Creative Pilgrimage (Anglais) Broché – 1 janvier 2012
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Jenny Doh is founder and president of CRESCENDOh, LLC—an online media center that features fresh and creative content from artists within all genres, coupled with their uniquely heartfelt stories that highlight the power of art in our lives. Previously, she worked for six years as editor-in-chief and director of publishing for Somerset Studio, Belle Armoire, and its many sister publications.
Prior to publishing, Jenny worked for seven years as a social worker in child protective services, where she witnessed some of the most radical life stories imaginable. CRESCENDOh’s mission leverages the lessons that Jenny has learned within the arenas of social work and art.
She lives with her husband and their two children, Monica and Andrew, in Santa Ana, California. She loves to knit, stay fit, and volunteer for her alma mater, UC Irvine. To learn more, visit www.crescendoh.com.
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The pages about the art gatherings read like PR brochures - a short summary about the activities and workshop and a few quotes from the founders. The information is scanty and I couldn't really tell the difference between the various creative gatherings or what made them unique other than the locations and set-ups.
The introductions to the artists and their teaching philosophies and styles are likewise basic. I was already familiar with most of them so I didn't learn much. Most of the artists featured are mixed-media artists and the projects they share are limited to mixed-media paintings, with a few tutorials on creating ornaments and decorative objects. It would have been more of a balanced book if the artists chosen included those with known skills in sewing, jewelry-making, surface design and textile arts - representing a wider range of arts and crafts that are practised and for which workshops are offered at the retreats mentioned.
Most of the tutorials are guides to making similar projects, not detailed how-to's. To get the most out of the projects, you'd have to already be familiar with most of the techniques used. One of the steps in the project on making a mixed-media fabric journal actually tells the reader to Google video tutorials on quilt binding!
Overall, the book felt like a glossy magazine to me - very digestible but superficial. I enjoyed reading it but didn't learn much and won't need to touch it again.