If it weren’t for art where would you be right now? If you didn’t know how to knit, crochet, weave, spin, paint, sew, write, sing, dance, or express yourself creatively some other way, what would you do? How would you blow off steam and cope with the stresses of life? I don’t know about you, but I shudder at the thought of a world without soft yarn, lovely fabric, shiny black tap shoes and good music. This site is dedicated to all you creative spirits out there. This is where I’m going to put some of my reporting skills to craftabulous use and host an online discussion about art, craft and all things creative.
My name is Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood and I’m a 38-year-old, married, working mother of two sweet girls. I was born in Detroit (Rock City) and now live in West Michigan with my husband, Jeff, and our daughters, ages 9 and 10. I make a living teaching craft work shops, working as a freelance feature writer, art & craft columnist, adjunct journalism professor and selling wooden weaving looms and handprinted goods in my Etsy shop. I hope to realize my childhood dream to write a book very soon. I like to quilt, knit, weave, sew, carve blocks, pull prints and do just about every craft under the sun. I’m almost always armed with a portable project just in case I get 30 seconds of down time or I just plain need a moment of Zen.
I run, swim, box (but only with the heavy bag) and craft to relieve stress and love it when I can successfully turn a negative into a positive. I believe everyone has a story and value great conversation, especially unexpectedly wonderful conversations with strangers.
When I record CraftSanity interviews, I imagine that I’m sitting in a booth at a diner with my guest and we’re just chatting away and our conversation is so fascinating that other people seated nearby are leaning in. In my head, I have five listeners, but the stat counter tells me there are plenty more of you out there — a notion I still can’t quite believe. I’m not a polished broadcaster, I’m just a curious woman with a microphone who loves to help people share their stories — especially when they involve art and craft.
This podcast was conceived in late 2005 when I was on my second maternity leave from my newspaper gig. My husband had become a big fan of tech podcasts and suggested that I do one about crafts. I told him he was nuts, then I started planning my first show.
And though I cringe at how awkward I was during the earliest CraftSanity episodes, the experience of fumbling my way through with the support of my husband to create this show from scratch has been one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. It’s been a wonderful joy to get to chat with all the creative people who have shared their stories with me and to get amazingly sweet feedback from the folks at home makes it all seem like some kind of crazy, happy dream. Producing this show has been a labor of love and really has enriched my life in ways I never imagined. I really feel blessed to get to have this experience. Thank you, dear listeners, for making it possible.
CraftSanity With Me
I want to continue to interview artists and crafters from around the globe, review the latest books and products and share fun project ideas you can try out in your home studios or with a group of artist friends and kids. So, if there’s someone in the creative world you’d like to hear from, let me know. Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s get to it, folks… it’s time to CraftSanity!