Southern Makers + 5 Book Giveaway

by Amy Azzarito

Although I grew up in Arkansas, I haven’t spent much time in the old South of my favorite movies – the South with its old Italianate houses, trees with Spanish moss, and ornate foundations in city squares. In fact, I don’t think I really believed it existed. Then when Grace and I were on the book tour, she took me to all of her favorite places in Charleston, Savannah, and Asheville, and I got to see what all the fuss was about. My favorite part of the trip was a visit to Athens, Georgia and dinner at 5 & 10 with an extremely talented group of women – Rinne Allen, Rebecca Wood, and Susan Hable Smith, to name just a few. Coming from a place where competition is king, the support that those women gave each other was breath-taking, and I feel like I’ve looking to replicate that feeling ever since that dinner. Those three women and many other Southern makers are featured in Jennifer Causey’s latest maker chronicle: Southern Makers: Food, Design, Craft and Other Scenes from a Tactile Life. Like her previous book, Booklyn Makers, this new edition is filled with Jen’s beautiful photos and is sure to introduce you to some new makers you’ve yet to discover. But more than just a catalog of people, I found it inspirational to just take stock of how many people are doing amazing things all over this country. I’m so proud of all these artists, designers and makers. Now, I just can’t wait to plan another trip down South to visit all these new-to-me studios and shops! –Amy A

Jen is giving away 5 copies of Southern Makers. To enter, please leave a comment describing somewhere you’d like to visit in the South. Contest ends Monday, October 28, 2013

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  • I live in the south (North Carolina), and I’d love to go to Athens, Georgia because I hear the music scene is incredible.

  • My husband and I did a southern roadtrip honeymoon. A night out in Nasheville, 2 nights of Widespread Panic (one at The Woods Amphitheatre, the next in Alpharetta). Railroad Earth in Memphis, TN and Harvest Fest in Ozark, Arkansas. But on our brief stay in Asheville, NC, something just clicked. I fell in love and crazily tried to devise ways not to leave. We are heading that way again in just a couple of days here and I’m hoping to make it there during the summer as well. I think we are both hoping it becomes a vacation home to us.

  • Beautiful book, thank you so much for highlighting young southern folks making things. Would love to see your next book highlighting all of the many generations of elders that made things that have never been photographed, interviewed or had a spotlight shine upon their un-hipster lifestyles. Kind of like a thank you to all of the old mill workers, potters, cooks, seamstresses and the like who made up most of the population of the south before big box stores shut everything down. It wasn’t that long ago, you know. Most of those folks are still alive and a whole lot of them are still looking for work. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

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