Patterns of Connection: The Land Art of Dietmar Voorwold

Why should modern humanity regain and hold on to its connection with nature at a time when technology seems omnipresent? I have always loved making things: textures and patterns create a sense of calmness for me. In my early years I made a texture book into which I glued pieces of fabric. I would spend … Continue reading Patterns of Connection: The Land Art of Dietmar Voorwold

Sensuality of Texture: Geology of Shoes

Machines are so essential to daily life that we often fail to appreciate what we can make with our hands. A cordwainer is a person that fashions luxury footwear from soft leather by hand, designing, cutting and shaping shoes into objects of beauty and usefulness. The term is derived from the same word that gives us cordovan, a soft leather that … Continue reading Sensuality of Texture: Geology of Shoes

Gluten Sensitivity for Construction Workers, Artists and Children: Building and Crafting Materials

Construction and craft projects often result in exposure to gluten. Where does gluten lurk and how can exposure be minimized? In the spring of 2009, our house flooded and we embarked on a journey involving demolition, repair and renovation. At the time I didn't know that I was gluten intolerant. My husband and I decided … Continue reading Gluten Sensitivity for Construction Workers, Artists and Children: Building and Crafting Materials