I received Handmade Nation from a friend as a thank you gift. What a generous gift and how suited to my handmade needs. It explores the rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design. The book is filled with images of various creative's studios and provides some amazing insight into the craft world in America. Whoever told you that the infamous Recession started it...didn't know what they were talking about. Craft and creation brings joy and there is no quote truer than the one below to capture that.
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