And while we're on the subject of amazing women who have left a career track to explore a creative interest, I have to mention artist Abby Glassenberg. Four months ago, I was lucky enough to meet Abby when our kiddos ended up in the same kindergarten class at school. A Hopkins- and Harvard-educated former teacher, Abby began reading craft blogs and revisiting her love of sewing while on maternity leave with her first child. What followed was a decision to dive into art-making and motherhood full time, and a fabulous and fun blog on crafting and motherhood. I have no doubt that Abby was an incredible teacher, but she happens to be a really incredible artist, creating pieces with which I would love to fill my house -- handmade, beautiful and filled with personality.
I've seen her work up close and it is even more amazing in person than when photographed. The detail is incredible, the craftsmanship is exquisite, and oh, those incredible faces! But make no mistake, while her soft sculptures are meant to be adored, they are not meant to be tossed around like a stuffed animal (for hands-on lovin', Abby offers a selection of soft toys).
Late next year, we can all get an inside glimpse of the talent and work that goes into her soft sculpture when her book of fabric bird sewing patterns published by Interweave is released. But until then, the only way to own an Abby Glassenberg original is to visit her etsy shop or one of the boutiques and galleries that carries her work.
Image credits: Abby Glassenberg