Tuesday, December 17, 2019


Who or what this is, I don't really know, but they crack me up! Each one I make gives me a look. And that hair! (It's wolf scraps from an inherited collection of vintage pieces.)  I was also just gifted an old parka ruff that traveled across thousands of miles on the head of a musher on the back of a dogsled, and now it could yield hundreds of bits for useful purposes such as this magnet. ) Stay tuned for more hilarious adventures of the furry kind. 😊
3 1/2"x3 1/2", hand painted, printed cotton duck,
leather, fur, vintage steel cut beads
Photo/copyright Amy Mackinaw

Monday, December 16, 2019

Caribou Pillows

These felted wool with satin stitch caribou pillows were purchased to be used at a cabin in the mountains in caribou country. Happy landings!
18"x18" felted wool
Photo and Copyright Amy Mackinaw

Sunday, December 08, 2019

Smooth Running

I made this piece last March for the "Art in the Arctic" show celebrating Alaska's National Wildlife Refuges and the opportunities they provide us for experiencing wilderness.  Yesterday a young couple  saw it at another show and stood looking at it a long time. I described the techniques used to make it and the experience of being in that country north of the Brooks Range during the bright sunny days of March and April, the patterns of the drifted snow and the vastness of the place. To my surprise and delight they purchased the piece, and I am so happy it has found a good home.
"Smooth Running" 16"x20", hand dyed cotton, gelatin plate printed, collage pieced,
organza overlay, free motion  quilted

Monday, December 02, 2019

Thank You, Anchorage!

Wow! Just returned from the Polar Bazaar at the Anchorage Museum. What a wonderful experience all around--so many nice people, such a beautiful venue and so much creativity and craftsmanship--plus Alaska authors and a lively zine scene on site. Thank you, Anchorage! I hope to see you again next year-- 😊

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Quilt Cuffs

Alaska inspired and delicious to make and bead. The final touch: a moose antler button clasp.
2 1/2"x8", hand dyed fabric collage,
free motion quilted, beaded
Photo/copyright Amy Mackinaw

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Spirit of Alaska flags

What a gorgeous fall day to be set up at the Tanana Valley Farmers Market. A beautiful way to spend the day--munching some carrots, too-- 😊
Spirit of Alaska Flag Set, each flag 6"x 8"
Caribou, Raven, Mountains, Salmon, Grizzly

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Tundra Bearberries

Padded Shoulder Pouch, 6 1/2" x 8 1/2", 50" strap
Available at Alaska Geographic Store, Fairbanks, Alaska
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