Leah has been crafting ever since she could hold a pair of safety scissors. Somewhere along the lines she thinks she inhaled too much glue because now she is attracted to crafts that are irreverent, ironic, kitschy, or cleverly eco-friendly. She resides in Boston where she is an owner of the "coolest store ever," Magpie, and is an organizer of the not-your-grandma's craft fair Bazaar Bizarre.
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Artist Katherine Shaughnessy operates Wool & Hoop, a crewel embroidery company. After grad school (fiber arts) at the Art Institute of Chicago, she was an artist-in-residence in Michigan, living in a woodland chalet along with Doegirl and her other mutants. For a few years, she wandered the country in a van, painting murals and making dioramas, before stopping in the Chihuahuan Desert, where she now lives with her husband and their baby girl. She is busy raising chickens, designing crewel kits, and making and teaching art. Lark Books published her first book, The New Crewel, in 2005.
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Stevens currently resides in San Jose, California and is the Ceramics and Glass Technician within the School of Art and Design at San Jose State University. He is also a graduate student in Instructional Technology within the School of Education at SJSU. He has recently published articles in Ceramics Monthly, Ceramic Art and Perception and Studio Potter and is a former studio artist with experience working in a variety of craft materials.
Extreme Craft is a compendium of craft masquerading as art, art masquerading as craft, and craft extending its middle finger. Daily posts bring you the wackiest, tech-iest, and most obsessive craft the internets have to offer.
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Francesca recently completed a PhD in Visual Culture from Central Saint Martins with a focus on experimental fashion and performance art. She also edits Fashion Projects—an interview-based publication on experimental fashion and its relation to other visual disciplines. Lately, she has been teaching at Goldsmiths’ department of Visual Arts and has been getting increasingly interested in the relation between fashion and memory. She lives in New York.
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Faythe Levine is documenting the rise of DIY and the new wave of art, craft and design. Handmade Nation the book will be released by Princeton Architectural Press in November 2008 and the documentary with the same title will be released in 2009.
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I have been sewing since my first lesson on my great grandmothers old Singer machine when I was nine years old. I have continued to experiment with needle and thread, often incorporating fabric elements into my idea based art projects. My sewing machine and computer machine have most recently been joined by a solid-state digital audio recording machine. Currently re-learning crochet.
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