Joan Foley has worked here since January, sanding, polishing and painting hundreds of items for the Inn. The bench she is working on is one of 30, and that's just for starters. All the furniture, from the chairs to the end tables, was custom designed and inspired by traditional pieces found on Fogo Island.
Guests at the Fogo Island inn will be able to purchase any of the furniture or custom designed quilts, rugs and pillows (coming up next!) that they find at the Inn. The carpenters and craftspeople who make them are hopeful this will provide not only income but an opportunity to refine and pass on these traditional skills.
The front end of the Artisan Guild is the storefront, featuring items made by many of the people featured in these galleries. This building was formerly the Orangemen's Lodge - they kept the sign over the front door.
A concept design for a floor mat, surrounded by some examples of the finished product.
This particular rug is one of three that were designed and hooked for the Inn. Lillian Dwyer, at left, designed this one and several others. Dwyer incorporated several traditional elements into this design, including the Rose, Shamrock and Thistle (for England, Ireland and Scotland where many Fogo Island families came from).
Ann Marie Newman of Joe Batt's Arm spent months hooking this rug, based on Lillian Dwyer's design.
This is a very special hooked rug, designed and crafted by Gwen Primer-Burt, formerly of Barr'd Islands. It is based on a poem by Shorefast Foundation founder Zita Cobb, entitled "The Seven Seasons of Fogo Island." Those who know call it a rug hooking masterpiece. There are seven panels, separated by a rope (what else?), with a row-punt in the foreground of each.
The fabric striper, up close - watch your fingers!
A knit-sock coming together...
A big part of the character of each room at the Fogo Island Inn comes from the seasonal quilt that decorates each bed. Sheila Payne toured the island, cataloguing the various quilts that people had in their homes. From those hundreds, six "heritage patterns" were chosen, and patchwork and strip quilts designed. Then, a small army of quilters went to work, cutting the individual fabric pieces that comprise the quilts, which were then collected and sewn together by an experienced quilter. In all, Shorefast commissioned 120 quilts - a summer and winter quilt for each of the Inn's 29 rooms - with four spares.
This photo shows the fine detail in this rug, from the clothes of the fishers to the gleaming silver fish in their nets.
The rug hooker weaves strips of fabric through the holes in a porous fabric, or traditionally, a potato sack.
On Thursday nights, Guild members gather to work on textile art of all kinds. Some pieces are for the Inn, some are personal projects, but all the members enjoy the chance to share their techniques and enjoy each other's company.
Rita Penney is making centerpieces for a table.