I am pleased to announce that my book, Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Making, and Selling Artisan Work is (finally!) available for pre-order!
$29.99 + $6.50 s/h (w/in USA)
Pre-order now and you will receive a signed copy via Priority Mail once the book is published!
(Please let me know what inscription you would like via the “Notes” field in PayPal checkout. Anticipated publication date is September 28, 2016.)
Here’s a description of the book:
There is a huge gap between making “recipe projects” from magazines and books and designing your own work, and an equally big gap between designing your own and creating well-designed pieces. Master Your Craft: Strategies for Designing, Creating, and Selling Artisanal Works is intended to fill that gap, enabling novice designers to grow beyond following project “recipes”and teaching more advanced designers strategies to produce masterpieces. It offers a creative process that facilitates exploring new ideas, translating those ideas into solid design, prototyping to solve design problems, and constructing the finished piece. It provides a process tailored specifically to craft – addressing artistic concerns as well as fabrication considerations.
Master Your Craft fuses artistic principles with best practices drawn from interviews from established artisans and industrial product development processes. In addition to covering topics like visual and functional design, Master Your Craft offers insights from artisans across a wide cross-section of the craft world – tapestry weavers, glass workers, ceramicists, quilters, basket weavers, and woodworkers, to name just a few. It also offers the best of industrial development processes – brainstorming techniques used by professional designers, construction strategies from the automotive industry, and iterative development methods from software companies. These industrial methods, fused with more traditional craft approaches, provide a powerful new process for finding and exploring new ideas, for translating those ideas into solid design, for constructing the final piece, and for reflecting on the finished project.
In addition to offering a creative framework, Master Your Craft contains suggestions for growing as a designer – whether on the artist’s path, the businessperson’s path, or as a passionate amateur. It includes tips from established artists and successful craft businesspeople for developing your creative voice, networking to find opportunities for show and sale of your work, and ideas for pricing and promoting your work.
And (should you want to share with your friends), here’s the sales flyer. Please help me spread the word!!