Mapping My Body with Sewing Patterns
“The clothing I produce may be simple, but it belongs to me and my body in a way nothing else can.”
Haley E.D. Houseman chases offbeat stories exploring communities of humans (and nonhumans). Passionate about nature and how we craft a relationship with the world around us, she co-founded an ongoing anthology called HUMANxNATURE, focused on unconventional nature writing. With a cohort of subscribers, writers, and naturalists, it has released two volumes of essays, interviews, and exercises in imagining a new relationship with the natural world. She lives in Massachusetts and spends most of her time in the forest with her dog. Otherwise, find her in the garden, in the library, or sewing.
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