WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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176 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 while Wellesley is not the artistic communities of Fort Point or the South End, there is a burgeoning artistic popula- tion in town that is slowly growing in public presence. Meet the Wellesley Women Artisans (WWA). Started by Elizabeth Cohen, Abby Glassenberg, and Caroline Watson, the mis- sion of the organization is simply to bring more art to the town. "When we first moved to town ten years ago, I felt very isolated as an artist," remem- bers Glassenberg. "There was the Wellesley Society of Artists, but everyone was a painter and older, so I didn't feel at home with that group." Instead Glassenberg, who designs sewing patterns for dolls and stuffed animals, focused on creating her own business called While She Naps. The business is aptly named for the hobby-turned-profession that she does while raising her three children. "My business started at the library. I would attend BookBabies with my kids and then check out books on sewing. Before I knew it, I was making stuffed animals." That led her to start experimenting with creating her own sewing patterns. Since then she has published two books and is working on her third. One of her books, Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, was an Amazon Best Book of the Year for its category. But this energetic mother didn't stop there. She has an Etsy shop, writes a blog, and teaches adult sewing classes at Sew Easy on Linden Street. Between all of these activities, she found the time to create the WWA. front row (l to r): Lisa Neighbors, Julie Vari, Elizabeth Cohen, and Emily Redmond back row (l to r): Laura Fragasso, Crystalle Lacouture, Carolyn Mackin, Ingrid Berquist, and Julia Blake L I S A N E I G H B O R S studio palette composition canvas inspiration gallery imagination Wellesley Women Artisans Getting the Art Out in Town N A Z S I O S H A N S I writer artist profile

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