In 2016, Aly Ytterberg quit her job in admissions at Washington University to pursue art full time. The change has taken some time to get used to, but Ytterberg says she’s never been happier: “Being an artist is a hard job, but it’s always a very rewarding and joyful job and I can’t imagine doing anything else.” The artist and mother divides her day between painting and caring for Olan, her 2-year-old son. “I work during naptime, after bedtime, and before he wakes up. I’ve never been more productive,” says Ytterberg, who paints at all hours of the day, even if it’s just for a 20-minute spurt.
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IN GOOD TIME
With the help of interior designer Robert Idol, a Kirkwood couple creates a home that pays homage to the past, yet feels just right for their modern young family.
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Cut from the Same Cloth
“Turkey Tracks” is a 19th-century quiltmaking pattern that has the appearance of little wandering feet. Patterns like the tracks, and their traditions and myths, have been passed down through the generations, from their frontier beginnings to today, where a generation of makers has embraced the material as a means of creating something new. Olivia Jondle is one such designer. Here, she’s taken an early turkey track-pattern quilt, cut it into various shapes, and stitched the pieces together, adding calico and other fabric remnants as needed. The result is a trench coat she calls the Pale Calico Coat. Her designs are for sale at The Rusty Bolt, Jondle’s small-batch fashion company based in St. Louis. —SAMANTHA STEVENSON