Homemakers

Homemakers

Published on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. This article appears in the December/January 2018 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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Kei and Molly Textiles

Kei & Molly Textiles

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When eco-friendly print line Kei & Molly Textiles took off, owners Kei Tsuzuki and Molly Luethi shared their success by hiring refugees living in the shop’s Albuquerque, New Mexico, neighborhood. Their original hand-printed designs celebrating home and community are available on an assortment of household wares, including dish towels, compostable sponge cloths, napkins, and pillow covers.

L&M Studio ceramists Meg Oliver and Lucie Piedra create porcelain homes for all types of living things in their Hudson Valley workshop. Some, such as their Basket Bird Feeders, are equally well suited for foliage and fowl.

William and Katie Dohman’s Oh Dier line rejoices in life’s great occasions. Their Cohab box – a home for your house key – provides a sweet way to ask your partner to move in with you. The Minnesota couple also believes that “everyone has the absolute right to a safe and loving home,” so they donate 20 percent of their profits to an organization helping families in crisis.

Swoon Living’s hand-blown Optic Twist glasses may look topsy-turvy, but Chicago maker Patrick Fitzpatrick’s deft design keeps them from spilling. And ideally, those who spend an evening sipping from them won’t topple over either.

The latest illustrated children’s book published by Brooklyn-based Enchanted Lion Books spins a tale about creativity and how an act as simple as knitting can affect a community. Published in association with Amnesty International, Three Balls of Wool (Can Change the World) also gives parents a helpful way to talk with their kids about immigration.