This month, we are pleased to introduce you to Pete Cartwright, the Association For Creative Industries’ (AFCI) senior associate of membership and operations. Pete oversees the daily membership operations of the association and uses his personal joy and passion for creativity to connect with AFCI members. 

Where are you from?

I was born and raised just outside of Chicago and moved to Wrigleyville after graduating from Illinois State University.

What’s your favorite craft and/or hobby?

I learned at a very young age from my mother and teachers that being creative and appreciating creativity is a cornerstone of a life worth living. I enjoy writing, making music, doodling, cooking, tie dye, belt-stamping, photography and woodworking.

How did you become interested in the creative activities that you participate in?

I had a lot of different influences. Growing up, my mom sewed and made detailed photo albums. My time as a career Boy Scout opened my eyes to creative activities like leather-working and woodworking. Through my education, I focused on the arts and music. I also worked at my family’s commercial ink factory. Being there spurred an interest in abstract art and color theory. I would mix and stir dyes and pigments together and photograph the results to pass the time until summer ended.

Any cool DIY projects you’ve tackled?

When I was old enough, I joined Venture Scouts and went on a three-week backpacking trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. While I was there, I invested in a quality leather belt at a trading post and spent time throughout the trip documenting my journey with stamps, brands and engravings.

What’s the next creative project you’d like to try?

I would love to build my own guitar. I have my eyes on a C.M. Martin Rosewood “Build Your Own Guitar Kit” – if I could just trust myself not to break it.


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