30 episodes

Taking you on a journey through the lives of Maine Makers. From cut and sew to woodworking to craft beer to consumer packaged goods and much more.

Makers of Maine Kristan Vermeulen

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Taking you on a journey through the lives of Maine Makers. From cut and sew to woodworking to craft beer to consumer packaged goods and much more.

    Heather Stilin's Passion For Patterns & Textiles Shows In Her Free Flowing & Feel Good Clothing Line

    Heather Stilin's Passion For Patterns & Textiles Shows In Her Free Flowing & Feel Good Clothing Line

    Freedom of movement and an appreciation for beauty: Herself was established by Heather Stilin in 2018 to distill these two qualities together into a line of clothing. This collection of everyday basics transitions easily among the many places and spaces we are called to inhabit throughout the day and year. Their fabrics are natural fibers chosen with comfort, longevity, and sustainability in mind. The collection is developed in South Portland, Maine with local partners.

    Listen to the episode to learn more about Heather and her upbringing in the mid-west, how both coasts have been influenced her art and design, her focus on patterns and fabrics, and the future goals of her brand.

    Also, stay until the end to hear singer, songwriter Renee Coolbrith and her latest single featuring Graphic Melee.

    • 45 min
    Kyle Lamont Captures Compelling Stories Through Award Winning Video Projects & Her Podcast, Concert Cast

    Kyle Lamont Captures Compelling Stories Through Award Winning Video Projects & Her Podcast, Concert Cast

    Kyle Lamont is an award-winning producer and the founder of Good To Go Studios, a multi-media company based in Maine. She also recently worked as a commercial Producer/ Director for Matador Network, the largest producer of branded travel content in the world. Her storytelling skills work naturally not just in the film world but through her podcast as well. Concert Cast is a sonic road trip to America’s best music venues. The show includes conversations with notable venue owners and popular bands that make for entertaining stories about travel and music.

    • 49 min
    Cryogenic Protection Gear Handcrafted In Trenton Used In Handling The COVID-19 Vaccine

    Cryogenic Protection Gear Handcrafted In Trenton Used In Handling The COVID-19 Vaccine

    Tempshield started forty years ago by a husband and wife duo, the Sweeney's, Laura and Ted, on their kitchen table. They lived in Massachusetts at the time, and they were responding to a need in the marketplace. They developed their very first cryogenic protective glove and from there they developed aprons and gators because liquid nitrogen is a liquid, and it can splash on your clothes. If it gets on your clothes, it will absorb into the clothes and then of course right onto your skin. In 2018, Jim Woldenberg took over Tempshield and had continued to grow its operations and team. They even started a sister company called My Mainers that crafts gloves for outdoor recreation use. Tune in to hear more about how this protective gear is made and how Jim appreciates their Maine-made focus.

    • 33 min
    Briana Warner Introduces Kelp Farming -- A New Way Fishermen Can Work On The Water While Improving The Health Of Our Oceans

    Briana Warner Introduces Kelp Farming -- A New Way Fishermen Can Work On The Water While Improving The Health Of Our Oceans

    Briana Warner, the owner of Atlantic Sea Farms, came to Maine after years as a development economist in the Foreign Service. She noticed that the kelp was gorgeous here in Maine, healthy and clean. Bri describes her craft as kelp, in general, and said, “the motivation behind it is mostly around looking at climate change along our coasts, and figuring out ways that crafts in one way or another can help the coast both adapt to and mitigate some of the effects of climate change.” Briana takes us on a journey through her career as she was a former diplomat for the U.S. Foreign Service and owned a bakery in Portland hiring refugees who are new to Maine. She also talks about the craft behind kelp and the impact it has on climate change. Not only do you get to know Bri, stay until the end of the episode to hear a special tune from Lady Lamb.

    • 53 min
    Kazeem Lawal Brings His Life Experiences Through A Curation Of Craft To The Local Community

    Kazeem Lawal Brings His Life Experiences Through A Curation Of Craft To The Local Community

    For Kazeem, craft is a very broad term because he touches on it in so many ways between curation, fashion design, and showcasing his own life through his brand. He wants each customer to have a unique experience when they come into his shop. His shop reflects anything he is into at that moment from food, to travel, to cultures, to his own journey. Kristan chats with Kazeem about his past life before coming to Maine, how he got to Maine, the inspiration behind opening up his own shop, and what the future holds for his business.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    Thirteenth Generation Passamaquoddy Basket Weaver, Gabriel Frey, Shares His Process Of Crafting Black Ash Baskets

    Thirteenth Generation Passamaquoddy Basket Weaver, Gabriel Frey, Shares His Process Of Crafting Black Ash Baskets

    Gabriel Frey learned his craft at a young age as the traditional basket weaving skills were passed down by his grandfather. There is so much that goes into basket weaving as you have to learn about the harvesting of trees and which trees are ready to be broken into raw materials to be turned into a fancy, useful art form. Gabriel also shares Wabanaki history in relation to basket weaving and how his entire family is involved in educating others about Wabanaki history and culture.

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

19 Ratings

April A.N. ,

So Special

It takes so much to run a small business and the creative people behind them should be rewarded. They are the ones that create the community we need so badly. Nicely done podcast!

hallett_sails ,

Maine made, with love

It’s not the corporations that make up Maine, it’s the small business, hard working, skillful talent of Maine. So great to hear the stories. It’s times like a pandemic that we should be paying extra close attention to these makers! Maine is so full of them!!

AmandaB20 ,

Amazing podcast!

Absolutely love seeing Maine celebrated and learning so much about all of the talented people in our state!

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