Shop Talk

Catching a Wave

I don’t know what I expected when I went to visit to Maine Surfers Union, but it wasn’t one of the best coffees in the city of Portland. Yet here I am, sipping a perfect cappuccino from a compostable bamboo … Continue reading

It’s in the Bag

As anyone who carries a bag knows, it can be tricky to balance function and fashion just right; a stylish bag can fall open inconveniently, and a practical one can be blandly utilitarian. But Alice Yardley, who makes all the … Continue reading

Inside a Small Northeast Harbor Shop with Big Personality

In a small white clapboard building on the edge of downtown Northeast Harbor, Jennifer Judd-McGee has packed her shop Swallowfield to the rafters, literally. An acclaimed artist herself, Judd-McGee has filled shelves, display cases, and the walls from floor to … Continue reading

Find Textiles Galore in This Old Port Shop

Stepping into Evangeline out of the sunshine of a bright fall day is like walking into a cool, shady grove during a summer hike. As the visitor’s eyes adjust to the darker environment, contrasting textures swim into view: exposed brick … Continue reading

The Whimsical Patterns of Sarah Fitz

“Surface design” is a relatively new term for an art form that’s been around for a long time: the creation of patterns to adorn items of every kind. After designing a pattern, surface designers get to see their work in … Continue reading