Follow photo essayist Sally Wiener Grotta as she travels the United States, spending time in various artisans’ workshops, capturing the stories of their life’s work and passion. Sally's natural down-to-earth shooting style helps artisans warm to her camera, developing personal relationships that allow her to share in intensely private and often poignant creative moments, as well as spontaneous expressions of joy and discovery. Her journals use photographs and stories to capture both the fascinating creative processes and the individual personalities of the craftspersons.
Volume 1 features color photos and stories about John Choi (glassblower), Grace Hatton (spinner), Nate Favors (bowlmaker), Ray Oxenford (tinsmith), and two quilting guilds: the Milford Valley and Friends of the Heart Quilting Guilds.
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The first issue of the American Hands Newsletter
(published April, 2012) features photos and a story about Richard Moore, the broommaker, among other information about the project.
“Sweeping out the hearth and home was originally done with twigs and branches, until people learned to tie grass, corn husks, straw and other fibrous plants to sticks. Alas, those early brooms were neither efficient, nor did they last very long. Then, good old American know-how invented a better broom, made of sorghum and tied using a foot-treadle broom machine. This treadle machine (invented in 1810) became an important component of the industrial revolution. I first saw such a machine in action, when I met Richard Moore at….” Click here to read the newsletter
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