tools for everyday magic
sunhouse craft specializes in home goods, crafted close to the land, and inspired by the timeless shapes of Appalachian crafts
Designed and made in the rolling hills near Berea, Kentucky, wooden wares are hand hewn with an axe and knife for all spoons and talismans, brooms are hand woven, with a non-electric process, and time and attention is paid to the details of each piece. Wood is sustainably sourced and harvested from nearby, and locally farmed, and natural fibers inform the design process.
After four years living on communes, two without electricity, sunhouse craft is the work of designer/maker Cynthia Main that allows her to combine her background as a fabricator with her strong desire to find sustainable and harmonious ways of working. Each piece is made by hand in her Kentucky studio, weaving together crafting traditions of Appalachia, natural materials, and timeless design. The end result are tools that bring back a sense of everyday magic into our daily work and chores.
Cynthia Main is a artist/maker whose work focuses on relating to land as part of an integral view of a more sustainable society. Cynthia's strong background in woodworking and traditional craft surfaces in most of her projects, work that often uses traditional techniques for work that is collaborative, community building and plays with ideas and movements around embodiment. Born in New Zealand, Cynthia spent most of her childhood in North Carolina, where she became aware of her deep connection to nature. She is currently an artist in residence at Gallery 123 in Berea, Kentucky.
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