Stories of a Creative Community

Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time, by Vickie Howell.

As creators, it can be inspiring to read the stories and backgrounds of other creators. To see what they’re up to, how they got there, where they wish to go. It also makes me analyze my own craft whims, and my craft business. Whether we realize it or not, we’re constantly crafting our own stories.

This book by knit and crochet master Vicki Howell was inspired by the NPR oral history project StoryCorps, which tells real stories of real people. Only in Howell’s book the focus is on designers and crafters. Squee! Included are 30 interviews with “professional craftspeople” such as Jenny Hart, Jennifer Perkins, Jay McCarroll, Mary Engelbreit, and Leah Kramer, as well as shorter profiles of 60 other crafters.

Each artist feature includes a great interview, and photos of the subject with a peek at the artists work or inside their studio. One of my favorite features of each interview is “The Crafter’s Studio.” Which are four questions done “Inside the Actor’s Studio” style. Examples:

What craft sound or smell do you love? I love the smell of new fabric, new from the store.

What career, other than craft- and art-world domination, would you like to try? An emcee or a talk show host.

There are many more like that, so you must check it out.

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About Dang Amanda

I love books, and crafts, and books about crafts. They are usually well designed and inspirational. In addition to book talking here, I'll also be dropping blog lines occasionally about local craft fairs going on around town. When I'm not blogging about craft fairs and books, I'm often sewing for dang argyle, eating kale, drinking coffee, laughing, growing tomatoes, and taking photographs.
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