Month of Hope: Designer Spotlight

August 04, 2010, 16:37 pm  Posted by Lark

Part of what is so great about the Craft Hope movement (and the book) is the breadth of people involved, the community that it has inspired, and the lives (and causes) it has touched. Each Wednesday throughout the month of August, we’ll be profiling the designers who contributed projects… and made this book so darn great. Without further ado…

Stefani Austin
Stefani rarely follows project instructions and can’t read a pattern to save her life. She leaves the tops off markers, finds the remnants of her craft projects in odd places, constructs castles out of fabric, and—almost daily—finds new and improved ways to use a glue gun. Stefani spends her days trailing after her three imaginative sons. She calls this “homeschooling” and gets away with it. Her nights are spent writing, drawing, sewing, and listening to the tall tales told by her fisherman husband. Stefani writes about her messy, sweet, glitter-speckled life on her blog.

Ellie Beck
A self-taught artist and crafter, Ellie grew up in a creative and nurturing environment, where she was exposed to a wide range of crafts, including weaving, painting, knitting, and sewing. As a young girl, she sewed her brother’s tailcoat for a school formal and made clothes for her Barbie dolls. Today her two young children provide inspiration for creative projects and designs. With her husband, Ellie runs a bespoke screen-printing business using organic and sustainable fabrics in Brisbane, Australia. You can read about her crafting and family life at www.petalplum.blogspot.com.

Christina Carleton
Having grown up with a creative mother who sewed everything from sequined prom gowns to auto upholstery, Christina feels sure that nothing is impossible with a sewing machine. She loves the treasure-hunting thrill of a visit to a good thrift store and enjoys sewing clothes for her three girls. Cristina creates unique items from vintage linens. Drawing on her background in advertising design and writing, she blogs about her adventures at www.pinkpicketfence.typepad.com.

Lisa Cox

An avid crafter since childhood, Lisa attributes her passions for sewing, needlecrafts, and quilting to her mother and grandmother, who taught her the basics and encouraged her to develop her own style. There are few crafts that Lisa hasn’t dabbled in at one time or another! She works as an occupational therapist by day and crafts at night. Lisa has published recipes and crafts in Du Jour; Pretty Little Presents; Sweet Nothings; and Silver Magazine. Lisa lives in a coastal suburb of Perth, Australia, with her husband, David, and their children, Brenton and Sarah. Lisa and Sarah collaborate on a popular blog, A Spoonful of Sugar, where readers can follow their crafting and baking adventures.

Maya Donenfeld
Maya lives with her husband and two children in upstate New York, where she spends her days creating and repurposing in her old farmhouse. Maya’s biggest inspirations come from her children and her rural surroundings. She’s also inspired by the contents of her recycling bins. Maya shares ideas for creative parenting and green living on her blog, maya*made.

Malka Dubrawsky
Malka was introduced to art in the eighth grade, and she hasn’t been the same since. She graduated from college with a BFA in studio art and spent many years as a fiber artist. Her work has been featured in a number of prestigious shows and publications, including Quilt National, Quilt Visions, and Fiberarts: Design Book 7. Malka’s current focus is making quilts, pillows, and other sundries from her own hand-dyed and patterned fabric. Her creations are sold at her online store. Malka writes and designs patterns and has been published in Quilting Arts Magazine, Stitch, and several books, including Sweater Surgery and Quilts, Baby!. Her own book, Color Your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric, was published in 2009. (Check back later this week for a download of this project!)

Molly Dunham
Molly has been crafting and creating since grade school. She enjoys knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery, cooking, gardening, and photography. In life and in craft, she makes up patterns as she goes along and is rarely surprised (but often delighted) when things don’t turn out as planned. Molly lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with her husband, two children, a free-range bunny, and a flock of chickens. Visit her online at A Foothill Home Companion.


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