Tag: Nancy R. Hiller

IU Furniture Designer in the National Spotlight

Vincent Edwards won a commission to build this 20-foot-long bench for the new IU Health Neuroscience Center in Indianapolis. Courtesy photo BY NANCY R. HILLER Furniture designer Vincent Edwards lives in a world where the usual constraints of form and function don’t run the show. In Edwards’ hands, a delicate wall cabinet constructed of wood [...]

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Dry Stone Masonry: An Age-Old Craft Still Practiced

Bart Hammond. Photo by Jim Krause BY NANCY R. HILLER Bart Hammond was 20,000 feet in the air when the decidedly down-to-earth art of dry stone masonry first caught his attention. A U.S. Marine Corps officer in training during the mid-90s, Hammond was flying home to the Midwest from Quantico, Virginia, flipping through a magazine. [...]

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Diane Buzzell: Choreographer

Diane Buzzell in the Cardinal Stage offices. Photo by James Kellar BY NANCY R. HILLER Bloomington is full of artists who support themselves with jobs in unrelated fields: Everyone knows musicians who cut hair or painters who wait tables. But it’s rare for an artist to make her living by working full time for the [...]

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Bloomington’s Flower Lady

Harvest Moon Flower Farm. Photo by James Kellar BY NANCY R. HILLER, PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAMES KELLAR It's the classic back-to-the-land fantasy. Purchase some acreage. Build your own home. Support yourself with work that’s honest, good, and necessary: growing food, weaving cloth, making pottery. Most who set out on this path, whether in the “back-to-the-land” movement [...]

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Margaret Weymouth Jackson: The Sage of Spencer, Indiana

BY NANCY R. HILLER From the front porch of her house perched partway up Rocky Hill, Margaret Weymouth Jackson had a bird’s-eye view across the neighborhoods of Spencer, Indiana, stretching all the way to the courthouse square, a fitting prospect for a writer acutely attuned to the lives of her fellow townspeople, whose stories she [...]

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