Betz White ( Toadstool Tote and Rain Bucket Hat) is a kids’ apparel designer turned green
crafter. She loves shopping at garage sales, thrift stores, and Etsy, and adores making
things that involve knitting, sewing, and felting. She doesn’t, however, like making big
decisions, dentist appointments, or dinner. Betz lives in Maryland with her husband and
two sons. Her first book, Warm Fuzzies, was published in 2007; her second, Sewing Green,
is due to be released in the spring of 2009.
Linda Permann (Button-Up Bud Vase) is a Texan turned New Yorker who’s been living in
Montana for the last year. She loves to quilt, sew, crochet, bake, and most of all learn, so
trying new things is her addiction. Lately she’s been into making wearables, and recently
she started her first crocheted socks. She lives with her partner, painter Paul Heaston,
who never complains that the couch is perpetually covered in her latest craft project.
Linda appreciates the slowness of life in Montana but misses New York City cuisine.
The last thing photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki (Unraveled) remembers making by hand
was a ceramic beer stein in the fifth grade. He does hail from Milwaukee, Wis., after all, but
recalls that early creation as being a bit lopsided. He currently makes pictures, some of
which are for a project documenting closed-down fast food restaurants. If you happen to
pass by one, give him a shout.
Autumn Wiggins (Craft a Green World) is an oddly situated performer living in a suburb
of St. Louis, Mo., with her husband, Doug, and their two sons, Jack and Max. Rather than
move to a more culture-friendly urban environment, she is staying put and annoying the
heck out of Wal-Mart by throwing an indie craft show called Strange Folk in their backyard.
She’s currently working to organize community involvement in upcycling, and has a few
top-secret web projects up her sleeves. Of course her favorite color is green.
Élena Nazzaro (The Art of Cooking) is an illustrator and watercolorist based in New Jersey.
Her husband, Paul, is “the best piano teacher on the East Coast,” and she is currently
illustrating a series of piano books with him. Their finest collaborations to date, however,
are named Sophie, Peter, and Angela. Sunday night is the sacred “Art Night” at their home,
which means Mama goes to the studio without interruption and Dad watches the kids.
Élena has a secret ambition to be a Muppeteer, and she really, really likes French toast.
Faythe Levine (Unraveled) is based in Milwaukee, Wis., where she co-owns a brick-and-mortar space called Paper Boat Boutique & Gallery. She is also the founder of Art vs. Craft,
an indie market for handmade goods. She just directed her first film, Handmade Nation,
and co-authored the book Handmade Nation: The Rise of DI Y Art, Craft, and Design, published by Princeton Architectural Press and now available at fine bookstores everywhere.
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee (To Knit or Not) is a knitter and writer living in Toronto, Canada,
with her long-suffering husband and daughters. She’s written six books about the knitterly
life, the latest of which is Free-range knitter: The yarn harlot writes again. In her spare time,
she keeps a blog at
yarnharlot.ca and plans knitter fun.