Almost Lost Arts: Traditional Crafts and the Artisans Keeping Them Alive (Arts and Crafts Book, Gift for Artists and History Lovers)

October 31, 2019 - Comment

Almost Lost Arts features the stories of 20 artisans who have devoted their lives to preserving traditional techniques. From globemakers and bookmenders to cassette tape manufacturers and neon sign makers, the profiled artisans represent a diverse mix of media, ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds. Gorgeous photographs reveal these craftspeople’s studios from places like Oaxaca, Kyoto,

Almost Lost Arts features the stories of 20 artisans who have devoted their lives to preserving traditional techniques.

From globemakers and bookmenders to cassette tape manufacturers and neon sign makers, the profiled artisans represent a diverse mix of media, ages, genders, and cultural backgrounds.

Gorgeous photographs reveal these craftspeople’s studios from places like Oaxaca, Kyoto, Milan, and Tennessee.

• Each maker is accompanied by an in-depth profile telling their story
• Features two essays that discuss the challenges and rewards of engaging deeply with the past
• An inspiration to makers, collectors, and history lovers

Almost Lost Arts is a celebration of tactile beauty and a tribute to human ingenuity.

This book takes readers in-depth with each artisan and explores how people around the world are saving traditional arts from obscurity.

• A visual delight and an inspirational read for anyone who treasures handmade goods: collectors, makers, and those who dream of quitting their office jobs and learning a craft
• The perfect gift for artists, makers, collectors, crafters, fans of vintage ephemera, history lovers, trivia buffs, travelers, parents, and millennials
• Elegant three-piece case and foil stamping make this a highly giftable book
• Great for fans of Back to Basics: How to Learn and Enjoy Traditional American Skills by Reader’s Digest, Cræft: An Inquiry Into the Origins and True Meaning of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langland, and In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney

Comments

Anonymous says:

A must read- it is a fascinating insight into artists and their passions. I can think of only one other time in my 63 years that I’ve bothered to write a review or speak publicly about a book that I’ve read. As a lifetime reader, I wanted to share this book with all of you. After reading the very first chapter of Almost Lost Arts, I was hooked. The stories of the various artists in this book are uniquely different and yet incredibly fascinating. They have a calling: they have to carry on the tradition of an art form that is from the past that they…

Anonymous says:

Gorgeous book! This art book is definitely a work of art of its own. I bought it as a coffee table book and everyone who comes over picks it up and wants to talk about it. But it’s not just stunning photos — the stories of these curious trades are fascinating. Reading about the antique horologist took me down a wiki rabbit hole. Great gift item for makers.

Anonymous says:

A truly beautiful book! This book is a joy to read and explore! So many talented artisans are featured and the visuals are beyond. A great gift!!

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