Friday, March 18, 2011

Bookmark/Traditional Crafts of Ireland

Yesterday Sandy Riddell Wagner posted a link to an Irish Traditional Crafts website. It features films by David and Sally Shaw-Smith and mentioned that they also had a book with Thames and Hudson. With a little bit of the luck of the Irish, the book was on the shelf of my local library. I brought it home and spent a few hours learning about traditional ways of textiles, stonework, woodwork, willow, rush and straw work (my favorite), leather (including bookbinding), metalwork, ceramics, glassware, calligraphy (Denis Brown), and rural life. It's beautifully photographed by the Shaw-Smiths with writing by a variety of different people. A treat for St. patrick's Day. I may need to add it to my library.

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