BOOK GIVEAWAY: Made by Hand: Contemporary Makers, Traditional Practices

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. 

*** GIVEAWAY - Closed - Congrats Carmen N ***

PRIZE: One lucky winner will receive a copy of Made by Hand: Contemporary Makers, Traditional Practices courtesy of Black Dog Publishing.

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog post noting one thing you love about handmade.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Like Black Dog Publishing on Facebook & leave a comment noting that you have done so.

ADDITIONAL ENTRY: Follow Black Dog Publishing (@BDPublishing) on Twitter, then leave a comment noting that you have done so.

ENDS: Giveaway ends at 6pm CDT, Monday, June 16th, 2014.

50 comments:

ee•Rena F said...

In handmade I love the process of making. (I am a maker)

Ana Pina said...

I love the fact that every piece has a story behind.

Ana Pina said...

I also liked Black Dog Publishing on facebook (profile: Ana Patricia Pina).

Wish me luck!

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atelier[at]anapina[dot]com

Etsy Fort Worth said...

I love meeting the makers and the great customer service that they offer is beyond compare.

Teresa Grimaldi said...

we think with and through our hands

Carol Marion said...

Hand made items always have embedded in them the love and care of the maker. That's what makes them special!

Marija said...

I love that handmade pieces are often sold directly by the maker.

marija.majerle at gmail dot com

Marija said...

following Black Dog Publishing on twitter @mrsclutterbuck

Dalena Green said...

I love handmade because it makes the product so much more special and each of the tiniest details mean so much more.

Dalena Green said...

I liked on Facebook ==> Dalena Le

Dalena Green said...

I also followed on Twitter @MrsDalenaGreen :)

Deb (Two Cheeky Monkeys) said...

I love handmade because every piece is unique because of the nature of handmade. :)

Wehaf said...

I love the individuality of handmade items.

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Aik said...

Handmade items has a flavour of originality and uniqueness.

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Aik said...

Liked on FB - Aik Yin Chien

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Aik said...

Following on Twitter @3velyna

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stacyhachtel@att.net said...

I read about the makers and what inspires them. It inspires me!

Mary Preston said...

I love the skill behind hand made. Each piece is lovingly created & quite unique.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

Amanda said...

I like handmade things because they're unique in that they embody a genuine story of creation.
I also liked black dog on facebook.

Bravesgyrl said...

I like handmade because I know that I am supporting small businesses and (usually) the local economy. I receive a quality product and the creator receives fair wages for his/her craft.

Bravesgyrl said...

I haves "liked" Black Dog on FB.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I love the fact that every handmade item is individual and has a story

Mai Tran said...

Hand-made things content the maker's thought and uniqueness in them, which is the best ever.

Anonymous said...

I won once, maybe I'll be lucky again. You have such unusual artists and I love they are local and unique! There is no substitute for the creativity that goes into handmade! Every article is unique, even if they have used a sample as a guide, the individual artist's talent comes thru on the unique piece! Keep up the good work promoting these artists!

Vicki Richie said...

Put in at 5:36, it's Vicki Richie, guess I better pick an identity if I want to win!

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

I love handmade, because it's totally unique and one of a kind.

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

I'm following on FB = Jamie Leigh Martin.

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

I'm following on Twitter - @wahwithjl

Helena Oops said...

I like many things made by hand for it is unique, beautiful to see and especially decorative!

Helena Oops said...

Following via fb:Jens Ken Lundstrom

Marwa Maaji said...

i love the way handmade item is limited edition ^^

Anonymous said...

what I like about handmade the most is how much work they put into it to create What they make, its amazing how much talent they have and how much effort is put into the end product

Anonymous said...

Liked on Facebook

AJ said...

Handmade items are the best because they are made with love ( :

AJ said...

I followed you on twitter. My twitter name is glemmegei ( :

Carmen N said...

Handmade means someone put their heart and soul into the finished product.

Carmen N said...

I follow Black Dog Publishing on Facebook

Jessica said...
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Jessica said...

I love handmade items because they're unique and usually well-made.

Chic Southern Charm said...

I love that someone puts their time into making something that they enjoy.

Chic Southern Charm said...

I like on FB.

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