The Maine Craft Interview Project is a Maine Crafts Association initiative bringing artists at different career points (and sometimes generations) together in an interview led by the emerging artist. The emerging artist designs interview questions and interviews an established artist of their choosing.

In its fourth episode, Naomi David Russo interviews Heide Martin.

Interviewer Naomi David Russo is a woodworker who enjoys making objects that depend on a functional interaction to reveal the concept of the piece. She received her BFA in woodworking and furniture design from Maine College of Art in 2019. The following year, she continued her studio practice through an alumni residency in the woodworking and furniture design department at MECA. Currently, she is an artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.

Interviewee Heide Martin is a designer who makes furniture and housewares in Midcoast Maine. Her designs are Shaker-esque with commitment to functionality, as well as unique, balanced form, and she exhibits and sells her work internationally as well as in Maine. Alongside her woodworking practice, Martin pursues her commitment to craft through creative collaborations, residencies, grants, publishing and teaching. Martin has been a resident and visiting artist at San Diego State University, Maine College of Art and Design, Center for Art in Wood, and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Her teaching experience includes furniture weaving and design at Escuela de Artes y Oficios Santo Domingo, as well as assistantships at the University of Washington and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.

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