Handmade brooms add function and aesthetic to the home
As an artist, and generalist, I have been happy to find that brooms are both ubiquitous and malleable (not physically flexible in and of themselves, but in what can constitute a broom). It is a common and useful object about which almost everyone has a story and/or personal connections, but also a tool that can be formed in a number of ways with a number of materials.
That room for creativity always keeps me interested in trying new things. Brooms are a low-waste way to actively clean your home, and a beautiful object to brighten up a room when you’re not tidying.
After studying drawing and painting as an undergraduate, and soon thereafter working at a school of traditional craft (where I learned broom-making in early 2009), I’ve spent the last ten years learning and experimenting with combinations of natural materials to find out which ones I felt most comfortable with.
In that same span of time, I’ve worked professionally at the intersection of rural communities and natural resources, primarily through sustainable food system advancement and values-based economic development.
Brooms have woven many of these threads together.
I primarily use broomcorn, a variety of sorghum, for the brushes of brooms. I also use wood, leather, and ceramics for handles. I harvest and grow as much as possible locally. These brooms are sturdy and resilient, and although they cost more than a broom you might buy at the corner store, when well cared for, they can last decades and have a very reasonable cost-per-use.
Find your very own broom