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Holy Moly Mackeroly! Reflections on the Business of Art and the Art of Life Paperback – June 17, 2002
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From the Publisher
Holy Moly Mackeroly is a self-published memoir: a storytelling-style reflection about my process of creating a home-based art business and life experiences that I feel are connected to that journey.
It is all words with very few pictures, so if you want to see my artwork, thanks for your interest! You can learn about my carving and stamping techniques in my second book, published by North Light Books: Art Stamping Workshop is also available at Amazon.com.
I believed in writing Holy Moly Mackeroly that there was a place for such a book. That belief was based on my experiences of giving talks over the years on how I started with three rubber stamps, made 18 bookmarks (which my Mom sold for me in Santa Fe), and over time created a greeting card and art business that expanded exponentially. I have had an active card account at the Smithsonian since 1994 and have gone on to become a published artist and writer in major art and craft publications.
But more importantly to me, since this book was published in 2002, a community of artist-friends has emerged, beginning with the creation of an online group, started by a visionary reader. Our group is active in art and dedicated in friendships. We have gone way beyond the book as individuals and together in ways I never could have imagined possible when I began writing.
I believe in the value of storytelling. I believed enough in the value of what others have taught and given to me over the years that I gambled in a huge way to create this book as author, publisher, distributor, cover artist, the works. The experience of immersing yourself in the entire process is incredibly rewarding.
I am grateful to people all over the world - they have read my book and shared their stories with me. If this is your kind of book, I hope you enjoy it! There is a Chinese Proverb that is my guiding principle: "A thousand mile journey begins with one step." Taking one step gets you to a whole new place. Are you ready?
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There are lots of business how-to books out there, but the vast majority don't touch on the realities or needs of one-person start-ups run from the home. Ms. Page's book provides an honest view of that world and what can work for those with talent and drive should they venture into it. But more than that, this book provides an arm around the shoulder when you're fretting ("You CAN make a living from art!"), a kick in the rear when you falter ("You only go round once in life, so go for your dream!"), and a warm friendly voice in your ear when you have doubts ("If I can do it, so can you!").
Color pictures of Ms. Page's artwork would have been a welcome plus, but smart readers know that her web site is just a click away. There you can look at her gorgeous work to your heart's content. Far from just "falling in a bucket and coming out smelling like a rose," Ms. Page is a talented lady who has worked hard to develop a successful niche business in a very competitive industry. I applaud her for it and highly recommend this book to anyone who has the same aspirations.
Bringing to her subject matter - the art of life and a life in art - a spirit of sharing, Gloria lets us walk with her through short takes on time, obstacles, changes and multiple aspects of not only art and life but also the art and science of combining the two in ways that could actually prove sanity preserving.
The voice of honesty and experience that comes through on every page provides a candid and accurate reflection of what make making art or any sort of self-employment a daily journey that proves challenging, rewarding and well worth considering.
Be prepared for Gloria's tiny snapshot stories to sneak into your random thoughts well after you officially turn the last page. In my case, I pulled the book out so often it has crept stealthily into my studio and now found a home just an arm's reach from the comfy chair I curl up in when I need a dose of art-fellowship or an infusion of inspiration.