Sara Bryant started her business, Bee’s Knees Knee Pads, to solve a problem for a small, but specific, group of people — pole dancers. Her goal was simple: make a better knee pad.
Crystal Pepperdine founded Flint Handmade, a non-profit organization that creates inclusive pop-up art and craft events for local residents. This year Flint Handmade is celebrating its 15th anniversary.
Learn about makers who have hit the roads, fueled by an adventurous spirit, a pursuit of fresh experiences, and a yen to see the country. They found artistic inspiration, interesting people, and ways to satisfy their wanderlust and support their businesses.
Kelli Nyman’s modern take on origami encompasses clean, seemingly simple geometric forms that are dimensional, textural and offer a varying viewing experience depending on lighting, time of day, and viewing vantage.
Mosaic artist Amanda Anderson is inspired by nature and wildlife, but it is color that drives her work.
When it comes to businesses, Jon Lincoln is a wide-ranging maker. The Boston-area entrepreneur has launched a comedy club, as well as a document manager for insurance companies. But his latest product, Goimagine, is a maker marketplace with a difference.
Crochet designer Alessandra Hayden has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the longest marathon crochet session. On May 30, 2021, Hayden, a resident of Gig Harbor, Washington, crocheted for 34 hours and 7 minutes, beating the previous record of 28 hours and five minutes set by two women in 2020.
A new book by Sara Trail and Teresa Duryea Wong documents the work of the Social Justice Sewing Academy including the Remembrance Project, Memory Quilts, and workshops with young people.
Jodi Brown and Tracie Millar—known in the knitting world as the Grocery Girls—have one piece of advice for businesses: be yourself. The sisters have been podcasting on YouTube since 2016, sharing what they’re knitting, yarns they love, and glimpses into their personal lives.
We’re celebrating Pride Month by highlighting seven incredible LGBTQ+ makers and their work. From growing their own skills to building crafting communities that make new faces and fresh perspectives feel welcome, we can’t wait to see what these makers do next.
Cecilia Louie manipulates long, skinny strands of paper into dragonflies, flowers, letters, and other fanciful quilled art.
Battenkill Fibers founder and owner Mary Jeanne Packer and her team know how to spin a beautiful yarn, sure, but Battenkill is also part of a hub that brings together local farms, fiber businesses, and makers in the Hudson Valley.
There are so many talented Black jewelers doing work they love to help you decorate and declare yourself. To tell a small piece of this sprawling story, we pulled on a single thread offered by Omonivie Okhade. It’s a glimpse into her work, the work of her idol, and that of a bold designer who does some of her casting.
Alyson Chu launched a Kickstarter campaign for Moorit, a biannual, print-and-online crochet magazine dedicated to showcasing the dazzling possibilities of the craft many see as marginalized in yarn shops and the handwork media.
Through the non-profit Black Girls Sew, fashion designer Hekima Hapa is teaching young people in her neighborhood in New York City sewing and entrepreneurship skills.
Threadymade is a new craft kit company that provides pre-pleated and smocked fabrics for garment sewing at home
If you’ve considered digging deep to chase a dream, take note of these inspiring Black ceramicists. All six of them have day jobs. All six chose to create anyway, following remarkably similar journeys to claim their time and make their art.
Artist April Sunami was recently commissioned to create the art for a shirt by Lane Bryant, a national clothing retailer. Here’s how she got that gig.
Roberta Wax profiles Michelle Morris, creator of SEWN Magazine, a fashion-forward, inclusive publication full of gorgeously photographed clothes and accessories, interviews with designers, and sewing tips and pattern resources.
Zontee Hou is the owner and founder of Media Volery LLC, a company that helps small- to medium-sized businesses develop, manage, and execute marketing strategies that work.