AUTHOR HELPS OUT HOMEMAKERS DECORATORS WILL ADORE BOOK
TAMARA Maynes is known as the queen of crafting, so it was only a matter of time before she put together a book on everything a homemaker needs to know about crafting their own unique space.
Her first book, The Maker, is about the maker and the making.
“It’s about what can I craft with my own hands that will make my space special,’’ Maynes says.
The author hopes to stir ‘the maker’ in readers, encouraging them to connect with their home.
“The book covers pretty much every craft out there, in their fundamental forms at least, and I have tried my hand at most, except the more serious forms of woodwork and metalwork,’’ she says.
“My first love is sewing and embroidery,’’ Maynes says.
“Sewing is the foundation of my own practice. Sewn pieces are a key inclusion in any space, but unfortunately due to the existence of factories and cheap labour I don’t think its presence or skill is honoured like it used to be. Rather than go out of fashion, I think it’s been devalued.”
For those new to sewing, Maynes suggests starting simple like trying stitching a basic cushion.
“But we want the reader to think more uniquely and consider printing, dyeing or knitting your own fabric first before sewing it together to form the cushion,” she says.
“It’s not about cutting yourself off from enjoying the output of other makers, the beauty of inherited or found pieces, or even mass produced items – it’s about injecting a very intimate part of yourself into the mix and quite literally making your space yours.”
The book talks about all forms of craft such as wall art, ceramics, lighting, and furniture and the work and words of 48 makers.
“Making can be incredibly layered and rewarding if you allow yourself to really master the various techniques it has to offer,” Maynes says.
Images of some of the easy-to-achieve craft projects featured in (inset)
by Tamara Maynes which is available now in bookstores and online through Murdoch Books.