Friday, June 10, 2011

Little Artists Handmade

























When you work in a business partnership it's pretty much a given that you think your partner is the bee's knees! And it is with this sentiment that I am so proud that Carly's new book Little Artists Handmade is out and about on the bookshelves of the best bookshops in Australia as of just last week.

It has been such an interesting learning curve and journey to be in the background watching (and occasionally helping) to see how a book grows from first thoughts to published; the fun; the work; the passion; the blocks; the late nights; the thrill and excitement.  I know it was hard for Carly (as a graphic designer) to hand over the 'look' of the book to the publisher's designers at Penguin.  But I am so happy to see that what truly resonates in Little Artists Handmade is her beautiful creative ideas for sewing and craft projects and her passion for children and their natural ability to create beautiful artwork.

I can imagine there will be many children beaming with delight in knowing that their artwork inspired the making of, for example, a beautiful cushion; a bag that Mum actually uses, a mobile hanging in the kitchen. I am desperate to make a sketchbook cover inspired by my Grace's flower drawings du jour.

One of the biggest gifts you can give your child is a nice place to sit, pencils and paper and space to create without interruption or intervention.  The second biggest gift is to validate your child's work by noticing it, asking about it and showing it off! Carly's book facilitates these precious moments in so many beautiful ways. Congratulations Carly!!!



6 comments:

yardage girl said...

It is a brilliant book - I got mine in the post this week, and can't wait to try some of the projects!

Anna said...

I'm so excited about this book, what a wonderful idea, can't wait to get my hands on it!

Nest Studio said...

fanks Amy xxx I wish you could do all my radio interviews .. you speak so eloquently about the book ... mean while I am all tongues and no words??? blank... maybe when it sinks in a bit more ..

Kimia Kline said...

so exciting! congrats to your partner on their new book!

Andrea said...

So beautiful this brooch....although I wonder if i am commenting on the wrong post?

small catalogue said...

Am absolutely putting this on the wish list.

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