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18

Sep

Studio Visit With Jennifer Judd-McGee

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I have followed Jennifer Judd-McGee’s art since she spoke on a panel at Etsy HQ in 2010. Each time Taproot Magazine arrives in my mailbox with her drawings or papercuts on the covers or pages within, her artwork transports me to a daydream of gardens and forests and sea breezes.

So, when I realized that I would be traveling to her part of Maine, I jumped on the opportunity to visit her beautiful basement studio. In the latest edition of Etsy’s Inspiring Workspaces series, you can get a peek into Jennifer’s workspace with me (lasers! deer! the scent of miso soup!) – without even traveling to Maine.

Read on, friends.

[Photo by Erin Little.]

22

Aug

Interview With Peg and Awl

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I’ve followed The Black Spot Books and Peg and Awl for ages, oohing and ahhing over their beautiful wares – from swings made from wood reclaimed from 19th century water towers to jewelry depicting useful weeds. So, it was exciting to get to interview owner Margaux Kent and learn more about how her and her husband’s business has developed over time, for this month’s edition of Etsy’s Quit Your Day Job series. Read the full story for a special glimpse into the inner-workings of the lively business they run from an old casket factory in Philadelphia.

Photo by Michael Persico.

 

15

Aug

Summer Wisdom

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A little drawing from my summertime sweet tooth to yours.

12

Aug

Look what came in the mail yesterday! It’s Lisa Congdon's brand new book, Art Inc. which hits shelves today. Back when she was researching the book, she interviewed me over the phone. Months and months later, I get to hold my own copy in my hands. It’s such an honor to be part of this go-to resource for artists. I hope you’ll check it out!

18

Mar

Bibliocraft Book Launch

Tomorrow night marks the launch of Bibliocraft, a new book by Jessica Pigza, the rare books librarian at  NYPL and the host of Handmade Crafternoon. It’s a really beautiful book, featuring projects based on researching at the library, including two that I developed and wrote.

If you’re free tomorrow, I’d love to see you there! (Word on the street is that there will be lots of doughnuts from Peter Pan too, just saying.)

• When: Wednesday, March 19 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Where: Brooklyn Craft Company, 61 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
More launch info

12

Mar

Ta da, new business cards!

Ta da, new business cards!

28

Feb

Cat-on-Wheels

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I drew this tribute in colored pencil to Gus the Cat in his favorite posture, transporting his favorite food, riding his favorite style of bike for his BFF’s birthday gift.

24

Feb

Inspired by George and Martha for Larks & Japes

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Recently Larks & Japes asked me to write a piece for their “Inspired By” series, which is dedicated to parties and gatherings inspired by books and movies. My take on the theme features an ode to one of my favorite picture book series in the form of an all cookie tea party.

 

28

Dec

Tea Towel Embroidery Workshop

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Get your year off to a clean start! Join Kim Konen and me for a workshop on embroidering tea towels to kick off our third year of Greenpoint Hand Skills craft programming. We’ll have vintage embroidery patterns on hand or you can design your own imagery.


This free, all-levels craft workshop is open to all levels of embroiderers. Materials and tools will be provided. Feel free to bring a snack to share and a plain tea towel to embroider. (This is not required –- we’ll also have spare tea towels to share with you.)

  • When: Saturday, January 4 from 12-2 p.m.
  • Where: Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
  • RSVP suggested.

20

Dec

How to Make a No-Sew Felt Garland

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My festive DIY tutorial is up on the Etsy blog –– a cozier twist on paper chains that are easy to store and reuse. This quick holiday craft project simply uses felt + a clever tab system.

Learn how.