Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Crafty Reading List...
It's no big secret that I love books. I particularly love craft books. When we were kids, there was an old red barn behind the house, complete with a rusty corrugated steel roof and splinters galore. Inside of the creaky old barn were mysterious, moldering cardboard boxes from the previous owners... one of which contained back issues of Pack-O-Fun! It was like we won the lottery! I vividly remember whoops of joy and animated jumping up and down! Armed also with our Childcraft How & Why Encyclopedia Set from 1960, we felt like we could conquer the world!
The truth of the matter was that we didn't have a lot of money and store-bought entertainments were few and far between. Crafting transformed piles of junk into bygone pastimes and opened up a fantastical new world with simple, everyday objects and a little bit of creativity.
I have a soft spot for craft books. They turned what would have been a rather bleak and meager childhood into a rich and colorful experience.
With that being said, I'm excited for these new jewelry making books. Some have recently debuted or are slated to pop up on bookstore shelves any day now. They are just a few of the titles that I have an eye on:
The Jewelry Maker's Design Book: An Alchemy of Objects: Techniques and Design Notes for One-of-a-kind Jewelry Pieces by Deryn Mentock.
Explorations in Beadweaving: Techniques for an Improvisational Approach by Kelly Angeley.
Resin Alchemy: Innovative Techniques for Mixed-Media and Jewelry Artists by Susan Lenart Kazmer.