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African Accents: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home Paperback – October 1, 1999

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YA-This book offers an exciting glimpse at West African cultures and presents beautiful, tangible, and useful items reflective of those cultures for readers to make. Shepard includes Korhogo cloths, Kente stools, Mud cloth desk clocks, and other traditional art objects and describes their history and symbolism. YAs will appreciate the MTV style of organization and flow. Dramatic photographs of the projects and of West Africans creating traditional art are included. Easy-to-understand drawings and directions assist readers. Most projects are suitable for home and school. Young people will likely be attracted to the wall hanging and rug sections. An eye-catching presentation that has broad appeal.-Brie Weisman, Family Resource Center, Coos County, NH

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Lisa Shepard Stewart is an award-winning writer and designer based in New Jersey. In her books, African Accents: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home and Global Expressions: Decorating with Fabrics from Around the World, Lisa encourages others to express themselves creatively through culturally relevant techniques and materials. She promotes her work through classes and other special events around the country and internationally, and and sources unique fabrics and materials from artists in Ghana and other countries. She also produces and conducts Creative Retreats in Negril, Jamaica. Lisa s first book, African Accents, earned the Primedia award of Excellence in the Sewing Books category in 2001, and her website, CulturedExpressions.com, received the Black Web Award for 2007 in the Home Design category. Her third book, African Accents ON THE GO! Designing Accessories with Cultural Style, was released in June 2007. Lisa writes regularly for various web sites, and trade and consumer publications. Lisa has demonstrated several projects & techniques on HGTV , and its sister network, DIY, along with Discovery Channel and sewing & quilting programs on PBS. For four years, she was the craft columnist for the Star-Ledger, New Jersey's largest newspaper with a daily readership of over 450,000. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City with a Bachelor s degree in Marketing and an Associate degree in Communications. She has held various positions in the sewing, craft, and textile industries, including creative director, writer/consultant, fabric buyer, merchandiser, and promotions manager. Lisa has collected African fabrics since 1986, after a visit to Senegal, West Africa.

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