By Hand Serial Lookbook

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No. 15 Rhode Island is the current issue. Use the drop down to purchase back issues until they have sold out. 

Take an intimate trip with our team to Rhode Island. The smallest state in the nation might be often overlooked, but there are many makers here, ready to be discovered! Explore scenery tailored to escapism: ivy covered brick and rugged coastlines, sprawling mansions set against crashing waves and stormy skies. Through our pages, discover that Rhode Island has more to offer than relics of the past—the Ocean State has a vibrant, bubbling culture of creatives!

 

From By Hand Serial:

In this day and age, many of us are searching for community–a sense of belonging, a feeling of unity, a desire to share our passions with others.  As a sense of community becomes ever more elusive, we look for ways to build our own.  A community of makers–those who find joy in creating with their hands, minds, and hearts–gives us a chance to share and celebrate our ideas and passions.  Today, there are clusters of creativity – 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.   

Thus we have “making communities” – areas around the country where makers with a common ethos work and, in turn, are inspired by each other – and we are “making communities,” even where physical proximity isn’t possible, by sharing our stories and journeys and images with each other.

This, I thought, was the basis for a book – or maybe, a series of books – for those of us who love to make, to learn, and to celebrate others’ talents.  Each book 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.  Each issue of By Hand will also include photo essays, day trips, foodie excursions, and other write-ups of aspects unique to the featured city or region.  And, each issue of By Hand will always include patterns, projects, classes, and opportunities to purchase the featured makers’ art.

I hope that you enjoy getting to know a little bit about each of these makers’ communities as I did.  Think of it as a virtual travel guide for fiber and fabric enthusiasts!

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