Thursday, November 25, 2010
Crafty Book Review - Creating a Meaningful Home
Crafting a Meaningful Home: 27 DIY Projects to Tell Stories, Hold Memories, and Celebrate Family Heritage
Okay, first of all: the photos will make you swoon. This book is simply gorgeous. The design is sleek and modern. (Should we expect anything else from Ms. Mateo Ilasco?)
Each project is prefaced by a quick essay about the background of the artist who made said project. It's interesting to learn about the person who came up with the piece. Each essay is quick, and pleasant to read. Those familiar with the hipster craft scene will notice that this book is basically a who's who of crafters who are hipper than you and I will ever be (Or at least hipper than I will ever be. You might be quite the hipness, in which case, go you!) Getting a chance to peek inside their homes is interesting, though. (And possibly envy-inducing. They're great modern decorators, natch!)
That said, most of the projects didn't really resonate with me. I guess I'm too white/not hip enough for most of them. This is NOT a run of the mill craft book. Many of the projects require specialized equipment. (wood burning kits, screen printing kits, liquid latex, etc etc etc.) The projects are often very involved. It takes a bold crafter/diy-er to tackle some of these puppies.
If you're looking for another simple crafting book, this is not it. If you're looking for creative challenges, and a chance to try new techniques and make unusual items, you'll probably love this book.
Either way, appreciate it for what it is: a gorgeous, unique glimpse of crafty hipsters doin' their thing.