Simple Pleasures

Simple Pleasures

Published on Monday, May 14, 2018. This article appears in the April/May 2018 issue of American Craft Magazine.
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Araya Jensen cherry wood bowl

Araya Jensen, cherry-wood bowls

Araya Jensen

Tiffanie Turner’s paper flowers have won her admirers around the world and exhibitions across the US. The San Francisco maker’s new book, The Fine Art of Paper Flowers, shows you how to make your own. With step-by-step instructions and clever ideas for displaying the finished pieces, this book will have your work blooming. 

Araya Jensen designed home interiors in Minnesota for more than a decade, but when the housing bubble burst, she didn’t fret for long. She quickly started Willful, an online store for handmade home goods. Pieces by Jensen, such as this 12-inch cherry-wood bowl, add clean design and serenity to any space. 

Lisa DeMio of Red Staggerwing makes whatever you’re carrying a little more stylish. Her bags originate in her small studio in New Hampshire; they shine on a stroll down a city street or tossed in the back seat on a cross-country road trip. Her made-to-order cosmetic clutch in linen brings a touch of the jungle to you, wherever you are. 

Kim Westad started as a graphic designer, but computer work didn’t quite suit her; she wanted a more hands-on life. So she took a pottery class, loved it, and, in 2004, started her own studio. Her work, such as the Whirl serving dish, is beautiful and eminently functional, designed to be used as much as looked at.