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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, one of the founders of Hudson Co-Op, 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.

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Meet the Makers: Lisa Thorpe

What do you make / create?  Over the years I’ve explored drawing, painting, three-dimensional collage and combinations of all three, along with textile art and quilting. Hudson Co-Op is showcasing some of my prints and jewelry.

What inspired you to be a maker?  I began my artistic journey as a kid sewing crazy clothes for all my Barbie dolls on my hand crank, kiddie sewing machine. This trail led me to the UC Davis Design and Art departments, where my emphasis was on textiles and wearable art. I then received my teaching credential in Art and Elementary Education at California State University, San Francisco. I was a classroom teacher and school art specialist for more than 20 years.

What is your day job?  I am a full-time artist, including serving as resident artist and art teacher at The Bishop’s Ranch conference and retreat center in Northern California, where I live and work with my husband and son.

What is your connection to the neighborhood?  I have made frequent visits to Washington Heights ever since my sister moved there nearly 25 years ago. My work has appeared in a variety of holiday crafts fairs in your neck of the woods over the years, so quite a few Upstate Manhattanites have been generous patrons of my art.