Book Notes

Book Notes: Personal Geographies

In this edition of Book Notes, Ricë Freeman-Zachery reviews Personal Geographies: Explorations in Mixed-Media Mapmaking, by Jill K. Berry. When Ricë was young she didn’t like maps, and Geography was not her strongest subject. But now Ricë loves them, and loves learning from them, especially from Jill. Jill not only knows a lot about mixed-media mapmaking, but she knows a lot about maps in general. And from Personal Geographies, Ricë has learned that maps are just as much fiction as they are truth, because the mapmaker designed the map through their own version of reality. Ready to be inspired?

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Book Notes: Desire to Inspire

In this edition of Book Notes, Ricë Freeman-Zachery reviews Desire to Inspire: Embody Your Passion, Share Your Creative Gifts, Impact the Greater Good, by Christine Mason Miller. Ricë loves all the questions that popped into her head as she read Christine’s book. Like, “What’s my passion?” Or, “How do I inspire others?” ‘What does it mean to be creative?” “What force-of-goods can I accomplish, and which do I already do?” But not only are there endless wonderful and thoughtful things to inspire you throughout the book, but there are contributors from all over the world that offer tips, techniques and so many stories!

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Book Notes: Metal Artist’s Workbench

In this edition of Book Notes, Ricë Freeman-Zachery reviews Metal Artist’s Workbench: Demystifying the Jeweler’s Saw, by Thomas Mann. Ricë loves this book, not only for the content and subject, but she also is good friends with Thomas. She explains that as she reads through the book, she can hear Thomas explaining his fantastic instructions on the endless options of the jeweler’s saw to her. Ricë also talks about how this book will teach you everything you need to know about a jeweler’s saw, with the addition of stepped-out projects that has made Thomas famous.

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Podcast with Seth Apter: Artist, Blogger, Itinerant Author & Roving Ambassador to The Mixed Media Community

I always have fun when I get to talk to Seth, and today we talk about the tour for his brand-new book, his recent Twitter party (and how you can host one of these your own self), and how we want our own radio show.

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Book Notes: Layered Impressions

In this edition of Book Notes, Ricë Freeman-Zachery reviews Layered Impressions: A Poetic Approach to Mixed-Media Painting, by Katie Kendrick. Ricë loves the thoughtfulness of this book where poetry and painting mix, and Katie challenges you to dig deeper into your work to enrich its meaning.

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Book Notes: Encaustic Mixed Media

In this edition of Book Notes, Ricë Freeman-Zachery reviews Encaustic Mixed Media: Innovative Techniques and Surfaces For Working with Wax, by Patricia Baldwin Seggebruch. Ricë says that even if you know a little about encaustic that this book takes it to a whole new level. Patricia teaches you how to incorporate odd materials into your encaustic like tar, cork, punchinella, using die-cut machines and so much more! Start flipping through the pages with Ricë now and the ideas will start flowing!

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Book Notes: Objects of Reflection

Ricë reviews Annie Lockhart’s Objects of Reflection and calls her a brilliant woman. Strong words since Ricë doesn’t do assemblage in her chosen art form.

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Book Notes: A Charming Exchange

Rice reviews the collaboration between Ruth Rae and Kelly Snelling for their book, A Charming Exchange. The 25 jewelry projects have variety for everyone.

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Book Notes: Journal Junkies Workshop

Ricë promises if you like journaling, you’ll like Journal Junkies Workshop. You’ll get plenty of new ideas and techniques in this fantastic book.

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Book Notes: Beyond the Bead

Ricë reviews Beyond the Bead by Margot Potter as a fantastic jewelry book for those who are new to jewelry and want to explore different materials, and for jewelry makers who are just looking for new techniques.

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