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Shawn Bowman

July 3, 2013

Shawn Bowman
Former professional chef and current craft author and artist, Shawn Bowman dallied in a promising East Coast film career, but decided to chuck it away to raise a demanding and ungrateful family and an ill-tempered dog. Attached to her glue gun in a meaningful yet painful way, she spends her days skulking in Portland, Oregon, writing, making stuff, and drinking awesome beer.

Shawn’s book Criminal Crafts, released in 2012, is a handbook for the naughty delinquent crafter yearning to break the law. Her new book, Beer Crafts, appeals to anyone who thinks it is a good idea to craft and drink at the same time! (i.e. me and everyone I know!). 

1.  Where is your home town?

Technically I spent more time in Lakewood Colorado growing up but really think of Ft. Collins as my home time, it’s the community that raised me.

With what fictional character do you most identify?

Amelia Peabody from the Elizabeth Peters mystery novels, when flustered or under duress she heads straight for a Gin and Tonic.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

Lucille Ball

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

I’m pretty inspired by William Morris, not really his art per se which was epic, but writing- the powerhouse of artists and writers he inspired, the idea that a meaningful life is one spent surrounded by functional objects of beauty that we’ve created and how his passion for the arts was the beginnings of socialist reform in the UK. I’m most impressed with buildings and large structures, it’s easy to imagine a small project or painting coming together, I can’t imagine how the hell a cathedral came together, boggles my mind.  My favorite building in the US is the Seattle Public Library, a monument to books and inspired public space, it is both the best of us while continuing to foster creative and investigative thinking.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

We put a book swap mail box in the front yard and I try to read from what the neighbors drop off so it’s been a weird mix of things I wouldn’t normally pick up.  Lately I’ve been hooked on Steampunk detective novels which is a little embarrassing to admit.   My favorite book to recommend is The Phantom Tollbooth, no matter your age.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

My daughter just taught herself Camper Van Beethoven’s Matchstick Men on the violin so we’ve been hearing that a lot, I’m late in the game for finding out about the New Pornographers and liking them very much and have been defaulting to T-Rex and ELO bands I didn’t really appreciate on the 1st go around.

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

Hugo Cabret.  A while ago I’d tried to find Méliès films to share with my kids and couldn’t.  We’d spent a whole evening talking about the beginnings of cinema and the huge revolution of stage to movies.  Seeing his movies in college had such a profound impact on everything I wanted to do, and I was only able to find short clips on youtube, seeing the reproductions months later on an enormous screen floored me and I was a wreck of tears for about an hour afterward.

8.  Cat person or dog person?

Cats are too aloof and can’t be manipulated.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?

Kindness, there are so many things I just don’t need to know, starting and ending with sausages.

10.    How do you define sin?

Being hateful and believing the rules don’t apply to you.

11.    How do you define virtue?

My father-in-law, making instinctive choices to promote goodness at every opportunity

12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

Wait, I haven’t gotten to the punchline.

Connections:
@beercrafts
Beer Crafts

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