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The Artist in the Office: How to Creatively Survive and Thrive Seven Days a Week Paperback – Bargain Price, February 2, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 1 edition (February 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535640
  • ASIN: B003TO6DN2
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Summer Pierre is a writer, artist, and musician who has also been known to work as a nanny, art store clerk, and admin assistant. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY.

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Summer Pierre is a writer, artist, and musician who has also been known to work as a nanny, art store clerk, and admin assistant. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY. The author's website: http://wwww.summerpierre.com

Customer Reviews

Great little book for entertaining yourself.
R. Coulter
I am SO happy that this book exists and recommend it to any and every artist and layman who wants to find more meaning and understanding.
Tristan
At work for each break that I have I sit outside and stare at all the trees and birds.
J. Corbett

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tristan on February 5, 2010
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I just received my copy of this book after hearing an interview with the author on NPR. I am already feeling my body relax from the normal artist/day job grind after reading only thirty pages. The inner conflict of being an artist and having to make money on the side as something other can put a lot of strain on one in many ways. This book gets that and understands that and does not shy away from that. I am SO happy that this book exists and recommend it to any and every artist and layman who wants to find more meaning and understanding.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MLH on February 6, 2010
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I'm not an artist, but the book is an inspiration and reminder to be creative and passionate about everything you do. We all need that inspirational injection sometimes and this book gives you that plus a helpful guide to translating that inspiration into action. Plus, I love the author's fantastic illustrations. The books would be more than worth it just have the illustrations!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark on February 6, 2010
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And I'm not even an artist..
But this book is the bible for getting inspired, either by hitting you over the head with a 'how to' approach or subtly and subconsciously injecting its fun loving images to brighten your mood.
This is a great book to spawn your creativity. For me,
Idea 1: I'll share the happiness with my family, even the more belligerent members.
Idea 2: I think I'll cut out and frame all the drawings to sell for a small fortune.
Idea 3: After this one sells out, I hope the author writes even more books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By KATOPIA on February 12, 2010
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I love this book! I am a seasoned professional (nearing 60 years old) who has been stuck in jobs for the paycheck for a number of years. The perspective of the author to see things differently is liberating and inspiring! I love the graphics and the message that anyone (artist or not) could benefit from! It's a fun little interactive book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Allen on March 28, 2010
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I've thoroughly enjoyed reading The Artist in the Office. The individual articles within it are concise and manageable, with numerous references to the author's own experience. Further, this book has given me a new perspective on my position as both artist and office-type person.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Ward on August 25, 2011
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I feel like I'm not quite ready to review The Artist in the Office - like it needs about a dozen more reads, as I want it's awesomeness to really rub off and sink in and lead me to being a better coach. And yet, I don't wanna drag my feet in introducing it to all of you. It would be nothing but downright mean of me.

When I bought The Artist in the Office, I knew it was not a transportation book. By that I mean it wasn't a book I wanted to read passively on the subway, getting interrupted and having to pay attention to where I am and having a Start and Stop point that's dependent on how far I'm traveling. Instead, I wanted to delve into it on my terms, when I had the time and the space and the ability to get lost.

And get lost I did.

To put it simply, I wish I wrote this book. It's the type of book that I aspire to write and produce one day. It's encouraging, it's inspiring, it's fun, it's beautiful, it's quirky, it's workbook-ish, and it literally is written for every single person who's pursuing their creative passion. Summer gets your head on straight by allowing you to own your artsy-ness and make sure it's not left behind just because you're in a non-artsy environment. While she has a few disclaimers that these exercises shouldn't be done at the expense of your professionalism (or job!), she offers so many amazeballs ideas on how to make your workday creative no matter what you're doing, whether it's Commuting Bingo, utilizing the copier for all it's worth, or breaking into spontaneous dances with co-workers, she really opened my eyes to how creative a corporate environment could be! That I wish I had this book this time last year, when I was still Executive Assisting it up, goes without saying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Corbett on December 10, 2010
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I purchased quite a few of these books for Christmas. I kept one for myself, and I am so glad that I made this discovery. Although the book is short, it is packed with ideas and recommendations on how to improve your daily life regardless of your profession or what you would like your profession to be.

I would recommend this book even for people who aren't artists. Day to day, we will experience the drudgery that work sometimes brings, but the author states that sometimes it isn't just our jobs making us feel that ways, it's us. It's about changing your outlook, not just the things around us. Because sometimes when we change our outlook, everything can look different.

After reading this, I felt inspired, so I started doing little projects. On my commute to work, I take pictures of everyday things that strike me visually. At work for each break that I have I sit outside and stare at all the trees and birds. After work I do what I really want to do, which is write and sew and learn to play instruments.

This book isn't life altering, because it isn't a step by step guide on how to change your life. I think that's what makes this book a little different from the rest. It made me realize that I'm not just a secretary or a bakery worker. First and foremost, I am an artist, and I must always attend to that need to create. But in order to continue to do what I love, I must also make money and be financially responsible. I can't believe I couldn't grasp this concept before. But it's an incredibly important thing to learn.
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