By Hand is a serial produced by Andrea Hungerford three times per year that explores locations around the country that have developed their own unique "maker communities" where people who love to make, love to learn to make, and love to support makers have found a common sense of purpose.
Each of these geographic "clusters" has its own unique characteristics, and those characteristics influence the artists who live and work there. Each issue of By Hand is a place-based celebration of these communities of makers, focused primarily on the fiber and fabric industry, as well as highlighting artists in other media who share the same philosophy as fiber and fabric artists of functional beauty. Additionally each issue includes patterns, projects, photo essays, day trips, foodie excursions, and other write-ups of aspects unique to the featured city or region.
We are "making communities" even where physical proximity isn't possible, by sharing our stories and journeys and images with each other.
LOOKBOOK NO. 5 FEATURES MICHIGAN'S GREAT LAKES MAKERS COMMUNITY
By Hand: Making Communities Lookbook No 5 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, and finally to the beautiful solitude of the Upper Peninsula. Along the way, we meet quilters and embroidery artists who use the natural setting of water, field, and forest as their inspiration and create works of art that create landscapes in thread and fabric.
Lookbook No 5 also includes projects and patterns that feature our makers' materials and sources of inspiration, including a recipe for fudge topped with Michigan salted maple caramel; sewing projects to create a one-of-a-kind jacket and tote bag; and knit patterns for a colorwork shawl, a stylish cardigan, a braided lattice hat, and a casual yet flattering cashmere popover. You will also find a special project for turning those beautifully colored pebbles you collect along the shores of the lake into lasting memories and wearable pieces of art. We hope you enjoy your virtual travels to Michigan's Great Lakes and come to love the region as much as we do!