Diamonds Are Forever

DiamondsAreForever

“Always keep a diamond in your mind.” —Tom Waits Spiraling In reading our friend Janet deBoer’s most recent Fibre Forum E-bulletin,  I learned about Spiral Textile: Ancient Design–Modern Hands. This is a juried competition challenging textile artists from around the world to produce a repeating spiral design that was drawn on an ancient papyrus. The drawing […]

Weaving The World

Weaving Worlds

A few nights ago, Linda Ligon, Deborah Chandler—who’s visiting from her home in Guatemala—and I found our way to the Indigenous Film and Arts Festival in Denver. The January feature was Weaving Worlds, a 2007 documentary by Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain. Weaving Worlds records the lives of several Navajo weavers and their struggles to maintain […]

Old Year, New Year, and a Whole Lot of Gratitude

Old year New Year

Old Year 2016 was a wonderful year for Thrums Books. Two of our books won Gold (Maya Threads) and Silver (Traditional Weavers of Guatemala) medals in the Multicultural category of the Benjamin Franklin Awards given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. We attended the always informative and inspiring Weave a Real Peace conference in Santa Fe in […]

Giving is Hand to Hand

“Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand, Mine to yours, yours to mine.” Alberto Ríos Give the Gift of Celebration  The Gift Of Discovery The Gift Of Tradition The Gift Of Heart The Gift Of Wonder Photo by Joe Coca from Maya Threads. The Gift Of Joy The Gift of Generations The Gift […]

High Society

High Society

Linda and I have been having a swell time the last couple of days at the Textile Society of America’s Biennial Symposium in Savannah, Georgia. We’re hanging out in the marketplace with our friends from ClothRoads, the wonderful folks from Ibu, Randall Darwall, Over the Blue Horizon , and many other purveyors of one-of-a-kind textile […]

When Our Ship Comes In

I’ve been reading Barkskins, a new novel by Annie Proulx. It’s set in 17th century French Canada and the British colonies, and it is horrifying and yet completely engaging. I’m struck, as I read, by the way travel by ship defined life in those times. If you wanted to send a message from Quebec to […]

We’ve Got You Covered

Judging a Book Linda and I were at Publisher’s Summit last week in Chicago presented by the fine folks at Independent Publishers Group, the distributor of Thrums Books. It was a great time to visit with the wonderful people who help deliver our books into the world and to meet up with other publishers who care […]

Pure Win

Last week we learned  that Thrums Books won a prestigious Benjamin Franklin Book Award  given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. Two awards, in fact. Maya Threads: A Woven History of Chiapas by Walter F. Morris and Carol Karasik, with photography by Janet Schwartz, won the Gold award in the Multicultural category. Traditional Weavers of Guatemala: Their […]

Tying the Knot—Macramé in Mexico

Pantelho blouse

I bought these two little macramé bands in a thatched hut near the Maya ruins at Cobá, deep in the flat, dense jungle of the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. This was more than twenty years ago, before friendship bracelets took the world by storm. In a wasteland of crude, redundant tourist goods, the fine craftsmanship […]

Hair of the Dog

OaxacaTraditionalDress

Sometimes you just have to get away from work. I’ve been immersed in all things Mexico for months now. Launching Chip Morris and Carol Karasik’s splendid Maya Threads in Chiapas last spring; traveling with Eric Mindling as he photographed beautiful old women in remote villages of Oaxaca; wrangling his photos and his transfixing stories into […]

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