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CraftSanity Episode 150: A Conversation with Adventure Textiles Owner, Megan Roach

This is the story of a woman and the weaving loom that changed everything. For years Grand Rapids fiber artist Megan Roach has been experimenting with natural dyes and crocheting and knitting. She was having fun with her creative work, but struggling to tie it all together. And then she started weaving about a year […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 149: A conversation with Megan Eckman

With deliberate lines and tiny stitches, Megan Eckman is a fine artist and a creative writer who became an embroidery designer soon after realizing craft stores were still selling the same patterns she stitched with her grandmother as a small child. This revelation lead her to create fresh and whimsical Studio MME designs including “Happy Jackalopes” […]

CraftSanity Podcast 148: A chat with artist and book lover, Lisa Occhipinti

Lisa Occhipinti loves books of the printed variety. She reads them, collects them and creates art inspired by them. In her new book, “Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating and Crafting with Books,” Lisa once again pays homage to the printed word. As you may recall, Lisa wrote and illustrated “The Repurposed Library,” which was published in […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 147: An audio tour of Dinderbeck, Grand Rapids’ first community printshop

It just got a whole lot easier to be a printmaker in West Michigan thanks to three Grand Rapids artists. Anthony Mead, 27, Kyle Isbell, 26, and Steven Rainey, 30, have realized their long-term goal to transform the Dinderbeck collective space into a community printshop at 323 Straight St. SW in Grand Rapids – a […]

CraftSanity Episode 146: A Chat with Meredith Crawford, author of ‘Crochet With One Sheepish Girl’

Last month I recorded a lovely chat with Meredith Crawford, a stylish craft blogger who documents her creative life at onesheepishgirl.com. Tune in to find out how she landed a book deal during her job search and kept the faith that things would work out when her post-college job hunt felt like it might last forever. Meredith’s […]

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 […]