I’m hard at work on an exciting new book project that combines my two loves–libraries and craft. And I’d like to invite library-loving crafters and makers to be part of it!
Tentatively entitled Handmade at the Library, the book will be published by STC Craft | Melanie Falick Books. It is a crafter’s library companion, and in it I will share tips on how you can make the most of libraries’ unique and historic collections–both in person and online–in your search for information and inspiration in your own handmade creations. In addition, crafters and designers will provide original ideas and instructions for making beautiful, modern projects based on inspiring, vintage library collections. Each project will highlight the rich potential that awaits within research libraries’ unique collections. And that’s where where you come in.
I’m looking for talented working crafters interested in creating project tutorials for Handmade at the Library. I’ve gotten some great people lined up already (more news on that soon!) so I promise you’ll be in very good company. The ideal contributor’s work reflects a modern re-imagining of craft traditions, a fresh interpretation of vintage design, or an affinity for the history of the printed word. Examples of library sources we might together choose for your inspiration include historic children’s textbooks, type specimen books, postcard collections, old maps, early domestic arts magazines, and more.
The projects chosen for the finished book will include a variety of media as well as a range of types of items, including but not limited to home goods, toys, clothing accessories, and decor.
I will provide an honorarium to each contributor in thanks for her or his creative efforts in support of this project. If you are interested in contributing, please write to me at jessica [at] handmadelibrarian [dot] com and introduce yourself. Be sure to include links–to your blog, website, etsy shop, etc.–where I can get to know you and your work better.
The deadline for contributors’ finished projects and instructions will be November 2012. I will respond to each potential contributor as quickly as possible. Thank you for considering being part of Handmade at the Library. More news on the book as it happens!