This summer, this Bushwick boutique, is once again journeying to the historic Governors Island, and bringing the creations of New York City’s most talented artists and crafters. From May 26 through September 3, one of the island’s historic apartment buildings will be filled with the work of local designers, artists, and crafts people, who have turned their creative eye toward the island just off the shores of Manhattan and Brooklyn for inspiration. There’s so much rich history on this island, our participating artists have definitely become inspired and are creating some amazing and lovely work.
For example, Hazel Village is producing little nautical themed outfits for her woodland creatures, J. Topolski is working on antique maps of the island set in lockets, SARUSTAR is producing her “unsung” jewelry line using some dirt and sand from the island, and Geneva Wirth will be cataloging the interesting coastal vegetation through photograph.
Ultimately, the goal of Better Than Jam’s collaboration with Governors Island is to offer visitors a handmade and local shopping experience, with craft demonstrations, all within the setting of a unique, peaceful and historically rich public space.
In coming to Governors Island, we hope to create context around artisanal processes and inspiration. Our gift shop will complement and add to the Island’s growing popularity, allowing visitors to take home a tangible memento from their Governors Island visit—a souvenir that was designed and crafted with the island in mind. With the help of the Etsy New York Team, the shop will also host demonstrations and workshops on Saturdays, to show and teach visitors some of their skills.
Established in Bushwick Brooklyn, a neighborhood rich in history and brimming with an artistic community, Better Than Jam Handmade showcases a variety of clothing, jewelry, accessories, and artwork created by some of NYC’s most talented artists and craftspeople. It brings to the forefront local accomplished designers that make 100% handmade and high quality items at a fair price.
About The Etsy New York Team
An eclectic group of independent artists, artisans, designers and crafters from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, united through Etsy. With nearly 200 members working in a variety of media, the team forms a strong, supportive community which provides a forum for artistic growth and professional development.
Short History of Governors Island
The Native Americans of the Manhattan region referred to the island as Pagganck (“Nut Island”) after the Island’s plentiful hickory, oak, and chestnut trees. In June of 1637 it was purchased by the Dutch and was called Noten Eylan . In 1664, the English captured New York, and took the island, however, the island switched hands between the British and the Dutch over the next 10 years until the British regained exclusive control of the island for the “benefit and accommodation of His Majesty’s Governors,” and officially it became Governors Island in 1784. Defensive works were raised on the island in 1776 by Continental Army troops during the American Revolutionary War, and fired upon British ships before falling into enemy hands. From 1783 to 1966, the island was a United States Army post. From 1966 to 1996 the island served as a major United States Coast Guard installation. On January 19, 2001, 22 acres of the Island was proclaimed a National Monument, and in 2003, the remaining 150 acres of the island was transferred to the State of New York for a nominal fee of $1.
WHAT: Better Than Jam Summer Handmade Gifts Shop
WHEN: 10am – 6pm Saturday and Sunday from May 26th-September 3rd 2012
WHERE: Apts C3&4 at The Governors Galleries, Governors Island
CONTACT: Karin Persan, firstname.lastname@example.org