This book is so phenomenally beautiful it doesn't even need text. The author discusses aspects of the sacred home, mostly theoretically without a lot...moreThis book is so phenomenally beautiful it doesn't even need text. The author discusses aspects of the sacred home, mostly theoretically without a lot of practical advice, but just looking at the photography will inspire you to build altars and drape fabrics and burn all the incense in the universe. I suppose if the reader isn't into Indian/Asian forms of design it wouldn't be nearly as enchanting, but but as something of an IndoPagan every page made my heart skip. I even loved the feel of the pages under my fingers.
This is a pretty expensive book (the first time I saw it was at World Market and the price tag made me reluctantly put it down) but I found a discounted copy and I'm so glad I ordered it. This book was one of the major inspirations for the decor in my apartment, though mine obviously isn't as sumptuous. If you ever see a copy just sit and look at it - paging through is a meditation in itself.(less)
Half the reason I didn't want to go near Scrapbooking, even though I've always had a talent for it, was the cutesy kids-pets-church-summer vacations-k...moreHalf the reason I didn't want to go near Scrapbooking, even though I've always had a talent for it, was the cutesy kids-pets-church-summer vacations-kids-pets pages over and over and over, presenting families as these flawless Leave it to Beaver situations. My history was nothing like that and the things I want to communicate through paper arts are nothing like that. This book was a breath of fresh air - people scrapping with dark colors, from dark places, and meeting their problems head on, using the craft medium as a means of transformation and understanding. That's the kind of art I can get behind. Bravo, Scrap City!(less)