Artists ~ Emma Montague ~ Providence

Artist’s name: Emma Montague
Shop name: MappedByProvidence
Twitter: @emmamontague
Instagram: @emmamontague87

1. Tell us about your work
I adore Pinterest and Etsy, folks who may have never tapped into their artistic, crafty, passionate side finally expressing themselves. I especially love ‘Pinterest Fails’ and have certainly had a few of my own. If you end up on my Pinterest site, you’ll see some of my Pinterest wins, the ‘fails’ don’t make it online.

My work is: Simple, clean designs for home, sharing, & gifting.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your business?
I’m from England. I was in an awesome job, when I got offered a full-scholarship to a Master’s program at the University of Rhode Island. With all intent to return to my coveted work, with International Student Recruitment, I got stuck into the books, learning all about ‘College Student Personnel’ (Higher Ed, Admin stuff). Then… I fell in love.

My now wife, Ashley and I share a love for all things creative and actually both work at Rhode Island School of Design. When I was, job searching after we graduated I found Etsy and thought, ‘hey I can do that’, so we brainstormed some names. “Crafty… crafty in providence, knock on wood, etc etc’. Then, I looked up the meaning of (one of) my favorite cities, Providence.

prov·i·dence : fate, destiny, kismet.

Got it! My life, along with a lot of luck, smart decisions, and serendipity is ‘Mapped by Providence’.

3. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?
(see above). Add, working at the School of the Art Institute or Chicago, and now RISD. Being around creative people is inspiring.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration?
Nature, the gap in the market for same-sex couples to celebrate (weddings, babies etc), and fun things - That’s a varied mix. A lot of my ‘shop’ has expired because I’ve been busy at work, but if I re-up it, you’ll see the sporadic nature of my work: cards about men getting married, posters about gin and tonic, coffee tables made from aged cherry wood!

5. What’s your favorite item to create?
The live-edge coffee tables were incredible to make. They were 100% a collaborative effort, with my wife, Ashley and our friend Sydney. None of us had any experience but we saw ‘slabs of cherry wood’ on craigslist and figured… hey, what we can do with those!

6. What’s your best seller?
The coffee tables have been a big success, even if we ended up not selling all because we were too in love with them. I have two in my apartment, one in my office, Syd has one in her office and I think… one at home too!

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
Two bouts, 4.5 years-ish! 2011-2013 for graduate school. 2014-now after a year in the Windy City.

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
It’s the Creative Capital! And provides the best brunch ever.
Side note: it was also rated #1 for raising children, and … we’re expecting!

9. Favorite place to take out-of-towners?
Julian’s/Nick’s for brunch or Breaktime Bowl & Bar.

10. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?
- Find something that inspires you.
- Make stuff you would buy yourself.
- Make stuff that you can use as gifts! I have saved a lot of money sending homemade cards, or framed posters as birthday presents.

11. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
Thank you for including me in this, and for asking me on International Women’s Day – I LOVE that!!!! I haven’t posted anything for a while, but will get back into it. Maybe I’ll post my recent home-brunch menus, or previews of baby shower invites!


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