Meet New Museum Shop Manager Adriana De Castro
“As the buyer for the Museum Shop I have the unique opportunity to support regional and national artists. My commitment is to feature an array of one-of-a-kind, contemporary handmade goods.”
Adriana De Castro is a jeweler and metalsmith who graduated from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2016. She grew up in the area and was thrilled to learn about Fuller Craft Museum in her junior year of art school. Once she graduated, Adriana sold her own line of jewelry at trade shows, and she came to Fuller Craft Museum looking to get involved with the Museum Shop.
Denise Karas, the Shop Manager at that time, originally hired Adriana as a Museum Shop Associate. Denise was the Museum Shop Manager for a period of 6 years starting in 2013, and had volunteered in the shop for two years prior to that. Shoppers and staff came to know her eye for irresistible goods, her talent for detailed staging, and a warm personality that made the Museum Shop appealing and very popular.
Adriana has worked with Denise as a Museum Shop Associate since May 2017. She steps into her new role as the Museum Shop Manager with a strong vision for the shop’s ongoing success and the skills to realize that vision. Denise will continue to be involved with the shop on a part-time basis. “It’s been my honor and privilege to have worked with the Fuller Craft Museum staff and volunteers over the years, and I have particularly enjoyed my many interactions with our diverse and enthusiastic Museum visitors. I hope that our paths will continue to cross in the future.
Since the beginning of 2019 when Adriana took on her new role, the Museum Shop has evolved with a new flow and energy. There is new shelving, shadow boxes, and displays. There is a focus wall featuring artists and objects relating to current exhibitions. Right now, the Museum Shop carries a variety of fine baskets in conjunction with our “Rooted, Revived, and Reinvented: Basketry in America” exhibition on view until August 11. Also, we have some new staff and volunteers helping in the shop.
Adriana has been traveling to trade shows like NEAC and NY Now. She hopes to go to the Portland Fine Craft Show. With each journey, she finds new artists and products for the Museum Shop and Online Shop. She spoke excitedly about the upcoming NY Now show in August. “I’m going to spend the most time in a section called “handmade” and another called “accent on design.” The things there are very well designed, and a lot of them happen to be handmade as well. I found a new glass artist from Rhode Island. He does beautiful blown glass work, functional cups that are gorgeous and modern. I’m still working on bringing him here, but I found him at “accent on design.”
There are several new and interesting objects and items in the Shop. Green Tree Jewelry is a new line of laser cut sustainable wood earrings—-colorful, vibrant, and made in the US. Also new is Origin Jewelry which combines colorful resin with a natural shell for a distinctive contemporary style. The jewelry line includes innovative magnetic clasps and also—-clip on earrings, for those of you always on the hunt for them. Under books and stationary, you’ll find an excellent selection of exhibition catalogues. There are exquisite paper collage cards by Deborah Ellington and another company, Le Canot Rouge, that gives 10% of gross sales to animal welfare charities. Each card has a different animal on it—-an adorable hedgehog with spectacles, a chipmunk with an old-fashioned hand-crank sewing machine—-each curious image comes with a story. We have a new line of scarves called Printed Villages where each design is made by a different artist. There are new ceramic works like the stoneware poppy cups by Kimberly Zane and grinning flasks by Dave Bowen. The shop also carries espresso cups by Ahrong Kim, an artist currently in our permanent collection.
Check out our online shop for many of these new and exciting hand-crafted goods. Come visit the physical shop in person, and say hello to Adriana. Peruse our latest arrivals, and pick out something unique for yourself, your friends, or family.