We grew up with an amazing girl named Kristin Vantrease. Our friendship started on Homer's nordic ski trails, and continued into the summers as we wrote boat letters between the Bering Sea and Bristol Bay. These days, we share the cooking creations we dream up in the galley and printmaking techniques and stories of good days skiing. Kristin is an amazing writer and artist, not to mention cook, fisherwoman, outdoorswoman, and big sister. Her linocut prints are beautiful snapshots from the past 13 summers that she has been commercial fishing in Bristol Bay, Kodiak and Prince William Sound. She loves the clean lines and the power of negative spaces involved with linocuts. She has recently started a series of prints depicting wooden boats around Alaska.
"The lines of wooden boats sweep and curve like poetry, and remind me of a time in fishing before jet engines: when boats moved a little slower and the work was incredibly demanding," she says. "Now, these boats rest stationary in people's yard and along the roadside like wooden sculpture gardens."
We asked Kristin what things have been changing her life lately, because she has great taste and is always learning something new. These things include: The Moosewood Cookbook, music of the Milky Chance, Purity Ring, Sylvan Esso variety, brewing her own kombucha, and making granola bars in her food processor (with oats, chocolate chips, peanut butter, coconut oil, honey, vanilla and salt. Try it!).
Kristin's prints are available for sale at Dos Manos gallery in Anchorage and in the summer at High Tide Arts on the Homer spit.
We hope to continue featuring amazing AK Wild Women on our blog. If you read this and a particular resourceful, creative, inspirational woman immediately comes to mind, let us know, we would love to feature them. You can also join us in tagging your wild adventures and truly awesome friends with the hashtag #akwildwoman on Instagram.
Until next time, wild women!
Emma & Claire
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Rich stories, sketches from the sea, recipes, poetry, time-tested advice, knot-tying - these are just some of the elements that weave into the fishing net of our lives. We are thrilled to be contributing members of The Young Alaska Fishermen’s Almanac, a first-ever compilation that celebrates our unique, shared and cherished fishing ways of life. The Almanac captures the ingenuity, persistence, humor and passion of the next generation of fishing leaders in Alaska and shares the stories of those who fish on Alaska's wild waters.
Meet Alaskan maker and private chef, Morgan Stewart of Gypsy Kitchen in Homer AK. If you're like us and crave seafood pretty much every day of the week, be sure to scroll down to the bottom of her interview for a Pesto Parmesan Baked Halibut recipe featuring Salmon Sisters Seafood.
Meet Oceana Wills! We grew up with Oceana in Homer, Alaska. She fishes commercially for sockeye salmon during the summertime in Bristol Bay and works on her artwork the other parts of the year. Her ocean-inspired prints cover the walls of our own home and we are so happy to share them with you! Find her prints on our web shop and at oceanawills.com.