I have been thinking a lot about sustainability and responsibility in making art. Since this is Earth Day weekend, it is a perfect time to reflect and write about these issues. Being responsible in material purchase and use is important to both me and Stephen so we frequently discuss ways that we can better reduce, reuse, recycle, or repurpose. That applies in our processes as well as our products.
This post was written by Stephen Parsons.
Why do we do it? Why do art and craft entrepreneurs put their products and reputation out there in the marketplace? Business objectives are different for each business owner, I guess, but some would seem more important than others. But how important is profit as an objective compared to other – perhaps more altruistic – objectives?
While profit and the need to express one’s artistic creativity and passion are goals we might think at the top of the list, Continue reading Random Thoughts: The Satisfied Customer
Today’s post is written by Stephen Parsons
As a kid, my first impressions of wood were those concerning its utility. Wood was for whittlin’, buildin’, and burnin’ and I knew certain woods were better at those things than others. As I got a little older and had the chance to work with my Dad in his workshop, I came to recognize distinctions between species and cuts of wood. To this day, I believe that one of the things that may have set me on a path to enjoy woodworking so much was the smell of wood in that workshop and the appreciation of the distinct odors of cedar, spruce, pine and birch. Continue reading For the Love of Wood
This post was written by Mary Elizabeth O’Toole
This week, I am finishing up a lap quilt made with mainly reclaimed materials. I have been saving discarded jeans and other clothes for some time specifically for a project like this one. It is a perfect opportunity to use up some previously ‘well loved’ items that are really too worn for donation.
I had washed all the clothes before putting them in my material stash but I hadn’t cut them because Continue reading Work in Progress: Quilting with Denim