"Where Women Create" - Book of Inspiration: In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with Extraordinary WomenHardback
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- Publisher: Lark Books,U.S.
- Format: Hardback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 224mm x 257mm x 20mm | 794g
- Publication date: 10 June 2010
- Publication City/Country: Asheville
- ISBN 10: 1600595642
- ISBN 13: 9781600595646
- Illustrations note: full colour throughout, includes photographs
- Sales rank: 241,389
This fascinating book reveals the insights, muses and artistic practices of some of today's most notable creative women. These women explain how they got started and offer their advice to readers wishing to blaze their own creative path. This title features gorgeous photos, tips, activities and exercises. Showcasing the studios and work styles of both famous and well-worth discovering artists, this is a backstage pass to the insights, muses and artistic practices of some of today's most notable creative women. It features gorgeous photos, tips, activities and exercises, all presented in a warm and friendly voice designed to make readers feel welcome. The imaginative women introduced on these colourful pages work in a wide variety of media, including fashion design, photography, quilting, book art, doll making, jewellery, art journals and assemblage, and they explain how they got started; how they combat artistic ruts; and, generously offer their advice and secrets to those who wish to blaze their own creative path.
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Jenny Doh is Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio - the flagship mixed-media publication ranked No. 1 in its category by Barnes & Noble - as well as the popular magazine, Belle Armoire. Jo Packhan is the owner of Chapelle Ltd., and the Editor-in-Chief and co-founder (with Stampington & Company) of Where Women Create magazine. Jo has authored more than 40 crafts titles.
By Marie Johansen 13 Jul 2010
There is a subtitle to this book that is " In The Studio and Behind The Scenes With Extraordinary Women". The list of the creative women included in this book is impressive: Vickie Howell, Pam Garrison, Alisa Burke, Danita, Theresa McFayden, Joanna Figueroa, Angela Cartwright - as well as Jo Packham and jenny Doh - to name a partial list of the included amazing talent in the book!
Sometimes I tend to stay away from books and magazines that feature beautiful work spaces because I get jealous - I can't stand up in my own sewing area. Then I realize I am being childish and decide to have a look at the awesome places that people put together that allows them to create their art that makes us all so happy to look at!
What I especially like about this book is the way it is set up. There are sections devoted to each artist; and the first two pages, aside from the utterly glorious photographs, described something about the artist and their view of their art-full lives. The following pages are filled with tid-bits like organizational tips,, how they stay inspired, what their choice of palette colors tend to be, where these creative personalities find inspiration, memories from their early childhood (or later) that recollect their first feelings about the joy to found in creating art. All of this information happily ensconced among glorious photography (think of how Stampington magazine photography look).
When I first looked at this book I was not certain how I would feel about it - but it only took a few minutes to fall in love with it . There is so much to be learned from the artists that we admire. They "made it" because of the way they think and the way they work - so there is much to be gleaned by reading their personal stories and having a look into their private creative spaces.
This is another winning Lark Books publication that I think belongs in the library of any creative person who wants some inspiration, some new ideas - or to learn something from from other amazingly talented, creative artists. I had to give this 5 stars - which I seldom do - because it really is a lusciously illustrated, very well done book!