American Hands Newsletter

American Hands is Sally Wiener Grotta’s celebration of those individuals who keep alive the traditional trades that built our dynamically diverse culture, such as a blacksmith, bookbinder, spinner, weaver, glassblower, etc. Sally's natural down-to-earth shooting style helps artisans warm to her camera, developing personal relationships that allow her to share in intensely private and often poignant creative moments, as well as spontaneous expressions of joy and discovery. Her narrative series of portraits capture both the fascinating creative processes and the individual personalities of the craftspersons.

American Hands is a narrative, not only about who we are, but who and what we were, how our culture developed, one person, one skill at a time, and what it means to us now and into the future. This project has hit a resonant chord with the public and the art world, and continues to generate quite a "buzz."

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American Hands Newsletter, April 2012

American Hands NewsletterThe first American Hands Newsletter features photos and story about Richard Moore, broommaker. It also has a short piece about the New York Foundation for the Arts adopting American Hands, and hints on how you can get involved in this meaningful project.

“Sweeping out the hearth and home was originally done with twigs and branches, until people learned to tie grass, corn husks, straw and other fibrous plants to sticks. Alas, those early brooms were neither efficient, nor did they last very long. Then, good old American know-how invented a better broom, made of sorghum and tied using a foot-treadle broom machine. This treadle machine (invented in 1810) became an important component of the industrial revolution. I first saw such a machine in action, when I met Richard Moore at….” (Please click here to read the full newsletter.)