Amber Alexander has been painting and drawing for as long as she can remember and enjoys imagining animals living lives very much like our own, complete with humor and daily stresses. She has illustrated a children's book about organic farming and hopes to someday write and illustrate her own book. She lives with her husband and two crazy poodles, Olin and Izzy, in Middlesex, Vermont.
Amanda Riley is an art teacher and part-time farmer living in a small town in Western North Carolina with her husband and their daughter, whom they homeschool. They have a small flock of chickens and a handsome grey cat and spend as much time outdoors as possible. She dabbles in writing and photography and fancies herself a (sub)urban homesteader. She likes salty ocean air, strong black tea, the smell of horses, and the lonesome sound of train whistles at night. She muses about life and parenting and all the mundane in between bits on her blog, sweetpotatoclaire.blogspot.
Amanda Hester Smith left her life as a NYC yoga instructor for a simpler, more peaceful country life with wide open spaces, rolling green fields and songbirds of every color. She currently spends her days designing knitwear in between the madness of wrangling three homeschool kids and a bounty of farm animals, South of Nashville. You can usually find her either hand feeding her Shetland sheep, on a yoga mat, or with a lap full of wool and knitting needles. Ravelry and Instagram: Luckylambs.
Allison lives on five acres in midcoast Maine with her husband Ben and their two young boys. She's trained as a Master Food Preserver through the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, and holds an M.L.A. in Gastronomy from Boston University. She also teaches canning and preserving classes. Her first book, Preserving with Pomona's Pectin, is due out in June 2013. She blogs at www.canningcraft.com.
Alison Kaplan is the creative force behind Kata Golda, a craft studio in the mossy seaside town of Port Townsend, WA. Kata Golda is a flourishing business that preserves crafts such as needlework, letterpress, pottery, hand-dyed textiles, stitched felt and bookbinding. Alison finds inspiration in the woods, farmlands and beaches of her Pacific Northwest wonderland. See her work at www.katagolda.com.
Alicia is a needlework designer who lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and young daughter. She is a big fan of tiny calicos, fluffy eiderdowns, hot coffee, and big snowstorms. She blogs about life, love, and all things crafty at posiegetscozy.com and sells original patterns and kits for sewing projects, softies, and more at aliciapaulson.com.
Alana writes, cooks, sells fresh vegetables, and teaches cheese making. She lives with her husband and two young daughters in western Massachusetts. She is the author of two books: The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making and The Homemade Kitchen: Recipes for Cooking with Pleasure. Visit Alana online at eatingfromthegroundup.com
Abigail Halpin is an illustrator living and drawing in southern Maine. Raised in New England, her work pulls heavily from the flora, fauna and history of the region. In addition to illustrating children's books, she also creates mixed media artwork, blending embroidery and portraiture, stitching stories. When not drawing, she can be found either lost in a book, walking in the woods or in front of her sewing machine.
Abigail Gray Swartz is an artist whose illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, Lenny Letter, and others. She recently painted a version of Rosie the Riveter that was chosen for the cover of the New Yorker’s “Women’s March” issue. Abigail lives in Maine with her husband, their two children, and one cautious little dog. See her work at graydaystudio.com.