We had a fabulous last meeting at the Multnomah Friends Meeting House with Andrea Hungerford of By Hand Serial and Blueberry Hill Designs. Andrea gave us a peek behind the scenes of the By Hand Serial lookbook creative process.
“You might think that knitting is a solitary activity,” said Andrea, “but it’s not. Think of the animals, the ranchers, the spinners, dyers, designers, local shops. Every time we sit to knit, we are part of the invisible web of makers from farm to needles.”
We learned how she decides on locations to feature and all the research involved in selecting the individual makers for each issue. She talked about how she and her amazing photographer Karen DeWitz spend each day on site interviewing and photographing subjects, crashing each night in their hotel. They return to Portland armed with stories and images to layout each book, creating a “virtual and visual vacation” for readers.
So far, By Hand has focused on the maker communities of Portland (OR), Portland (ME), Nashville, Puget Sound Region, and the Great Lakes of Michigan. Andrea plans to continue publishing By Hand three times a year.
Thank you, Andrea, for helping us see our part in the web of makers.
Andrea also generously donated a beautiful Graf Lantz tote bag filled with the first five issues of By Hand Serial (some of which are out of print!)
See you next month at our new location:
Fremont United Methodist Church, 2620 NE Fremont St., Portland, OR 97212