Looking for inspirational summer reading? Craving some creative distractions? Want to dig into a new book to help you improve an aspect of your business? You’re in luck. We’ve collected nine new books that are sure to appeal to craft business owners this season.
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by Nina Karnikowski
Through two dozen in-depth profiles, Karnikowski highlights how an inspiring group of creatives built the lives and careers of their dreams. Peek into the lives of knitter Nicole Leybourne, textile artist Rhiannon Griego, chocolatier Emica Penklis, potter Angus McDiarmid, woodworker Aleph Geddis, and many others, and learn how they approach their work with intention. A chapter of practical exercises leads readers on a journey to discover their own ideal path.
by Bridget Watson Payne
Feeling like time got away from you the past few months? Whether May felt like 10,000 years or 10 minutes, many of us are grappling with our relationship to time during a pandemic.
While time management may feel like a lofty goal, Payne’s book reassures us that this is a communal experience that is fundamentally shaped by our culture. This slim handbook is an encouraging short read, and will make you question what you thought you knew about productivity.
This guide to iPhone photography from Chronicle Books features quirky illustrations to inspire your creative process. We’re more reliant than ever on visual platforms like Instagram to help us grow our businesses. It’s a great time to find ways to improve your images, develop a visual style for your brand, and maybe even have a little more fun creating photos for your business.
by Leslie Blodgett
A must-read for anyone building a handcrafted skincare or beauty brand. As the CEO of BareMinerals, Blodgett created a $1.8 billion company centered around community, years before social media had become a daily part of our lives. This book of quippy advice on business and life is colorful, direct, and digestible.
by Marissa Huber and Heather Kirtland
With their book, Huber and Kirtland hope to shatter the stereotype that mothers don’t have time to make serious creative work. Interviews with contemporary artists, like Lisa Solomon, Katrina Rodabaugh, A’Driane Nieves, and Elena Skoreyko Wagner, highlight the ways that motherhood can imbue artists with a sense of purpose, and newfound efficiency that fuels their creativity.
Each page is filled with first-hand accounts from mothers who share their memories of their early days as a parent, how they continued their creative practice, often while managing childcare.
Sandu Publishing’s beautiful overview of contemporary textile artists showcases projects and creative works from a diverse group of artists.
From traditional east Asian basket weaving, to woven wall hangings made with non-traditional materials, Woven Together makes for an inspirational afternoon read.
by Robert Iger
Perhaps more traditional than the usual business books we feature, this memoir from Disney CEO Robert Iger offers his strategies for running a creative company with the principles of optimism, courage, decisiveness, and fairness. A great read for a business owner curious about what leadership at a multinational corporation can look like.
by Lilo Bowman
This visual guide to building your own studio space is an inspiring look into the creative spaces of dozens of makers. Learn how you can create a workshop, office, or studio that will serve your creative needs, without breaking the bank.
Erin is the textile designer and artist behind the home décor company, Cotton & Flax. She licenses her surface designs for fabric, home décor, stationery, and other clients. She’s also a teacher, writer, and enthusiastic advocate for small creative business owners. She lives in San Diego, California.