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WOODWORK ON A MISSION

In an effort to assuage the issues of high unemployment and enormous amounts of demolition waste in the area of Syracuse, New York; Janie Mills and the folks at Near Westside Initiative and Northside Urban Partnership united forces to create Salt Works. This amazing social enterprise pulls in members of the community and teaches them the tricks of the woodworking trade. Recycling materials that would typically be on course to becoming landfill, the carpenters at Salt Works create artisan furniture.


This mindful company lifts up members of the community and betters the planet through green production. The items they offer are impeccably designed and assembled. There is such a difference in furniture that is mass produced and furniture that is crafted with the utmost attention to detail. These are pieces that will endure a lifetime in your living space, filling up your home with good vibes and good design.

Take a look at Janie’s work wear: 125th Duck Apron, Sandstone Berkley Vest, Hamilton Flannel Shirt II, & 1889 Slim Double Front Dungarees

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ANNE THE RIVETER AND THE RIVETED RABBIT 

Those of you who have ever wanted to learn a trade or a skill know that it seems quite daunting. There’s so much to master and it can feel like you’re putting yourself on the line. Take some advice from Anne Bujold, welder and blacksmith. Start small and work your way up to the big stuff.
Anne’s interest in metalwork started in jewelry making. As her skills grew and she became proficient at fabricating bigger and better things, the possibilities continued to grow in her mind. The knowledge she gained in classes and from mentors led her to expand the concepts of what she considered herself capable of doing.
Knowledge is power. The saying may be old and trite, but it doesn’t make it any less true. When you want something, get your feet wet. Learn as much as you can. Keep an open mind and open ears to hear advice and encouragement. Being a woman in what is typically a man’s world may take a little more elbow grease in the long run. Don’t let that dampen your spirit. Use it as fire to fuel the flames of your passion.
One of Anne’s favorite aspects metalwork is the rush she feels as she wields her hammer. Forging hot metal is dangerous and powerful. Keep that in mind as you view some of her finished work above. Don’t let the fanciful nature of her art fool you into forgetting the labor and ingenuity behind each bend and curve.

Anne’s workwear: Carhartt Women’s Zip-Front Sweatshirt, Carhartt Women’s Calumet Crewneck T-Shirt, Carhartt Women’s Clarkston Cami Tank, Carhartt Women’s Relaxed-Fit Canvas Cane Dungaree, & Carhartt Women’s Quick Flex Glove

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BACKPACKING HACKS

Montana is one of the most beautiful places on earth. I was lucky enough to spend a few days backpacking around the area. It’s filled with geysers, natural hot springs, wildlife, and so much nature to explore. Here are a few tips I researched before I set off on an adventure:

1.) Avoid poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak. (pictured above) 
2.) When packing a backpack for the trip, pack the heaviest items closest to the middle of your back, lighter items on the front and bottom of the bag, and medium-weight, frequently used items on top.
3.) To gauge how much daylight is left in the day, outstretch your arm and hold your hand just under the sun. Count how many times you line up your hands in the distance between the sun and the horizon. Each finger is equivalent to 15 minutes of sun, therefore each hand is equivalent to about an hour of daylight remaining. 
4.) You guys know I’m a picture-a-holic, but don’t get so camera happy that you forget to step back and appreciate the glory around you. Make sure to put down the electronics for a bit to really soak up as much wilderness as possible. 

Now get out there and experience the natural beauties the world has to offer! 

my adventuring gear: Carhartt Women’s Calumet Long-Sleeve V-Neck, Carhartt El Paso Shorts, Women’s Wellington Boots, Carhartt D89 Backpack, & Carhartt Water Bottle

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CAMERA HACKS: 9 DIY CAMERA FILTERS 

In the age of easily applied photo filters, pictures with effects applied are common enough. But how often do you see pictures that are artistically enhanced by hand instead of by technology? Follow these steps and create your own tangible photo filters. It’s fun, easy, and will entertain you for hours. I took my new camera toys to Montana to experiment and spice up my travel shots. Get creative. You can make a filter out of just about anything. Challenge yourself!

1.) Wrap an embroidery hoop with thread. This will create a soft maze of blurry lines across the photographs.
2.) Cut straws into small sections, each a few centimeters long. Then cut a hole the same size as your camera lens into a yogurt lid. Glue the straw bits together so that the holes of the straws are on the top and bottom of the bundle. Adhere it to the lid. This creates an beautifully obstructed view of your subject, hazy from the straws. Whatever color the straws are will effect the mood of the photo, so pick accordingly.
3.) Coil up coated electrical wire. Cut a hole the same size as your camera lens into a circle of cardboard. Tape the coil to the cardboard. This creates a cool looped vignette.
4.) Cut a small slit into the bottom of a ziploc bag. Use a rubber band to attach the bag to the lens. When using this filter, make sure the edges of the frame are covered by the plastic to create a fuzzy effect.
5.) Sandwich glitter between two pieces of saran wrap. Squirt hot glue into a small circle in the center to created a seal. Cut a hole in the yogurt lid the size of your camera lens. Glue the glitter filled saran wrap to the lid. This will create a colorful shimmery look on the edge of pictures.
6.) Prepare another yogurt lid. Cut a circle of no-slip shelf liners and glue it to the lid. Slice a few random slits into the liner. This makes linear shapes sweep across the frame, only showing sections of the subject.
7.) Shatter a piece of magnifying glass. Use a prepared yogurt lid for your lens. Glue the angular pieces of the magnifying glass to the rim of the lid. This creates a bit of distortion around the edges of the lens.
8.) Get the cover to a shower drain. Tape the edges so that it doesn’t cut your hands or hurt your camera. The holes allow light and an obstructed view to interplay.
9.) This filter is much like filter number 5, instead with beads. Sandwich tiny beads between two pieces of contact paper. Create a circle of hot glue in the center to form a seal. Glue the contact paper to a yogurt lid with a lens sized hole.

The Carhartt Legacy Tool Pouches are ideal for storing photo filters.

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WOMEN OF THE WILD WEST

Sweeping view after sweeping view, Montana is rightly referred to as The Treasure State. Mountain Sky Ranch sits perfectly perched just above Yellowstone River, extending across Paradise Valley and up the surrounding foothills. Take one step onto the ranch, and you feel like you’ve time-traveled to the days of the Wild West. It’s no wonder. The ranch dates back to the late 1800s as a stopping point on the Lonesome Dove cattle drive trail all the way from Texas. 
Meghaan Lieber and Julie Tate, wranglers at Mountain Sky, ride around the property with the greatest of ease, herding dozens of horses against the backdrop of the American Frontier. If it sounds overwhelmingly majestic, that’s because it is. These girls, skilled and sharp, don’t mind the mud on their boots or the sweat on their brows. That’s all part of the glory of the job. Horse wrangling is hard work. Watching them ride made me realize that the romanticized notion of the Old West lives on. Meghaan and Julie know the land well. It’s like a close friend; the more familiar you get, the more secrets and hidden trails you discover. 
An adventurous spirit is a prerequisite to living and working in this great state. Whatever the weather may bring, no matter which animal is near, come hell or high water, you have to be able to face it headstrong, without flinching. A Montana woman, now that is someone deserving of admiration. 

Meghaan is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Dodson Shirt and Carhartt Women’s Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree
Julie is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Minot ShirtCarhartt Women’s Sandstone Mock-Neck Vest/Sherpa Lined, & Carhartt Women’s Slim Fit Nyona Jean

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PEACEFUL POWER IN SCULPTURE 

Stepping into the front room at Stephanie Revennaugh’s house, I knew I had happened upon a tremendous artist. Her work thoughtfully placed among her beautifully Montana inspired living space played a melody between rich colors, textures, and elements of nature. Different projects were sprawled out, not quite finished, but still breathtaking. She captures a perfect moment of movement in her sculptures, full of life and resounding with a peaceful power.

Stephanie began her career as an artist in oil painting. After a few years, she took a sculpture workshop and felt she’d finally found her native medium. In the thick of the thrill of starting a new piece loaded with endless possibilities, she relishes the challenge of embodying the clay with a spirit all it’s own. Then in turn, seeing the finished work speak to and affect others.

Stephanie’s advice for other women hoping to get into the arts as a full time career is to “start right now clarifying your desires and acting on them consistently. The road is guaranteed to be full of challenges. Keep showing up through them. Build the best support network around you that you can (which often starts with family) and stay dedicated. The most challenging part for me is balancing creating work with running the business end of an art career. My Mom has stepped into a business manager position for me, which has been wonderful. I’m all about hiring people who have skills in areas I don’t. It relieves frustration, saves time and usually money as well. “

That being said, if you’re dreaming of it now, get after it! There’s no sense delaying when you could be finding your way and building skills as you go. Focus and hard work can get you places. Take it from Stephanie and “trust your creative instincts and passionately create what is in your heart.”

Stephanie’s workwear: Carhartt Women’s Hayward Henley, Carhartt Women’s Sandstone Mock-Neck Vest/Sherpa-Lined, & Carhartt Women’s 1889 Slim Double Front Dungaree

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CALL FOR ALL FAN PHOTOS

Take a look at this little Texan. Brennan is wearing Carhartt kids.  It goes to show that overalls look good at any age. 

If you’re a Carhartt lover and you have a photo you’d like to share on the blog, email craftedincarhartt@carhartt.com and you could see your photo here. 

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WHEN WORK AND RAIN COLLIDE

There are some days work has to be done, come rain or come shine. Carhartt Women’s Force Equator Jacket’s got you covered. The lightweight material makes it easy for you to move around and get the job done. A Storm Defender™ waterproof breathable membrane keeps you cool and dry. Normally, you’d be working up a sweat, but the FastDry™ technology wicks away moisture and even fights odors. The waterproof seams, three piece hood, zippered pockets, and adjustable cuffs keep the weather at bay so you can focus on the task at hand. There’s even a media port so your phone or ipod can stay safe and dry. This jacket has it all and then some.

Pashon Murray from Detroit Dirt is wearing the Force Equator Jacket as she works at her compost site. Pashon is a powerhouse and a visionary. She was on Newsweek’s list of disruptive women in 2014. In other words, she’s a female entrepreneur making an impact in her community. Pashon collects compost that would normally be thrown away around the city. She then uses it to make soil that can be used as a fertile base in community gardens and the urban farming movement. Pashon’s work is bringing Detroit one step closer to rebuilding the area into an environmentally conscious and proud, self-sustaining city.

take a look at Pashon’s workwear: Carhartt Women’s Force Equator Jacket, Sibley Denim Cropped Pant, Women’s Wellington Boot, & Carhartt Women’s Soft Hands Gloves

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HOW MUCH PASSION COMES PACKAGED IN A READY-TO-ASSEMBLE BOOKSHELF?

It seems like a romantic notion to grow up and spend the rest of you life with your high school sweetheart. But what if your paramour was your craft? Aimee Inouye took a Hawaiian crafts woodworking course while in high school in Honolulu and was taken with it.
After college, Aimee left Hawaii to pursue her education even further. From San Francisco to Portland, it’s been a long journey of building knowledge and skills. Merging her background in architecture, furniture design, and woodworking, Aimee hopes to move towards the furniture/product design field as a well-rounded maker.
She can now approach projects from start to finish with every aspect of the process in mind. Beautiful sketches fill her studio, each one reflecting the Shaker belief that “beauty rests in utility.” Woodchips cover the floor as design meets chisel.
In a time when woodworking as a profession is rare, let alone female woodworkers, it’s moving to sit and watch the sawdust fly. Perhaps it’s time to look at benches and bed frames in a whole new light. A labor of love comes from the handmade.
How much passion comes packaged in a ready-to-assemble bookshelf?

Take a closer look at Aimee’s stunning work here.
What Aimee’s wearing: Carhartt Women’s Dunlow Sweatshirt, Calumet Crewneck T-Shirt, Women’s Slim-Fit Nyona Jeans, & Duck Nail Apron.

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6 EMPOWERING HALLOWEEN COSTUMES THAT WE CAN ALL LEARN FROM

I’ll tell you what, there’s nothing like looking for an empowering Halloween costume to reinforce how underrepresented women are in history. No wonder the most creative outfit some people can put together is a skimpy dress and cat ears. Girls, let’s switch things up and dress as badass women in history. I’ve put together a short list of inspiring and fearsome females.

CHING SHIH: Chinese pirate queen
Ching Shih’s name struck terror in the hearts of those traveling the China Sea in the early 19th century. She had over 300 ships in her command, putting her in charge of 40,000 men. She challenged empires and was one of the world’s most powerful pirates. The British referred to her as “The Terror of South China.” She was cunning and ruthless. In fact, she worked her way up the chain of command to get to the position of power that she craved. Ching Shih was also one of the few pirates who ever retire from the job, and undefeated at that. After being granted amnesty, she moved with her young son to Canton where she opened a gambling house.

what you need: a canvas vest, button down shirt or blouse, canvas pants, cardboard crown, treasure chest, lots of jewelry, several belts, & a cardboard sword 

DOROTHEA LANGE: documentary photographer that inspired the nation

Dorothea Lange is my new favorite role model. This feisty, strong-willed, and talented photographer captured such memorable moments. She believed that after recovering from polio as a child with a limp, she learned to blend into the background, unnoticed. That shadow-walking talent allowed her to see the world through a lens unknown. Truth and emotion seep through her pieces.
Her work has influenced you, and you probably don’t even know it. If America could be summed up in a series of a few photographs, her pictures would undoubtedly be featured among them. Dorothea traveled the US during The Great Depression era, bringing to light the suffering of Americans trudging through poverty and the dust bowl. Her most famous image of The Migrant Mother is synonymous with the struggle of the times. Her documentary photography helped humanize conditions and incite the government and others to action.

what you need: an old camera, a short sleeve button down shirt, a scarf, & canvas pants

TOMYRIS: ancient warrior queen

Ancient Iranian ruler, Tomyris, lead a Scythian pastoral-nomadic confederation in Central Asia. She and her armies defended the nation against various attacks and were often victorious, most notably she defeated and killed Persian king, Cyrus the Great. He founded Achaemenid Empire through many military conquests. Cyrus proposed a marriage between Tomyris and himself, but she refused knowing it was simply a ploy to take over what was hers. So he declared war and invaded her country. Historians described the battle as “more violent than any others fought between foreign nations” She was known for her cutthroat ways and merciless when it came to protecting her people and her land. She even defiled the bodies of those who opposed her.

what you need: a couple of blanketsa few belts, a red T-Shirt, knit hat with visor, and cardboard weapons 

MARIE CURIE: scientist who pioneered research on radioactivity

Polish scientist, Marie Curie, radically changed the world of science and helped shape the future to come. She led research on radioactivity, winning not just one, but two Nobel Prizes. That made her the first woman to receive the honor and the first person to win twice, and in multiple scientific fields. Now that shows some brains! She came up with a theory of radioactivity, found a way to isolate radioactive isotopes, and discovered the elements polonium and radium. Marie founded Curie Institutes in Paris and Warsaw, which are still active centers of medical research. During World War I, she created the first military field radiological center. Really the list of her accomplishments and discoveries could go on and on. Despite every obstacle she faced from poverty to not being accepted as a female scientist, she changed the world. Curie turned the foundation of physics on its head, experimented, discovered, and unleashed a wealth of knowledge, that whether we realize it or not, greatly affects our lives and the world as we know it.

what you need: a long fashion lab coat, a dark sweaterar, a long skirt, test tubes, and beakers 

GERTRUDE BELL: archeologist, writer, diplomat, and foreign spy

Odds are that you’ve heard of Lawrence of Arabia. But what about Gertrude Bell, a woman who accomplished so much and immersed herself in the Middle East? They’re roles were quite similar during World War I.
Bell’s life reads like a spy novel. She was a world traveler, writer, photographer, the only female political officer for British forces during the First World War, archeologist, Red Cross volunteer, and spy. She spoke 6 languages, possessed great scientific skill and knowledge, and promoted education of women in the Middle East. Much of her time was spent traveling in dangerous situations. She wrote books about her trips and the different places she encountered, based on cultures, archeology, and the people. As intermediary between the British and Arab governments and even privately between various groups in Iraq, she was sought after to help shape borders and policies in the regions.
Bell founded an archeology and museum in Iraq, hoping to preserve Iraqi culture and the important artifacts from Mesopotamian civilizations so that they may remain in their country of origin and retain the rich history. Her close relations with tribes across the Middle East were unique and offered a different perspective because she was allowed exclusive access into the chambers of the leader’s wives. She was able to offer insights that no man could through her writings, photographs, and friendships.

what you need: a white button down shirt, a canvas vestcanvas pants, a scarf, notebook, pen, & a satchel

GUERRILLA GIRLS: female artists on a mission for fair representation 

In the mid 1980s, a group of feminists united to fight racism and sexism in the art world. The Guerrilla Girls wanted to expose the gender and racial inequality in museums and other fine art venues. They hoped to get more women and people of color recognized, not due to tokenism, but because of the quality of their work.
It all began with a postering campaign in New York neighborhoods. One member, a notorious bad speller, wrote gorilla tactics instead of guerrilla tactics and their disguise was born. The Guerrilla Girls would go to institutions and popular museums to count the male to female ratio in artwork. The results were staggering. Less than 5% of the works were by women, yet 85% of the nudes were female. Through organized protests and spreading the knowledge of these unfortunate statistics by means of printed posters, stickers, billboards, and artwork, the cause became well known. Other statistics included: “Women in America earn only 2/3 of what men do. Women artists earn only 1/3 of what men do.” And the poster pictured above reads:

The Advantages of Being a Woman Artist:
Working without the pressure of success
Not having to be in shows with men
Having an escape from the art world in your 4 free-lance jobs
Knowing your career might pick up after you’re eighty
Being reassured that whatever kind of art you make it will be labeled feminine
Not being stuck in a tenured teaching position
Seeing your ideas live on in the work of others
Having the opportunity to choose between career and motherhood
Not having to choke on those big cigars or paint in Italian suits
Having more time to work when your mate dumps you for someone younger
Being included in revised versions of art history
Not having to undergo the embarrassment of being called genius
Getting your picture in the art magazines wearing a gorilla suit

what you need: a dark shirt, studded jacket, dark jeans, & a gorilla mask 

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ROAD TRIP HACKS

Packing light and right can be a difficult task. Here are a few pointers I’ve discovered in my travels. One thing I’ve found to be true on every trip is that the more uses an item has, the more it comes in handy. Here are a few of my dual purpose road trip hacks.

Key products to bring along on any western road trip: Carhartt Women’s Calumet Long-Sleeve V-Neck, Carhartt Chicago Logo Tee (exclusively available in Chicago stores), Women’s Minot Shirt, Women’s Halley Shirt, Women’s Equestrian Belt, Women’s Cascade Jacket, Women’s Series 1889 Slim-Fit Double-Front Denim Dungaree, Carhartt Water Bottle, Clarkston Cami Tank, Carhartt Women’s El Paso Shorts, & Carhartt Legacy 23" Gear Bag. All of these items are staples for an outdoor adventure. Make sure to pack clothing that can be layered and re-worn. The weather can be unpredictable. Come prepared.

Use mini storage bins to organize snacks, toiletries, and even jewelry. This helps when packing in a duffle bag where things get messy fast. On a road trip, having a variety of snacks at your fingertips keeps you entertained and satisfied with less food. Avoid salty items if possible. It will keep you from drinking too much water and the need for multiple bathroom breaks.

I always pack a few dryer sheets in my luggage. They keep dirty clothes from stinking up the rest of your things. Also, by rubbing a dryer sheet over a garment, you prevent static. That is an invaluable trick to know, particularly when it’s colder outside.

Save old pill bottles. They come in handy as waterproof containers. You can pack a mini first aid kit, fit a bottle filled with quarters into your car cup holder to facilitate paying road tolls, or even use it for moisturizers or hair care products. The secure lid will set your mind at ease. No one wants shampoo exploding all over their clothes.

Shower caps are a normal enough travel item. Obviously you can use them in the shower, but they’re also perfect for packing dirty boots. Let’s face it, Carhartt girls very rarely have clean boots. Truthfully, I leave shower caps on my Wellington’s even when I store them in my closet at home. If you’re staying a hotel, ask the front desk if they have extra caps available.

Ziplocks are another packing favorite of mine. I use them to optimize my organization. Keep your electronic cords and chargers together. Pack a bag with each day’s outfit, then load up the outfit bags into your duffle. This will save you time later and you won’t have to dig around for socks or a certain shirt later on. I often keep my phone in a ziplock when I know I’ll be outdoors a good bit of the time. Your phone can still sense touch through the plastic and it’s protected from dirt and rain.

Binder clips are a great thing to carry. You can use them for clipping sunglasses to the car visor, managing hair bands, covering shaving razors, clipping together receipts from your trip, etc… The possibilities are endless. Just buy a bag of these things to keep on hand. You’ll be glad you did.

Now get out there and have an adventure! 

my travel outfit: Carhartt Women’s Pondera Shirt, Original-Fit Canvas Crawford Dungaree, & Women’s Wellington Boots

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THE FOXGLOVE STUDIOS

After leaving the music industry to find a creative challenge, Caitlin Kerr founded The Foxglove Studios. She started small, maintaining part time jobs and freelancing while building her skills and learning the craft. Each gradual step made it a more manageable task to jump into a whole new career. With time her clientele grew and running the studio became a fulltime job. Starting over can seem daunting and even downright impossible, but Caitlin put aside those fears created her own dream job. 


Another important part of starting a new career path is to remember your roots. The years you spent at your old job weren’t pointless. You put in time an effort that helped make you the person you are today. Music plays a large role in Caitlin’s job. She listens to songs, bands, and composers reminiscent of the mood she’s aiming to capture in her creations.

Floral Arrangement Tips from Caitlin of The Foxglove Studios:
1. Use chicken wire, floral tape, or both to create a base. Avoid the Styrofoam filled with toxic chemicals.
2. Use it all. The greens of a flower can also be utilized. Don’t strip off the leaves, they create texture and fill out the arrangement.
3. When arranging, start with the base of greens and foliage. Then add focal flowers and whimsical flowers (the whispy, airy, smaller, and more wild types of flowers like scabiosa and ranunculus).
4. Allow the focal flowers to stand taller. It creates a more interesting arrangement.
5. Make sure to cut the stems of your arrangements and change the water everyday.

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MOUNTAINSIDE SHOPPING

After spending a week in Montana, you’re never quite the same. I just got back from a road trip across the beautiful state in search of hardest working women around. The talent I discovered and the beautiful scenery I took in blew me away.
Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply Store, based out of Bozeman, was designed with the ranchers’ needs in mind. From extra large parking spots out front to the down to earth staff inside, every detail of the store invites you stick around and enjoy the shopping experience. I was able to outfit 19 women in Carhartt gear at Murdoch’s so that they’d be ready for a hard days’ work. In the weeks to come, I’ll be sharing each one of these Montanans’ stories with you.

Take a closer look at Murdoch’s and find a store near you. You can even live chat with a ranch hand for advice and tips. 

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SHAKING UP SOCIAL MEDIA AND HOW WOMEN ARE PORTRAYED

Let’s take a minute to think about women in media and how we’re portrayed. It’s a common enough topic these days. Many of us are aware that our society is continually bombarded with gorgeous glamazon women, thin and flawless, with glowing skin and shiny hair, perfectly positioned, sitting, standing still, just waiting to be admired.
We all know the wonders of Photoshop, the great works of make-up artists, and the phenomena of calorie counting. Even once the smoke and mirrors are revealed, it can still be hard to shake the conditioned image of what women are expected to be in this day and age. Of course what we need is an adjustment of those expectations. We say we’ll think differently and react on a more educated level when we see these constant reminders of what our culture demands of us. But it can be tough to stand strong against the nonstop barrage.
We need to start consuming media that shows us the real strength and beauty of women. Watch movies and read books that pass the Bechdel Test. That’s simply a work of fiction that features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man. Quite shockingly, there are few contemporary pieces that pass. Seek out the ones that do. Toss out the magazines that tempt you into the never-ending chase after a newer, thinner, fitter, happier, sexier you. Trust me, once you find your true path in life and do what it takes to follow it, you’ll be the better version of yourself that everyone hopes to be.
Don’t buy into the misconception that women are catty with each other and just want to compete at all costs. Stop perpetuating that behavior. We need to build each other up. Be inspired by the strong trailblazers who have left a wake that shakes things up. That’s my ultimate goal with Crafted in Carhartt. It’s a safe place in social media, where women are portrayed as the strong, capable, creative, and awesome people that they truly are. Let’s focus on the good we as women can bring to the world. Be challenged by women making art, building skills, making things, and getting business done. We can all learn from each other’s stories and advice.
I don’t know about you, but I’d much rather see images of women, who are masters of their trade, proficiently swinging a hammer, shoveling coal, and accomplishing something great than someone who is dead in the eyes, forcing a smile as just the right amount of wind tousles her hair. How about you?

Pictured above is Detroit artist, Kate Silvio. Read more about her and her work here.

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LIFE IMITATING ART

In a time when men outnumber women in films 3 to 1 on screen, unequal pay based on gender still unfairly affects females on a day to day basis, and social media and advertising outlets are repeatedly beating women down with unrealistic and often times contradictory expectations about beauty, health, and happiness; it’s time we stand together and let out stories and experiences bring about an era of change. Let’s applaud the women who are out there defying stereotypes and pushing forward in careers and fields where they are outnumbered. From one woman’s triumph shared to another’s inspiration spurred, small changes will amount to larger ones that can eventually redefine what it means to be a working woman.

Ona Magaro’s glass creations and her life story are quite the achievements to admire. She has turned her passion into a thriving business. After years of fine-tuning her craft, her work is breathtaking and unlike any I’ve seen. Take a look at the glass sculpture Ona created for us, from start to finish. She envisions the body of a bird by utilizing the simplicity of a single color and an elongated curve, free flowing and elegant. But don’t let the airy nature of her art fool you. It’s hard work, requiring a tremendous amount of physical strength and a heaping load of creativity. Her advice to anyone hoping to follow in her footsteps is to study marketing, accounting, and writing to build a successful business around the artistic talent.

As Oscar Wilde would say, we live in a world where “life imitating art” is an everyday occurrence. May Ona’s art and experiences be something that young women can look up to and hope to emulate as they grow and discover what path they’ll pursue. When I asked Ona what she wanted to teach her children about the arts, and how she hoped her work will affect the way they interpret the world around them, her simple response is what I hope to share with you, “That anything is possible.”

Ona’s workwear: Carhartt Women’s Long-Sleeve Signature T-Shirt, Women’s Series 1889 Slim Double-Front Dungaree, & C-Grip Knuckler Glove
last photo above taken by Jessie Moore

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CARHARTT WOODSMAN

Exciting news on the Carhartt front: New Holland Brewing in Michigan created a beer just for us! It’s crafted from locally grown Cascade hops and barrel aged into an American pale ale, with a hint of malty sweetness and toasted oak. The Carhartt team took a road trip all the way from Dearborn, MI to the Great American Beer Festival in Colorado. The photos above are from their pit stop at Subterranean in Chicago for a night of live music, good beer, and beer art.
Let’s all raise a frothy glass to the 125 years that Carhartt has gratefully served the hard working men and women across the US; forged by sweat, grit, and sturdy gear.

what I wore: Carhartt Women’s Belton Shirt & Carhartt Women’s Series 1889 Sim-Fit Double Front Denim Dungaree (tune in for tomorrow’s post to see this outfit in action) 

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WE CAN / CHANGING THE DIALOGUE OF WHAT WOMEN CAN DO

I think there are a lot of women (myself included) who often feel as though they are without a voice; be it in the workplace, the construction site, on the range, in social media, or during everyday life. It can be infuriatingly overwhelming to stand against the dialogue that already dictates those venues and arenas: the ideas that men are better leaders, women can’t perform as well in tough, blue-collar jobs, or even that women are better suited to clerical tasks rather than being out on the field.

Women, let’s stick together and raise our voices simultaneously to create a new discussion. We are capable. We are strong. We can swing a hammer or wield a crowbar. We can be contractors and painters and cattle ranchers and mechanics and engineers. We can do whatever job we want. We can lead, and we can do it well. WE CAN.

That brings me to Meegan Czop and the folks at Rebuilding Exchange. Many women there fill roles that are typically considered a man’s job. Meegan spends time on the ground scavenging through demolition sites for materials that can be resold through the non-profit to the public for re-use. It’s a tough job and she’s often the only woman to step foot in the work zone.

I tagged along on a trip she made to a Chicago warehouse that was ruined by fire a few months ago. With a jump in her step, she explores areas that would make most people nervous. A job that requires an adventurous spirit requires a special person. Meegan is changing the dialogue of what women are capable of with the elbow grease she puts into every day, the hard work she does to preserve and better the community, and the way she defies stereotypes with confidence and competence.

Meegan is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Force Performance Verdon Polo & Series 1889 Slim-Fit Double Front Denim Dungaree

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FLORIOLE OLIVE OIL GRANOLA

With fall just around the corner, it’s raining pumpkin seeds! Sandra Holl, from Floriole Cafe and Bakery in Chicago, shared her recipe for a killer fall granola. It’s so tasty, you’ll hardly believe it’s good for you.

What you need: 
3 cups of rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
1 cup of pumpkin seeds (a.k.a. pepitas)
¼ cup of flax seed
¾ cup of grade B maple syrup
½ cup of olive oil (if your olive oil has a strong flavor, use ¼ cup of olive oil and ¼ cup of neutral oil like grapeseed or sunflower)
¾ tsp. of fine sea salt
½ tsp. of cinnamon
½ tsp. of ground ginger
½ cup of dried cherries
¼ cup of chopped dates
¾ cup of toasted pecans
(serves 8)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line a baking sheet with a Silpat or oiled parchment paper.
2. In a bowl, combine all ingredients except for cherries, and dates. Mix until homogenous.
3. Spread mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and stir. Bake 20 minutes more and stir again.
5. Let the granola cool for 20 minutes. Scrape into a large bowl.
6. When it’s cooled completely, add cherries, pecans and chopped dates. Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry place for up to a month.

Sandra is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Minot Shirt, 1889 Slim Double-Front Denim Dungaree, & Rapid City Utility Work Apron.

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FORGET THE DESK JOB–
I MAKE A MEAN CHOCOLATE CROISSANT 

It’s fair to say that most people would prefer an early morning routine of rolling out fresh chocolate croissants to a 9 to 5 desk job. But how do you get there? How do pin down your dreams fast enough to make a career out of them?
After realizing she wasn’t cut out for the daily grind of cubicle life, Sandra Holl decided to buckle down and follow her heart by attending culinary school. At that time, she knew she wanted to be her own boss and make the food she wanted to make. Seeing the opportunities at Chicago’s Green City Market, Sandra decided that opening her own booth would be a low-risk way of starting a business. There she and her husband, Mathieu, used it as a venue to test out their rustic, French pastries and built a name for themselves. Eventually, a brick and mortar space was next step. In 2010, Floriole Café and Bakery’s doors opened in Chicago’s quaint Lincoln Park neighborhood.
When I asked Sandra what the most rewarding part of her job was, she replied,

“I love that I have a family business. I work with my husband and can bring my daughter to work with me. She sees how hard I work and is so proud of her mama. She often tells customers, “This is my mom’s bakery.””

There is no greater feeling than to bring creativity and light to the world through the smile a chocolate hazelnut cookie can yield, while inspiring your own daughter and nudging her along to the discovery that she too can do the same with a little elbow grease and determination.

Here are a few tips from Sandra for anyone striving towards a similar path:
1. Find a chef you admire and work with her or him. Absorb as much of their knowledge as you can, then move on and learn more.
2. Perfect the basics before you get creative. No one really wants a wasabi curry cupcake but everyone wants a perfect slice of peach pie.
3. Everything breaks. Learn how to fix things yourself.
4. Know that you will work seven days a week. Even when you are off, you will run errands for the business, answer calls and emails and when the security alarm goes off in the middle of the night, you will go make sure that it was only a false alarm.

Sandra is wearing: Carhartt Women’s Minot Shirt, 1889 Slim Double-Front Denim Dungaree, & Rapid City Utility Work Apron.

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FREE FALL DIY-ING

There is so much to appreciate about fall: crisp air and crunchy footsteps, soft earthy tones and speckled foliage. It marks the start of bonfire season and cuddle-up in-warm-blankets season. I’m a big proponent of surrounding oneself with the great outdoors. That being said, it feels natural to pluck up a few flowers from the yard and put them in a vase, but what about leaves? They can be just as lovely, with free flowing branches and freshly turned hues. Why not give it a try? It’s a free way to decorate for the season and it challenges you to see the beauty in what most consider mundane.

what I wore: Carhartt Women’s Belton ShirtWomen’s Clarkston Cami Tank, & Carhartt Women’s Series 1889 Sim-Fit Double Front Denim Dungaree