Traditional Crafts of Ireland

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The traditional crafts of the Irish people come to life in a richly illustrated study of the country's acclaimed woodcarvers, metalworkers, weavers, and renowned glassblowers.

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David Shaw-Smith is a Dublin-born independent film producer. His films on traditional Irish crafts have been seen all over the world and have received many awards, including the Golden Harp. His research and photographs on traditional crafts are scheduled to become part of the Irish National Archives.

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If it were possible to package the world of Irish crafts between covers, Shaw-Smith's book would do it. Visually stunning and articulate in its far-ranging commentary, it focuses on the traditional arts and crafts of Ireland and on the people who continue to practice and value these time-honored pursuits. Like most countries, Ireland began to lose touch with its cottage industries as the Industrial Revolution and digital revolution brought new and increasingly impersonal methods of production, but, happily, the growing prosperity these changes brought served to ultimately preserve endangered crafts as a revival of interest in traditional crafts took place. Crisp photography, exquisite illustrations, and a well-written historical perspective highlight 48 individual crafts organized within the categories of textiles, stonework, woodwork, leather, metalwork, ceramics, glassware, calligraphy, and willow, rush, and straw. Each craft's history and lore are intriguingly presented. The story of hand knitting, for example, includes references to literature as the types and meanings of various stitches are explained. Lauren Roberts
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