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.
“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.read more
A poetic account of the ins and outs of bookbinding as a twenty-something in Massachusetts.read more
“Poetry is a stunning visual and auditory art form, but didn’t seem to pay the bills.” -Anne Henkels on short form writing and the wonderful world of optimization, and marketing.read more
“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 themread more
“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 forensicsread more
Liminal Comics editor Alisa Kwitney talks with FUTURE ECHOES creators and collaborators Al Davison and Yen Quach about working together on Future Echoes, the origin of the story’s concept, and their perspectives on contemporary comics and issues of disability and representation.read more
“Memoir is getting naked in front of a room full of strangers” — Jen Escher on privacy, exposure, family, and the challenges of writing memoirread more
Mike McClelland on memory, identity, and the transformation of pain into artifact through scrapbooking.read more
Myrna Keliher of Expedition Press shares her creation process for a limited-edition broadside of the poem “Thousandth Time.”read more
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.read more
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