• Society of Arts and Crafts 2017 Mentor Program

    Society of Arts and Crafts 2017 Mentor Program

    Encouraging the creation of contemporary craft artists

The Society of Arts and Crafts’ Mentor Program prepares emerging artists for participation in premiere craft shows via CraftBoston Holiday. CraftBoston Holiday is a competitive retail show comprised of over 175 exhibitors selling fine craft within twelve media categories at the Hynes Convention Center. Central to the Mentor Program is a multi-year association with CraftBoston Holiday.

Three to four artists are selected to participate in the Mentor Program each year. Participants attend a series of training meetings at the Society of Arts and Crafts and work with each other, artist mentors, and show management to design a shared, subsidized booth at CraftBoston Holiday. Training topics include: booth design, marketing, pricing and selling of work, legal and insurance issues, and portfolio development.

After completion of their first year, Mentor Program participants are eligible to apply for a subsidized independent 10x10' booth at CraftBoston Holiday the following year as a second-year participant.

mentors2017First-year mentees and seasoned mentors visit at CraftBoston Spring 2017 (Back Row, Left to Right) Andrew Haviland (2nd Year), Joseph Sheehan (1st Year), Paulette Werger (Mentor), Fabio Fernandez (Executive Director), Mark DelGuidice (Mentor) (Front Row, Left to Right) Lindsay Mis (CraftBoston Director), Joshua Primmer (First Year), Hannah Regier (First Year), Dina DiPlacido (First Year)

Hannah Regier / Fiber

Hannah Regier / Fiber

Sky Like Snow hats embody the serene and joyful spirit of Vermont's forests and fields. Organic, undulating patterns emerge from the local wool and alpaca yarn that artist Hannah Regier hand dyes with natural materials that she grows and forages. Read an extensive interview with Hannah on the ethical fashion blog Life+Style+Justice.

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Joshua Travis Primmer / Ceramics

Joshua Travis Primmer / Ceramics

Joshua Primmer grew up in Vermont’s countryside off the grid on an organic vegetable farm absorbed in science fiction and fantasy. He first encountered clay during his undergraduate studies which began at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. He is now the Artist in Residence at Arch Contemporary Ceramics in Tiverton, RI and an employee at Gleena in Pawtucket, RI.

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Dana DiPlacido / Lighting

Dana DiPlacido / Lighting

My work is focused around lighting, furniture, and home decor. My methods of incorporating materials into the composition is determined largely by the job they require, whether it’s aesthetics, function, or both. I am committed to only high quality objects that will last for generations.

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Joseph Sheehan / Wood

Joseph Sheehan / Wood