Claire Joyce is an artist, mother, and maker living in Tempe, AZ. Her creative career is long and varied encompassing drawing, painting, costume and puppet design, bookbinding, soft sculpture and sewing as well as blogging for Readymade and CRAFT magazines. As a mother of young children she is still trying to figure out exactly where she fits into the creative, artistic landscape or if she needs to be creating her own way.
Kate Legere is an artist, art teacher, baker, and all-around maker living in Portland, OR. She lived in eight houses by 8th grade and has kept that momentum going through a constant need to try new things (materials, recipes, hobbies, and even countries) and move on as soon as she's comfortable. She usually has 5-10 projects going on at any moment. This currently includes: quilting, learning the ukulele, writing a book, planning a big trip, finishing sewing projects, drawing, upholstering furniture found on the street, and mastering meringues.
What is this?
Distance has stopped these long time friends from working together or having frequent in depth conversations about their creative endeavors. Longing for a larger creative community and a closer look at the small and large things in life that push them forward and hold them back as makers, Claire and Kate decided to bridge distance with the internet. They hope to connect people interested in making to engage in a larger community conversation online and occasionally for workshops and Make Away retreats where personal exchanges of skills and ideas provide inspiration and encouragement.
Claire and Kate met while studying art in Brighton, England in 1999. They were fast friends who immediately challenged each other to see and do things that were both exciting and story-worthy. Their friendship continued long distance when they returned to their respective colleges in the United States. After college Kate and Claire joined forces on a collaborative performance that took them on a six month journey across the US in a pink van. They have continued to stay in close contact despite great geographic distances and life changes. Occasional visits and phone calls still fuel both friends with collaborative creative energy.