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Maker Spaces: Creative interiors from the homes and studios of inspiring makers and designers Hardcover – April 9, 2015
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About the Author
Emily Quinton is a professional photographer, blogger and maker. She photographs and writes about craft, interiors, and the lifestyle of being a maker; her crafting projects regularly feature in magazines and on high-profile blogs. Emily has amassed a significant online following and she regularly receives over 1,000 ‘likes’ for her posts on Instagram. This is Emily’s first book for RPS.
Top customer reviews
This book is an interior design photo book masquerading as a "maker" book.
It has tastefully shot photographs of multiple homes, nice blurbs about the makers.
Very little insight into how/what/why the makers have things laid out for their work (there's maybe two pages and two pictures worth).
Anyways, I always feel bad leaving less than perfect reviews:
Photography- 5 stars, nicely shot rooms
Presentation - 5 stars, nicely laid out with good rhyme and flow
Premise- 2 stars, it's an interior design book that misrepresents itself as "creative" interiors of makers.
It shows pretty rooms that are tastefully shot, but there's not much separating it from any other tastefully framed rooms.
Aside from some of the artist's work, there's nothing separating this from an Ikea catalog or other random interior design photo book.
Frustratingly, the intro and first few sections seem to promise a look into the minds of fellow makers--instead it's just shots of (tasteful) interior decor.
Substance- 3 stars, the narratives are nice and fuzzy in a non-offensive manner. There's pretty much nothing that screams maker to my eyes. There's maybe an occasional photo of the artist making something, but not much about the actual process of creation. It's pleasant if somewhat vacuous.
If you're into actual maker's spaces, I'd recommend "Studio" by Sally Coulthard instead.
Emily Quinton has an easy, engaging and accessible writing style which makes this a book that you can either dip in and out of or sit and read from cover to cover without losing interest. Her text is beautifully accompanied by Helen Cathcart's photos.
I'm going to be giving this book as a gift to many friends!