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Emily Mustin Howe

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Emily Mustin Howe

Frontier Fellow October 2012

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Emily Mustin Howe is a designer, image-maker, and high altitude vegetable enthusiast. She works with a variety of people, places, and materials. 

The Green River Community Center kids and Emily Howe baking cookies

The Green River Community Center kids and Emily Howe baking cookies

There’s a certain lack of control you have to accept when making cookies with elementary schoolers. Baking is generally an art of precision, measuring, and following directions. Baking with kids is closer to chaos, but once you embrace the chaos it can actually be pretty fun. Yesterday, I spent the afternoon at the Green River Community Center teaching the after-school program how to make cookies. It was an exercise in patience for all involved. The kids took turns measuring out and adding ingredients to the bowl, passing it around the circle for each step of the process. Cracking the eggs was by far the most popular, too bad there were only two per batch (meringues next time?). Mixing was also a crowd pleaser. After the dough was completed, we all got a ball to sculpt into the perfect cookie. It was great to see what the kids came up with, one person’s design might influence what their neighbor was working on, and then the whole table would end up with stars. I love watching kids have the opportunity to be creative with their food, it’s a nice reminder that art projects can happen anywhere.

Knit "WELCOME HOME" banner by Howe installed at the abandoned Mancos Rose Hotel

Knit "WELCOME HOME" banner by Howe installed at the abandoned Mancos Rose Hotel

Finally! An adorable handmade knit melon hat for adults! Even better, the hat is made from up-cycled yarn from the Green River Thrift Store. The hat has a two shades of green ribbing “rind”, off-white ribbing “inner rind”, and red “flesh” with black “seeds”. The watermelon seeds on the cap are knitted directly into the cap for a flat finish. This winter-time hat fit the average adult head. The hat circumference is 24″, and will fit a head size of 22-23″. At a height of 11″ (including the 2.5″ pom pom on the top!), this hat will cover your ears warmly. The circular-knitting construction means that your scalp will not be irritated by any bulky seams.