I have been meaning to post this review for a long time but Orkney kind of got in the way.
After ten years in the spotlight craft is still huge and one of its steadfast champions has written a book. Perri Lewis has a unique take on the world through her articles for The Guardian and her blog (Make and Do with Perri) she helps to make the world of craft accessible, shows us how to join in, and introduces us to the unexpected. All of this is brilliantly embodied in her excellent first book –Material World.
Perri expertly blends the big names in fashion and craft with
very interesting articles and insights; she takes the mystery out of 15 different techniques and puts them in context against interviews with big name experts; she leads us through projects that make the everyday unusual. All in all Perri has successfully brought us art against a backdrop of traditional techniques.
Here are just a few of my highlights
Philip Treacy on hats – Could anything be more exciting?
Decoupage shoes – such fun!
Macramé – I am dying for it to make a comeback
Stitchlinks – Perri’s interview with Betsan Corkhill gives great insight into the therapeutic effects of knitting.
By the time you come to the end of this book you start to get a real sense of how many people are embracing craft and the full range of our community. So often as knitters we get stuck in our own little silo but this book helps you to try something new.