This weekend I checked out Assembled at Assembly Row in Somerville for the first time. Kyle and I hadn’t been back to Assembly Square since living in Medford and it was unbelievable to see how much has changed in such a short period of time. The vision of Assembly Row is an interesting one and I love that they’ve incorporated a SOWA-style market that highlights talented artisans from the area.
Each Saturday through the summer the fair has a different theme – and this past weekend was hosted by the dealer, White Barn Heirlooms who focused on “Reclaim, Repurpose, Reuse.” Their antique and upcycled pieces were just my taste and I had a great chat with WBH owner and designer Charlene. She has a full time home at the Spaulding Cooperage in Townsend, which I’ll be visiting ASAP! Multiple vendors from the Cooperage were represented at the market, including metalworkers Karen McNamaza and David Dawson.
My absolute favorite piece at Assembled was David’s handmade skull made out of reclaimed materials. It was one of the most original things I saw (and you know I can’t deny a skull). Backed on a painted wooden pallet, I liked how it was part rustic feeling and part badass. David also created the coffee table on the right – a grate welded to a rolling base. The artist is just 3 weeks out of school and I can’t wait to see what else he comes up with.
Other favorites included Sarah Wormann’s Massachusetts prints, Ioanna Tourkantonis’ photographs of Greece and Boston, and Jacqueline Lapuck’s accessories. I took home two of Jacqueline’s bracelets and immediately put on the evil eye. We also refreshed with a thai basil lemonade from Bon Me. All in all, a beautiful start to Saturday!
*Disclaimer, I received Assembled art bucks and truck bucks in an exchange for this review.
7 thoughts on “Assembled: Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row”
I am dying to get here! that skull is very cool.
Definitely worth the trip! Smaller than SOWA but really incredible artisans.
What a wonderful event – so many gorgeous odds and ends (and I loveeee Bon Me!)
Such a happy little Saturday morning – and I feel ya on Bon Me. That noodle salad!
Saw the billboard on Route 93 advertising this market. Looked interesting. After reading about your experience I really want to go!
Hi , Karen and Dave here from the show on saturday. Thank you so much for coming and talking to us! the metal skull is still available if anyone is interested. We will be setting up again this saturday. we cannot take credit cards yet so if your interested bring cash!
Becky..thanks for the wonderful blog, it was a pleasure to meet you and to be included on your site! Dave and Karen will be back on Saturday, July 27th and White Barn Heirlooms and Spaulding Cooperage will be back to host again on August 31st!! Hope to see you there again too!