Hello Made + Remade world. I would like to introduce you to the crafty influence in my world: my wife, Lish Dorset. She writes a clever blog covering her various craft interests called LishDorset.com. We actually met on Twitter back when a group of guys, including myself, started setting up a hackerspace in Metro Detroit. We reached out to all the crafty, makey, builder types in the area and invited them to our open house. Lish and I both followed a well known Maker and we started a conversation.
What started as a friendship turned into a marriage. We had an epic wedding just over a year ago at the Henry Ford Museum. We felt it fit our passion for DIY, both because of Henry Ford’s roots and the fact that they host the Detroit Maker Faire. Our wedding had DIY project stations, craft cocktails, cupcakes (winners of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars — sister network shout-out) and hundreds of our closest friends. Every one in attendance said it truly represented our personalities.
But enough mush stuff. Let’s take a look at a craft phenomenon of Detroit, Lish Dorset.
Q: You’ve written for a number of blogs including “Craft Magazine” & “Metro Parent.” What in your background brought you to craft blogging?
A: Years ago when we starting Handmade Detroit and the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, we used any method we could get our hands on to promote ourselves. We started a blog to showcase local crafters. I’ve been a blogger every since.
Q: Explain your role at “Metro Parent.”
A: I create projects for the Make It blog every week and for the print magazine monthly. It’s a blast. I like to channel my nephews and their mom when thinking of new ideas and trends to keep an eye on.
Q: Your New Year’s resolution was to send a piece of mail every day. What inspired you to do this?
A: We don’t get as much mail as we used to, and when we do receive some, it tends to be of the bill or junk varieties. By sending a piece of fun mail to people I know, and some I don’t, I hope I bring a smile to someone’s face when they open their mailboxes.
Q: Why are you such a fan of mail?
A: I love to make cards or discover crafters and artists who make amazing cards. A piece of mail can be so much more than a card — it becomes a piece of art, a pick-me-up or a cherished keepsake.
Q: Explain Mail Magic.
A: In college I started sending my friends mail to their dorms and apartments, as they didn’t get as much mail when they moved out on their own, and I called it Mail Magic. Friends loved receiving it, and soon started sending goodies to their circles of friends, too; it just kind of morphed from there.
Q: Your blog, LishDorset.com, has a great logo of you in cartoon form. Where did that come from?
A: That’s the artwork of Jason Gibner, better known as Paintings by Jason Gibner.
Q: You’ve worked at quilt stores and made a number of quilts for the home, family and friends. When did you start quilting and what inspires you?
A: I’m not much of a yoga person, so I turned to quilting when I was really stressed out at a former agency job. I used to design newspapers, so piecing a quilt top reminds me of design a front page — one that’s much more colorful with much cuter images!
A big thank you to my wife for putting up with my onslaught of questioning and hounding for an interview. If you want to find out more about her, check out her blog, Pinterest, Twitter, or Instagram feeds.