MAKERS ON MAKING

On Small and Unusual Spaces

Writer Valarie Frost considers the impact of the small and unusual spaces she has inhabited on her development of self and identify.

Thousandth Time

Thousandth Time

Expedition Press’s Myrna Keliher on letterpress printing, poetry, and taking on an ambitious project to create an irreplaceable artifact.

I Will Make Beautiful Memories

I Will Make Beautiful Memories

In October of 2004, my mom picked me up from my college dorm and drove me about twenty miles up Interstate 79 to Edinboro, Pennsylvania, where we pulled into one of those perfect, Desperate Housewives-type neighborhoods with the...

On Making Memoir

Memoir is getting naked in front of a room full of strangers and saying, “Here are my stretch marks, here are my fat rolls, here is my cellulite, and here is the irritating boil on my ass and my reoccurring chin hair.” One is not allowed to wear Spanx, utilize...

Future Echoes

Future Echoes

The first part of Al Davison and Yen Quach’s Future Echoes — the debut release from BMP’s Liminal Comics imprint — releases today in a digital edition. We are excited to present this interview by Liminal Comics editor Alisa Kwitney with Future Echoes creators and...

Speech and Debate

Speech and Debate

Halfway through sixth grade, my family moved from Roselle, a diverse working-class neighborhood, to Freehold, New Jersey, an upper-middle class predominantly white living. Thus began the year of silence. Out of protest, sadness, depression, and puberty I vowed to my...

Spine to Deckle / Anatomy of a Book

Frontispiece Claudia’s studio was perched in a corner of the second floor of a rickety old nineteenth-century mill that had been converted into artists’ spaces. It took up a double city block in the crusty New England hamlet of Easthampton, Massachusetts. You could...

Slowing Down, Sourdough Style

As a freelance writer querying one novel and writing a second, all I did was write. In between polishing magazine pitches and churning out digital marketing content, I wrote and story-planned for one to two hours a day. Since I’d given up daily Facebook trawls and...

How the Hospital Unlocked m(M)e

How the Hospital Unlocked m(M)e

PopSixSquishUh uhCiceroLipschitz! —“Cell Block Tango,” Chicago The six merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail have nothing on the nurses who “took care” of me when I was interred in the mental hospital. In three mental hospitals at that. All interred. Horrible...

A Test of Character (Limit)

I did a book report on Great Expectations when I was in the fourth grade. Night after night, my father and I read Charles Dickens’ melancholy albeit intricate account of Pip. I was fascinated by the language used as much as the story itself. My teacher was shocked...

Written in the Body

Writing offers us an incomparable opportunity to disappear. I personally hold that words have no intrinsic meaning. What is it about the word “girl,” for example, that specifically encapsulates the idea of a girl? If the word “girl” really is inextricably, objectively...

Makers on Making illustration by Brian Dixon for BMP Voices. All rights reserved.

Makers on Making features printmakers, writers, knitters, crafters, painters, photographers, textile artists, and anyone else involved in art. These pieces delve into the psychology of making, the lessons we learn from success and (often more usefully) failure, and what it is to be a human authentically and emotionally involved as a maker in our world.