Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Book Review: Bibliocraft by Jessica Pigza


From Goodreads:
There is untold wealth in library collections, and, like every good librarian, Jessica Pigza loves to share. In BiblioCraft, Pigza hones her literary hunting-and-gathering skills to help creatives of all types, from DIY hobbyists to fine artists, develop projects based on library resources. 
In Part I, she explains how to take advantage of the riches libraries have to offer—both in person and online. In Part II, she presents 20+ projects inspired by library resources from a stellar designer cast. 
Whatever the quest—historic watermarks transformed into pillows, Japanese family crests turned into coasters, or historic millinery instructions worked into floral fascinators—anyone can utilize library resources to bring their creative visions to life.
Please take a moment and just imagine my excitement when this book showed up in the library to be processed.  I had been itching to get my hands on a copy since I'd first heard about it.  If you've followed me for any length of time, you know that there's nothing I love more than a good craft - especially one that involves books.  This is a total delight to page through, read in detail, and keep on the shelf.  I'm currently on the lookout for a copy to keep at home, because access at work just isn't enough.

The first part makes for great reading if you're into reference materials or library services or just research in general.  It's got all kind of great ideas and information about sources for finding vintage patterns, graphic design, and public domain images to support any craft fixation, from embroidery to knitting to drawing to collage-making.

The second part contains sample crafts and directions for making them from well-known designers, bloggers, and artists.  It's incredibly beautiful to look at, and I think replicating each of the crafts would be delightful and easily accomplished for the average crafter.

The photography throughout the book is gorgeous and the book itself is a delight to hold and look at.  I can't say enough great things about the wealth of information available in the book and about the many rabbit holes I found myself falling into as I explored the websites and materials available through my own library.

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