Artists ~ Jerilyn Spaziano ~ Johnston

Artist’s name: Jerilyn Spaziano
Shop name: The Carpenter’s Wife RI
Twitter: @jsspaziano
Facebook: The Carpenter’s Wife RI
Pinterest: Jerilyn Spaziano

1. Tell us about your work. 
I up cycle, recycle, repurpose and design using fabric, wood, metal, glass and anything I get my hands on. Usually I can see something when I look at stuff and then have an impulse to make it into something useful. I never use a pattern, and the mediums I use don't have instructions so I spend a lot of time fabricating.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business? 
It’s in honor of my late husband who died at the age of 37. He was a master carpenter. He built the home I live in. Hi name is Anthony David Spaziano.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer? 
It’s in my DNA lol. I come from an Italian family who were always inventing things around the home. Back then, the men fixed whatever broke themselves. At holiday gathering I listen to them talk about improving whatever they were working on. I went to sewing classes when I was twelve, and was one of the first two girls to take wood shop class in high school.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration? 
Honestly I don't know what sets me off. When I’m finished with one project I think “Ok, what’s next”. I can say that if a friend is in need and stuck on their own project, I’ll drop everything to help them.

5. What’s your favorite item to create? 
Turning antique doors from the 1800’s into useful pieces for the home, and handbags.

6. What’s your best seller? 
My “small space note boards”.

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island? 
60 years if you count the nine months with mom. By birthday is in January.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island? 
From the sea shore to clean country air, Rhode Island has it all! And you can get from one destination to the next in 30 minutes.

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners? 
Newport, Jamestown Iggy's and downtown Providence.

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers? 
Don't be disappointed if the first few pieces you make don't come out the way you thought they would. Everyone has to start someplace. Learn from your mistakes. The older I get, my mind forgets and I still make “old” mistakes. So now I started a notebook on steps I took to make a product, and this reduces errors.


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