Owen Kelly is the Vice President of Product Creation at L.L. Bean where he has designed and supported Men’s, Women’s & Signature Apparel, Sporting Goods, Kids, Graphics and the Home collections; and contributed to L.L. Bean community outreach since 2008. Owen studied in the UK and contributed to major New York and London based fashion houses before relocating to Maine in 2008.

Jordan Carey is a Bermudian designer and artist currently based in Portland Maine. He received his BFA in Textile and Fashion Design from Maine College of Art in 2019. He continues to work in the field as assistant designer for the Maine based fashion house Jill McGowan, through residencies, freelance work and launched the Loquat brand as a vehicle for sharing fluid cultural aesthetics and craft sensibilities.

Maine Craft Interview Project: Artists Question & Artists Answer

OVERVIEW

The MCA Interview Project brings emerging craft artists together with established Maine craft artists in an interview led by the emerging artist. The interviews are coordinated, recorded and shared by the Maine Crafts Association. The project serves to support and engage emerging artists by providing a platform and structure to access first hand craft career experiences one on one. The emerging artist designs interview questions and interviews an established artist of their choosing.

PURPOSE

The project brings craft artists at different career points (and possibly generations) together, fosters connections, mentorship, community and storytelling. It introduces emerging artists to our craft community and is a chance for established artists to reflect and support emerging artists in the field.

The Maine Crafts Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization supporting craft artists by providing educational, marketing and retail opportunities. Our ability to accomplish our mission and help artists thrive is reliant on individual contributions.

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