A Portrait in Objects: Kristin Axtman and Anthony Francis
We love getting a view into the lives of creative people we admire, through objects that are important to them. Today, Kristin Axtman and Anthony Francis of Brooklyn Haberdashery give us a glimpse behind the scenes of the objects of beauty and utility that they source and make. Welcome, Kristin and Anthony!
—Ann and Kay
Anthony building our timber frame house in Port Townsend, Washington
We built a modern timber frame home with trees we cut from our property and milled ourselves. The frame was mortise and tenon joinery with wooden pegs. While we no longer own the home, we still have the skills and memories of the experience.
Collection of vintage sewing notions
Vintage sewing notions and the typography on them are an endless source of intrigue.
Workshop at BH
On the wall of our workshop hang woodworking and blacksmithing tools several of which Anthony made himself. Many others are from tool makers whose workshops we’ve visited around the world.
Kristin stitching in Brooklyn Bridge Park
When we moved back to Brooklyn eight years ago, it was a very deliberate decision to be a part of the creative life here. No regrets.
Hanging out with our nephews in the back yard
Growing some of our own food pushes us outside to move our bodies and fill our souls.
Stitching on the stoop
As often as possible, we sit on the stoop. All day long, greetings of “Good afternoon!” ring out. Some neighbors stop to chat a bit—we check on each other, and stay up to date on each other’s lives.
Pressing apple cider with our neighbors
We like to say that “Our neighbors make our neighborhood.” And ours do.
Chore jackets from France, coveralls from Texas, and a farm vest and denim shirt from Japan
Our love of the utilitarian and of fabric has us looking out for vintage work clothes. We wear them, mend them, and feel connected to a long history of people who work with their hands.
Tandem ride to transport the child
Our Dutch bikes give us a leisurely way to get around the city.
Part of our pencil collection
Using (and manually sharpening!) pencils is a small utilitarian joy.
Brooms in Kyoto
Beauty in everyday objects … it gets us every time.