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2015 new books
Rooted—Creating a Sense of Place:
Contemporary Studio Furniture
The Furniture Society, Steffanie Dotson & Douglas Congdon-Martin, editors
• Features the recent work of over 70 studio furniture makers
• Explores the diversity of design, materials, and construction in craft furniture
• Thoughtful essays on the role of place in the craftsperson’s creativity
Themovement to buy locally, which has gainedmomentum in the areas of produce and food, is now spreading
to arts and crafts. Through the work of over seventy contemporary furniture makers, the role of place in the
creative process is explored and celebrated. Whether in terms of materials, inspiration, or the interactionwith
customers, these artists are rooted in their surroundings. What springs from these roots is usually unique,
often edgy, and always beautiful furniture and accessories. Over 150 examples of their work are shown in full
color, with ample detail photographs so the reader gets an intimate look at the skill and artistic instincts of
these makers. Essays by furniture makers and leaders in the craft world amplify the visual feast and help the
reader understand the vision, motivation, and inspiration that give impetus to the artists and informtheir work.
The Furniture Society
is a nonprofit, educational organization founded in 1996 to advance the art of
furniture making by inspiring creativity, promoting excellence, and fostering an understanding of this art.
Size: 8 1/2" x 11" • 250+ color photos • 160 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4948-5 • hard cover • $34.99
Personal Hang-ups
The Center for Art in Wood
• 38 contemporary studio artists create inventive sculptural forms for hanging objects
• An Inspiring collection of contemporary hand-crafted designs in wood and other media
• Artists’ statements give insight into their processes
“I am interested in your personal hang-ups: Not your lifetime neuroses but your (ideal) hat, coat and/or
clothes tree or hanger, wall hooks, free standing pole, rack, stand or small wall system. With this invitation
Gail M. Brown, an independent curator, challenged artists to create inventive forms for an exhibition at The
Center for Art inWood in Philadelphia. The resulting sculptures by 38 artists ranged from a straightforward
coat rack to a four-foot apartment house riding on a fish, from a scepter-like paean to Joan Miro to a “four
eyes nun-backed chair,” and from a bird house to a wall-mounted seat and desktop. The artists used a wide
range of woods, from the ordinary to the exotic, as well as rubber, steel, and gold-plated brass. The works
project grace, intelligence, whimsy, humor, and serious craft.
The Center for Art inWood
is a nonprofit arts and educational institution in Philadelphia that features
international contemporary art made from wood in changing exhibits, a museum collection showing the
breadth of art created from wood, and a research library.
Size: 9"x 6" • 58 color images • 96 pp.
ISBN: 978-0-7643-4811-2 • hard cover • $19.99
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