Macrame And Canvas Jewelry By Amira Mednick

Macramé, One of the techniques Portland-based jewelry designer Amira Mednick uses, is believed to have originated from 13th-century Arab weavers. According to Wikipedia, the Spanish word for macramé is derived from the Arabic word migramah (مقرمة), believed to mean believed to mean “striped towel,” “ornamental fringe,” or “embroidered veil.”

Enough on the history lessons, though. I’ve never been a huge one for jewelry because it often feels a bit too high-maintenance or non-sustainable or luxurious for my tastes. Mednick’s works, though, which sometimes use sustainable materials, are high fashion without being stuffy. One of my favorite new posessions includes these bloody amazing woven rings.

Ah, but it gets better. Stumble on to see a combination of canvas and macrame works by Mednick:

You can find a lot of her works on sale soon at Crafty Wonderland.

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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