In all honesty, I must admit that I had selfish reasons for supporting the creation of the 70-Year craft timeline. Here in the ACC library, we receive countless research requests for information pertaining to the history of craft. Don't get me wrong - I live for the thrill of digging up that one golden nugget of information, quote, or photograph that can help connect the dots of a thesis, exhibition, or the like.
It's been a fun week around the office, seeing everyone's timeline highlights and hearing the reactions as people have received their copies of the magazine. I'll forgo a repeat pick of the launching of This Old House (possibly my favorite TV show growing up), but otherwise, here are my favorite entries in the 70-year craft timeline:
Choosing favorites hasn't ever been my strong suit (just ask anyone who's ever had to go clothes shopping, or, heaven forbid, to the grocery story with slow, methodical me). But choosing favorites out of our massive, 70-year craft timeline presents a special challenge – there are so many great entries! I'm soothing myself with the thought that, as this week unfolds, other American Craft staff members will be sharing their favorite entires too. And some of the great moments in craft that I passed by, well, they could still get their due.
The library has recently purchased some new books on selling craft, and all have been very highly reviewed. Whether you've been crafting for years, or are looking for how to begin, these books are a great place to start!
Kari Chapin describes it all in The Handmade Marketplace, from pricing to photography, and online sales to marketing. Faythe Levine writes that this is "a fantastic resource full of useful tips and guidelines from top DIY insiders" and a "must have for any maker's library."
Recently, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft generously donated their library materials to the American Craft Council Library. The boxes were treasure chests to open – full of books, exhibition catalogs, and magazines. Here are a few of our favorites.
Many visitors to the American Craft Council library come solely for the magazines. They like to browse the medium specific journals, read about current and upcoming exhibitions, and study the latest techniques in both studio and DIY application. Knowing how important these publications are to our users, it is with great sadness that we recently learned two of our beloved magazines, Fiberarts and ReadyMade, are no more.