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Art Saves by Jenny Doh
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Nov 27, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: art, crafts, inspiration, non-fiction

You don't have to be an artist or crafter to get something out of this book. Art Saves delivers bit-sized inspiration from 20 artists, including author Jenny Doh. You'll learn about what inspires them and drives them, how art helped them overcome personal struggles, what they do when the going gets tough and how they give back to the community. Many of these lessons are relevant to more than just artists and can easily be applied to life in general.

The messages are uplifting but I thought the individual artist features were too short and merely skimmed the surface. There isn't much detail and most of it reads like an introduction. But that format, of course, allows for more artists to be featured. The works of the contributing artists represent a wide variety of art forms, from mixed media to photography, from knitting to jewelry-making. No matter the medium, the overall message is that art can help you connect with yourself and with the community. I especially loved the "Pay It Forward" column for which each artist has chosen a quote to highlight: mostly universal inspirations for anyone in any walk of life.

The book also includes a little bit on art techniques, with some artists sharing tips and tutorials for projects: including a collage piece by Kelly Rae Roberts, photography tips from Susannah Conway, digital montage by Susan Tuttle and a calligraphic wall hanging by Lisa Engelbrect.

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