They are stay-at-home mothers who want to be there for their families but also feel productive and want to contribute to their household budgets; they are men leaving behind meaningless jobs and trying to help the communities where they live; they are people working long nights and multiple jobs to pursue a dream; they are makers. In a world of fast consumption, inhumane manufacturing practices, and short-sighted ways of creating wealth, these Chicagoans are doing it right.—Isa Giallorenzo
Five local artisans on their chosen paths and handmade wares:
By Isa Giallorenzo
Here’s a look at how students at the Chicago School of Shoemaking craft custom footwear.
By Jamie Ramsay
From curtains to medical models, this is the place to go to play with ideas in physical form.
By Katie Powers
The “underpants extraordinaire” teaches a BYOB Friday-night class at Lillstreet Art Center.
By Deanna Isaacs
Build a terrarium! Sew a baby bib! Design your own perfume!
By Matt Harvey