Donlin Foreman, Craftsman

Donlin Foreman has been working in the time-honored traditions of leather crafting since the late 1960’s but, during college, took a hiatus from serious leather work to begin a 40-year career as a Modern Dancer. First, with the Martha Graham Dance Company (1977-1993) where he was coached and directed by Martha in all her major male roles and then to co-found Buglisi/Foreman Dance (1993-2005). Serving as Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Barnard College, Columbia University from 1994-2010 he published a book of poetic writing, Out of Martha’s House and for two years chaired the Dance Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Today, Donlin lives in the small, vital community of Harrisville, New Hampshire, where he now translates the essential facets of his dancing – utility, identity and craft to his leather work at Horse Hill Studio. Continuing with his movement background he choreographs, guest teaches and hosts retreats through On Common Ground, which he runs with his wife Jennifer Emerson Foreman.

Image courtesy of Michelle Aldredge