By Hand Magazine No. 6 Blue Ridge Mountains
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LOOKBOOK NO. 6 FEATURES THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS' MAKERS COMMUNITY
Our sixth issue features the creativity and community of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We travel west through North Carolina to the Smoky Mountains and the artists' community of Asheville, then follow the Blue Ridge Mountains, up through the forests and farmland of western Virginia. Mountain mist, blossoming wildflowers, and rolling fields bring beauty in a myriad of early spring colors, reflected in the fiber and fabric of the artisans we meet. We chat with yarn designers and dyers, and a sheep-to-needle producer of locally sourced yarns. We visit with makers who use natural materials to make by hand products from fabric, wood, and soap. We tour a local yarn store that highlights North Carolina yarns, and we visit an artisan mill that specializes in local and recycled fibers. We tour internationally renowned craft schools that are dedicated to preserving and promoting all forms of making by hand. We hike into the foothills to photograph the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and capture the charm of small Appalachian towns and villages, where the tradition of hand crafting runs deep. Take a photographic journey with us and explore the beauty and creativity of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Welcome!
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.