sharing books – steal like an artist, by austin kleon …

In my job as an acquisitions officer for an academic library, I often come across wonderful books that I would like to tuck under my arm, smuggle home and devour. Today, I have one of those books to share with you, called Steal like an artist; 10 things nobody told you about being creative, by Austin Kleon.

This is a small black, white and red book that fits comfortable in your hands, and invites you to flip through the pages. The description on the inside cover reads ‘an inspiring guide to creativity in the digital age, Steal like an artist presents ten transformative principles that will help readers discover their artistic side and build a more creative life’.

There are ten chapters; each chapter discusses one principle, illustrated by black and white sketches and photos. I love this book. I would tell you that I have purchased a couple of copies for the artists in my family as Christmas gifts, but one of the artists reads my blog every now and then, so I won’t tell you that!!! I highly recommend this little book.

You can find a paper copy at The Book Depository or Amazon, and you can also buy a digital copy at Amazon

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  1. Dianne_Canada
    Posted September 8, 2012 at 3:26 am | Permalink

    I’m going to have to check this book out! I have been reading your blog for years, Sharon and have only commented a couple of times:( At the moment I am awestruck at how many quilts you do. I tried quilting years ago when my children were young, but never completed more than a small sample quilt. I was ‘into’ too many other crafty things at the time. How big are your quilts, and doesn’t it cost a lot of $$ to have someone else do the quilting bit? I had someone make my daughter a comforter for a single bed when she was young and it cost several hundred dollars! Anyway, you continue to amaze me and inspire me. I really need to get off my tush and do more! You do ‘all this’ and work outside the home as well…

  2. Posted September 8, 2012 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Hi Dianne! 🙂

    My quilts vary in size, but are usually ‘lap quilts’, about 50 in square. It costs about AUD$100 to quilt them, and I consider that money well spent, as I really hate the quilting process, and it would take me days to quilt the quilt top.

    I’ve quilted my own quilts in the past and really didn’t enjoy that part of quilt making. I I would hate to think of how many quilt tops I would have lying around, if I was the one responsible for quilting them, lol!

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