This book is a piece of art in and of itself. It details the process of artisans who work on crafts that have almost slipped into obscurity. I jump at every chance I get to learn about a new form of crafting and making. The chapters on the book mender and the kintsugi (the Buddhist art of mending pottery with gold lacquer) are especially fascinating. Get this for the crafter in your life who flits from one practice to another and is equally excited about all of them.
— J Gallo
Almost Lost Arts features the stories of 20 artisans who have devoted their lives to preserving traditional techniques.
From globemakers and bookmenders to cassette tape manufacturers and neon sign makers, the profiled artisans represent a diverse mix of media, ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds.
Gorgeous photographs reveal these craftspeople's studios from places like Oaxaca, Kyoto, Milan, and Tennessee.
• Each maker is accompanied by an in-depth profile telling their story • Features two essays that discuss the challenges and rewards of engaging deeply with the past • An inspiration to makers, collectors, and history lovers
Almost Lost Arts is a celebration of tactile beauty and a tribute to human ingenuity.
This book takes readers in-depth with each artisan and explores how people around the world are saving traditional arts from obscurity.
• A visual delight and an inspirational read for anyone who treasures handmade goods: collectors, makers, and those who dream of quitting their office jobs and learning a craft • The perfect gift for artists, makers, collectors, crafters, fans of vintage ephemera, history lovers, trivia buffs, travelers, parents, and millennials • Elegant three-piece case and foil stamping make this a highly giftable book • Great for fans of Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills by Reader's Digest, Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langland, and In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney
About the Author
Emily Freidenrich is an author living in Seattle.
Narayan Khandekar is the curator for the Forbes Pigment Collection at the Harvard Art Museums.
Margaret Shepherd is a renowned calligrapher based in Boston.