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The Art of the Family Tree: Creative Family History Projects Using Paper Art, Fabric and Collage Paperback – June 1, 2007


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592533396
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592533398
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.3 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,458,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jenn Mason is a fine artist, writer, teacher, and product designer. She is currently working as a co-author on two volumes in the Paper Art Workshop series: Handmade Gifts and Celebrating Baby. Her work has appeared in many books including her first book Pockets, Pullouts, and Hiding Places. She teaches writing and art in her classes across the country and abroad. Jenn also consults for and designs product for the paper art industry. Jenn lives in Boston, MA

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Jenn Mason (Brookline, MA) is trained in graphic design, designs products for the paper industry, and has a wonderful design sensibility. She is a popular author and designer.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peony Blue VINE VOICE on July 24, 2007
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Fabulous.

In fact, I kind of wish there was another word that means "more fabulous than fabulous", because that's what it is.

Or maybe it's just "inspiration in a can", because it's definitely that, too.

I've been looking at my own history lately, now that my father's side of the family is completely gone, and wondering if there wasn't a better way to document it with love rather than in the typewritten pages tht my grandmother collected when I was young. And in this book, I found a way to combine that information with the side of me that expresses love through art. It has inspired me to DO something with my grandmother's research, to start preparing the sheets of collected papers for another journey of an artistic kind.

Some might think, in looking at the title, that it would be too specific or too narrow in focus, to be used by other types of paper artists without an interest in genealogy. But the idea is posited that your family tree can be an artistic expression -- using ancestors that never existed. Your art piece then becomes a story and a piece all in one. And Jenn Mason can point you in a myriad directions on how to make that kind of piece a reality, and inspire you to get started right away.

Pick this one up. It really is beyond fabulous.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By creative quilter VINE VOICE on September 7, 2007
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While the book is a bit different than I expected, it is no less interesting. The ways in which to display family trees (including how to remove or add as divorce, marriage, death occurs) is quite interesting. Definitely more geared toward scrapping, paper work, other types of crafts than quilting but many of the ideas are easily adaptable. If you are looking specifically for something targeted to quilting and don't care to adapt other ideas, don't buy it. If you are looking for great ideas regarding family tree display, regardless of technique, it is well worth owning.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D.E.L. Arthur on September 15, 2007
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Simply loved it! In addition to the many different interpretations of the "tree", there is also an understanding of how much it means to all us to be connected to this vast network of people that we call family. And for those of us who have scant knowledge of our "real" ancestors, the author shares a possiblity of making your own and fashioning the way you would want it to be. Using artisic license in a great way in my opinion. This is a keeper!
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By artfan4ever on June 21, 2013
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Good source of ideas-quite.a.variety of ways to record your family history- good illustrations with a few how To demos_over all good
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alice on August 8, 2007
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I really only found one of the techniques usable for my project. This seems to be a book more about collages than anything else - great if that is your desire, not so great if you want to make a serious family tree wall hanging. The book really has little to do with family trees.
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