Making a Life by Melanie Falick (Book)
I found this book inspiring! Making a Life is a journey of portraits built from discussions with Makers. Learning about the people and process behind all different kinds of handmade objects is a refreshing change from the Instagram level engagement I often fall into, when I learn of new (to me) Makers. There are a wide array of trades, craftsmanship, artistry, materials, locations and lifestyles represented. The photography brings the words to life and I cannot wait to have a physical copy of this book, to add that tactile experience to my next reading.
I do not see myself becoming a maker dedicated to one craft or a particular material. Nor do I think I'll ever make a business of what I make with my hands. However while reading this book I felt an overwhelming need to get up and go make something. I compromised for sitting next to my loom while I kept reading. My favorite part about the book was how it was organized. Instead of a simple collection of information, it really takes you through a journey of a creative process, as Melanie mentions in her introduction. By the end, I felt as though I should recognize more intentionally the creativity I bring to my own daily life. It may not look like the individuals featured in this book, but that is why "finding your voice" is part of the journey.
People who are passionate about making have an infectious energy and their inspiration is contagious. Melanie Falick has captured that passion through Making a Life. I hope this book sparks creativity in others and a DIY renaissance discussion may continue throughout our global Making community.