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Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time Paperback – May 4, 2010
About the Author
Vickie Howell is a designer, writer and a voice for this generation's craft movement. She founded successful chapters of the irreverent but socially conscious knitting group Stitch 'n' Bitch. Vickie was the host of DIY's Knitty Gritty and has written three books: New Knits on the Block; Not Another Teen Knitting Book 9781402720659; Knit Aid 9781402746819 and Pop Goes Crochet! 9781600594663.
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Each chapter is set up like an interview with a different crafter. The interview includes a photograph and how the author knows them or their work. The author goes through a variety of questions that really let you understand who the crafter or designer is and how they came to be who they are. There are also beautiful color photographs of pieces that they've created and a photograph of their craft room along with information about their favorite craft items, etc. You'll also have a link to go to in order to see more of what each person creates.
My favorite part of this book is that scattered throughout the interviews with famous crafters and designers are *Words to Craft By* which are little introductions to a variety of every day crafters and their blogs. You'll learn about who they are, their favorite crafts, where they live and what their blog link is so you can go connect with them and learn more.
I have had so much fun with this book. It's the perfect way to get inspiration or to spend a couple hours on a rainy afternoon. The way the interviews are written really lets you get to know the crafters. Including the links to sites and blogs means that I can connect with the people I feel can offer me more inspiration. Listing their favorite crafts means that I can search out people who enjoy the same types of crafts that I do. I was pleasantly surprised to see that there are a variety of male crafters included in the book as well. This is a great way to spend the afternoon!
There are books you peruse slowly, picking them up now and again, taking small polite bites of information. They are nice books, well mannered books, happy little books you enjoy and then promptly forget. Then there are books like CraftCorps. It's the kind of book you can't stop devouring from the moment you open the cover and when you've finished reading you're hungry for more. I got my advance copy this week and although I had a pile of other things on my plate that were screaming for attention, as soon as I cracked open the cover I was hooked. I kept saying to myself, okay put the book down and get back to work...but every time I tried it was only a moment or two before I had the book in my hands again.
Vickie Howell is a tour de force in the craft community. She's not only written a brilliant and inspiring book, she's become the pied piper of a crafty revolution. This series of interviews with a wide variety of craft and creative industry celebrities is riveting. Every person has a fascinating story to share and the threads that run through them all speak to the innately human desire to create. Each interview is a peek into the trajectory of a career of a creative person who figured out that we really can do what we love and have the money follow and when we do life becomes a celebration. Every person in the book stood in the face of the people who told them, "You can't." and said, "Oh yeah, watch me." These stories will inspire, entertain, educate and amaze you. The additional profiles of up and coming crafters scattered throughout the book make it clear that this movement is here to stay.
This book asks again and again the nebulous question, "What is the difference between 'art' and 'craft'?" and the answers given defy conventional wisdom. Ultimately this isn't merely a book about crafters or crafting, it's really a road map to creating success by defying the rules. Every person in the book has stood at the crossroads of the road less traveled and taken the wild path. Anyone who longs to break free of their pedantic existence will be inspired by this book. If you've often wondered what might happen if you ignored the naysayers and did what made you happy, you'll find out what might happen here. Anyone who crafts for fun or a living will be kicked in the ass by this book, in the best possible way.
The people featured in this book along with the author are all creating their own realities on a daily basis. They'll make you laugh and they'll make you cry and most of all they'll make you think. Deeply. This is the kind of book that changes lives. There is a power in creativity that transcends definition, but this book manages to not only define it, but to show the reader how to harness that power for good.
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