Product Picks: Summer 2016 Intern Edition!

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Amazing WaterFire UnisexSo much new merchandise has been added to the WaterFire shop this summer that we just couldn’t resist doing a photoshoot to show off our favorites!  We asked summer interns from various departments for their thoughts and recommendations, and today we’re sharing it all with you!

Greg Miller, Video Intern: I modeled the Amazing WaterFire Tee, and I felt that’s just what it was! I loved how it fit and it was the most comfortable cotton shirt. It brings a nostalgic, carnival-like feeling to WaterFire, and it was totally breathable in the humid New England summer.

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Melissa Bassett, Special Events and Operations Intern: One of the products I modeled was the new Raglan and that was my favorite! It’s so cute and comfy… I know what I’m asking for for Christmas! I think it works for both males and females, and I was super excited that I got to be the one to model it!  Other WaterFire products that I really like are the black hats, especially the one with the brazier and flame on the front and WaterFire’s name on the back. 

Sarah Daebler, Video Intern: I modeled the Raglan Tee too and I liked how it was so comfortable and I also loved the colors that it used, I thought it made the shirt so cute! Other WaterFire products that I like are the Clear Currents Tees because they are so unique, and the hats because they are so cute.

Navy Mesh HatEva Gabrielson, Graphic Design Intern: My favorite product is the trucker hats, OBVIOUSLY. There is no contest. They make you feel like a baller… Plus the colors are limitless! Well, three colors is almost limitless…

Marissa Pesak, Special Events and Operations Intern: I am head over heels in love with the baseball cap with the fire embroidery. It is so lovely and simple. Would 10/10 come in handy on event days. I absolutely loved the Donna Lee bracelet I modeled. It is so subtly WaterFire, but also wearable for everyday.

Horace Robinson, Management Intern: I personally like the colors of the products (like the 2016 Clear Currents and Amazing WaterFire tees). I often do not wear bright colors but these products really pop with the color contrast, the material is quite soft also.

Clear Currents TeeAli Fortier, Branding and Merchandise Intern: Honestly, the hardest part about working with Merchandise is resisting the urge to buy it all!  I don’t think I could pick just one favorite!  I love all of the shirts that the other interns have been mentioning, but I’ve also been obsessed with all of our ScreenCraft products – from jewelry and wine charms, to marble magnets! 

Thank you to all of the interns who participated in the photoshoot and shared their thoughts on the merchandise!  We hope all the WaterFire fans out there are just as excited as we are about these new products!

Partner Spotlight: ScreenCraft Tileworks

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“Any factory can make stuff, we make gifts that celebrate your town or favorite place.”Tanya Bernard

ScreenCraft EmployeesShopping local has played a big role in the partnerships WaterFire has fostered, ScreenCraft Tileworks being one of them.  As a community-based organization, supporting other local businesses is at the core of who we are, and we’re proud to work with these partners to create WaterFire souvenirs for our many national and international visitors.  The WaterFire-ScreenCraft partnership began at the end of 2014 with the launch of the marble magnets, and since then, ScreenCraft has supplied WaterFire with 620 magnets, 461 bracelets, and various other products like the new Wine Charms!

What makes ScreenCraft especially unique is the fact that each item gets made one at a time from real, authentic marble as opposed to resin molds which many other companies opt for.  The tile is all unique, with each piece different from the last.  “Everything is created and assembled here,” says Tanya, starting with the marble prep process in which each tile is hand-cleaned and quality-checked.  Even picking the perfect marble has become a crucial part of the process.  In fact, ScreenCraft has created relationships with the families in Italy and Turkey who run the marble quarries.  For ScreenCraft, a company with many long term employees, these personal relationships with other family-run companies are so important.  

ScreenCraft Tileworks didn’t always go by that name, and it wasn’t always focused on tiles!  The Champagne family-run, third generation business actually found its initial success in custom signage and photography, which influenced the customizable nature of its current tile business. Nowadays, Tanya explains that the company is “very much about place and making finer souvenirs people keep,” and even people’s pride in place, which is at the heart of what WaterFire does.  

Making CharmsScreenCraft equally enjoys its partnership with WaterFire, explaining: “I love that you’re a Rhode Island event and organization, and I love that our product is Rhode Island made, and I think that’s the epitome of shopping local…it’s a very arts-oriented state.”  Both ScreenCraft and WaterFire agree that it’s great to support other local businesses as well as the Rhode Island community through events like WaterFire, where every ounce of the proceeds is going back to support the event itself.  Being able to bring pride to the state of Rhode Island and the city of Providence is such a special experience.

“When I think of WaterFire, I think of how it celebrates Providence…there’s nothing like it, it’s very, very special” -Tanya Bernard

Click here to shop the entire WaterFire line of ScreenCraft products.

All Marble Magnets

Thank you to the ScreenCraft team for giving us a behind the scenes look at how these fantastic products are made.

Partner Spotlight: Gather Glass

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“Similar to WaterFire, at the root of Gather Glass there is a passion for art, community, and of course fire.” – Benjamin Giguere, artist at Gather Glass

At WaterFire we proudly collaborate with local artists to create unique pieces for our store and spread our passion for art and culture. One of our partners is Providence glassblowing business Gather Glass, who became one of our vendors shortly after forming in 2010. There have been countless hours spent conceptualizing, designing, creating, packaging, and producing a variety of products from jewelry to glassware all inspired by the water and flames of WaterFire.

The artists at Gather Glass are very passionate about community, and WaterFire is an ideal setting for sharing their work on-site during the fires and connecting the audience with their process. They joined us by the river over six years ago to show the city the art of glassblowing and have been working alongside our store every lighting since.

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“From the very first lighting we attended, we felt something very special was happening.  Between the crackling of the river fires, the sound of the flame from our torch and the meditative music in the air, we began to seamlessly melt into the backdrop of a city transformed into an art scape. We immediately felt at home.”

 

“Each time you look into your glass pendant or earring, we hope you remember the smell of wood burning or feel the heat of the fires against your skin. It is these sensations that inspired our work; we hope they inspire you in the same way. We feel honored and inspired to be part of this evolving art event and look forward to all the creative possibilities that lie ahead.”

Gather Glass WaterFire tumblers

Click here to see all of the Gather Glass WaterFire products

Thank you Matt Stone and Benjamin Giguere for your dedication in creatively transforming the city.

Showing Off Our WaterFire Style

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This past Friday, Sarah and I posed in the WaterFire merchandise to get updated photographs for the store website. In the two photographs, we are sporting the cozier options since the Winter weather is (unfortunately) fast approaching. Believe it or not, this is Sarah’s and my first modeling gig. I know, I know, we look like professionals, but we owe it all to the WaterFire merchandise, and our awesome supervisor/photographer Laura for making us look great! 🙂

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Sarah to the left is wearing the black embroidered WaterFire hoodie in size small, while Sarah to the right is wearing the NEW navy brazier crew neck sweatshirt in medium.

It wasn’t hard to find some great backdrops for the pictures. We simply walked out of WaterFire’s new temporary storage building here in Providence, The Plant, just minutes away from the future WaterFire Arts Center at 475 Valley Street. There is a beautiful courtyard surrounded by old brick walls, plants, and benches, which added depth to our photographs. Keep your eyes out for more shots of us and purchase WaterFire merchandise for your friends, family, loved ones and yourself this holiday season!

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From right to left: Sarah is wearing the Orange Long sleeve RI tee in a medium size, while the other Sarah is sporting the WaterFire Zip Hoodie in a small.

Partner Spotlight: MasterCast

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Both myself and my wife (an artist and high school art teacher) have been big fans of WaterFire right from the start. We think it’s a perfect blend of artistry and commerce …and a lot of the weekend tourism in Providence owes a big thanks to WaterFire.” -David Katseff, owner of MasterCast Ltd.

It has been wonderful to work with David Katseff and his MasterCast team to create some fun, classic pieces to add to the WaterFire Store. With over 20 years of experience in making and marketing lucite/acrylic products, David has been a great local resource for us. Here’s how our partnership began:

My connection to the organization began after I made a donation to WaterFire Providence’s annual fund and was lucky enough to be selected for their gift giveaway for donors that year. As a long-time fan, I decided to grow my donor relationship even further by inquiring about partnering with WaterFire through my business MasterCast Ltd. With the capabilities of MasterCast Ltd I knew their was a great opportunity to help support WaterFire by making products for sales and marketing purposes and for thank you gifts.”

WaterFire Providence Letter Opener in Gift BoxWaterFire Providence Bottle OpenerWith both our roots in Providence supporting the local economy is a win win! The proceeds from the WaterFire Store go directly to the organization to help fund our annual and event related costs.

MasterCast Ltd was originally based in Providence and we moved to Pawtucket in 1996. We continue to promote Made-in-USA emblematic and acrylic products, although we also have custom products manufactured overseas. We are proud to be a vendor for the WaterFire lapel pin and brass keytag. This year we have worked with the Marketing department to add some nice gift items to our WaterFire line of products, like our bottle openers and letter openers. We look forward to expanding our relationship with WaterFire in its next 20 years of production of these unique events on the river in Providence.

To check out all four MasterCast WaterFire products in this line click here.

Intern Product Picks!

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Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 4.34.02 PMHi, everyone!! My name is Sarah Quinn and I’m one of the Branding & Merchandising interns here at WaterFire! You can read more about me here, but I think you’re probably more interested in the merchandise than me (and rightfully so)! Even though it’s getting chilly and tank top season is TECHNICALLY over, I’m still obsessed with this Brazier tank top from the WaterFire Store. This was a huge hit at our fires this season (only PARTIALLY due to my shameless plugs), and I’m not surprised; the contrast between the bright orange and the deep blue pops so nicely against the crisp white tank. This shirt is truly a work of art. If you’re already looking ahead to next summer, this tank will make the cold months ahead fly by. Check it out here!

RI Brazier Longsleeve TeeHi, I’m Sarah Wojtusik, the other Branding & Merchandising intern! More about me here. By far my favorite product WaterFire Providence offers is the RI Brazier Long Sleeve Tee. It is a fan favorite at the events and I can tell why. As an intern, I get very familiar with all of the merchandise, and I’ve had my eye on this tee for a while! For one, it is cozy, but also light weight enough that I can style it up with a fun flannel in the fall. I also think this shirt is great because WaterFire is celebrating the whole state of Rhode Island.

 

Partner Spotlight: Photon Fabrications

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For several years, Joseph “JJ” Strong of Photon Fabrications has designed some of our most beautiful WaterFire gifts found in the WaterFire Merchandise Store. Photon Fabrications combines art, engineering, and modern technology with a laser cutting machine. Our relationship with JJ Strong began after being introduced through Gather Glass (another fabulous merchandise partner!) who had just collaborated with JJ on another project. Our first product collaboration with JJ was the creation of the WaterFire Wooden Magnet which continues to be a WaterFire Fan favorite! Over the past few years we’ve created many different designs and products. Including: Ornaments, “Matchbox Memories”, and the new Brazier and City Skyline Bamboo Key Chains!  We hope every challenge we give him will allow him to feed his passion and talent as a laser cut designer. (Check out all the WaterFire Photon Fabrications products here!)

Photon Fabrications Wooden Magnets (Photo by Jen Bonin)

“At WaterFire Providence I’ve found a group of fellow artisans that concern themselves with quality of design as much as I do. The folks at WaterFire work hard to maintain a high standard.  As a young artist – just starting college when I created those first magnets – my experience with WaterFire has taught me a lot.  I’ve been lucky to be a part of a great Rhode Island tradition and I look forward to many more WaterFire projects down the road!”
-JJ Strong of Photon Fabrications

We are excited to share our support and admiration of JJ’s wonderful laser cut designs. Today, JJ is creating laser cut designs for every occasion available on his website and at local art fairs in Rhode Island.

Want to know more about the process? Here’s a clip from photonfabrications.com:

A piece usually begins life as a model in Solid Works, a 3D engineering program, where the basic form is created. The model is then translated into a 2D art program, Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, or both where I add all of the detail that the laser will engrave. This software allows for a huge range of detail to be added and manipulated. Finally to take the art from a digital image to a physical object a Versa Laser CNC machine, which cuts out the components to make the final pieces, which are then assembled into the finished product.

A Night That Embodied Hope, Strength, and Determination

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If you weren’t able to share the night with us on October 3rd, you missed a great celebration in honor of breast cancer awareness. WaterFire collaborated with the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation to light the Flames of Hope. 150 Breast Cancer Survivors took part in a torch procession from the steps of the State House down to the Waterplace Basin. The night embodied hope, strength, determination, and courage.

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Honor those who are/have been affected by breast cancer and purchase your very own WaterFire breast cancer awareness t-shirt. A $1 from the sales of each t-shirt goes directly to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. The additional proceeds go to support WaterFire Providence to help create and produce amazing community awareness events like the Flames of Hope WaterFire event. Get yours today at the WaterFire Store

 

Wear Pink Proudly in the New WaterFire T-Shirt

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Good news everybody! the Breast Cancer Awareness Tee is now available at the WaterFire store! Support the cure by purchasing one of WaterFire’s limited edition designs in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

A $1 from the sales of each t-shirt goes directly to the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation. The additional proceeds go to support WaterFire Providence to help create and produce amazing community awareness events like the Flames of Hope WaterFire event.

The design comes in both unisex short and long sleeve styles.

Get Your Own Today! – Long Sleeve & Short Sleeve

Before it swims away…

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Last Chance!

Get your special limited edition tee inspired by one of our most popular events of the season, Clear Currents!

Whether you were paddling a boat on the river or admiring the glowing koi fish from the streets of Providence, you’ll want to remember the 2015 season by taking home this event-specific shirt! The winner of our 2015 Clear Currents T-Shirt Design Contest, this tee is quite a catch. Order by midnight tomorrow, Friday, September 25th, on the eve of our next WaterFire and get free shipping on our entire online store order using coupon code: EveShipping