Carhartt in Detroit

In a day and age when so few brands can rightfully call themselves a family company, Carhartt sticks out in a sea of suits like a vintage chore coat, passed down for generations. In 1889, Hamilton Carhartt started his workwear company with only 5 employees and 2 sewing machines. Over a hundred years full of hard work later—and look at them now!

Born in Detroit and proud of it, Carhartt opened a new location in a historic building downtown. Each nod to their past is a reassurance that Hamilton’s words still ring true:

“I believe that when a man wears an article that I manufacture, his self-respect is increased because he knows that it is made by an honest manufacturer, who is honest with his employees.”

That is perhaps the highest calling of a company: to do things well and to do things honestly. Now that is something I think we can all get behind.

 

Check this location out for yourself at 5800 Cass Avenue Detroit, MI 4820

 

 

Carhartt in Syracuse

Carhartt Syracuse Store / Crafted in Carhartt Carhartt Syracuse Store / Crafted in Carhartt Carhartt Syracuse Store / Crafted in Carhartt Carhartt Syracuse Store / Crafted in Carhartt

Syracuse, nicknamed the Salt City, due to the salty springs found along Onondaga Lake, has been a major crossroads between canals and railroads and home to many industries; from salt to automobiles and custom machining. Winter can be harsh, but natives handle it like pros just like they’ve mastered the brunt of a hard day on the job. Sturdy, purpose-filled, warm clothes are a necessity in these parts. That’s where Carhartt comes into play. I did some major shopping at the Syracuse store while I was in town. It’s a great spot. If you’re in the area, stop in.

Your Rain Jacket Dream Come True

Carhartt Rain Defender / Crafted in Carhartt
Carhartt Rain Defender / Crafted in Carhartt
Carhartt Rain Defender / Crafted in Carhartt
Carhartt Rain Defender / Crafted in Carhartt
Carhartt Rain Defender / Crafted in Carhartt
Carhartt Rain Defender / Crafted in Carhartt
Carhartt Rain Defender / Crafted in Carhartt
Carhartt Rain Defender / Crafted in Carhartt
On my trip to Montana, it rained quite a bit. I practically lived in the new Carhartt Women’s Cascade Jacket. It’s much easier to enjoy the sweeping views and wide open skies when you know your rainwear will keep you dry. This Storm Defender® waterproof breathable jacket comes with articulated elbows so you can easily move around, a left-chest map pocket that’s certain to keep its contents drip-free, interior cuffs with thumbholes for those extra inches of protection, and an adjustable hem with drawcord and barrel lock adjusters. It’s basically your rain jacket dream come true.

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Store in Bozeman

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

Murdoch's in Bozeman Montana / Carhartt Women

After spending a week in Montana, you’re never quite the same. I just got back from a road trip across the beautiful state in search of hardest working women around. The talent I discovered and the beautiful scenery I took in blew me away.
Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Store, based out of Bozeman, was designed with the ranchers’ needs in mind. From extra large parking spots out front to the down to earth staff inside, every detail of the store invites you stick around and enjoy the shopping experience. I was able to outfit 19 women in Carhartt gear at Murdoch’s so that they’d be ready for a hard days’ work. In the weeks to come, I’ll be sharing each one of these Montanans’ stories with you.

Take a closer look at Murdoch’s and find a store near you. You can even live chat with a ranch hand for advice and tips. 

DIY: Wood Chiseling

After watching Aimee Inouye chisel away at the gorgeous bench she was working on last week, I was inspired to give woodworking a try. The first thing I discovered is that the type of wood you use matters. Wood comes in varying hardness and grains. If you’re a beginner looking for the perfect substrate, I’d suggest basswood or butternut. You can find blocks and panels at your local craft store or even larger hardware stores. Now as they say, practice makes perfect. So grab a few scrap blocks to practice with before you attempt the project at hand.
You’ll need a pencil, wood, a chisel set, and a rubber mallet. Take a look at the steps below. I’m drawn to a more handmade aesthetic, so I made my chisel marks pronounced and jagged to give it a personal touch. If that’s not your taste, be a bit tidier with your lines.

How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt
Now that you’ve gotten the hang of the basics, you can move on to the real thing. It’s always good to have a plan, so start off with a template of how you’d like the sign to look. Use that template to create a shallowly traced guide into the wood. Once you have your pattern, make deeper cuts. You may want to go over a the letters a few times to make the incisions thicker and deeper into the surface. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. That’s the nature of handmade arts.

How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt
How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt
How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt
How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt

How to Chisel / Crafted in Carhartt

My crafting outfit: Carhartt Women’s El Paso Utility Jacket, Clarkston Cami Tank, Sibley Denim Shorts, & Carhartt Legacy 14″ Tool Bag

Force Equator Jacket

Carhartt rainwear
Carhartt rainwear
Carhartt rainwear
Pashon Murray Detroit Dirt
Pashon Murray Detroit Dirt

There are some days work has to be done, come rain or come shine. Carhartt Women’s Force Equator Jacket’s got you covered. The lightweight material makes it easy for you to move around and get the job done. A Storm Defender™ waterproof breathable membrane keeps you cool and dry. Normally, you’d be working up a sweat, but the FastDry™ technology wicks away moisture and even fights odors. The waterproof seams, three piece hood, zippered pockets, and adjustable cuffs keep the weather at bay so you can focus on the task at hand. There’s even a media port so your phone or ipod can stay safe and dry. This jacket has it all and then some.

Pashon Murray from Detroit Dirt is wearing the Force Equator Jacket as she works at her compost site. Pashon is a powerhouse and a visionary. She was on Newsweek’s list of disruptive women in 2014. In other words, she’s a female entrepreneur making an impact in her community. Pashon collects compost that would normally be thrown away around the city. She then uses it to make soil that can be used as a fertile base in community gardens and the urban farming movement. Pashon’s work is bringing Detroit one step closer to rebuilding the area into an environmentally conscious and proud, self-sustaining city.

take a look at Pashon’s workwear: Carhartt Women’s Force Equator Jacket, Sibley Denim Cropped Pant, Women’s Wellington Boot, & Carhartt Women’s Soft Hands Gloves

Artist Ximena Bedoya

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt

Transition and change are the common theme running through artist, Ximena Bedoya’s, work. The beauty that comes to focus when one highlights that moment of transition is undeniable, especially when an item, normally thought to be constant, completely transitions into another state. Ximena will walk us through a few of the metamorphoses that drive her exploration into plastics.
The next few photos below show what happens when ferrofluid (a magnetic liquid) is added to soapy water. Watch the video closely to see what happens to the surface of the bubbles as Ximena moves a magnet over the bowl.

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
a gif of ferrofluid and soapy water transformed by a magnet

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt

The next few demonstrations involve a heat gun. Ever wonder what happens to a sheet of plexiglass when you heat it up? Take a look.

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
a gif of a heat gun applied to plexiglass

Can you guess what the heat gun will do to a bundle of straws?

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
a gif of a heat gun applied to a bundle of straws

Artist Ximena Bedoya / Crafted in Carhartt
I’ve never seen work quite like it before. It feels a bit like art meets science class. Ximena’s sculptures and videos push the boundaries of permanence and force you to realize that change is the only constant.

Ximena’s workwear: Carhartt Women’s Minot Shirt, Clarkston Cami Tank, Sibley Denim Cropped Pant, & Acrylic Watch Hat

Budget Friendly Gift Ideas for Dad

Father's Day Gift Ideas / Carhartt
Father's Day Gift Ideas / Carhartt
Father's Day Gift Ideas / Carhartt
Father's Day Gift Ideas / Carhartt

 

It’s can be hard to think of the right gift for Dad. If you’re looking for a thoughtful and useful present, you’ve come to the right place. Here are a few DIYs to help organize around the garage and the perfect work shirt any guys would love. Let’s walk through these ideas step by step.

1. You can use shower curtain hooks as organizers for nuts and washers on a peg board you hang in your garage. Get creative. You can use the shower curtain hooks to arrange a lot of other things too; like wrenches or paintbrushes with a hole drilled into the handle.
2. Another great idea is a shelf for screwdrivers so that it’s easier to find the right one when you need it. Find a long, skinny piece of scrap lumber you can drill holes into as slots for each tool.
3. Try thinking green. Recycle an old palette and use it as a way to store gardening equipment. Hang it on the outside of the garage. It looks cool and it’s functional.
4. The Carhartt Men’s Workwear Pocket T-Shirt is a great gift for Dad. Right now they are 2 for $25 and big/tall are 2 for $28. That’s a great deal! It’s made of sturdy material and it comes in lots of colors and big/tall sizes.

 

 

Do It Yourself: Mixed Media Collage with Faina of Popps Packing

DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt
DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt
DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt
DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt
DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt
DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt

DIY: Collage Art on Crafted in Carhartt

When it comes to being creative and artistic, it can be tough to know where to start. It often helps to have a guide or inspiration to serve as a jumping off point. Faina Lerman of Popps Packing in Detroit creates mixed media masterpieces. She’s going to walk you through the steps to make some art on your own.

Supplies:

  • Matt medium
  • Bristol board or watercolor paper
  • Watercolor paint or gouache
  • Drawing Materials of choice: pencils, markers, highlighters and pens.
  • Collage cut outs (small pieces from magazines like national geographic, newspapers or fashion magazines.
  • A cup of water
  • Paper towel
  • Small watercolor brushes

Step 1: cut out collage pieces to have on hand before you begin. Choose things that have interesting colors and shapes. Make sure to cut out shapes carefully and include details. Make the shapes interesting not just a square or a circle, it is fun to reconfigure some of the images. For example, cut out a zebra in the shape of a frog.

Step 2: create an atmospheric color field on your paper. This will be the background for the collage. Try not to over work it. Use a wash or watery mixture of the colors. Think of the sky or a foggy day.

Step 3: pick out a few collage pieces to arrange on the paper. Play around with the composition. Do not glue anything until you are completely happy with the arrangement.

Step 4: mix some matt medium with water. Using your small brush paint the medium on the back of the cut out. Cover it completely. Place the collage piece on the paper and give it a quick brushing over the top to secure it in place. Try to brush out all the wrinkles.

Step 5: Let it dry. This is a good time to start another. I work on multiple pieces at one time.

Step 6: draw some marks or designs on the paper to enhance the image or to give it some extra layers. This creates a nice added texture to the collage.

take a look at Faina’s outfit here:  Carhartt Women’s Coleharbor Hoodie & Clarksburg Zip-Front Sweatshirt

 

 

DIY: Ombre Eggs

DIY ombre easter eggs / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY ombre easter eggs / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY ombre easter eggs / Crafted in Carhartt
DIY ombre easter eggs / Crafted in Carhartt

DIY ombre easter eggs / Crafted in Carhartt
guide to ombre

I’ve found that having a little background knowledge in color theory goes a long way when trying to create the ombre effect. Ombre eggs are a great craft for this time of year. Here’s what you need: a few dozen eggs (either hard boiled or paper), paint, brushes, and metallic ink. Pick the base hue you want to start with. Then decide if you want to add white, black, or both to get the desired affect. Once the paint has dried on the eggs, sprinkle the metallic ink on the surface to make them look speckled. Display them in a way that shows the variance of color and your set! If you’re stuck getting started, look for creativity in other places. My color thought process was inspired by this great Carhartt Tee.