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Outsiders

Shopping for my toddler daughter is hard. So much of the children’s clothing available is extremely gendered, with hot pink sparkles and crown patterns on the “girls” clothes and trucks, footballs, and monsters covering the “boys” clothes. I’m always looking … Continue reading

Lucky Platt in the woods looking up through the tree canopy.

All the Better to Hear You With

Lucky Platt was at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts when she met her wolf. She had been thinking about them for a bit, mulling over ideas about these “hairy creatures” she had been making. Sometimes, she would paint bears, which … Continue reading

Big Impact

In 1994, Erica Moody attended a party that changed her life. She was living in Boston at the time, on a break from her undergraduate studies. She’d always thought she would become an artist, but learning art in an academic … Continue reading

Practical Magic

Although she’s been painting her whole life, it still sort of baffles Sarah Madeira Day when I call her an artist. “I think of other artists as real artists. I’m just a girl who paints out of her house and … Continue reading

Natural Wisdom

Ted Carter has been planting, growing, and pruning since he was a child. Growing up in suburban Chicago, he found himself drawn to every wild, overgrown space. “I was kind of a loner,” the landscape designer says. “Though I am … Continue reading

Sweet Ride

When Billy Landenberger was growing up in Attleboro, Massachusetts, there “wasn’t really a longboard scene.” But when it comes to chasing adrenaline, it doesn’t take much to get a teenager’s gears turning. A few of his friends built a half-pipe, … Continue reading

Down to the Studio with Mr. Van Dusen

You wouldn’t know it from Chris Van Dusen’s popular 2009 children’s book, The Circus Ship, but the true story of the shipwreck is a tragic one. There was a fire, too few lifeboats, a few horses that escaped to shore, … Continue reading

Curious Creatures

Ceramics artist Brooke Knippa lives on a tiny dirt road in Bowdoinham that my navigation app fails to recognize. Even in Maine, this is unusual, but fortunately the potter had prepared for this and emailed instructions ahead of time. “Our house is … Continue reading

Finding a Fit

There’s a piece of California hidden in Heide Martin’s Rockland studio. It’s located behind all the sawdust-strewn workbenches, behind the cabinet filled with Japanese handsaws and Lie-Nielsen handtools, up the metal set of stairs, inside her sparse office space. Her husband … Continue reading

Tending the Flock

Christina Watka gives a visitor a tour through her eighteenthcentury farmhouse in Cape Elizabeth to the studio where she creates her ethereal installation art. Across the driveway are the scattered remnants of a barn she and her husband, Andrew Halchak, … Continue reading