Artist preserves Southeast beauty in resin jewelry and crafts


February 2, 2022

Sarah Aslam/Wrangell Sentinel

Mad Hesler is the artist and owner of Tongass Resin in Wrangell. She incorporates slices of the natural beauty of Southeast through her artwork, consisting of jewelry, bowls, even outlet covers.

Mad Hesler has always noticed the tiny stuff.

The Wrangell artist and business owner of Tongass Resin grew up in northern New Hampshire in the White Mountains, and first came to Alaska in 2015 for a summer job as a camp counselor in Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula when she was a junior at Plymouth State University, majoring in outdoor education.

She had to return to New Hampshire for college, but Hesler, 27, said she "had this huge sense of, 'This is where I'm supposed to be.'"

Hesler graduated in 2016 and came back to Alaska, working in the communities of Aniak, Chuathbaluk and Cro...

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