Shop Talk

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

Craft Work

Say the word “craft” out loud and see what pictures it conjures up. Tempera paints? Construction paper? Acrylic yarn in garish colors? Now replace it with “craftsmanship.” Suddenly the images are of finely wrought work (maybe metal, maybe wood, maybe … Continue reading

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Some people’s career paths run like an allée of boxwood in a formal French garden: straight, smooth, unswerving. Others find a more meandering way, like a path in a romantic English garden that turns unexpected corners and doubles back on … Continue reading

Lovely Little Surprises

Leandra Fremont-Smith needed a change of scenery. For years, she had loved running her successful design business from the barn attached to the back of her home in Yarmouth. As she recalls, “I could have my kids get off the … Continue reading

Of Cigars and Stars

Thomas Michaels and his wife, Nora Hattman-Michaels, are showing me some of their work. On the velvet trays in front of me lie hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of jewelry. Michaels picks up a diamond ring for me to … Continue reading

That’s a Wrap

When prompted, most people can recall their childhood blanket clearly: the smooth satin of the edging on a machine-made blanket, say, or the bright palette of Grandma’s crocheted squares. But not everyone’s blanket can say it inspired a thriving company. … Continue reading

Tanja Cesh of Mulxiply and Kristen Camp of Ember.

Fanning the Flames

Not all Valentine’s Day stories have romance at their core. For Tanja Cesh of Mulxiply and Kristen Camp of Campfire Studios, a Valentine’s Day encounter a few years ago led them to enduring friendship, fruitful collaboration, and now a retail … Continue reading