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    A Visit with Jessica DeCarlo

    Aug 4, 2017
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    Although a few months have passed, I find myself making another rainy daytrip up from Philadelphia to Brooklyn, home for nine of Cultivation’s contributing artisans. This time, I am headed to the DUMBO neighborhood to meet jewelry designer and maker Jessica DeCarlo.

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    A Handcrafted Home

    Jun 30, 2017
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    Handcrafted artisan goods are special for many reasons, including the amount of personality, planning and skill that makers pour into each piece. The evident care with which a skilled artisan approaches his or her craft is evident in the final product—it is reflected in the fine material, thoughtful, deliberate design and time-honored techniques that inspire and shape the work.

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    A Visit with Jessica Morelli

    Apr 3, 2017
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    It is a cold and rainy day when I make the trip to Brooklyn to visit Jessica Morelli, founder of Palermo Body. Wanting to witness her operation first-hand, and not wanting to interrupt her busy schedule, I made plans to meet her at her studio, a 230-square-foot space close to the Williamsburg Bridge that houses her entire operation. As soon as I enter the small, cozy space, the outside cold is swept away, replaced by bustling activity and the refreshing aroma of botanicals.

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    Inside Bradford Woodworking

    Mar 29, 2017
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    Amble far enough down fisher road in Worcester, PA and you’ll come upon a picturesque assemblage of rustic barns and wood sheds. The doors are all open, and a low hum emanates from within. As you peek through the entryway, you see the light catch swirling sawdust as Brad Smith and his associates sand, shape and slowly perfect solid wood seats, bed posts and more. Stools hang suspended from tapered ceilings and tools clutter crowded workstations bursting with personality and purpose.

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    Hats Off to Whisler Civilian

    Mar 29, 2017
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    Nestled deep in the asphalt sprawl of south Philadelphia is the Bok building, an 80-year-old vocational school turned artist Eden. Closed in 2013 by the city’s school reform commission, the building has since undergone a remarkable transformation. It is on these storied steps that we meet Steve Whisler, one of many artisans and entrepreneurs who not only set up shop at Bok, but have become intimately engaged with the community surrounding it.

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