Our contributors

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 mackenzie@pacrafts.org.

Mackenzie Snader, editor

Mackenzie Snader 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 mackenzie@pacrafts.org.



Karen Hendricks, contributor

Karen HendricksA 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 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.”

Follow her blog, discover her etsy shop, or tweet @amberkane1314


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.


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    I am trying to find out about a painting I have that is a mystery so far. It is a painting that is very old, and is attributed to Bessie Pease Gutmann, the illustrator. I know it is hard to find her original work, but I need to research it to see if it could be one of her pieces. I know she used to not sign some of her work and a lot of it would just go to someone who would add paint etc. to her work and then send it to be illustrated. If you have anyone there that could help identify this I would appreciate it. I was looking to contact the Balliol corp. but when I tried to call them the number was a cafe now. I would like their email if you know where I can reach them, because they usually authenticized her work when it came along. Thanks Much.


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