The summer is the perfect time to visit outdoor art markets and hunt for carefully created treasures. With Field of Artisans, the traditional market gets a twist as artisans pop up in beautiful parks and beaches all over South Kingstown.
Katrina Meehan founded the project about a year ago when she moved back to Rhode Island. Her work in New York and background in fashion fostered a love of the creative process. “I was very inspired by collaborations and unexpected partnerships,” Katrina explains. “I think really cool things come out of people partnering together.”
That inspiration lead to the founding of Field of Artisans, a consistent platform for artists to sell their wares, gain exposure and connect with colleagues. “I wanted to create a space where everyone feels welcome,” says Katrina. “It’s very much a supportive, collaborative environment.” Katrina also helps artisans create connections that can lead them to new clients and opportunities.
The ever-changing, pop-up nature of the market helps with the collaborative vision, as creators meet new people each weekend. Over 250 artisans are a part of Field of Artisans’ network, most of them from Rhode Island, and each pop-up features 20 unique vendors. Katrina works hard to ensure that there is a variety of artists and styles at each market, including everything from photographers and yogis to jewelers who use leaves to print designs. As they browse the vibrant shopping space, customers can also observe the artists at work or take workshops.
With the combination of collaboration, connections and unique styles, the Field is not only a market, but a hub of creativity. Experience the art firsthand at a Field of Artisans pop-up market every weekend this summer at various South Kingstown locations, or once a month at Providence Share Space. Check their website for dates and locations throughout August.