by Leanne Hayman and Nick Warner (Editors) - £16.95 Black Dog Publishing London UK (2014)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781908966391 | ISBN 10: 1908966394
A visual survey of some of the world’s finest hand makers, the spaces they work in and the products they create, Made by Hand: Contemporary Makers, Traditional Practices is a remedy to mass- production and a celebration of the return to artisan craft.
Featuring profiles on artisans as disparate as neon sign makers, bladesmiths, violin makers and stationers, the book focuses on the choice to produce handmade goods with traditional processes in an era where synthetic, mass-manufactured wares are cheaper and easier to fabricate.
With reference to the use of time-honoured materials, the propagation of local trade, the increased intimacy of the relationship between maker and client, and the greater durability and quality of handmade objects, this publication is a timely appraisal of the environmental, economical and aesthetic rigour of artisanal practices in a variety of international hotspots, such as the United Kingdom, the United States and Scandinavia.
The books profiles practitioners including bag makers Trakke, Glasgow; spectacle makers Urban Spectacles, Chicago; bladesmiths Orchard Steel, Brooklyn; shoemaker Viktoria Nilsson, Sweden; paper makers Awagami, Tokushima, Japan; and watchmaker Quentin Carnaille of Lyon. Richly illustrated with photographs of the methods and tools used as well as the finished items, Made by Hand invites the reader to enjoy the process as much as the product.
(Price & availability last checked: April 2014)