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 a program coordinator of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, where she manages their workshop program. A graduate of Messiah College in art and English, she now identifies as an obsessive knitter.
You can email her at email@example.com.
Beth Anderson, contributor
Beth Anderson is an eco-artist and imperfectionist on a mission to live a simple life. On sunny days she can usually be found with her family on the banks of the Youghiogheny River in Ohiopyle.. Discover her Facebook page, etsy shop and tweet @bethdotnet .
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.
Carrie Barlup, contributor
Carrie is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer and eco-crafter in the Harrisburg area. She has a passion for upcycling, recycling and repurposing almost everything. Carrie is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University with a BFA in fine art. She lives in New Cumberland with her husband and their elephant disguised as cat, named Ellie. Discover her etsy shop, Facebook page and online portfolio.
Michelle Bodamer, contributor
Michelle Bodamer is a creative professional with a Bachelors of Arts degree in photography, a decade of online corporate marketing experience, and she offers marketing consulting, commissioned work, and photography through Bodamer Studio and her blog. She lives and works in East Greenville near her garden and three energetic dogs. Michelle writes the Art + Community series.
Chelsea Foster-Hilt, contributor
Chelsea Foster-Hilt is a graphic designer, photographer and jewelry designer. When she is not designing she is traveling or planning her next road trip. She is a graduate of the Art Institute of York and currently lives in South Central PA with her husband, Mike. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter or subscribe to her blog!
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.”
Mike Kuznicki, contributor
Mike, a Pennsylvania native, is a metallurgical engineer and avid photographer. A graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, he is the president of Opus Technologies LLC. Mike enjoys experimenting with various photographic techniques, evaluating (playing with) new equipment, and discussing all aspects of photography with anyone who will listen.
Maggie Mitchell, contributor
Maggie Mitchell is a full-time mom, blogger, social media enthusiast, kids book author, and owner of Bushbaby Press. A crafter herself, she is trying to instill in her preschool-age daughter respect, appreciation & love for all things handmade, repurposed, upcycled, vintage & antique. Explore her website, along with her blog, at The Handmade Mama, Facebook page, tweet @handmade_mama, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Nick Mohler, contributor
Nick is the current program director of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen where he manages their craft shows, workshops and emerging artist program. A graduate of Frostburg State University in printmaking, he works and lives in Lancaster with his wife, son and frisky dingo.
Tweet him @handmadeinpa or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Pulliam, contributor
Amy Pulliam, a self-taught jewelry artisan and the designer behind Helen Ethel Studio, was raised in the fresh country air and woodlands of central Pennsylvania but later moved to Philadelphia to pursue her studies in Art History. In addition to her work as a jewelry artisan, she is also the research librarian/historian for an historic architectural stained glass window studio in Philadelphia.
Kaleen Wolfe, contributor
Kaleen Wolfe lives nestled halfway up a mountain in central Pennsylvania with her husband and two little boys. Though having inherited a healthy dose of wanderlust from her mom, she is immensely rooted in her rural heritage and the simple joys that it provides: a close-knit community; an endless supply of fresh foods; an inspirational blend of traditional and contemporary artisans; and an inherent understanding of words like “smearcase.” She is a certified fine silver artist specializing in keepsake jewelry styles, and she sells her unique creations at specialty stores across the country, through Uncommon Goods, and online. She counts herself incredibly lucky to have been featured in national media, including HuffPost Weddings, FOLK Magazine, CBS, and Yahoo! News. To see her current collection, please visit her Etsy store; to follow her journey as an artist, wife, and mom, like her Facebook page.