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Interview with MIKE ADAMS

“I want to turn what’s good about the Midwest into something that’s artistically valuable. I don’t want Indiana to be left behind. I want to be a part of it and try to make it better.” - Mike Adams

Born in Claypool and based in Bloomington, Mike Adams has lived in Indiana his entire life. He is a dear friend and became a Driftless contributor in Issue 2 with a nostalgic story about his favorite Christmas tradition, bowling on Christmas Eve with his family.

Adams played pop music in Bloomington for years before beginning his solo career in 2011. When he isn’t writing and recording music or touring while making his podcast, Adams hosts his own television show, The Mike Adams Show. It's filmed with a live audience and features local talent. He has kindly asked Driftless to be on the show (details below!) and we were excited to talk with him about it.


How has growing up and living in the Midwest influenced your music and songwriting?

The Midwest (specifically, Indiana) is the only place I've ever lived. So, the answer to this question probably runs a lot deeper than I care to admit, haha. Things around here tend to be very distinct. It's obvious what is a cornfield and what is a strip mall. All four seasons are really clear, and we're known for being polite. I think, musically, this really comes through in my work. The tunes tend to be clear, accessible and easy to understand. On the other hand, I think the contrast and my rebellious push against that notion comes through lyrically. With imagery and words I really like ambiguity, double entendre, trying to be clever, and all that sort of thing. Saying what I feel without spelling it out or being too on the nail. That combination feels like a really midwestern philosophy to me. It's the only life I know.   

Different from your two previous records, Casino Drone lends itself to the calmness of everyday life. Why do you choose Bloomington, Indiana? What keeps you coming back after visiting so many other cities on tour?

Bloomington is an easy place to live and work. It's affordable, beautiful, diverse, comfortable, and very, very small. I like feeling close to people, so living in a small town makes that almost a given. I sort of think living here feels like living in a year-round summer camp. I'm also allowed the openness here to be as creatively ambitious as I want to be, while maintaing the security that my family is well taken care of. I like traveling and meeting new people, and visiting exciting places, but at heart I'm a homebody and the pace of life here really suits me. Also, Bloomington is very centrally located, so it's super easy and convenient to get just about anywhere I want to go east of the Mississippi.

What made you start The Mike Adams Show and how has it evolved from your original vision?

It was really Jared Cheek's idea to start the show. I think he was influenced by a lot of things, including Cowboy Jack Clement, Cosmo Kramer's Merv Griffin living room, Charles Kuralt, the internet, DIY attitude, his empty garage at the time...and he knew that I'd go along with just about any idea that he ever has! He proposed we start a local, internet-based talk show in his garage, I said "ok", and it has grown from there. We've never really had much of a vision for it, other than it should be as fun as possible. It began as a way to kill time and have some laughs, and as it's grown into this strange live event, it's gotten bigger and we've invited more people in, but that's still very much the guiding principal. Pure fun.

What all goes into to the taping of an episode? How many people are involved? Is there much script planning or do you work better on the spot?

There are about seven of us intimately involved in the production of each episode, excluding the TV crew. There's always a general outline of who-is-coming-on-when, and when we're taking a commercial break, but there's no script. 90-percent of what we're doing on stage is ad libbed and just a reaction to each other, the crowd, or the guest. Lately we've been trying to come up with opening bits, or at least jumping off points for conversation or jokes we'd like to steer the show towards. I think my wife, who's been doing our set design, and Jared, who does all the scheduling, are the people doing the most actual work. The rest of us know our roles and we just try to push our confines as far as we can while maintaing the recognizable format. We typically have one "production meeting" at a restaurant a few days before each show, just to get us all on the same page. It's a fly-by-night operation and we're all snake oil salesmen who actually believe in the powers of snake oil. 

Do you intend to keep the focus on local celebrities or would you like to see it grow beyond that?

I'm happy to ride this thing wherever it takes us. We never, ever, imagined that it would become this live event with an audience that actually wants to be there and is as excited as we are about it, so anything beyond what we have now is just icing on the cake. I love picking the brains of anyone who's doing something interesting, whether local or famous or whomever. Being great and being popular are not mutually exclusive, so as long as we have unique folks to chat with, I'm happy to take advantage of any opportunities this weird thing affords us. 


We invite you to join us for the live taping of The Mike Adams Show on Saturday, June 4th. This event is part of the annual Limestone Comedy Festival, so admissions is included with an event badge. Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Mike Adams Show
Saturday, June 4th
7.30pm (sharp!)
John Waldron Arts Center
122 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, Indiana 47404

More on Mike Adams
MusicWebsite / Twitter / Facebook / Instagram
New record CASINO DRONE out on Joyful Noise Recordings
Podcast - Tan Van Tour Talk
The Mike Adams Show

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Spring + Summer Sale

We are loving the warmer weather and dreaming of summer days. To help celebrate this time of year, we've bundled together our 2015 and 2016 Spring + Summer issues for $20 plus free shipping. You can read about these issues and their contributors and view previews on our websiteThis online sale ends Friday, May 20th!

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Meet the Makers

Curious about the who / what / where / when of Driftless? On Saturday, May 14th we'll be hanging out at PRINTtEXT in Indianapolis with hand brewed Tinker Coffee served by Open Society Public House. On Sunday, May 15th we'll be at Uel Zing Coffee in Bloomington with their delicious coffee and treats from Rainbow Bakery. We'll have issues of our independent, ad-free magazine about food, art, + adventuring in Midwest America. Come say hey, enjoy refreshments, and peruse through current and past issues of the magazine. We'd love to meet you!

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Issue 5

We are very excited to announce that Issue 5 is now available for pre-order!  This issue includes interviews with members of Indiana’s first organic dairy farm, recipes designed for road tripping, illustrations of notable figures keeping the Midwest love alive, and the story of a coffee shop that began with a simple yellow cart. We have a special pre-order sale of $12 through Friday, April 22nd.  And in case you've missed out on our previous issues we've bundled Issues 4 + 5 together for a sale price of $20 and Issues 3 + 4 + 5 for $30. Visit our shop for more details!  

CONTRIBUTORS

Gail Alden was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and is proud to help keep Indiana on the map in her role at Traders Point Creamery. She loves planning parties, enjoying good food, helping people create memorable moments, and her three granddaughters.

Justin Armstrong considers himself a proud adopted Hoosier who is happily raising his family in Indianapolis Indiana, where he enjoys environmental conservation, and living life raw. He has put down deep roots in Indiana's agricultural and agritourism communities, including being part of Traders Point Creamery in various capacities since its earliest days.

Brett F. Braley is a native Hoosier and the writer, recipe developer, and photographer for his blog, Fig + Bleu. Currently in Pennsylvania, Brett spends his time reading through his mother's cookbooks and playing with his dog, Milo. From Italy to San Diego, Brett has lived in a few varied locations, but never one as close to his heart as Indiana.
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Brandon Canfield is a chef with over 12 years experience in Michelin-starred fine dining restaurants, boutique hotels, and both local and corporate establishments. His skills and expertise have been honed in major food cities including New York City, Chicago and San Francisco. He uses the historic and traditional cuisines of the Midwest combined with forward-thinking creativity to shape inventive fine dining meals.
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Mary Catterlin and Amy Lukas are adventurers, writers, public speakers, and Great Lakes advocates. Growing up on the south shore of Lake Michigan has deeply shaped their lives and defined their unconventional yet entirely fulfilling careers.
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Cynthia Drescher is an Ohioan, avid scuba diver, and professional travel writer. Despite flying over 200,000 miles every year and having traveled to all seven continents, she always returns to the Midwest to continue her adventures. She aspires to begin flying lessons for her private pilot’s license.
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Steven Drescher is an Ohio-based freelance photographer whose recent travels include driving the Garden Route in South Africa, taking the back roads around El Salvador, and camping in the Dry Tortugas, off the Florida Keys. If he could have his way, however, every day would be a summer day of jet skiing and fish frying along the southern shore of Lake Erie.

Rachal Duggan of RADillustrates is an Illustrator and workshop instructor in Chicago. Her clients include the Chicago Reader, the Pitchfork Review, Newcity and Tom Tom Magazine. Her work has been exhibited internationally and she regularly collaborates with other illustrators and artists.
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Jesse David Green is a photographer based in beautiful Detroit. He tells stories of makers, business owners and couples in love in Detroit, northern Michigan and around the country. 
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Lisa M. Hahn is a positive human living in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois with her husband and pup. She is a lover of animals and all things purple. Technical writer by day, curious creative by...always.
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Jackson Hooley is the Farm Manager at Traders Point Creamery. He hails from Goshen, Indiana, where he grew up on his family's dairy farm.

Libby Hopper is a jewelry designer and metalsmith based in Detroit, Michigan. When she's not creating in her home studio, you can find her perusing estate sales, reading a good science fiction novel, or spending time with her two favorites, fiancé Alex and dog Tucker.
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Emily Kozik is an artist living and working in Chicago, Illinois. She loves music, traveling and ridiculous tiki drinks. Someday, she hopes to find the perfect white t-shirt.
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Dr. Fritz Kunz and Jane Elder Kunz are the founders and co-owners of Traders Point Creamery, Indiana's first certified organic dairy farm. Both Hoosier natives, they have raised up their family and their business on Jane's grandmother's land, just outside Indianapolis. Dr. Kunz also maintains a medical practice, which has informed the company's strong emphasis on healthful, nourishing food from the pasture to the plate.

Danielle Wolter Nolan is an adventurista who has loved the outdoors all her life. Along her with her wife, she co-founded DNK Presents, a company that provides guided adventure retreats to encourage a healthy, happy community through active outdoor challenges and experiences.
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Amy Oelsner is a musician who lives in Bloomington, Indiana. She plays guitar in the two-woman band Brenda's Friend, as well as her solo project, Amy O. She is the Zine and Creative Writing Program Director at Rhino's Youth Center, a multi-media Afterschool Center for teens. In June 2016, she will be self-publishing the zine Yoko Oh Yes!
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Cathleen Paquet has been playing in bands and writing for zines and blogs within the DIY punk community for 18 years. She owns Hairstream Studio in Bloomington, Indiana, where she works as a hairstylist.

Evan Perigo is a photographer currently living in Chicago, Illinois. He enjoys traveling, long distance running, authentic tacos and going home to the great state of Indiana.
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Darin Schwartzentruber is originally from Goshen, Indiana and made his way to Traders Point Creamery where he worked for five years with different aspects of the farm. He finds himself most happy surrounded by quality people and delicious food.  An ideal evening for him would be spent hiking, foraging and fishing for his dinner.
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Joanna Tilton is a proud Midwesterner with an an affinity for travel and an interest in place identity. She dreams of owning a bed and breakfast on the shores of Lake Michigan. Until then, she is busy celebrating all things large and small with cake, confetti and champagne toasts in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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Samuel Welsch Sveen graduated from Cornell University with a BA in English before working as a barista at Gimme! Coffee for two years in Ithaca and Brooklyn, New York, New York. He now brews A LOT of coffee in Bloomington, Indiana, with his wife, Lindsay, and two dogs, Oulala and Hildegaard.

Samantha Vanderlist is a photographer out of west Michigan and couldn’t imagine life without Lake Michigan. She is drawn to the emotional side of photography. When she’s not working she can often be found sending funny Snapchats or reading books.
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Kelsey Weber is a photographer turned food stylist turned art director whose favorite memories include good people, good food and a good adventure. She spent most of her life living in Chicago, Illinois, but has found the last five years living in Michigan filled with some of the most inspiring moments of her life. If the Midwest had higher mountains, she’d never leave.
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Bikes N' Roses

Interview by Sami Ross with David Pohlad of Bikes N' Roses
Photographs by Kaitlyn Herzog

Nestled in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood and a hop, jump, and skip away from the Kedzie Brown Line 'L' stop, is a sunny sanctuary that's changing young lives one spoke at a time. Since 2011, Bikes N' Roses has provided local city youth with a safe community that teaches them the fine art of bicycle maintenance. I had the pleasure of visiting their newest location and chatting with Program Director David Pohlad. Basking in the natural light of their open space while sitting at a countertop across from David, it was easy to see how friends of the organization often found themselves spending hours in the shop drinking coffee and catching up. Big thanks to David for giving us the lowdown on this special Chicago gem.

S: What is the history of the organization?
D: It all started in this neighborhood by a group of teenagers over at Roosevelt High School. It originally started as a bike club, there was no storefront or central location, they would just go to churches and community centers and help people fix their bikes and organize group rides. It was entirely started by youth, which is cool — that's as grassroots as you can get. After a few months of these kids working, our umbrella organization Communities United found them and started funding them. With the help of a professional mechanic, they were able to open an official storefront in 2011. Since then we've had three other storefronts before this one. Now we're at this point where we have this really big, pretty place and a second location on the West Side. 

S: What does a typical day at Bikes N' Roses look like? If there even is a typical day! 
D: On an average day we usually open at eleven and the kids don't come in until about two or three, because they're either in school or sleeping in on the weekends. I like the mornings because it gives me a chance to catch up on repairs. Around three, another paid mechanic and I work together so that one of us can work with the youth and one can work with the customers. Usually I work with the youth because I like it more. 

S: What does the future hold for Bikes N' Roses?
D: There's a lot of talk at our umbrella organization about capacity building and autonomy. I don't make enough money to support my salary, our mechanic's salary, health care, our rent, and so on. So, most of our support comes from the umbrella organization, though eventually we'd like Bikes 'N Roses to support itself. We're getting more efficient as we go and applying for grants and fundraising. We're also working on capacity building. We want to work with as many kids as possible. Obviously, this storefront is big, but it's still a limited space so we're looking at opening multiple locations and building partnerships outside an actual store. We'd like to have kids doing
group rides, immigrant outreach, and organizing bike clinics at community centers. We want to work with as many kids as possible. 

S: How can people outside the organization get involved?
D: A lot of adults come in and want to volunteer, but since we have limited resources, I generally hoard our bikes for the youth. There's a few adults who know what they're doing so they'll fix bikes that we sell in the storefront, which is fine because it brings in money. We have a couple hundred bikes in the basement right now and I want those all for the kids, for the learning process. The best thing for people to do is contact us and ask. There's always something going on that's way over our heads so we can always use the extra help!

S: What are some springtime tips you have for bikers? 
D: Well, if people have been riding all winter it's time for a tune up, or a really involved check up. The winter is really harsh on anything mechanical. As far as preemptive measures, buying a bike in the spring is always very expensive. If you're trying to get a deal on a bike, it's better to buy in the winter. Spring is a great time to ride!

S: What do you think makes Bikes N' Roses so unique? 
D: It's not a business — we're a registered state nonprofit. It runs like a business and some people come in and treat it like a business, while others come in and treat it like a nonprofit. There's no real way to train yourself for a job or program like this. Each kid is different and being able to work with twelve kids at a time and catering to each of their preferences and needs when it comes to learning is a little bit tricky. I think they come here for a reason and bikes are an easy medium to work with when you're trying to interact with kids. There are a lot of interesting parts, every day is new. 

Visit the Bikes N' Roses website or Facebook page to learn how you can get involved. Give your bikes the love and tuneups they need after a long winter. For local Chicagoans, keep an eye out for awesome events hosted in and outside the Albany Park storefront!

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Issue 5 Submissions + 1-Year Subscriptions!

ISSUE 5 SUBMISSIONS
open until 1.10.16

Interested in submitting content to Driftless? Know of an incredible small business that would make a great feature? Have a seasonal recipe you just can’t get enough of, or just got back from an unbelievable adventure? Let us know – we would love to hear more!

Our content is based on contributions from our readers, and we highly value the interest and expertise that local stories bring to the table. When accepting submissions for print, we are looking for content based around Midwest America. Our definition of the Midwest includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. 

We are open to new creative content, but always looking for the following

INTERVIEWS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ILLUSTRATIONS
SEASONAL RECIPES
SMALL BUSINESS FEATURES
ADVENTURE STORIES
ARTIST PROFILES
SHORT STORIES
CITY GUIDES
DIY GUIDES

We are accepting final submissions for Issue 5 through Sunday, January 10th, 2016. Completed material should be sent to info@readdriftless.com with a subject line of Issue 5 Submission. Please keep in mind that submissions must be Midwest-related and seasonally relevant. We couldn't be more excited for this 2016 Spring + Summer issue and look forward to seeing your work!

ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTIONS

You've been asking for it, and we've been listening! We very excited to announce that we are now offering one-year subscriptions beginning in 2016. Subscriptions begin with two 2016 issues, in both print and digital formats. You'll receive Spring + Summer 2016 in early April, and Fall + Winter 2016 in early September. Exact release dates to be determined, based on print timeline. 

Visit our online shop to order a year-long subscription for you, or a gift subscription for a friend. 

Photographs by the ever talented, Sadie Dempsey.

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Journeyman Distillery Autumn Artisan Market

This past weekend we attended the Autumn Artisan Market at the Journeyman Distillery up in Three Oaks, Michigan. Greeted with the most beautiful first snowfall of the year, we were delighted with the holiday spirit it brought along. The fair took place in the Distillery's newly and beautifully renovated Warren Hall, flooded with natural light from the event space's huge windows. We enjoyed meeting new people, readers, contributors and other vendors as well as seeing a few familiar faces (hi Katie Levinson and Arsenal Handicraft!). 

Journeyman had a team of the best hosts for their 75+ vendors -- not to mention the most delicious hot spiked cider and homemade soft pretzels from their restaurant that opened back in September. Staymaker, named so for their location in the historic Featherbone Factory, is a full-service restaurant that makes use of local, seasonal ingredients whenever possible. We hope to be back very soon!

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Issue 4

We are very excited to announce that Issue 4 is now available for pre-order.  This issue contains profiles of inspiring Midwest businesses, collaborative storytelling projects, recipes for seasonal cookies, photographs of Chicago buildings in their deconstruction and so much more! We have a special pre-order sale of $12 through the end of November.  And in case you've missed out on our previous issues we've bundled Issue 3 + 4 together for a sale price of $20 and Issues 2 + 3 + 4 for $30. Visit our shop for more details!  

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Dinner Call + Billion Dinners Challenge Recap

We have completed the Billion Dinners challenge and reached our goal of tracking 10 meals in 2 weeks. At first it felt a little unintuitive for us to use a mobile app to track "unplugged" meals, but in the end, we enjoyed the habitual act of hitting start on a timer and being very intentional with our dedicated meal time. Tracking our meals allowed us to share our experiences with our followers and we hope it encouraged others to eat more meals together. Thank you to everyone who participated in our #driftlessdinnercall giveaway! We want to congratulate Kelsey Smith on winning a $50 gift card to the restaurant of her choosing. Take a look at some of her photos below!

If you still want to participate in the Billion Dinners challenge, there is still time! The campaign is running through November 15th. Visit our last blog post to read all of the details on how to get involved.


This post was sponsored by Dinner Call and the Billions Dinners Challenge campaign, but all words and experiences are our own. 

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Dinner Call + Billion Family Dinners

Growing up, the three of us did not know each other. But we all had something in common: you had to be home in time for family dinner. After-school sports and activities were highly encouraged, but at the end of the day you were to be around the dinner table in time to "eat hot food hot," according to my mother (Anna here). It was rarely an issue making it home in time because there was always a home-cooked, Midwest meal waiting in the kitchen (think spaghetti, butternut squash soup, persimmon pudding and even freshly made still-warm-from-the-oven pie).

It was during this time that our families bonded and talked about our days. We went through the highlights and lowlights, and if you exercised poor manners at the table - you were stuck with dish duty. Now that our siblings and us are grown and moved out of the house, we still cherish the times when we are all together again around the dinner table. 

Because we grew up around the dinner table every night, it instilled in us the mindset that eating dinner is something that you do on a daily basis with the people you love. Having homes of our own, we love the opportunity to bring good people together around good food.

The Billion Family Dinners Challenge initiative aims to motivate people to reach the common goal of one billion shared meals. Busy schedules are hard to work around, but spending time together around a meal can help create healthier and happier relationships. By tracking your meals, you can share your experiences with those within your social network and inspire others to accept the challenge. We are all guilty of using dinner time to catch up on our favorite shows and blogs, but we'd like to challenge you to unplug and track 10 meals in 2 weeks


Here's hot to get involved:

1. Download the Dinner Call app via the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.

2. Begin tracking your family dinners on the app. We like to think of a "family" as the people you love and spend time with. This could be dinner out with your two best friends, an afternoon coffee and muffin with your significant other, a quick lunch break with your coworker or a big morning brunch with all of your favorite people. 

3. Share your meals from the app to Instagram / Twitter / Facebook and tag @dinnercall and use #billiondinners. And, don't forget to tag @readdriftless so we can follow along! We will also be utilizing the hashtag #driftlessdinnercall if you'd like to join us in using that. 

4. Make it a goal to track 10 "dinners" in 2 weeks by November 15th. The Driftless team has accepted this challenge and we hope you will too! In two weeks, we'll be posting a recap of our challenge with photos and thoughts from the experience.


Also, there are prizes involved!

From Driftless: a $50 gift card to your favorite restaurant will go to the person who tracks the most meals. Don't forget to tag @readdriftless @dinnercall #billiondinners and #10in2 in your posts! 

From the Billion Dinners Challenge: a $100 gift card to your favorite grocery store. Make sure you officially register for the challenge

From the Billion Dinners Challenge: free groceries for a year if you track 10 dinners in 2 weeks by November 15th.


This post was sponsored by Dinner Call and the Billions Dinners Challenge campaign, but all words and experiences are our own. 

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Evan Perigo

Evan Perigo is a Chicago-based photographer who enjoys traveling, long-distance running, college football, tacos and returning home to the great state of Indiana. 

Evan photographed the Heritage General Store feature for Issue Three, as well as the delicious blueberries featured on the cover. 

This past weekend he took over the  Driftless Instagram and shared beautiful images with us from his weekend in Chicago. His series includes mouthwatering treats, skatepark views, and hammock-ing at the harbor. 

Check out our Instagram for Evan's full takeover series!


We had the opportunity to ask Evan a few questions about his work.

When did you first get into photography?
I got into photography about 6 years ago. 

What does your creative process entail? 
A quiet walk with some coffee will always get my ideas flowing. No cell phone, music or any distractions. Then whatever stays with me, I write down in a journal once I get home. 

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What inspires you?
Travel is really important to me. I always come home wanting to live a better life and be a better person. My wife is a huge inspiration. She works so hard and I’m always trying to maintain my level of productivity with hers. She’s also a hardass when it comes to critiquing my photos, so I try to impress her and keep up the quality in my work. And also, I’m constantly blown away by my friends. I think having a strong creative community here definitely keeps my drive going. 

Where’s your favorite place to unwind? 
Running along Lake Michigan. 

What made you choose Chicago as a place to start your business? 
My wife stole my heart here, haha. I packed my bags from Nashville and moved to Chicago two and a half years ago. 

How does the midwest impact your work? 
It’s challenging for sure. I don’t do well with the cold ... winter really starts getting to me after the first month. I’m an outdoorsy person and I think a lot of my work reflects that. The seasons can definitely impact the type of work you get. 

Any advice for aspiring photographers? 
Do as many test shoots as possible. You have all the room for failure with no pressure attached. My best work has almost always come from trying out new ideas. Also, sorry for the cheesiness, but avoid the voice of resistance that is always in the back of our heads. Just go out and shoot what you love. 

View more of Evan's work here:
Website   /   Blog   /   Instagram   /   Twitter

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FAUX WEAVING DIY

with words and photographs by Claire and Lauren of Foxtail + Moss

The resurgence of yarn and macrame art is a welcomed trend in our book. We love the look of walls adorned with tapestries, textiles, organic fibers, and tons of texture. With weaving workshops popping up left and right, the craft is super accessible. Weaving is a centuries old tradition that can be as practical (in certain forms) as it is beautiful, but learning the ins and outs of loom weaving is an acquired skill – one that takes time to learn and patience to hone.

Call it the cheaters way if you will, but this faux weaving DIY is designed for those short on time and patience. Using cross stitch basics and a plastic mesh canvas, this wall hanging combines the art of weaving with a well loved children’s craft. And it’s simple enough that even the most loom-operating-challenged can master it in an afternoon.

What You'll Need

Plastic Mesh Canvas
Yarn
Large Plastic Yarn Needles

Cut a section of yarn about three feet in length and thread your needle. As you make your starting stitch, pulling your needle through the hole from the back of the canvas to the front, leave a “tail” of three to four inches of yarn hanging on the back side (or the “wrong side”). The first few stitches should be made over that tail to lock the yarn in place.

Use the following basic stitches to weave a pattern with plenty of texture. But don’t be afraid to get creative and go rouge with your stitches. There’s no wrong way to fill your canvas and the more creative you get, the more interesting your final product will be.

The Straight Stitch is the most basic stitch. Working in a horizontal row, bring your needle up from the wrong side through the first hole and down from the front through the second hole. Repeat this over/under motion working right to left in the first row and left to right in the second, and so on and so forth.
The Continental Stitch is essentially a diagonal version of the straight stitch. Bring your needle up from the wrong side through the second hole in the first row and down from the front through the first hole in the second row, creating a diagonal line.
The Larks Head Knot is used for fringe or for attaching a hanging loop. Fold a length of yarn in half. Bring the folded end up from the wrong side through the first hole. This creates a hanging loop. To create fringe, feed the ends of the yarn and through the loop and tighten. Trim the ends to desired fringe length.

When ending a row, before moving on to a different yarn, or when you’re down to the last few inches of a strand, turn over your canvas and run your needle under 4 or 5 stitches on the wrong side. Do the same when picking back up in the middle of a row or starting with a new strand of yarn.

Once your weaving is complete, use the Overcast Stitch to finish off the raw edges. Stitch around the outside edge of your canvas, putting one stitch in each hole along the straight edges and two or three stitches in each corner hole to hide any plastic canvas that might be peeking through.

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Renegade Recap

We had the absolute best time at Renegade this past weekend! It was such a beautiful two days spent in Wicker Park along Division Street between Damen and Paulina. We met so many amazing folks who are just as passionate about the Midwest as we are. We also got to see (and finally meet in person!) a few of our favorite vendors like Paul from 419 Trading Co., Melissa from Douglas & Co. Detroit, and Araya from Wind & Willow Home. If you haven't already had the pleasure of meeting these incredibly talented individuals and familiarizing yourself with their inspiring companies, please please do so now! We promise that you will not regret it.

We could not have asked for better weather (it was gorgeous and sunny the entire time!), better company (we shared a booth with the incredibly talented Katie Levinson), or a better time. With over 350 vendors, this outdoor and free-to-attend fair will always remain on our list of must-dos.  And, for anyone who might have missed us at the fair, we are offering FREE SHIPPING until September 30th, on any online magazine orders. It's a great chance to get your missing Issue 2 or 3. Check out our online shop to order!

Our booth partner, Katie Levinson's work.

Our booth partner, Katie Levinson's work.

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Meet the Driftless Team

Our unofficial mascot, Tuko. 

Our unofficial mascot, Tuko. 

The team behind Driftless is comprised of three friends who met during and after their college days at Indiana University Bloomington. With backgrounds in photography, fine art, graphic design, journalism and art management, they knew they could create something beautiful that people would want to hold onto well after its time. In 2014, Shelly and Leah began the Driftless journey with Issue 1. Two issues later, they were lucky enough to find Anna - the perfect addition to the team.

From left to right:  Shelly Westerhausen, Leah Fithian and Anna Powell Teeter

From left to right:  Shelly Westerhausen, Leah Fithian and Anna Powell Teeter

By day, Shelly works for independent record label, Secretly Canadian, in Bloomington, Indiana. By night she runs the acclaimed Vegetarian 'Ventures food blog, posting delicious vegetarian recipes and delectable photos. After a bittersweet departure from buying and managing an independent boutique in Bloomington, Leah is now a freelance photo and production assistant in Chicago's commercial photography world. Anna is a photographer, videographer and storyteller based out of Bloomington. Someday we hope to focus entirely on our little magazine, although you could say we may always have a desire for too many projects going on at once ...

With a love for all things food, art and adventure related, the three continue to showcase what the Midwest has to offer throughout the pages of each issue. Please continue following along with us on this crazy journey. We would not be where we are today without the incredible support of our readers. 

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Switchyard + Renegade

Last weekend the Driftless team was in Bloomington, Indiana for the Switchyard Art Market. We enjoyed telling people about the Driftless community, selling magazines and prints, and soaking up the summer sun. Our next stop is the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, Illinois on September 19-20. You will find us on Division Street in Wicker Park and we hope to see you there!

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Issue 3

Welcome to our new blog!  We are very excited to announce that Issue 3 is now available for pre-order.  This issue is filled with must-try recipes, an inspiring Midwest Road Trip feature, gorgeous photographs from an Indiana flower farm and so much more!  We have a special pre-order sale of $12 through the end of June.  And incase you missed Issue 2 we've bundled them together for a sale price of $22.  Visit our shop for more details!  

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