Shire City Sanctuary is a property development project right in the heart of Pittsfield MA. My hubby and I bought a breathtakingly beautiful, gigantic old brick church and rectory back in 2006. At the time we were looking for a home for my 40-person production company that manufactured blankets, rugs, and clothing from recycled textiles.
Since then our lives have morphed and changed and our building acquisition has found refocus. We have artists’ studios, a gallery, and commercial kitchen on the lower level and upstairs events are hosted in the stained glass window filled, gold leaf decked, 38ft ceilinged nave. Pews have been reconfigured to move within the space and architectural atrocities added over the years have been removed to bring the sacred space back to its origin. Shire City Sanctuary will host what grew out of my annual Holiday Studio Sale - The Shire City Sanctuary Holiday Shindy on December 8&9, 2012 from 10-6 both days. Each of the 40 vendors will be featured here between now and then so stop back and see all about it. Make your list, and check it twice.
Shire City Sanctuary Holiday Shindy Vendor Spotlight: The Dolphin Studio
The ffrench family of Stockbridge, MA runs The Dolphin Studio, an artist owned business since 1971. The Dolphin Studio Calendar, a 12x24in, hand screen-printed set of 13, 2 color prints (one for each month and a cover) is our main product. It is designed, printed, compiled and bound by three generations of family members. It is a quintessential Berkshire staple and wonderful gift.
Sofia Hughes and Crispina ffrench (that's me!) run the company. They are sisters, and daughters of founders John and Primm ffrench.
The Dolphin Studio, 11 Main Street, PO Box 323 Stockbridge, MA 01262