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Five Questions with Dulcey Heller
Today's interview is with Dulcey Heller, library assistant for the American Craft Council Library.
What is your favorite/most-read art or craft book in your personal collection?
This is a tough question - and I wrote these questions! My personal craft books are almost universally about beadwork, my craft of choice. Carol Wilcox Wells' Creative Bead Weaving: A Contemporary Guide to Classic Off-Loom Stitches is one of my classic reference titles, both for technical information and its gallery of inspiration.
What book or magazine would you like to sneak out of the ACC library?
I was delighted to find that the library owns Fearless Beadwork: Improvisational Peyote Stitch: Handwriting and Drawings from Hell by Joyce Scott. Joyce is, among her many artistic and performing talents, the pre-eminent artist in making beaded figures, and I took a class with her many years ago. She's going to be at the Maryland Institute College of Art October 22-25 for Transformations - New Directions in Black Art. Joyce will be a panelist in "Art and Craft: Closing the Gaps," and will be a performance artist in "Synergy" with Ormond White and the American Studio Orchestra. If you go, please report back in the comments!
What book(s) are you currently reading? Any kind of book is fine!
I usually have one or two books going at a time. My current title is Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, a saga about an Ethiopian doctor who fled to New York, and is on a quest to understand his family. I took a break from it last night to read The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, a teen novel about a dystopian human experiment. Really, I read as much as I can, as often as I can, fiction and nonfiction. I am also a librarian in a public library, so I see many, many wonderful books cross my path.
What hooked you on craft? What's the first craft you remember seriously catching your eye?
Fiber arts are probably my first foray into craft. Growing up, I dabbled in several, but also made soap, candles, etc. I made those ubiquitous beaded daisy chain necklaces as a teenager, and came back to beading in the 90s, where I've stayed ever since.
If you could master a new craft, what would it be?
I'd like to learn silversmithing, or maybe PMC (precious metal clay). Both would be ideal! One of the challenges when making jewelry is finding complementary components, and making my own would solve that problem. Fiber still catches my attention as well; I have a small tapestry loom patiently waiting for my attention.
Five Questions is a brief Q&A about books and craft, with people who love and use the American Craft Council Library.