The craft movement is alive and well in America, moving beyond the longstanding constraints of local shops and traveling craft fairs, globalized by the internet and buoyed by the advent of social media.
Margaux and Walter Kent are the embodiment and antithesis of this globalization of craft – living, sourcing, and working locally, yet selling globally thanks to their Etsy store and sales through other outlets like fab.com, they have managed to embody a unique position as artisans in the internet age. We had a chance to spend two days with them at their home and workshop in Philadelphia, documenting their craft, family and artifacts. Keep reading to see.
Margaux Kent seated in front of her father’s workbench and hand-built table in Philadelphia. Much of Margaux’s jewelry work is created in this workshop.
A selection of Margaux’s hand-bound books and journals made from found & antique leather.
Walter Kent in his workshop behind the family home – he was finishing reclaimed wood crates and boxes when he paused to take this photo.
Margaux and Walter’s home was definitely full of curiositiesâ€¦
The entire family stepped in for a few frames, although we may have had to persuade their boys SÃ¸ren and Silas with a little bit of popcorn (still in frame on the table).
It was a great two days of shooting. We cant thank Margaux and Walter enough for allowing us into their home and letting us observe and photograph their process.
Chris even made some time to make some feline friends with the family cat BjÃ¸rn during the shoot