I am a big fan of things handmade and supporting artists whenever possible. I believe in nurturing the creative side of our children by giving them opportunities to explore materials as well as showing them things hand made by others. By wearing handmade jewelry, eating cereal in a bowl made by a local ceramacist, and hanging a print in our living room bought from a local craft fair, shows we value art, craft and the people who make the work. I welcome Linda Demers of Ã la mode–local crafter, blogger, and mom–as a new contributing writer to Kidoinfo.Â Linda will report on everything handmade; featuring different artists each month and sharing a list of where to buy including local shows, studios and shops.
Father's day is June 21! Since dads can be hard to buy for, here are some great ideas for unique, handmade gifts. AND, if you are in the Rhode Island area, you can purchase these items at the Providence Arts Festival this Saturday, June 13, from 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM (downtown on Westminster between Eddy and Union). There will be fantastic art, great food, and fun activities for the kids. Bring the whole family!!
These are just a few "dad" related items you can find from my Arts in RI friends (we will be showing grouped together at the festival) who will be at the festival:
For the dad who likes to travel or write, handmade journals by Kristin Crane:
For the fine art enthusiast, paintings by Julie Beck:
For the musician, a mosaic guitar by Lisa Calabro:
For the old school, letter writing dad, cassette note cards by Heather Toupin: