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Things you might want to know about me:

  1. I’m trained as a social scientist and teacher, but I identify first as a maker.
  1. I’m also a Mom of 2 kids who are always with me because we unschool.
  1. I live in Baltimore, MD.


I’m a responsive maker, meaning: I make stuff and learn new creative skills as a way to process and make sense of what is going on in my life.
So my creative practice has spanned baking, nail art, furniture, garment-making, quilting, bags, mixed media art, etc.


I study and write about the in-betweens.

College professor in human services administration.

I LOVE to facilitate
TLDR: You can find me at the intersection of: curiosity, teaching, and making stuff.

Questions about me?

Didn't you have a different name at one time?
Yep! I used to be Mariglynn Collins. When we had our first kid, we gave him half of each of our DNA and half of each of our last names. From Geoff, our kids got the Ed- part and from me, they got the -lins to make EDLINS. It’s a pretty good last name (way better than another alternative, Collards!) but mostly we like that it represents our intention to collaborate as equals.
Why do you unschool?
Oooh, this is a long answer. But the short version is I wrote my dissertation about what children learn from institutions like schools.
Do you worry your kids won’t be able to excel without traditional schooling?
Full disclosure: I was homeschooled from 1st to 5th grade. I did well all the way through middle and high school. Then I went on to get a Masters degree and PhD. I don’t think excelling at education necessarily means anything, but I think my kids will be fine 😉
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Mariglynn Edlins, PhD

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