Traveling Chiapas: The Perfect Bag

  A Gem From The Chiapas Archives This story has two parts. It starts when I was in a tourist shop in Eastern Mexico in 1997. Flung on the shelf amid the usual stuff—bright pottery, Aztec gods, naughty little clay figures, painted wooden jaguars—was this bag. “Cuanto questa?” I asked in my pathetic high school […]

On The Road, Again—In Guatemala

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Linda wrote the post below over two years ago, after she and photographer Joe Coca had returned from a photo shoot for Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their Stories, Their Lives by Deborah Chandler and Teresa Cordón. We thought it would be fun to have a look  back at those behind-the-scenes photographs of Joe at work, but this […]

Folk Art Fun

Around the World Last weekend I reminisced with a weaver of wild silk about her hometown in the highlands of Madagascar. I learned about modesty aprons from a Vietnamese embroidery artist. And I wandered amidst Mexican sculptors, Tuareg jewelry artists, Rwandan basketmakers, Uzbekistani ceramists, and weavers from Mexico, Laos, Guatemala, East Timor, Taiwan, and Paraguay. […]

Who Chose That Typeface?

Chances are it was my long-time designer sidekick, Michael Signorella. When he works on a Thrums book, it’s not just the typeface—it’s the column widths, size of the margins, selection, size, and appropriate placement of photos—all those things we tend not to notice in a well-made book. Fine Design He’s pickier than I am, a […]