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Makers gotta make: finding solace, joy in dangerous times


April 26, 2020

Their reasons may differ, but crafters agree: Makers gotta make. Those who create things by hand — who weld, weave, play in clay or paints — are pursuing their passions the best they can during the coronavirus pandemic.

The creative arts are soothing, fill time, and keep our minds and hands busy.

"This is what makes us human," says Melanie Falick, author of the recent "Making a Life: Working by Hand and Discovering the Life You Are Meant to Live" (Artisan).

Falick, a longtime craft books publisher, quit her job to follow her maker's heart. Her book is filled with stories of weavers,...

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