Makers on Making features a different maker each month — printmakers, writers, knitters, crafters, painters, photographers, textile artists, and anyone else involved in art — with essays about their process on a particular project. These pieces delve into the psychology of making, the lessons we learn from success and (often more usefully) failure, and what it is to be a human authentically and emotionally involved as a maker in our world.

This Plastic Casing of My Body, An Art

This Plastic Casing of My Body, An Art

“It is so easy to consume and be consumed in ways that surreptitiously make us feel unworthy, as if we’re made of the stuff that fills so many trash cans and recycling bins.” —Emily Bowles on permanence, disposability, and the plastic nature of her femininity.

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How the Hospital Unlocked m(M)e

How the Hospital Unlocked m(M)e

“The hospitals had one thing going for them: art supplies and/or art rooms.” -Alicia Cole on the time she spent documenting and creating art in hospitals.

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Written in the Body: Gender, Trauma, and Writing

“My truth is one of uncertainty, a constant internal dialogue between shifting identities—man, woman, child—all potentially false.” -Olive Fitzgerald on gender, truths, and the language we use to describe them

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Speech and Debate

“One day, my voice just crystallized in front of me and I realized that the silence was over. No one could ever get me to shut up now.” — Mernine Ameris on finding her voice through competitive forensics

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On Making Memoir

“Memoir is getting naked in front of a room full of strangers” — Jen Escher on privacy, exposure, family, and the challenges of writing memoir

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Brain Mill Press at Gallery Night ~ Making Books!

Brain Mill Press has its offices in Green Bay, Wisconsin’s Art Garage, which is a studio cooperative for artists, makers, and the literary arts. The Art Garage hosts a gallery night for its studio artists, inviting the public to the studio to look at art, talk to artists, make art, and enjoy live music.

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Interested in contributing to Makers on Making? We are seeking radically authentic essays of 750-1,500 words to fit the column’s theme. Brain Mill Press pays for the limited right to reproduce the content that appears on Voices; all essays remain the authors’ property. Contact us with a pitch.

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