Meet the Makers: Leo Sorel

What do you make / create?  I create photographs, and through that medium aspire to capture a moment in time, a scene, a face, or an emotion with wit and sensitivity. I work to reveal images that convey artistic vision balanced with technical flair and expertise.

What inspired you to be a maker?  Born and raised in New York City, I graduated from the High School of Music and Art and then pursued the study of photographic arts as a film student at the University of Wisconsin. Later, after landing a stint on a film shoot that took me to the Mediterranean assisting on promotional films for cruise lines, I traveled throughout Europe shooting stills. Inspired by the results, I decided to pursue still photography on a full-time basis.

What is your day job?  For thirty-something years, I have been a photographer by day (and often also by night). As a freelance photojournalist working for The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications, I have covered everything from political events and hockey games to jazz concerts, and have created portraiture of film and television stars like Nick Nolte, Sarah Jessica Parker and Snoop Dogg.

What is your connection to the neighborhood?  I moved to Cabrini Blvd. back in the late 1990s, and have lived here ever since. My wife, Suzy, a music therapist, along with my sons Walter and Adam, serve as frequent models. I don’t know how many black-and-white cookies I bought for my kids at Gideon’s when they were little, and it is weirdly delightful to now be showing my work right here where bakery cases once stood.


Meet the Makers: Judy Kaye

What do you make / create?  I make fine leather jewelry and accessories for men, women and canine.

What inspired you to be a maker? I grew up in a very talented and inspiring household. So, essentially I was surrounded by creativity growing up. It comes naturally to me. I am thoroughly in my element when I’m working–it’s my joy.

Do you have a day job? This is my full-time business and passion.

What is your connection to the neighborhood?  I am absolutely in LOVE with this neighborhood. I moved here four years ago and I have met so many wonderful people. It’s such a warm and welcoming community.




Meet the Makers: Sarah Oakes

What do you make / create? Pots, pots, pots!

What inspired you to be a maker? I guess as long as I can remember I have always been a maker; it’s a part of who I am. My mother was/is a maker also, so when I was growing up we were always crafting. We would make holiday and birthday cards, bake huge homemade multi-layer birthday cakes, make miniature macramé pot holders for my doll house, make doll house furniture, make clothing for dolls and me and my brothers, etc. She was the arts and crafts director at my sleepaway camp, and has always been an inspiration to me. When I was in my twenties I made jewelry for many years, then when the kids came along I took a break. Pottery has been my sanity, my therapy, my escape, and the most rewarding thing in my life other than being a parent, for the past six years.

Do you have a day job?  Yes! I am a Project Manager for a general contractor.

What is your connection to the neighborhood? I grew up on the Upper West Side, and when I was in high school I became friends with Maria Herrera, who was born and raised in this neighborhood. I’ve been coming here on and off ever since, and trek here to visit from Brooklyn, where I live now with my husband and kids.


Meet the Makers: Kieren Dutcher

What do you make / create?   Illustrations and paintings, which I make into prints, cards, posters. I also make block-printed tea towels.

What inspired you to be a maker?   I grew up in a house of makers, and I am happiest when I am creating something. It’s like breathing for me. Aside from reading, watching movies, hiking or riding my bike, it’s pretty much all I do.

What is your day job?   I have been teaching art to kids for forever–29 years! I After 20 years at the same school, I just resigned from my position. Time to focus on my own artwork!

What is your connection to the neighborhood?   I have been friends with Laura Thorpe for years and years and I have visited her family on Cabrini Blvd. a number of times. My daughter recently moved into the neighborhood with her partner, so when I come for a visit from Berkeley, I can see them all in one fell swoop.


Mini Boulangerie Popping Up at Hudson Co-Op SOON!

Plans are in the works for a fantastic local baker to pop up in Hudson Co-Op, which will be opening its doors in mid-June. Currently part of  an awesome incubator program in Harlem — for bakers looking to launch their own businesses — this mystery baker’s vision will be to stock her mini-bakery shop within Hudson Co-Op with dozens of loaves of fresh-baked breads and a rotation of other scrumptious bakery goods every day.

Just what our neighborhood needs, don’t you think?!

Send us an email via the contact page to receive updates on when you’ll be able to buy gorgeous baguettes–as well as fabulous and fun end-of-year teacher presents and other unique gifts at Hudson Co-Op!