Lis Barsuglia-Madsen and her husband Michael, love spending the winter months in their rustic home, filled with looms, near Harrisville. Originally from Denmark, Lis uses bright colors to help offset overcast skies and the snowy landscape. Photo: Todd Moe
Harrisville, NY, Mar 06, 2013 — March is the start of another busy season of exhibits, fairs and road trips for artisans across the region. Over the next few months, we'll bring you some of the voices of the many folks in the North Country who make a living in their own workshops, basements and spare rooms. It might sound charming - setting your own work hours - but the artisans we've talked to say full-time art is not an easy decision and a lot of hard work. Finding space, commissions, marketing, moral support, and reserving uninterrupted creative time are some of the challenges.
Today, a trip to the woods near Harrisville, in the northwestern Adirondacks, to visit a couple who gave up jobs in marketing and at the post office to devote their attention to all things fiber, from woven rugs to knitted sweaters. Lis Barsuglia-Madsen and her husband Michael moved from New Jersey to the North Country twenty years ago. The new environment offered a chance to focus on following a dream -- spending time together as artisans inspired by the mountains, deep woods and solitude. Go to full article
Feb 08, 2006 — A new exhibit opens this Saturday at Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) in Canton. Hooked on the River features 10 hooked rugs by Prudence Matthews. They tell a rich and detailed story about Matthews' life along the St. Lawrence River. Since childhood she's spent summers at her family's cottage in Fishers Landing. Prudence Matthews told Todd Moe about her love of the river and rug hooking. Go to full article
Helen Condon works in the studio of her restored 19th century home in Parishville
Sep 17, 2004 — This Sunday, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, or "TAUNY", will honor three "North Country Legends". Helen Taylor Condon, traditional rug braider from Parishville; Ralph Morrow, builder of traditional Adirondack guideboats in Saranac Lake; and the New Bremen Ice Harvest, a community tradition of the Lewis County hamlet's volunteer fire department, will receive North Country Heritage Awards. Todd Moe profiles rug maker Helen Condon. Go to full article