As you know, because I talk incessantly to you about it, I’ve got a place for makers living inside my head that at some point is going to pop out and end up a real place. It’s maybe a dreamy dream, but maybe not.
A significant factor in all my thinking about making and place and community was the publication of a book by our dear friend and creative director of the MDK Field Guide series, Melanie Falick.
Since this book launched, I have spent a lot of time with it. There’s something hypnotic about these 33 profiles of makers. The photographs by Rinne Allen are evocative of each person’s place and personality. They’re all following different paths, but their lives all boil down to something universal, something deep in our DNA, something both plain and profound: we are all makers.
We have opposable thumbs. We’re built to solve problems by making.
And, based on what we’re seeing at MDK, makers love to make in the company of other makers.
We’re already planning more happenings, hoedowns, hootenannies, hangouts, workshops, and gatherings at MDK World HQ. As these plans fall into place, we hope you’ll figure out a way to come to Nashville to join us. Consider this your first of what will be many cordial invitations!
The prize: a copy of the book that has captured my imagination, Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live by Melanie Falick. (Note that copies in the MDK Shop are specially priced right now if you’d like one right this minute.)
How to enter?
Step 1: Sign up for our weekly newsletter, Snippets, right here. If you’re already subscribed, you’re set.
Step 2: In your own life, what place comes to mind when you think of a fond memory of making? Please leave a comment on this post.
Deadline for entries: Sunday, August 7, 11:59 PM Central time. We’ll draw a random winner from the entries. Winner will be notified by email.