When April Wagner started blowing glass she never looked back. It was hot and we don’t mean just chic. Glass blowing has been all the rage since the Romans began pushing air through the end of a hollow tube. And the technique has evolved a whole lot under the talented hands and gaze of April, who is interested in beautiful forms, color, and line. She is often quoted saying that she is “having a love affair with the material.” Since she was a little girl growing up in Northern Michigan, April has always had been passionate about making things with her hands. Glass is hot, sensual, and not easy to work with. It can be clear or colorful and if one is not careful, it can really burn you. But in the end the experience of making forms out of glass is a deeply personal one. She has built a thriving studio practice with a growing list of clients around the world. In her quiet studio on the outskirts of Detroit, April has learned the art of when to control the glass and when to let it go. She has a student’s mind and everyday the material leads her on a new journey with a new and sometimes unpredictable outcome. There is just no straight line in making art or blowing glass. The process is one of discovery.
Check out what the women are wearing: Women’s Norfolk Henley, Women’s Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree / Longsleeve Signature T-Shirt, Women’s Straight-Fit Slim Jean, Women’s Clarksburg Zip-Front Sweatshirt
Thanksgiving in Detroit is synonymous with The Parade Company. Jessica is one of a team of more than 100 artists, painters, sculptors, and set builders creating, building, and restoring the parade floats and costumes for more than 1500 volunteers that will wonder down Woodward Avenue on Thanksgiving. Working year around behind the scenes in the Parade Company Studio, Jessica finds it easy to get lost in the 110,000 square feet world of fantasy and floats. She spends her days working on the paper mache heads, repairing the older ones and creating new ones. Life sure is a journey, and Jessica for one never dreamed she’d be working in a real dream world.
Clarkston Cami Tank, Women’s Traverse Hoodie, Women’s Boyne Jacket, & Women’s Straight-Fit Slim Jean
Mira and Kate met in Detroit in graduate school as artists. Together they like to plan projects that give back to their community and involve nontraditional art works. So Mira and Kate took on an abandoned park in the city of Detroit. Refusing to let good parkland go to waste, they created Edible Hut. It’s one part art and one part sculpture with a small garden and a little architecture thrown in. Together with the surrounding neighborhood, they have been building the hut out of steel and wood, lifting bags of compost up to the roof, and planting edible herbs for all to enjoy. When completed, the community will be free to enjoy a shady and protected respite for gathering, rest, sharing meals, holding classes, watching children play in the park, and maybe even one day selling vegetables. One step at a time, Kate and Mira are doing their part to bring a struggling neighborhood in the city back together.
Kate’s Outfit: Women’s Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, Women’s Straight-Fit Slim Jean, Women’s Soft Hand Gloves, & Women’s Marlinton Jacket Mira’s Outfit: Women’s C-Grip Knuckler Glove, Women’s Quick Duck Woodward Jacket, Women’s Force Long-Sleeve Crewneck, & Original-Fit Denim Jasper Jean The little one’s outfit: Kids Acrylic Watch Hat, Infant Toddler Boy’s Washed Denim Bib Overalls, & Infant Toddler Boy’s Lap Shoulder Bodysuit
The perfect pair of blue jeans are hard to find. Well, Carhartt’s all women design team came up with a few new styles that are sure to fit your needs. Check out the Jasper Jean, pictured above. They have just the right amount of stretch from the Work-Flex® Technology that lets you move around while you work. The mid-rise cut and contoured waistband prevent gapping so no matter what your job calls for, we’ve got you covered.
It’s time to clean out the old jeans in your closet so you can stock up on Carhartt’s new denim options for working women. I cleaned out my closet this past weekend and decided to say goodbye to a few outdated pants. With some creativity and a little elbow grease, you can turn what was once considered trash into art.
Getting in the spirit of the season, I stitched a quote that nods to the mindset of Thanksgiving.
“I have decided to be happy because it is good for my health.” -Voltaire
Viewing life with a more thankful attitude can make all the difference. The more grateful you are, the more you can spread the sentiment around to others. Try your hand at stitching for your next DIY project. You can either follow the template provided above, or you can test out some of the other stitching examples shown in the chart. Go on! Have fun with it!
check out this great working gal’s outfit: Women’s Annapolis Long-Sleeve T-Shirt, Weathered Wildwood Jacket, & Carhartt Women’s Jasper Jean
Kate grew up playing in her father’s warehouse. Climbing around a world of palates and drawing on reams of paper, her creativity churned. At College for Creative Studies, she was interested in sculpture and welding. Kate also learned to be a metal fabricator. Throwing yourself into the craft helps you create a voice through your work. She now uses her conceptual art to process and better understand the world around her. See more of Kate’s work here. I’m blown away by the forms and beauty she handcrafts out of industrial items.
Like Kate’s Carhartt work outfit? Get it for yourself here: Annapolis Long-sleeved Shirt, Women’s Original Fit Basic Jean, & Wellington Boot
Detroit artist, Susuannah Goodman, spends much of her time teaching enrichment programs around the city. She helps children find their own creative spark from molding clay to repurposing recycled goods. Susannah sells a lot of her pieces in local coffee shops, galleries, and online. When it comes to her own work, she told me: “There are two kinds of pottery in this world: the kind that gets broken in the dish drain, and the kind that breaks other pots in the dish drain. I prefer to make the latter.” To Susannah, the sturdiness of Carhartt work clothes is similar to the sturdiness of her own pottery.
shop Susannah’s look: Trenton Hoodie, Double Fronts, and Watch Hat
It’s that time of year again. Have you made your New Year’s Resolution? I am so inspired by ladies featured on Crafted in Carhartt. Pictured above are a few of my favorite Carhartt women from this past year. Each one has an inspirational story of how they’re making a name for themselves and getting their work seen. From furniture makers, to event planners, to fire performers, to carpenters… These women contribute so much to their communities all while doing their dream jobs. Come on ladies! This year, let’s get out there and make something!
Lisa of Firelight Forge is a blacksmith from Seattle. If you’ve been in the area, maybe you’ve seen some of her work in the local restaurants. She has created some killer installations. Watching Lisa work is fascinating. She may be tiny, but she can sure swing a hammer. Her work is stunning. Each piece is full of textures and little details. Check out more of Lisa’s work here: Firelight Forge.
This is Anne from Stonybrook Fine Arts, a sculpture studio in Boston. She, her husband, Morris Norvin, and Benjamin Todd opened up the space in 2007. They offer classes in different sculptural media including welding, bronze and aluminum casting, jewelry, lost wax casting, mold making, stone carving and live figure sculpture. Anne is an artist, a teacher, and a managing partner of Stonybrook. Her preferred mediums are glass and metal. I got to hang out with her while she was doing a little metal working. Her favorite piece of Carhartt clothing is the women’s tomboy jacket because she can wear it in the shop and still look great when she hops on the back of her husband’s motorcycle to go to dinner. To read more about Stonybrook Fine Arts visit their website here.
Carhartt does not make any garments that are specifically designed to be worn when welding. Carhartt Flame-Resistant Clothing will protect better than 100% cotton or synthetic garments because the FR fabric is self-extinguishing. However, flame-resistant clothing is susceptible to holes and fabric burns created by sparks and metal debris generated by activities such as welding.