Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Maker's Year


My book idea:

I like to make something every day. Sometimes I make a pretty party dress; other days I re-make my workspace. Last Wednesday I roasted a few beets and tried a new salad recipe. On Sunday I visited the farmer's market downtown and bought a big bouquet of sunflowers. I came home and designed a tablescape with the flowers and a paper parasol. Making things takes many forms and every day there is some thing.

Taking pictures of what I do has become a part of my process. I like to document my day with a photo. I enjoy taking pictures so much that sometimes I end up liking the photograph more that the thing pictured. So on those days the picture taking becomes the important thing.

I also like to write a little bit about what happened that day- what inspired the thing I made...what I was thinking about when I made it...the music I listened to as an entree into the "zone." Just a few words that encapsulates the process. So it's sort of like a journal of creative recognition or a visual examination of some sort. I don't really have a name for it.

This is the book I'd like to write. It will be highly visual- more pictures than text- and will cover a period of 365 days. A year of creative stream toe-dipping and a peek into my world of "making."


  1. Lori- Sounds like a great idea for a book. Also, thanks for the book reviews- I've been wanting to read "The Traveler's Wife" for quite some time, now I will.

  2. Go for it! I would buy it.


  3. I'd read it! It'd be a great book to offer this world.
    We already have so many ideas on how to waste time and
    materials...why not show the joy in using what's right
    in front of our nose. Joy needn't put us in debt, right?
    Go for it!

  4. you know, i think this idea of your book is so beautiful in its simple, from the core, fruition. i am once again, intrigued and inspired by your unending creativity. here's to your makers year!

  5. Just a thought - this would make a great desk diary/inspiration/idea notebook to add your own thoughts to for a year ...

  6. Thank you all for your encouragement and support. I'm really enjoying this project. E- I like the idea of a place for notes and comments. Thank you!

  7. I am in love with this idea, and I'm in love with your brain.
    Excellent, excellent wonderful perspective which sends me into a spin of elation and inspiration.
    a workbook! how very very wonderful! I've thought of something similar in the past, but let's face have the genius to put it so eloquently and aptly. XO!!


09 10