Refrains of Nature on Earth Day

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter. ” Rachel Carson In celebration of Earth Day, we have a reprise of last year’s post–updated with some of our favorite places on earth—and some of our favorite people in those places. People who […]

Feisty Women

feisty women

“Fadma Wadal is a feisty old woman—my favorite kind—and a great storyteller,” writes Susan Schaefer Davis, introducing the first of many artisans in her new book Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives. She goes on to tell the story of Fadma who remembers spinning with wool stolen from the underbellies of sheep that […]

Women Artisans of Morocco–An Inside Look

Women Artisans

Just in time for the release of her new book, Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives, author Schaefer Davis drops by to give us the inside story about her work with two very different Moroccan artisans. Thanks, Susan! Readers often like a sneak preview of a book, so here is one for Women […]

Can Textile Travel Make You Smarter?

Fadma Wadal

Sometimes Facebook is more than a guilt-inducing time suck. Case in point: This morning it reminded me of an article that ran in Time magazine three years ago: “How Studying or Working Abroad Makes You Smarter.” Creativity Intensive travel helps one, the article said, to “think more complexly and creatively.” The extent to which a […]

Joy and Rugs Are Woven Fine

Rugs

This is Fatima El Mennouny sitting on her flatwoven picture rug. She lives in a small village at the foot of Morocco’s Anti-Atlas mountains. She’s one artisan featured in Susan Schaefer Davis’s book, Women Artisans of Morocco. A book that is being loaded on a ship in Hong Kong as I write, bound for safe […]

WHERE DID ALL THE AUTHORS GO?

Authors

It takes a book about nine months from when the manuscript is finished until the designed pages go to press. (It’s also about the amount of time it takes to create some babies, be they calf or bear cub or human.) The author may have been working on mastering the content for many years, but […]

The Name Game, or The Road to Marrakesh

Morocco

What’s in a Name? Naming books is hard. I think it used to be easier, back in the day when people walked into bookstores and scanned their eyes over actual books, and could go to their section of choice, see the sizes and cover designs and pick up and flip through ones that looked interesting. […]

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