Heide Martin is a designer who makes furniture and housewares in Mid Coast Maine. Her designs are Shaker-esque with commitment to functionality, as well as unique, balanced form and she exhibits and sells her work internationally as well as here in Maine. Alongside her woodworking practice, Heide pursues her commitment to craft through creative collaborations, residencies, grants, publishing, and teaching. Heide has been a resident and visiting artist at San Diego State University, Maine College of Art and Design, Center for Art in Wood, and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Her teaching experience includes furniture weaving and design at Escuela de Artes y Oficios Santo Domingo, as well as assistantships at the University of Washington and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.
Naomi David Russo is a woodworker who enjoys making objects that depend on a functional interaction to reveal the concept of the piece. She received her BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from Maine College of Art in 2019. The following year she continued her studio practice through an Alumni Residency in the Woodworking and Furniture Design Department at MECA. Currently, she is an Artist in Residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Maine Craft Interview Project: Artists Question & Artists Answer
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.
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.