Stories — A Letter From the Studio

What have you been watching?

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What have you been watching?

First things first — I've been spring cleaning the studio and I'm having a sample sale later this week. It'll be short and sweet, just 48 hours starting on Friday, and I'll be giving my mailing list a head start. That's you! If you have any friends you think would be interested, please forward them this email. They can subscribe here. _______________________________________________________________________________ My artist grandfather I've written some more about my grandfather, Garth Williams. Did you know he was a sculptor before he started illustrating children's books? Or that he was a Red Cross volunteer in London during the war? Read...

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Who helped you on your path

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Who helped you on your path

Many of my friends are artists or writers or performers and had to forge their artistic path within families whose members all had conventional jobs and who couldn't understand and didn't support their creativity.  I was lucky. My parents made things with their hands. I had aunts and uncles who were designers, musicians, actors and painter. My grandmother was an artist and writer. And my grandfather was children's book illustrator, Garth Williams. Read more... I'm taking this year to research and write about my family, sharing what I find here and on my blog. If you'd like to catch up,...

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What are you making time for?

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What are you making time for?

When I started writing about my family a few months ago, I thought I'd start with my great-grandparents, who were both artists and who inspired the project. But I quickly made some disturbing discoveries that led me several generations further back. This month I've finally written about my great-grandparents, but the information I have feels slight, compared to whole lifetimes. A handful of photos, a few anecdotes, some paragraphs in a biography. All I can do is catalog the crumbs. Read more... I'm taking this year to research and write about my family, sharing what I find here and on...

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Who is lurking in my family tree?

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Who is lurking in my family tree?

Last month I figured out that I'm a 4th generation artist. I came across a photograph of my great-grandmother at her painting easel, and the legacy hit me. I decided to start a 12 month research and writing project about my family.I thought I would begin with my great-grandmother, but as soon as I started digging I found a much more complicated story. Read more... ________________________________________________________________________________ End of Year Sale - Get 20% Off! I'll be at Narrowsburg's Indie Market today through Sunday with a great group of area artists and makers. Local products include gorgeous ceramics, delicious honey, exquisite...

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Who made me?

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Who made me?

Growing up, when we would visit my Scottish grandmother’s house, I would climb up the three flights of stairs to the tiny guest room at the top of the house, and from there, clamber through the small door halfway up the wall into the attic.There, I could spend hours looking through old family photographs. Stiff 19th century portraits, tiny contact prints taken on college camping trips, photographs of great grandparents, distant cousins, and immediate family members taken years before I was born.When my grandmother died, she left these photographs to me. They still fascinate me as much as when she...

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