24 August 2013

The Maker Culture is Happening



There is a huge emphasis on 'makers' right now: printers, designers, manufacturers, artists, artisans, musicians, all those who make their living as makers. It's a fast-growing culture and one I first noticed with The Renegade Craft FairPatchwork Show and creative retreats from the The Makerie. Then last year, Martha Stewart Living magazine started their American Made movement which spotlights the maker, supports the local and celebrates the handmade in the areas of craft, design, food, garden, style and technology. And let me tell you, it was definitely the article I looked forward to reading most as soon as I received the issue. I loved learning about makers all over the country doing what they do so passionately, honing their craft and making a living doing it. Now, Mohawk Paper is introducing three new Culture of Craft publications, The Mohawk Declaration of Craft, Mohawk Craft Cooperative and Mohawk Maker Quarterly. Even in a society punctuated with e-mail, smart phones, tablets and texts, Mohawk is honoring high-quality materials, celebrating print and supporting a community of like-minded makers through the new publications. And I just signed up to receive the printed copy of each. Yes, a printed copy, because there's nothing like the tactile feel of craftsmanship... actually, make that makership!

So, in the words of Mohawk, what will you make today?

Photos: Mohawk Paper

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