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CraftSanity Podcast Episode 145: Sally England talks about her career as a macrame artist

For the last couple weeks I’ve been walking around with cotton twine in my pocket and Sally England is partly to blame.  I recently attended England’s macrame workshop at Have Company, 136 S. Division Ave., during which she taught a small group of women in their 20s and 30s how to create mini wall-hanging samplers […]

CraftSanity Podcast 144: A conversation with artist Kelly Allen

If you crave more art and craft supplies or have a few extras (ahem) stashed in your basement, you need to meet Kelly Allen. A fine art painter with a soft spot for crafting, Kelly, 35, just opened the Wisemaker Creative Reuse Store and Studio at The Geek Group, the maker space at 902 Leonard […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 143: A conversation with ArtPrize Artist and documentary photographer Ryan Spencer Reed

By Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood Standing before a massive wall-size photograph of the 1-506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division inside a C-17 bound for Afghanistan, I grew worried. The beautifully composed photo was taken by Ludington-based documentary photographer Ryan Spencer Reed on May 5, 2013, and even though I was viewing it more […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 142: A conversation with ArtPrize 2014 Artist Anila Quayyum Agha

By Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood A little girl jumps high delighted by her wild-haired shadow. Nearby a young couple engages in a public display of affection casting a romantic silhouette upon the wall. Families inch forward and back to get just the right combination of pattern and silhouette before snapping several photos. No one seems to mind […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 141: A library love story leads Marianne Gardner and Sean Maginity to handmade business venture

Sometimes handmade business partnerships start in the most unlikely ways. Sean Maginity was working in the maintenance department at the Grand Rapids Public Library when he fell for Marianne Gardner, a woman at the reference desk. She had no idea and Maginity kept his feelings to himself until it looked like his window of opportunity […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 140: Blogger Rubyellen Bratcher talks about her new book ‘Let’s Sew Together’

When California blogger Rubyellen Bratcher started blogging at MyCakies.com to document her life and the handmade projects she was doing with her kids, she never imagined the doors it would open in her life. Tune in to hear the story of how this former elementary teacher and mother of four girls became a top mom blogger […]

CraftSanity Podcast 139: Jennifer talks block printing with Colouricious creator and UK artist Jamie Malden

This was one of the best discoveries of my recent trip to the AQS Quilt Show in Grand Rapids, Michigan – imported block printing stamps from India. While printing with pre-carved stamps seems a bit like cheating for this printmaker, I absolutely LOVE being able to jump into a project right away without having to carve my […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 138: The story of how a non-quilter oversaw the creation of the 120-foot ‘Quilt of Belonging’

By Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood It was the largest quilt on display at last month’s American Quilter’s Society show and probably the most important. Measuring 120 feet long by 10 1/2 feet high, the “Quilt of Belonging” is an impressive quilt comprised of 263 blocks containing handwork created by 70 Aboriginal groups and 193 immigrant nationalities represented […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 137 (part 2): The continuation of my interview Eric Hoffman, owner and creator of Spofford Press

Alright folks, the waiting is over and it’s time to release the second part of my interview with Eric Hoffman, owner of Spofford Press in Warwick, Rhode Island.

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 137 (part 1): The story of Eric Hoffman, owner and creator of Spofford Press

This podcast is about Eric Hoffman, a kind printmaker I met on Instagram while attempting to soak up all I can from more experienced printmakers creating inspiring work. A 35-year-old artist, family man and gifted storyteller with a jovial laugh. When he’s not answering questions about his technique and equipment on Instagram, Eric is making a go […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 136: A story about how jewelry-making helped a young West Michigan woman heal

Caitlin Myler was turning left out of the parking lot of the Ottawa County bank call center where she worked when she spotted another motorist traveling fast over the hill. Their cars collided and the impact of the November 2011 crash changed the course of Caitlin’s life.

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 135: A Conversation with SAORI weaving instructor, Chiaki O’Brien

When Chiaki O’Brien rolls into Allegan County and sets up her SAORI weaving looms at the Michigan Fiber Festival this week, her students will learn right away that they are part of one of the happiest growing fiber art movements. I have not studied SAORI in any official capacity, but I ran to my loom […]

Let’s try something new to keep the CraftSanity Podcast going

Hello CraftSanity Friends! I’m taking a page from the playbook of the tech podcasters that my husband, Jeff, listens to and I’ve decided to begin using a service called Patreon to secure funding for my podcast. I’ll turn it over to him to explain how it works: *** It’s simple. Do you get value in […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 134: A conversation with East Lansing Tapestry Weaver Nancy McRay

A surprising gift led Nancy McRay in an unexpected direction shortly after she graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in advertising. “When I graduated from college… my parents gave me a floor loom as a present,” she said, recalling how the unusual gift left her feeling “dumbfounded and intrigued.” Although she was puzzled […]

CraftSanity Episode 133: A conversation with Runaway Press artist, Michelle Terry

Messy inks and a collection of wood and lead type eventually lured Michelle Terry, 30, of Wyoming, away from spending her professional life in front of a computer screen.