Black Dog Publishing is a unique publisher that specializes in producing beautiful books that represent a fresh, eclectic take on contemporary culture. Their subject matter includes art, architecture, design, fashion, music and environmental concerns. (pictured at left: The Cosmeticist - Katie Fisher, Honest Skinscare © photograph by Carolyn Carter)
I recently received a copy of Made by Hand: Contemporary Makers, Traditional Practices to review. The book is described as a visual survey of some of the world’s finest hand makers, the spaces they work in and the products they create. Made by Hand is a remedy to mass-production and a celebration of the return to artisan craft. Definitely fits right in with Funky Finds' mission to promote handmade worldwide!!!
The book is a beautiful collection of photographs featuring real-life "makers" in their element. Readers will learn about the shoemaker, the bicycle builder, the neon sign maker & much more. I love the introduction that talks about how handmade products have grown in popularity in recent years due to ecological reasons, financial reasons, and the feeling one gets from engaging with makers & their products. This is something we stress at Funky Finds by promoting handmade & artisans of all types, as well as producing events at which shoppers can interact with makers. (pictured at left: The Sartorialist, For Holding Up the Trousers © photograph by Martin Pedersen)
Each section features a specific maker, such as the shoemaker, along with interesting photographs & biographical information. It's especially interesting learning about each maker's take on handmade & why they chose to pursue their current profession. (pictured at left: The Woodworker, Nic Webb © photograph by Nick Warner)
One of my favorite sections is about Chris Bracey, the United Kingdom's foremost neon sign maker, featuring photographs that are especially colorful & interesting. And the textile maker, glassworker, and bladesmith are amongst the most interesting sections. All in all, I would highly recommend this book to those who are interest in learning about makers who take pride in their trade & work hard to preserve the handmade tradition.
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PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Made by Hand: Contemporary Makers, Traditional Practices courtesy of Black Dog Publishing.
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