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Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration: In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with Extraordinary Women Hardcover – April 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Crafts (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600595642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600595646
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,021 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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This is a very inspiring book to read for artists and crafters.
Sheryl Cancellieri
Just like Jo Packham's earlier "Where Women Create" book, "Where Women Create - Book Of Inspiration" is a luscious way to ogle other people's stuff and their spaces.
S. L. Smith
For me it is the perfect book to read curled up on the porch with a cup of tea and a little time to spare.
Shona C. Cole

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A. Healey on April 6, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am, and was, a huge fan of the first Where Women Create book. I was hoping for more of the same and was very disappointed. The book has a nice layout and beautiful photos just like the first book, but there are no photos of actual studios. The photos are of tiny little vignettes as opposed to room views. I wanted to see and get a feel for the studio space these women work in, not the one slipper on their floor or the one decorated picture frame. There was also very little information about where the studios were located (i.e., attic, basement, extra room, etc). This information is interesting and would be inspiring for finding that space for ourselves. In short, the views of actual studios were limited or nonexistent in this book - very disappointing.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 28, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a "studio voyeur" and I bought this book full price without even peeking into it at my local bookstore. No regrets!! Just like Jo Packham's earlier "Where Women Create" book, "Where Women Create - Book Of Inspiration" is a luscious way to ogle other people's stuff and their spaces.

Jo Packham and Jenny Doh feature 23 different artists, including themselves. Ms Packham was also featured in her earlier book, and having over 250 publications in her portfolio, she has enough inspiration to fill a book devoted just to herself.

The first WWC had chapters that included just a tip and a favorite quotation from each artist. The new WWC has more depth and each artist gets these sections:

Her Colors
Her Tips For Organization & Exercises To Fuel Creativity
She Stays Inspired
She Remembers

Lots of photos supplement each chapter, but they are not each captioned as they were in the first WWC. I would really enjoy seeing this detail added back in, but some readers may not miss it at all.

My only ONLY neutral comment is that guys are restricted by title and gender from the "Where Women Create" series. Personally, I think it would be fascinating to see how men's studios and workspaces reveal their art and inspiration.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 17, 2010
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I loved the first "Where Women Create." I also loved the follow-up "Organizing Your Craft Space." Then came the quarterly magazine, which with a few exceptions, has been good. With so many WWC publications (books and magazines) already out there, I'm wondering why this book was necessary. These profiles could have easily been included in the magazine. I agree with the previous reviewer that more studios would have been preferable to the many close-up shots of bibelots around the studio. And, if I'm not mistaken, several of the artists profiled in this book have already appeared in the magazine (or perhaps other similar books). I was disappointed in this one; or maybe I was just hoping to recapture the magic that I felt with the first book (which I still refer to often). I'd skip this one and buy the magazine instead.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Story Circle Book Reviews on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Meet a Mexican dollmaker who is inspired by nature and designs with a palette of greens, reds, and blues. View the studio where an Irish woman and her aunt create vintage-style capelets and other amazing garments and accessories. Check out the antique sideboard, a family heirloom, where one artist, who makes and sells "mixed media mosaics" stores her rubber stamp collection. And see if you recognize the Texan with a TV show. The Knitty Gritty show host, Vicki Howell, displays her vibrant fabrics, yarns, paints and buttons to full advantage in a large room with open-shelving conducive to all kinds of crafting.

These are just a few of the 23 women artists featured in Where Women Create: Book of Inspiration: In the Studio and Behind the Scenes with Extraordinary Women. The book showcases various arts and crafts genres including jewelry, photography, quilting, bookmaking, and multi-media creations and the artists hail from many different geographical regions.

Most of the women artists are honored with a six-page spread consisting of multiple photographs and extensive text. The narratives describe the artist, her work and her studio space. There are direct quotes by the women and sidebars with quotes the women find inspirational. The individual stories show how these women deal with creative ruts, describe their early memories of family reactions to their artistic interests, depict their preferred color choices, and share tips on organizing craft studios.

Although I was inspired by the visuals--the numerous photos dedicated to each artist and her space--I sometimes found it difficult to figure out what the individual artist created and sold. I was able to clarify that by checking out the listed website (Almost all the artists listed their websites and/or blog info).
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Cancellieri on April 24, 2010
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This is a very inspiring book to read for artists and crafters. The artists are very open about their creative process and what motivates and or inspires them to create art. They also share tips on ways to break through creative blocks and organizational ideas for materials. You get to have a sneak peak inside their creative lives and studios and realize that these kindred crafters are just like you. A great way to connect with your creativity.
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