Designer Liz Lipkin took a trip to the Hudson Valley's Field and Supply crafts fair to find the best of upstate NY's artists, makers and vintage curators.
Photos by Liz Lipkin
Field + Supply is a modern, curated take on a traditional arts and crafts fair. It features makers from the New York area and across the country who work in a range of materials.
On a sunny day last weekend, I headed to Kingston, New York, to check out its new location at the Hutton Brickyards on the banks of the Hudson River. The beautiful setting, crowd of like-minded art and design lovers, handcrafted goods, delicious food and drinks, and live music made for a pretty fabulous fall outing.
There was plenty to see, but these are the makers I just had to share with you.
Horsehair textiles date back to the 9th century, and are still used as upholstery fabrics today—but Alexandra’s approach is all new. I was mesmerized by the intricate and graphic nature of her work. These textural pieces are at once sophisticated and primitive, modern and timeless. They would look stunning in almost any setting, from contemporary to traditional. Alex works with horsehair from a horse rescue and rehab farm, and even does commissions incorporating hair from clients’ own horses.
What would a maker’s market be without furniture? There were so many talented furniture makers and covetable pieces at Field + Supply, but I was drawn to Casey Dzierlenga’s work in particular. Casey moved to the Hudson Valley from LA seeking a more authentic way of life, and that authenticity is reflected in her work. She marries simple lines and clean silhouettes with rich and sensual materials like wood, leather, and brass. Understated designs like the Alma Credenza celebrate the inherent beauty of the wood from which it’s made. The stunning pattern and color variations in the spalted maple bring this piece to life.
Kim lives and works in Easthampton, Massachusetts and the patterns of her wallpapers, fabrics, and pillows are inspired by New England history, architecture, and textures. Each features delicate line work that feels fresh and modern, and will add a subtle distinction to your walls or furniture.
Upstate New York maker Eileen Baumgartner elevates everyday objects to the level of art. Her turned wood bowls and carved spoons and knives are as functional as they are beautiful—so don’t be afraid to use them to fully appreciate her meticulous attention to detail!
I’m pining for her glass and wood vases, which are a brilliant pairing of simple organic materials. Her one of a kind handcrafted pieces make it easy to support the maker’s movement and add an organic element to your home without breaking the bank.
If you’re like me and you dream of leaving the city for an enchanted cabin in the woods, if only for a weekend, Will’s drawings will take you there. The Catskills native creates detailed drawings that evoke the mystery and beauty of the area’s landscape. His delightful pieces are like illustrations for everyday fairy tales. He’s also known for the quick portraits that he does at local fairs. In only a few minutes, he creates a small-scale, personal work that would make a great gift for your sweetheart or the foundation for a family portrait gallery. And how great would that look hanging in your cabin or your apartment?