DC Artisans

WASHINGTON, DC – Are machines liberating people, so they can pursue more rewarding work? This is one of the questions posed by the Economist’s bi-monthly 1843 magazine in an article on the rise of the craft economy in the District of Columbia (and elsewhere). Over two days, we crisscrossed the outskirts of the DC metro area making portraits of potters, leather workers, distillers, and pickle-makers to accompany the piece. These second-career artisans welcomed us into their creative spaces and were more than happy to share their genuine enthusiasm for their carefully crafted life. Pictured above from the top (left to right): Kuzeh Pottery, Katie Stack of Stitch and Rivet, Gordy’s Pickles Jar co-owners Sheila Fain and Sarah Gordon, and Sandy Wood and Alex Laufer of One Eight Distilling. Read more about them in the article by Ryan Avent and take a look around 1843; it’s a great forum for the long read with articles that have substance and get you thinking.

Joe Cicala Makes Maccheroni alla Mugnaia

PHILADELPHIA –  Every new year we go back through our archive. This year, we decided to have fun putting together a .gif in the process with some outtakes. While on assignment for Food & Wine a few years back, Chef Joe Cicala of Le Virtù in Philadelphia, demonstrated his process of hand-pulling a single-strand of pasta for us. The dish, Maccheroni alla Mugnaia, originates from the Abruzzo region of Italy. It is served on a wooden cutting board with garlic, olive oil, and grated pecorino, along with dried chiles which you can snip to season to your own taste. Below are our portfolio images that resulted from the shoot.

Maccheroni alla Mugnaia; Le Virtu, Philadelphia

Phillip Low Studio

NEW YORK, NY – Our friend Phillip Low makes beautiful hand milled acrylic sculptural pieces. He was kind enough to let us photograph him and his work in progress during a studio visit. Adopting the aesthetic of prisms and prismatic color separation, his pieces shape light in a way that is absolutely magical.

Artist Allan McCollum's studio

BROOKLYN, NY – We humans are one-of-a-kind, and conceptual artist Allan McCollum’s ongoing shapes project celebrates just that. The project, which began in 2005, has the intent of creating a unique shape for every person on the planet when the population peaks at around 9.5 billion.  Architectural Digest sent us on a studio visit with McCollum not long ago in anticipation of his latest solo exhibition, The Shapes Project: Perfect Couples, that is happening now at the Petzel Gallery in New York City (through October 4). For this exhibit, the shapes are rendered in color for the first time (read Group Dynamic in AD).

 
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