By Hand is a series of look books that focus on different fiber and fabric “making communities” around the country.
Each serial will feature photo journals and interviews with both up-and-coming and well-known yarn designers and dyers, local yarn stores, knitwear designers, fabric artists, and other makers who share the same philosophy and aesthetic of hand crafting functional forms to share and connect with others in the community. Projects, patterns, classes, and opportunities to purchase the artists’ work will also be included, as well as an opportunity to share what is beautiful and unique about each locale.
The fifth issue explores Michigan’s Great Lakes, from the Caribbean blue waters of Lake Michigan, to Mackinac Island in Lake Huron, and on up to the Upper Peninsula and the shores of the deep and mysterious Lake Superior. Farmland and cornfields, old wooden barns and apple orchards, pebble beaches and sandy dunes, groves of birch trees and small lakes hidden by morning mist all create a beautiful backdrop for our next series on makers and their community. By Hand chats with yarn dyers Plucky Knitter and Why Knot Fibers, and knitwear designers Andrea Mowry and Jill Zielinski; tours LYS Wool & Honey; taste tests at Fresh Coast Chocolate Co; and marvels at the handcrafted beauty of Leelanau Trading Co’s leather and woodworking. We travel from the metropolis of Grand Rapids, where the internationally acclaimed ArtPrize is underway, to the small towns, historic fishing villages, and lighthouses of Leelanau Peninsula, then up across the waters of Lake Huron for an excursion to Mackinac Island. Along the way, we meet quilters and embroidery artists who use the natural setting of water, field, and forest as their inspiration, and create landscapes in thread and fabric.