‘Thriving in the undefined’

HEATING UP: Alaina Mahoney, left, of Providence-based A.M. Design & Fabrication LLC, works with assistant Erica Compton heating metal in a forge to hammer out a mirror frame for Mahoney’s upcoming product line release.  / COURTESY RUE SAKAYAMA PHOTOGRAPHY
HEATING UP: Alaina Mahoney, left, of Providence-based A.M. Design & Fabrication LLC, works with assistant Erica Compton heating metal in a forge to hammer out a mirror frame for Mahoney’s upcoming product line release. / COURTESY RUE SAKAYAMA PHOTOGRAPHY
To Alaina Mahoney – painter, blacksmith and welder of steel – few tropes are staler than the “starving artist.” “Almost everyone I went to school with has a job in their field,” said Mahoney, who graduated with a painting degree from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2010. Rather than painting, she pursued…
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