Artists ~ Jennifer Field - Newport

Artist’s name: Jennifer Field
Shop name: Fruition
Etsy: fruitionbyjennifield/etsy/.com
Facebook: fruitionbyjennifield

Tell us about your work.
My company makes personal accessories, household d├ęcor items, and gifts from vintage, upcycled, and recycled fabrics. I have a passion for vintage fabrics and have collected them for as long as I can remember.

How did you become a professional artist/crafter?
I studied textile design at CCRI and then completed the Master Seamstress program that is offered through The University of RI.

I come from a long line of seamstresses. Both my mom and grandmother have paved the way for me. Since I was a little girl I can remember them always in front of a sewing machine, doing repair work or making clothing.

Where do you draw your inspiration?
Fruition was born of my passion to design and sew from my recycled and vintage acquisitions. Hunting and then transforming my fabric finds is one of my favorite parts.

What's your favorite item to create?
I love to give new life to things that people would otherwise throw out. People often give me old fabrics and say "I was just going to throw this away". If I can keep it out of the landfill then that is another great bonus.

I like to say my projects choose me, because I work only with what I find, I have to adapt to it.

What's your best seller?
I would have to say one of my top selling products has been my oversized vintage beach tote. It fits everything. My magnetic snap clutch bag has also been a good seller and I just this spring started a new line of zipper pouches and a fancier foldover zipper clutch bag.

For housewares my vintage napkin sets are a big hit. Fully lined and sets of 4 for only $12. Great hostess gift.

How long have you been in Rhode Island?
I was born and raised in Newport, an actual native. I have lived here for most of my life. (with the occasional departure). I currently reside in Newport with my husband Colby, daughter Mari and our English bulldog Bruschi.

What do you {heart} about Rhody?
Sometimes I walk the wharfs and small side streets and I am reminded just how lucky I am to have grown up here and to now raise my own daughter in such a beautiful place.


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