Made By Mrs M

Indie Craft


It's been a while since I reviewed a book on here, but I had a rummage through my craft book pile the other day and found my copy of Indie Craft by Jo Waterhouse, which is a bit of a favourite.

The book is intended to "document Indie Craft: the fantastic art and craft work being produced by artists and makers using traditional craft techniques but with a completely modern, alternative and subversive style, context and subject matter".  The book was published back in 2010 and includes the work of several makers with whom I'm now quite familiar, but when I received it as a Christmas present that year most of those showcased were completely new to me. 

The book touches on the art v craft debate which I discussed here a few weeks ago, featuring established artists who work using craft techniques. Each artist has a four page spread and it's a nice manageable little book which is easy to take a quick look at when you only have a few minutes. Here are some of my favourites:

Diem Chau - Diem creates stunning embroideries on silk, which she then transfers onto porcelain.

Kup Kup Land - the work of Kima Casas Bo combines her love of fabrics, buttons and sewing.

Joetta Maue - beautiful embroidered pieces created with vintage linens.

Severija - the unexpected use of cross stitch (I've been lucky enough to see Severija's work exhibited a few times). 

It was hard to choose just a few artists to feature here as the book contains so many.  There are beards, more cross stitch, needle felting, crochet, knitting and more. 

Indie Craft is published by Laurence King Publishing and retails at £12.95.