Updated 2:08 pm, Friday, August 9, 2013
Heather Palmer was destined to be an artist. Living in Modesto, in a family of tinkerers and craftsmen – her parents both builders and artisans by hobby – she and her brother grew up on art projects. She describes her childhood activities, which included enameling, as “basically anything that’s cool now.” Palmer has been working as what she calls “a maker” full time since 2008.
Dressed in black, Palmer, 37, looks the part. She’s quick and direct, making bold assertions about everything from her decision to study art in college (the humanities were “too abstract”) to her beliefs about materials (“I’m anti-glue”).