When an artist invites you to their personal studio or workshop, it’s an offer you should never refuse. It allows outsiders a chance to see where the magic (product) is made, watch the artist in action and possibly walk away with a personal gift.


Anne Jenkins, an original native of Newport, attended Parsons School of Design for fashion design which later transitioned to North Bennet Street School for Preservation Carpentry, in Boston — resulting in the start of her business Ten Pounds of Feathers. After years of personal selling through her website, trunk shows and events, Jenkins has decided to open her first pop-up shop on Thames Street (due to open in late October).


The store will showcase a large collection of her hand-made jewelry and other local artisans. Each piece is one-of-a-kind with a price point ranging from $30 – $250 depending on the intricacies. “I sent my most difficult piece, a bikini, to Sport Illustrated a few weeks ago. I am still patiently waiting for the pictures” says Jenkins.


Jenkins studio is located on Aquidneck Ave in Middletown, Rhode Island and it’s a true extension of herself: laid-back, creative, edgy, hardworking and a bit chaotic. “I don’t really know what I am doing” explain Jenkins. But in our opinion, she is headed in the right direction, expanding and sticking with her gut: Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life! 


All photos by Marial Maher (Visual Manor)

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