Today is full of free book prizes. Right here on my blog you can win a copy of Vickie Howell’s new book Craft Corps. If you scoot over to Vickie’s blog you can enter to win a copy of my book The Naughty Secretary Club: The Working Girls Guide to Handmade Jewelry and a Totally Texas Necklace. Two for one special!
Let’s chat about your possible prize, Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time. This is not your typical craft book, there is not a how-to project in sight. Instead there are interviews, lot’s of juicy interviews. Vickie had one on one conversations with creatives of all genres and types from knitters to ceramists. There are zillions of well known crafters profiled in the book. Names like Carol Duvall, Denyse Schmidt and Amy Butler probably ring a few bells. Not just the famous crafty types are profiled. If you have been following Craft Corps online you have been introduced to several up-and-coming crafters. Many more of these crafters tell their stories in the book. All the interviews are interesting and enlightening, however in keeping with our Earth Day theme this week we are going to spot light a few of my faves who typically work with recycled materials. It is only fitting since author Vickie Howell is a notorious green crafter herself!
One of the longest interviews in the book is with me. Vickie and I had a good long chat one morning on my couch all about macaroni wreaths, my fear of public speaking and Flavor Flav of all things. One of my all time favorite necklaces made from a recycled kitty puzzle is featured. The nice thing about the book is that each interview is slightly different and tailored to the specific crafter. This is the kind of book you keep next to your bed to read an interview a night and have inspired crafty dreams by.
One of the most environmentally friendly crafters I know, Travis Nichols is profiled in Craft Corps. You might remember I interviewed Travis last year when he released his endlessly entertaining book Punk Rock Etiquette. Besides being eco-friendly another adjective to describe Travis would be male, not something you see too often in the crafting world. Somehow Vickie manages to find several crafty dudes to profile. Travis who always tries to work with eco-friendly materials right down to the plastic wrap around his illustrated gift cards has an interesting conversation about the origins of the stuff we buy whether it be food or magazines. Thanks for the shout out Travis, I miss you around here.
Susan Beal one of my favorite crafty ladies is profiled in Craft Corps. A quick flip through her books Bead Simple and Button It Up and it’s clear that she has a love of reusing vintage materials in new creative ways. When Vickie asks her about a moment from her childhood connected to crafts that stands out she tells a story of using old fabric scraps with her grandmother to sew doll clothes. Apparently even her grandma, maybe inadvertently was green. As a new mother myself trying to find time to be creative and chase a toddler I especially related to their dialogue on the topic.
Just glancing at the pictures from Jenny Ryan’s interview and you can tell this lady is a creative mastermind at reworking found and vintage items in a new and exciting way. Fabric bracelets made from old sheets and fabric scraps and sweaters trimmed in vintage embroidered linens exemplify up-cycling at it’s finest. Jenny and Vickie discuss everything from Jenny’s successful LA based craft show Felt Club to the pre-Etsy days of running an online craft store.
Other enviro favorites include Kathy Cano Murillo of Crafty Chica, Mark Montano and his Big Ass Books of Crafts and Wendy Russell from She’s Crafty. All of these people put an expert spin on reworking once discarded items into something fresh and new.
Whether you are a fan of some of these crafters, thinking of starting your own craft business or just curious what got other crafters started down their specific path Craft Corps is a page turner. Lots of pictures, James Lipton style questions and of course great conversations between crafters. Some are long, others are paragraph blurbs but all are interesting and entertaining.
So now about that free book. You have one week to leave me a comment letting me know the crafter you would most like to read an interview with. Ya never know they might be one of the 30+ crafters profiled in Craft Corps.