When they heard there was a shortage of protective gear in the state of Ohio, Jane Pierce of zJayne and Hannah Mathews of Cleveland Sewing Company leapt into action. “We were inspired by Joyaltee, a New England-based seller who began making masks for her local hospitals. I just thought Hannah does production, I sew – we can do this,” said Jane. “We have a shop, machines… together we have something that can make a huge difference,” added Hannah.continue reading
This one is dedicated to those of you suddenly and unexpectedly working from home. Alan is doing this for the first extended period of time. Right now there are four loaves of sourdough in the oven and 350 pounds of honey waiting to be extracted on the table. In other words, a pretty normal day. Except that he periodically feels the need to herd me like a managerial border collie. Last night he blurted out “We can work on your vision statement!” before slowly adding, “…if you want to”.continue reading
Today’s interview is with Sherry Truitt. She may not know it, but I consider her to be a mentor of sorts. Her calm and reasoned demeanor resonates in matters both personal and professional. She has been an artist for many years doing fine art and production work. She comes from a family that reveres craft, but her path to the full-time art world was circuitous – she began as a social worker. (I remember relating to her story as my own path began in education.)continue reading
There is something about bread that feeds the soul and the stomach. It is one of the most basic foods, made with the simplest of ingredients: flour, water, salt, and time. And yet it comforts us in a deeply fundamental way. It represents a connection to the earth and to each other. As we watch our normal channels of connection rapidly sever, is it any wonder we’ve cleared the flour shelves bare?continue reading
Make something meaningful.
I wrote those words over a year ago. Then, thousands of others. Eventually they all shuffled together to become a book. A passion project. 178 pages more or less on a subject I knew most in the world. Those words became my creative north star, and eventually its title. I was about to take the final steps. Edits. Illustrations. A purchased domain. Just about to push the button. And then the world went haywire.