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Art, Life, Harvest & Home
Katy Kelleher , Greta Rybus
225 color illustrations
Publication date: 9/5/2017
|Amid the sublime beauty of Maine---its primordial forests, remote lakes, rugged mountains, and craggy coastline blooms a handmade culture fed by heritage, self-sufficiency, and collaboration. Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home features lively profiles of more than twenty artists, artisans, and craftspeople---weavers and potters, a painter, an architect, a boatbuilder, a leatherworker, bakers, lobster-men, and more at work in the woods, towns, and cities of Maine, celebrating the triumphs and challenges of entrepreneurship and independence. Including more than 225 inspiring color photographs and intimate narrative portraits, Handcrafted Maine provides a window into the inner lives of creatives and brings to life the powerful environment and spirited character that nurture the unbridled ingenuity and common-sense approach to craft and life found Down East.|
Katy Kelleher is a writer and editor living in Buxton, Maine. She writes about creators of all stripes, food sustainability, and culture for local and national media.
Greta Rybus is a Portland, Maine-based photojournalist with an interest in our connection to the environment. She photographs for publications including the New York Times and Modern Farmer.
Editorial ReviewsCoastal Design:
"Twenty-two fascinating portraits of artists, artisans, and craftspeople are the focus of Handcrafted Maine. Their stories, clearly written and paired with more than 200 compelling photographs, tell the tale of what it takes to live and create in Maine....Meeting these artists and artisans through this book is a delight."Martha Stewart Living:
"Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home shows what it takes for 20-plus artisans in the northeastern state to make a living doing what they love."Portland (Maine) Press Herald:
"Handcrafted Maine: Art, Life, Harvest & Home might launch another wave of migration from Brooklyn. With its lush photography by Greta Rybus, it's the kind of coffee table book that makes you want to run off to Maine to weave baskets or make leather goods or at least, bread."WoodenBoat:
"Visitors and residents of Maine will recognize some of the beautiful scenery and genius depicted in this stunning book."Lodestars Anthology :
"[W]e are obsessed with fine print, beautiful words and exceptional photography if we can find all this in a single publication (one that celebrates creativity, community and the landscape), then our adoration is going to be next level. So, not surprisingly, we were delighted to discover Handcrafted Maine, a new coffee table book that profiles 22 craftspeople, producers and creatives who call Maine home. Focussing on the stunning natural setting as much as their featured personalities, the book is a wonderful inducement to travel, consider the land and possibly even get your own project up and running."Coastal Design:
"Twenty-two fascinating portraits of artists, artisans, and craftspeople are the focus of Handcrafted Maine. Their stories, clearly written and paired with more than 200 compelling photographs, tell the tale of what it takes to live and create in Maine....Meeting these artists and artisans through this book is a delight."Boston Globe:
"Brooklyn gets all the props, but Maine's got makers, too. Most don't look like hipsters, but they're good with their hands. Buxton, Maine-based writer Katy Kelleher profiles 22 local artisans, including a boat builder, a basket maker, a potter who creates quirky animal cups, and a chef who keeps pigs. Greta Rybus's evocative photographs make you wish you were there."Bangor Daily News:
"...a lavishly photographed book with in-depth reporting that delivers genuine senses of place...Handcrafted Maine is a beautiful book about hardy, creative souls making it in a state built on locavorism."Boston Globe:
"While [Handcrafted Maine] mines the creative process and highlights Maine's culture and environment, it also serves as an imaginative travel guide for northern explorers, as several of the subjects work with the public, including dogsled outings with Mahoosuc Guide Service in Newry and fish guiding at Red River Camps in Portage. At Grain Surfboards in York, where co-owners Brad Anderson and Mike LeVecchia handcraft wooden surfboards, visitors can spend a weekend learning to make their own boards while staying on Grain's farm. Down East visitors might want to stop in at chainsaw sculptor Ray Murphy's warehouse in Hancock or Swans Island Company in Northport, where blankets are still made by hand."