100 Creatives

35: Cindy Dach

35: Cindy Dach
Cindy Dach had believed she was going to write one of the great American novels that would have been released in both hardcover and paperback, and then optioned for a small independent film. After receiving her MFA, she realized that she didn't want to spend that much time alone in a room with her computer. She took her two degrees (Marketing and Creative Writing) and headed into the book business.

Dach is now the co-owner/general manager at Changing Hands Bookstore, where she claims creativity is every Indie bookstores' survival guide. She also co-owns MADE art boutique in Roosevelt Row, which features local handmade wares and hosts a variety of crafting workshops and themed exhibitions. She co-founded eye lounge and Sixth Street Studios. As a board member and co-founder of Roosevelt Row, CDC, she works collaboratively to help cultivate a downtown creative and walkable community.

When she's idle, she likes the quiet practice of making things with her hands. She is currently obsessed with embroidery, but also crochets with wire and makes handmade books and cards.

1. Name five things on your inspiration wall (real or imagined):
- A quote - "Everything can change at any moment, suddenly and forever." - Paul Auster
- A photograph of Greg Esser (spouse) and myself in the mountains of Colorado.
- A picture taken at night in the East Village illuminating views into multiple apartments.
- An illustrated postcard by Jean-Jacques Sempe of a sleeping cat on a tidy bed with the congested view of New York City outside the window.
- A photograph of Allen Ginsberg taking a picture of me as I was taking a picture of him.

2. What was your last big project?
We just redecorated MADE adding both color and wallpaper. Our fall author series at Changing Hands is pretty great, but I cannot yet release all the details. I've also been working on a large embroidery piece.

Patience is not one of my virtues, so I usually work on small pieces. It's been both challenging and exciting to revisit a large piece while figuring out the details. However, it's nowhere ready to be called my last big project, since it's far from finished. It should be ready for a group exhibition in October.

3. What's your next big project?

Organizing all the papers in my life.

4. Why do you do what you do?
I get bored quickly.
The opportunities present themselves.
I'm really bad at saying No.

5. What's something you want phoenix to know about you? (And if you're game, what's something you DON'T want phoenix to know about you?)
a. I do like to hike and be outdoors, even if I don't find the time to actually do it.
b. I have believed, since my mid-twenties, that if I were at a dinner party with Bruce Springsteen and Patty Scialfa, we would all become friends.

The Creatives, so far:

100. Fausto Fernandez
99. Brian Boner
98. Carol Panaro-Smith
97. Jane Reddin
96. Adam Dumper
95. Mayme Kratz
94. Daniel Tantalean
93. Yuri Artibise
92. Lisa Starry
91. Paul Hoeprich
90. Betsy Schneider
89. Mary Shindell
88: Gabriel Utasi
87: Tiffany Egbert
86. Angela Cazel Jahn
85. Dayvid LeMmon
84. Beatrice Moore
83. Michelle J. Martinez
82. Carrie Bloomston
81. Paul Porter
80. Rachel Bess
79. Karolina Sussland
78. Aaron Abbott
77. Mary Lucking
76. Erin Sotak
75. Greg Esser
74. Matthew Mosher
73. Mark Klett
72. Tony Carrillo
71. Paul Morris
70. Joe Pagac
69. Alison King
68. JJ Horner
67. Kim Porter
66. Marco Rosichelli
65. Heather Hales
64. Amy Lamp
63. Kevin Vaughan-Brubaker
62. Lindy Drew

61. Robbie Pfeffer
60. Neil Borowicz

59. Lynn Fisher

58. Tanner Woodford

57. David Tinapple
56. Casebeer

55. Tom Leveen

54. Patti Parsons

53. Tedd McDonah

52. Mike Maas
51. Chris Todd

50. Monica Aissa Martinez

49. Stefan Shepherd

48. Jenny Poon

47. Matt Moore

46. Andrea Hanley

45. Julie Hampton

44. Ted Decker

43. Saskia Jorda

42. Michael Bergfalk

41. Scott Baxter

40. Carrie Marill
39. Kobina Banning

38. Suzanne Falk
37. Jon Haddock

36. Kade Twist

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