This issue of Reinventing Home explores our nation’s history of making things and considers how craft increases our appreciation for daily life.  It also serves as a welcome antidote to the disembodiment of our Digital Age. 

For Rulan Tangen, dance is rooted in the rhythms of the cosmos and lets us feel the heartbeat of a dying star.

Elvira Piedra pursued ballet, filmmaking and photography,  hoping to  capture the mystery of life. 

Ann Arnold likens making art to Dorothy Sayers’ definition of murder—“it is so terribly wicked…and one has so little to gain from it.”

Victoria Reynolds says the start of a poem is like the ringing of a far-off bell.  The experience “wakes up some wanderlust in me.” 

Caleb Kullman studied anthropology then moved to Colorado to shoe horses.  That led him to architectural metalwork in Santa Fe. 

Woodworker Mark Luzio has made elegant libraries and ornate writing desks—following the craftsman’s credo to build “as good as I can.”

Welsh-born David Jones describes the art of storytelling at the heart of every performance.   

Catherine Burns and Lisa Diamond explore building the Metropolis through the lens of art.    

Sara Evans shows how moments in a woman’s life—and in American history—are captured in an astonishing array of quilts. 

The bathroom as a place of magic and repressed desires?  Barbara Penner shows how artists have reimagined it in the last 100 years.

Some wonderful films about craft—from costume design to toy making,  the casting of iron kettles and clay pots, to the art basket-weaving.

Too much sitting is bad for our health.  Galen Cranz explores cultural alternatives  to the chair that are better for the body.

During the pandemic, photographer Susan Fassberg moved to Mexico and discovered a landscape full of hidden messages.

L. John Harris takes us on a tour of his historic villa with its sweeping vistas and unusual collection of hand-made objects. 

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