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Brooklyn Makers

by Cass Daubenspeck October 02, 2012
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Leave a comment telling us a compelling story of a maker you know, what they make so well and why you love it, and we’ll pick a comment at random and send you our copy of Brooklyn Makers!

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Fortmakers of Brooklyn. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Causey

Brooklyn Makers is a 170 page softcover book put out by Princeton Architectural Press featuring the work of our friend Jennifer Causey, a seriously adroit photographer and compelling writer, whose inspiration comes largely from makers who have figured out a way to live happier, simpler, more self-sufficient lives.

Jen says, in the book’s foreword,  that she’s been inspired by makers her whole life, growing up around her mother and grandmother who were seamstresses, and her somewhat nostalgic connection to the tactile movement shows up in her imagery, which highlights the beauty of makers who are truly immersed in their work.

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Haslegrave brothers of hOme. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Causey

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Kings County Distillery, Brooklyn, NY. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Causey

“Being allowed to peer through Jennifer’s perfectly framed window into the studios,” Eric Demby writes in the book’s intro, “romanticizes the creative process while bringing it down to a universal, human scale that makes you believe, “Hey, I could do this too.”

And it’s true. When you watch someone blow glass to make dishes, or cut, hand-sew and painstakingly polish a leather bag to perfection, it feels like special work. There’s a certain value attached to the product, and it’s human. It makes you proud to wear or own that item, and tell the story of how it came to be.

The book, featuring 30 of those stories, is available this month on Amazon, and we think the book’s publication is a really interesting opportunity to open the discussion around makers. With so many people starting to move back in the direction of the self-sufficient life, what are the standards for success? What does it mean to be a great maker? What does it take?


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