Author Archives: Kristin Fontichiaro

Video: For those of you overwhelmed by artisanal messages, part II

I really do love handmade, handcrafted work, but this came up related to our maker class a few weeks ago, and I like this, too. The Maker from Patrick Kehoe on Vimeo.

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Video: For those of you who are overloaded by artisanal messages

I love all things handcrafted, but I still giggled when I saw this: The Timmy Brothers – Water Makers from Paul Riccio on Vimeo.

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Inspiration: On Making in the UK

From the Guardian’s Creative Professionals Network comes “Creating is not just a ‘nice’ activity; it transforms, connects and empowers” by Paula Briggs, a lovely discussion of what she sees when working with children vai the AccessArt program there. I particularly like her focus that … Continue reading

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Barack Obama on International Partnerships and Youth

Something I forgot to blog about before Barack Obama left office was his essay in Lonely Planet, of all places. In an essay titled, “US President Barack Obama reflects on why a million miles of travel gives him hope for the future,” … Continue reading

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DIY and Political Expression

In our maker conversations over the past few weeks, one thing that has stood out in the protest-fueled air was the DIY nature of the Women’s Marches. Unlike many more top-down rallies, which furnish protesters with ready-made, mass-produced signage, the … Continue reading

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Shifting Gears Post-Election

[cross-posted from Makerbridge] I’d like to build on Sharona’s post from two weeks ago and discuss post-Election (or perhaps post-Obama) maker movement impulses … something is changing, and I haven’t quite put my finger on it, so here goes with … Continue reading

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On Sewing Machines and Love

I enjoyed this lovely reverie by Jocelyn Heath on the power of sewing machines and traditions across generations in ”The Heirloom Art of the Sewing Machine,” part of The Atlantic’s “Object Lesson” series. I see this kind of family connection … Continue reading

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Repair, Resell, Reuse

I’m excited to see Patagonia’s plans for recycling unwanted but still useful garments. Here come a few more sewing jobs that will undoubtedly be more creative and interesting than those for factory construction. In a new take-back program that will … Continue reading

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Quotable: Emma Lazarus

THE NEW COLOSSUS Emma Lazarus Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs astride from land to land; Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame Is the imprisoned … Continue reading

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Quotable: Carl Wilkens

Source: Williams, Terry Tempest. 2016. The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks. New York: Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus, & Giroux.

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