As seen in InStyle Magazine, the Today show, NY times, and the celebrity favorite for parenting gear.Founded in 2004 by Monica Rodgers, their mission is to inspire parents to think about doing their “little bit” in the world. “It takes a village to raise a child, but also to heal the world and make a difference”.
Stacia Caplanson started her Massachusetts home based business in 2008 to provide hand dyed, bright, colorful and fun clothing for babies, children and adults of all sizes and ages. Before starting a family and her business, she worked as an historian and museum interpreter demonstrating spinning, weaving, knitting, quilting and wool dyeing and has always loved the creative process of working with fabrics, fibers and colors.
In my studio, each piece of clothing is folded, tied and banded by hand to create the design. The powdered dyes are mixed with water. After soaking the clothing in a mordant solution, I use squeeze bottles to apply the liquid dye to the clothing. Then each item is enclosed in a plastic bag and allowed to “age” like a fine wine for 24 hours. This important step allows the dyes to bond with the fabric and creates the vivid colors. After dyeing, the items are rinsed by hand and then triple washed to remove any excess dye. It is a joy to view each creation as I take it out of the washer. No two are exactly alike.
As Stacia’s business has grown, she has expanded her line of clothing to include scarves and other accessories. She is a proud and active member of Artisans of Western Mass and the Etsy groups Made in Massachusetts, and Stay at Home Moms on Etsy. She has been very busy exhibiting at local shops, festivals, fairs, and farmer’s markets including the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Coventry Regional Farmers’ Market, Codman Estate and Roseland Cottage Festivals, StART on the Street, Monson Arts Council Holiday Festival, Craftopia, Festival Fete, Tip Top Country Store, Brookfield, MA and Oh So Pretties Handmade Boutique in Wilbraham, MA.
All three of these artists will be at Festival Fete’s Garden City Art Festival on June 8th and 9th in Cranston, RI. Please join us in welcoming them!
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