Conversations on the Hudson

An Englishman bicycles five hundred miles through the Hudson Valley meeting artists and craftspeople along the way

Nick Hand

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     5.3 × 6.6 in (13.5 × 16.8 cm)
112 pages
81 color illustrations, 24 b/w illustrations
Publication date: 01/15/2014
Rights: World
ISBN: 9781616892241

One spring day in 2012, fresh from his circumnavigation of the British Isles, English designer Nick Hand set off on his bicycle from Brooklyn, New York, and pedaled north along the Hudson River toward its source in the Adirondack Mountains. His leisurely pace suited his simple agenda, to talk to the artists and craftspeople he met along the way. Conversations on the Hudson is a visual record of his five-hundred-mile journey through the hills, mountains, and countryside of the Hudson Valley. Hand's casual approach brings out the best in people, who eagerly open up their studios and workshops and share their personal stories. This one-of-a-kind collection pairs Hand's beautiful photographs alongside visits to a seed librarian, a printer and publisher, a brewer, a stone sculptor, a sheep farmer, a distiller, a maple syrup producer, and a boat restorer, among others.
  • Brings together two examples of the popular "slow movement,"---long-distance bicycle touring and local craftsmanship
  • First book focusing exclusively on the artists and craftspeople of the Hudson Valley
  • Elegantly designed package includes hand-drawn illustrations
  • Features New York artists and craftspeople living in New York City, Mount Kisco, Haverstraw, Newburgh, Accord, Kingston, Hudson, Chatham, Ghent, Valatie, Schuylerville, and Northumberland

Nick Hand trained as a typographer at Stafford College and Bristol Polytechnic and now works as a graphic designer and photographer. In 2009 and 2010, he cycled 6,500 miles around the British Isles, documenting the stories, skills, tools, and techniques of artists and craftspeople living and working along the coast. He lives in Bristol and is director of the Department of Small Works, a design studio that collects stories of traditional and contemporary makers.

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