I want to share a little gem of a book and you can be one of the first to own it as it is hot off the eco press.
craft books start by selecting the best, the last, the most famous
craftspeople in each trade, this produces a particular type of book that
has it's place but it has been done many times. How would it be if
instead you selected a bunch of artisans at random, say by cycling round
the coast of the British Isles and interviewing and photographing folk
you met along the way?
That's was Nick Hand's idea and the results are wonderful. What I love most about this book is the humility of actually
quite ordinary artisans chosen by chance as they came into focus on
one man's remarkable journey around the coast. What we learn is
that when you take the time to look, even the apparently straight
forward lives of a bicycle repairer, hat maker or
basket weaver are driven by passion and a deep seated love for
their work. It is inspirational.
book is a joy and you can see thoughtfulness and passion in every
aspect of it. I have no idea how Nick conducted his interviews but the
folk open up in a deep and meaningful way and share the inner drive that
makes them do what they do. Nick would say it is the bicycle that wins
folk over, I guess when someone has ridden 1500 miles to your door you
recognise the fellow dedication and that empathy comes through the pages. As you would expect from a top photojournalist the images are sublime.
It would have been easy to publish this as a coffee
table book with big glossy pages printed cheaply in China, instead it is
a small book printed on FSC paper made in the UK and printed and bound
in Wales. It's difficult to spot just why it works but it has that
lovely quality of the original Beatrix Potter books, I guess it is
loving attention to detail, caring, craftsmanship.
would really very highly recommend it as gift to yourself or a friend.
Just £14 or £16.50 inc P&P, a few clicks and you can use Paypal if
you like. Here is the link to the order page.
Oh yes and £1 of every sale goes to Parkinson's UK