Oregon Home Team
For furnituremaker Craig Windom, it’s all about the wood. “I love old wood,” he says. “I love searching for it. It’s usually wood that has a certain patina or grain. It may have been real weathered and beaten up and had some nails in it, but I can see the potential in it. I clean it up and it becomes a beautiful piece of wood.”
In school, metal artist Nicky Falkenhayn figured out she didn’t have to choose between art and sport. "As a young adult, I was torn between going to art school or doing sports," she says. "I decided to do sports first because when I got older I could do art, but when I got older sports would be harder."
For storyteller and ceramic artist Baba Wague Diakite, art began at home in the Republic of Mali in Western Africa. “I grew up in a very small town, where my education began through storytelling,” he says. “My grandmother said you needed to be educated before you went to school, and she believed her stories delivered an understanding that nothing else could. Her stories were the beginning of my artistic life.”