Introducing the Handmade in PA team. A group of handmade ambassadors bringing you stories of the online and offline craft community – sharing their thoughts, experience and perspective on why craft enriches all. If you’re looking to contribute to our community, either as a one-time story or a bi-weekly contributor, send writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mackenzie Snader, editor
Mackenzie is the Education Manager of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. A graduate of Messiah College in art and English, she now identifies as an obsessive knitter.
You can email her at email@example.com.
Ramsay Ballew, contributor
Ramsay Ballew works with the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen and lives in Lancaster, PA with her family. She graduated from the University of Montana in ceramics and drawing, and loves education, roots music, NPR, and hanging out with her family in the garden.
Karen Hendricks, contributor
A writer and photographer at heart, Karen Hendricks owns Hendricks Communications offering public relations, marketing and related services. A native of the Philadelphia area, she has called Gettysburg home for 20+ years. Karen earned a BA in Communications from Lock Haven University, and she pens the series An Eye for Art. Follow her on Facebook, tweet with her @KarenHendricks9 or check out her blog project Off the Merry-Go-Round.
Amber Kane, contributor
Amber Kane is a weaver and high school teacher. Her creative practice is far from the traditional weaver: “When warping the loom I never count the ends, I just go until I feel that it’s time to stop. I don’t follow patterns, I allow and sometimes encourage the yarn to move as it wraps around the front beam. If a string breaks, I work it into the piece. I create from my soul. I speak to the yarn as we weave together, striving to create the perfect connection, and when we become in sync a fabulous scarf, full of honesty, joy, and personality emerges.”
Nick Mohler, contributor
Nick is the current continuing education director at the Pennsylvania College of Art and Design. A graduate of Frostburg State University in printmaking, he works and lives in Lancaster with his wife, sons and frisky dingo.